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October 4, 2015

Rugby World Cup Lineups: Canada Romania

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Doug Coil

October 6, 2015

Canada Romania, Pool D, Leicester City Stadium, Leicester, Kick off 16:45 – 11:45am ET

Referee: Wayne Barnes; Assistant Referee: Glen Jackson, Marius Mitrea; TV Match Official: Ben Skeen

Canada coach Kieran Crowley stays with six changes for the starting XV, the same as he has done for each Rugby World Cup match.

Jamie Cudmore, who is playing in his fourth Rugby World Cup, will tie a team record 14 appearances. James Pritchard can join a small group of Canadian players who have played in 4 Rugby World Cups if he enters the match.

DTH Van Der Merwe also became only the fourth player representing a tier-two nation to record a try in three successive World Cup appearances. Will he get the record against Romania?

Romania coach Lynn Howells has made sevens changes from the team that lost to Ireland.

There are several notable achievements. Paulica Ion will be making his 10th appearance in a World Cup match. Ovidiu Tonita was replaced due to injury, thus denying him the chance to play in a team record 15th World Cup match. Prop Mihaita Lazar and lock Valentin Poparlan will both be making their 50th test appearance.

Canada Ranked 18th: HC Kieran Crowley Starters: 1. Hubert Buydens 2. Ray Barkwill 3. Doug Wooldridge 4. Brett Beukeboom 5. Jamie Cudmore (c) 6. Jebb Sinclair 7. John Moonlight 8. Aaron Carpenter 9. Gordon McRorie 10. Nathan Hirayama 11. DTH Van Der Merwe 12. Nick Blevins 13. Ciaran Hearn 14. Jeff Hassler 15.Harry Jones Replacements: 16. Benoit Piffero 17. Djustice Sears-­Duru 18. Jake Ilnicki 19. Kyle Gilmour 20. Nanyak Dala 21. Phil Mack 22. Conor Trainor 23. James Pritchard

Romania Ranked 17th: HC Lynn Howells Starters: 1. Mihaita Lazar 2. Otar Turashvili 3. Paulica Ion 4. Valentin Poparlan 5. Johannes van Heerden 6. Valentin Ursache 7. Viorel Lucaci 8. Mihai Macovei (c) 9. Florin Surugiu 10. Michael Wiringi 11. Ionut Botezatu 12. Florin Vlaicu 13. Paula Kinikinilau 14. Madalin Lemnaru 15. Catalin Fercu Replacements: 16. Andrei Radoi 17. Andrei Ursache 18. Alexandru Tarus 19. Daniel Carpo 20.Stelian Burcea 21. Valentin Calafeteanu 22. Adrian Apostol 23. Csaba Gal

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