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Tuesday 15 January 2019

World Cup round-up: Mackenzie seals win for Canucks

A late try from wing Phil Mackenzie saw Canada open their Pool A campaign with a win in a see-saw tussle against Tonga in Whangarei.

The Canucks had taken a 10-0 lead thanks to a try from Jebb Sinclair and a conversion and penalty from James Pritchard, but Tonga hit back with two tries from centre Siale Piutau and 10 points from the boot of Kurt Morath to lead 20-13.

Canada, however, kept their composure and scores from number eight Aaron Carpenter and Esher wing MacKenzie sealed the win, ensuring they remain unbeaten against Tonga in three World Cup finals meetings, which effectively eliminated the South Sea Islanders from the tournament.



Samoa face anxious wait over injured pair

Samoa are sweating on the fitness of two key players ahead of their World Cup clash against Wales in Hamilton on Sunday.

Fly-half Tusi Pisi and flanker Taiasina Tuifua both went off during the first-half of today's 49-12 victory over Namibia at Rotorua International Stadium.

Goalkicker Pisi suffered a hamstring problem, while Tuifua was left with rib trouble.

"The medical people are still working on it," said Samoa coach Titimaea Tafua.

"We will know more tonight. I do hope it is not serious."



Shoulder trouble puts end to Skrela's dream

France fly-half David Skrela has joined England prop Andrew Sheridan in being ruled out of the Rugby World Cup with a shoulder injury.

Skrela suffered the injury 11 minutes after coming on as a second-half replacement for Francois Trinh-Duc in France's opening victory over Japan.

France coach Marc Lievremont has called the uncapped Toulouse fly-half Jean-Marc Doussain into the squad as Skrela's replacement.



Corbisiero says English sure to miss Sheridan

Alex Corbisiero admits England will miss the presence of fellow loosehead prop Andrew Sheridan.

Sheridan had scans on his left shoulder after England's 13-9 victory over Argentina and surgeons back in the UK, who studied the images, advised he should return home.

"Sheri worked really hard over the summer to come back from injury. It is very disappointing," Corbisiero said.

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