Pool B: Canada last but not least in qualification for Japan

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Canada

Who are they

Canada were the 20th and final qualifier for Rugby World Cup 2019, beating Hong Kong 27-10 in the final match of a Repechage tournament in Marseille and in doing so joined USA, Uruguay, Russia, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa and Namibia in qualifying for Japan as opposed to being automatically guaranteed a place. Although they have fared much better than the USA in World Cups, their neighbours have won nine of the last 10 games between the countries, illustrating a shift in the balance of power in North America.

Coach

Kingsley Jones, a former Welsh openside flanker who won 10 caps for his country in the 90s, played rugby for Ebbw Vale and Pontypridd before moving to England and lining out with Gloucester, Worcester and Doncaster and he succeeded former Ulster coach Mark Anscombe as Canada’s head coach in 2017, having previously been in charge of the Russian national team.

Canada’s Tyler Ardron carries for the Chiefs. Photograph: Michael Bradley/AFP/Getty
Canada’s Tyler Ardron carries for the Chiefs. Photograph: Michael Bradley/AFP/Getty

Captain

Tyler Ardron, once of the Ospreys but now with the Super Rugby franchise the Chiefs with whom he signed a

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