France too strong for Canada

“You wouldn’t ask France or Ireland to do that, would you?” he said without realising that France also played three games in the same time period. “The guys are looking forward and they will be ready”.

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Bernard Le Roux shifts from second-row to openside flanker and the Racing Metro backrower is joined in the backrow by Damien Chouly and captain Thierry Dusatoir. “Their scrum is very strong, they tackle well and their backs find space”.

The site was not registered as an official Rugby World Cup 2015 re-selling site and was offering tickets for sold-out matches such as England v Australia at a cost of £500, as well as tickets for the final for nearly £1,800, Which? said.

Canada played the last 10 minutes with 14 players after Nanyak Dala got sin-binned, freeing up right winger Remy Grosso to cap his test debut with a try.

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre will be pleased with a fifth straight win, but will be seeking answers as to why his team switched off in the first half.

The French deserved their 17-0 lead, tries from Fofana and hooker Guilhem Guirado with Michalak tagging on a brace of conversions and a penalty.

There, however, was bad news for Mack’s fellow Oak Bay High-grad and James Bay-product Connor Braid of Victoria, who was knocked out of the World Cup by a broken jaw and concussion in the first 15 minutes Saturday against Italy.

“We would love more opportunities to play against the top nations”. “They were playing with a lot of speed and we failed to react properly”. The Canucks’ gutsy performance was rewarded with tries from DTH van der Merwe and Aaron Carpenter, but there was to be no repeat of their solitary win over France, 21 years ago, at the ninth attempt. France had to turn to their pack to summon a response before the break and it was Slimani at the back of a well-worked rolling maul who stretched the lead out again to 24-12.

Canada coach Kieran Crowley is the only handler at the tournament to have won the Webb Ellis trophy as a player.

Les Bleus made a sensational start as Michalak beat three defenders before offloading to Fofana for the opening try of the game three minutes in.

And as the third quarter wore on it was clear the underdogs had no intention of going quietly, Hirayama slotting a second penalty before Michalak replied on the hour mark with one of his own to make it 27-18. Their third pool match saw them score the fastest try of the tournament to date, and thrill the Stadium:MK with a few glorious front-foot rugby through their gifted fly-half Freddie Michalak.

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The Canadians competed gamely but those efforts took a toll, with Crawley concerned about “four or five injuries” ahead of his team’s last match against Romania.

Rugby World Cup 2015 France 41-18 Canada- Frederic Michalak masterclass inspires Les Bleus