Monro to tackle heroes

Canada fly-half Ander Monro is looking forward to mixing it with his rugby heroes when his team take on Australia in their final Rugby World Cup match in Bordeaux on Saturday.

Canada face the prospect of leaving France having failed to gain a World Cup victory for the first time in their history after allowing Japan to draw 12-12 earlier this week.

But for Monro, just facing Australia, even a second-string Wallabies side, is the culmination of a dream.

“It is a great opportunity. As a player you want to play against these guys and a lot of them you see growing up and that is who you aspire to be like,” said Monro.

“It is a great chance to have a go and test yourself against them. It is exciting as a player to have a chance to play a team like that.”

Canada coach Ric Suggitt has made eight changes from the side which drew with Japan while there are 12 changes for Australia, who have already booked their quarter-final place in Marseille.

Meanwhile, Canada coach Ric Suggitt, disappointed with the result against Japan in Pool B, admits he would be delighted to come away with a draw against the Aussies.

“We have a few bumps and bruises,” Suggitt said.

“We kept some guys out (against Japan) to get some fresh legs and we know Australia will try to attack us on all edges of the field and we wanted to put some more speed on the field.

“I wasn’t happy with a tie last time but I would be happy with one this time. I just hope the guys perform the best they can.

“The players were dejected because they did not come away with the victory against Japan and it is one of those sayings, ‘it is like kissing your sister’ and no one wants that to happen.

“We had our 24 hours of misery but it is such a short turnaround that we can’t worry what happened in our last game.”


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