Canada v Romania preview: Both teams hunt first World Cup win in Pool D
- Both sides are still looking for their first win of the 2015 competition
- Romania has won the pairs two previous meetings
- The Oaks coach Lynn Howells has made seven changes
- Kieran Crowley makes six changes to the Maple Leafs starting XV
Canada and Romania will face each other at the Leicester City Stadium on Tuesday afternoon as both nations continue to hunt for their first win of the 2015 tournament.
Romania will be looking to finish in third place, which will guarantee automatic qualification for the 2019 tournament, and they take some confidence from the fact they have beaten Canada in their two previous meetings.
The Canadians currently sit in fourth place thanks to their one bonus point so far in the competition but have conceded a staggering 116 points, compared to 82 from their European counterparts.
Canada has outscored their opposition, however, with 42 points so far in the competition, compared to just 21 by the Romanians.
Each side will be looking for that elusive win to ensure they do not finish bottom of the group, to take back a bit of pride to their respective countries.
Romania coach Lynn Howells has made seven changes to his team following their loss to Ireland last weekend.
Prop Paulica Ion will make his 10th World Cup appearance, while fellow front-row forward Mihaita Lazar and lock Valentin Poparlan will win their 50th Test caps.
Kieran Crowley has made six changes to his Canada fifteen, which will see veteran lock Jamie Cudmore equal the national record for World Cup appearances.
All-time top point scorer James Pritchard is on the bench once more after making the 23 man squad last time out in their 41-18 loss to France.
It may not be the best game to watch at the World Cup, but both of these sides will be giving it their all to come away with some World Cup bragging rights. Canada’s attacking style has been a joy to watch at times, but it could leave them exposed to the powerful Oak pack.
Romania by 9
Players to watch
The forward will equal Rod Snow’s Canadian record of 14 World Cup appearances on Tuesday and will have a vital part to play if they are going to get anything from the game.
The 37-year-old, who will captain the side for the second time this tournament, is playing in his fourth World Cup and his presence will be important as his side look to dominate in the scrum to give them the best possible chance of winning the matchup.
His experience will be significant, in particular against a side who have regularly picked their most experienced side possible during the tournament. The Clermont Auvergne man will be hoping to have a positive impact on the game and possibly add to his ten international points scored for his country.
Despite boss Howells saying his side possessed no quality back in his ranks, it will be a big game for wing Mădălin Lemnaru. If Romania is to have any chance of winning they have to spread the ball quickly and get the ball in the hands of the 26-year-old wing.
The București Wolves player will need to add to his 35 points in 28 international games to help give his side the best possible chance of qualifying for the 2019 tournament.
Canada: 15 Harry Jones, 14 Jeff Hassler, 13 Ciaran Hearn, 12 Nick Blevins, 11 DTH van der Merwe, 10 Nathan Hirayama, 9 Gordon McRorie, 8 Aaron Carpenter, 7 John Moonlight, 6 Jebb Sinclair, 5 Jamie Cudmore (c), 4 Brett Beukeboom, 3 Doug Wooldridge, 2 Ray Barkwill, 1 Hubert Buydens.
Replacements: 16 Benoit Piffero, 17 Djustice Sears-Duru, 18 Jake Ilnicki, 19 Kyle Gilmour, 20 Nanyak Dala, 21 Phil Mack, 22 Conor Trainor, 23 James Pritchard
Romania: 15 Catalin Fercu, 14 Madalin Lemnaru, 13 Paula Kinikinilau, 12 Florin Vlaicu, 11 Ionut Botezatu, 10 Michael Wiringi, 9 Florin Surugiu, 8 Mihai Macovei (c), 7 Viorel Lucaci, 6 Valentin Ursache, 5 Johannes van Heerden, 4 Valentin Poparlan, 3 Paulica Ion, 2 Otar Turashvili, 1 Mihaita Lazar.
Replacements: 16 Andrei Radoi, 17 Andrei Ursache, 18 Alexandru Tarus, 19 Daniel Carpo, 20 Stelian Burcea, 21 Valentin Calafeteanu, 22 Adrian Apostol, 23 Csaba Gal.
Date: Tuesday, October 6
Venue: Leicester City Stadium, Leicester
Kick-off: 16:45 local (15:45 GMT)
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)