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Lynn Howells signs new Romania deal on eve of Canada clash

Published 05/10/2015

Romania coach Lynn Howells has signed a new two-year contract
Romania coach Lynn Howells has signed a new two-year contract

Romania face their World Cup grudge match with Canada boosted by boss Lynn Howells completing a new two-year contract.

The former Wales assistant coach has agreed a new deal to continue coaching The Oaks, and will now look to end the World Cup on a high.

After defeats to France and Ireland, Howells' men cannot reach the quarter-finals but will be desperate to avoid a winless Pool D campaign.

Howells knows just how tough a proposition Canada will offer at Leicester City Stadium on Tuesday, but is hoping his men can kick-start their tournament.

"I'm pleased for myself but I'm also pleased to take the Romanian team to the next level, which will be exciting," said Howells.

"That's part of the legacy that I have to leave. If I have done my job I'm hoping that by the end of the second year we would have put in place a head coach to take the team to Japan (in 2019).

"If I can do that and then revert back to technical adviser that would probably be the right way to go for the development.

"The players have worked hard, and now it's time to go and produce a result and for the players to go out and play their best rugby.

"The difficult thing for the players is at the moment the camp is very nervous. They want to go out and play and they want to get the game under way.

"It's about just calming everything down and just realising what we have to do and that's the biggest thing, not to worry too much about the game but worry about what you can fetch to the game."

Canada pushed Italy all the way but were unable to defeat the Azzurri, and Howells admitted Kieran Crowley's side will prove another tough challenge.

"The Canadian team will be the same as we have experienced, France and Ireland certainly tried to get the ball as wide as they could against us and I don't expect anything different from Canada," said Howells.

"We've seen the way Canada play is a high-intensity game being played wide.

"They don't want to go to the scrum because that's something they try to get away from very quickly and they try and stay away from a big driving game.

"So we expect it to be a more loose game than we've experienced before but it certainly won't be anything less than what we've experienced against France and Ireland and by that I mean the width of the game.

"We have to try to play the way Romania wants to play, not the way Canada wants to play."

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