Rees proud to see Canada punching their weight again

Thu Oct 1, 2015 7:18pm EDT
 
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MILTON KEYNES, England (Reuters) - Canada lost their third successive match at the Rugby World Cup but their impressive display for long periods of an 41-18 defeat by France on Thursday shows that they are back on the right track, according to team manager Gareth Rees.

The only man to play in the first four World Cup tournaments, Rees was buoyed by what he saw on Thursday and in their similarly impressive display against Italy last weekend.

"I feel Canada is back and we have shown we can compete in stadiums of this size," said Rees, who was part of the 1991 side who reached the quarter-finals.

"We would love more opportunities to play against the top nations. We have sent a clear message that we are an attacking nation and would love to do this more often."

Asked whether Canada should be given a chance to compete in a tournament such as the Six Nations, he said: "We would benefit massively from something like that.

"The team can bring people into these stadiums and we deserve it after the way we have performed at this match."

Coach Kieran Crowley was equally pleased: "I am really proud of the performance. We did well to get to within six points of France but made basic mistakes and you can't afford to do that against a top team," he said.

"We are disappointed with how the result went but I am happy we competed for long periods.

"I think we have progressed massively in the backs. One thing we have tried to do is play rugby and you can see that coming through. We lack experience but we played well. We need to be more dynamic in future though."   Continued...

 
Rugby Union - France v Canada - IRB Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool D - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, England - 1/10/15
Canada players huddle at the end of the match
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