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Rugby World Cup: Ireland hammer Canada 50-7

Published 19/09/2015

Ireland's full-back Rob Kearney runs to score a try against Canada in their Rugby World Cup match at the Millennium Stadium. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER
Ireland's full-back Rob Kearney runs to score a try against Canada in their Rugby World Cup match at the Millennium Stadium. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER
Matt Evans of Canada and Luke Fitzgerald of Ireland challenge for a high ball in their Rugby World Cup match at the Millennium Stadium. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images).
Van Der Merwe of Canada dives over to score a try which was later disallowed during the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images.
Jonathan Sexton (C) runs to score a try in the Rugby World Cup match against Canada at the Millennium Stadium. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE.
Ireland's back row Peter O'Mahony (C) is tackled by Canada's lock Brett Beukeboom (L) in their Rugby World Cup match at the Millenium Stadium. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE.
Ireland's lock Iain Henderson (R) is tackled by Canada's flanker Kyle Gilmour in their Rugby World Cup match at the Millennium Stadium. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE.
Ireland's prop Mike Ross (C) mauls during the Rugby against Canada at the Millennium Stadium. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE.
Irish supporters before the Rugby World Cup game against Canada at the Millennium Stadium. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE
Ireland's Ian Madigan during the captain's run at the Millennium Stadium, London. Nigel French/PA Wire
Canada hooker Ray Barkwill in action during the Canada captains run ahead of their opening 2015 Rugby World Cup match against Ireland at Millennium Stadium on September 18, 2015 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Canada player Jamie Mackenzie (r) enjoys a joke during the Canada captains run ahead of their opening 2015 Rugby World Cup match against Ireland at Millennium Stadium on September 18, 2015 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Ireland's Jordi Murphy during the captain's run at the Millennium Stadium. Nigel French/PA Wire
Nathan White during the captain's run at the Millennium Stadium, London. Nigel French/PA Wire
A large rugby ball dominated the pitch of the opening ceremony at Twickenham
Australia and Ireland fans in the stands during the IRB Rugby World Cup match at Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: An Ireland fan smiles ahead of the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Australia and Ireland at Eden Park on September 17, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: An Ireland fan looks on ahead of the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Australia and Ireland at Eden Park on September 17, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Ireland fans celebrate in the stands during the IRB Rugby World Cup match at Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: A Wallabies fan soaks up the atmosphere during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Australia and Ireland at Eden Park on September 17, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Ireland fans enjoy the atmosphere during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Australia and Ireland at Eden Park on September 17, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: A Wallabies fan looks on ahead of the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Australia and Ireland at Eden Park on September 17, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: A masked Ireland fan looks on ahead of the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Australia and Ireland at Eden Park on September 17, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Irish fans celebrate victory at the final whistle during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Australia and Ireland at Eden Park on September 17, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Wallabies and Ireland fans soak up the atmosphere during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Australia and Ireland at Eden Park on September 17, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Wallabies fans soak up the atmosphere during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Australia and Ireland at Eden Park on September 17, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Wallabies fans soak up the atmosphere during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Australia and Ireland at Eden Park on September 17, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Ireland fans soak up the atmosphere ahead of the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Australia and Ireland at Eden Park on September 17, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
Ireland fans celebrate in the stands during the IRB Rugby World Cup match at Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand
Ireland fans celebrate in the stands during the IRB Rugby World Cup match at Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Ireland fans celebrate victory after the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Australia and Ireland at Eden Park on September 17, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Ireland fans celebrate victory after the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Australia and Ireland at Eden Park on September 17, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: An Ireland fan sings during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Australia and Ireland at Eden Park on September 17, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Ireland fans celebrate victory after the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Australia and Ireland at Eden Park on September 17, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Irish fans celebrate victory at the final whistle during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Australia and Ireland at Eden Park on September 17, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Irish fans celebrate victory at the final whistle during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Australia and Ireland at Eden Park on September 17, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
Fans enjoy the atmosphere during the match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin
PALMERSTON NORTH, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 28: A Romania fan cheers on his team during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between Georgia and Romania at Arena Manawatu on September 28, 2011 in Palmerston North, New Zealand. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 01: A France fan cheers on her team during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between France and Tonga at Wellington Regional Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 01: A young France fan cheers on her team during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between France and Tonga at Wellington Regional Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 01: An England fan looks on prior to the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between England and Scotland at Eden Park on October 1, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 01: A Scotland fan smiles prior to the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between England and Scotland at Eden Park on October 1, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 01: A dejected France fan looks on following her team's 14-19 defeat during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between France and Tonga at Wellington Regional Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 01: A tonga fan cheers his team on during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between France and Tonga at Wellington Regional Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 01: A Tonga fan celebrates as dejected France fans look on following their team's 14-19 defeat during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between France and Tonga at Wellington Regional Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
HAMILTON, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02: A young Welsh fan shows her colours ahead of the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool D match between Wales and Fiji at Waikato Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Hamilton, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02: A New Zealand fan looks on during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool A match between New Zealand and Canada at Wellington Regional Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02: A New Zealand fan looks on during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool A match between New Zealand and Canada at Wellington Regional Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02: A fan enjoys the atmosphere during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
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ROTORUA, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 25: Ireland fans pose prior to the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Russia at Rotorua International Stadium on September 25, 2011 in Rotorua, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)
Ireland fans celebrate in the stands during the IRB Rugby World Cup match at the Otago Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand.
Ireland fans celebrate in the stands during the IRB Rugby World Cup match at the Otago Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand.
Ireland fans celebrate in the stands during the IRB Rugby World Cup match at the Otago Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand.
Wales fans with painted faces in the stands during the IRB Rugby World Cup match at the Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, New Zealand.
Wales fans wear fancy dress in the stands during the IRB Rugby World Cup match at the Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, New Zealand.
England fans shows their support ahead of the World Cup Group B match at Eden Park, Auckland.
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 30: A Springbok fans shows his support during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool D match between South Africa and Samoa at North Harbour Stadium on September 30, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 30: Springbok fans show their support during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool D match between South Africa and Samoa at North Harbour Stadium on September 30, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 30: Samoan fans show their colours during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool D match between South Africa and Samoa at North Harbour Stadium on September 30, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 30: Samoan fans show their colours during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool D match between South Africa and Samoa at North Harbour Stadium on September 30, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 01: France fans enjoy the pre-match atmosphere prior to kickoff during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between France and Tonga at Wellington Regional Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 01: France and Tonga fans cheer on their teams during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between France and Tonga at Wellington Regional Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 01: Dejected France fans look on following their team's 14-19 defeat during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between France and Tonga at Wellington Regional Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 01: England fans dressed as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry pose during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between England and Scotland at Eden Park on October 1, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
EXETER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 01: Exeter fans show their colours during the AVIVA Premiership match between Exeter Chiefs and Saracens at Sandy Park on October 1, 2011 in Exeter, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 01: Tonga fans celebrate their team's 14-19 victory during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between France and Tonga at Wellington Regional Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 01: Centre Siale Piutau of Tonga celebrates with the fans following his team's 14-19 victory during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between France and Tonga at Wellington Regional Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 01: Tonga fans cheer their team on during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between France and Tonga at Wellington Regional Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 01: Dejected France fans look on following their team's 14-19 defeat during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between France and Tonga at Wellington Regional Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 24: France fans pose prior to the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between New Zealand and France at Eden Park on September 24, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 24: France fans soak up the atmosphere prior to the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between New Zealand and France at Eden Park on September 24, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 24: All Blacks fans show their colours ahead of the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between New Zealand and France at Eden Park on September 24, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)
ROTORUA, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 25: Russia fans smile prior to the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Russia at Rotorua International Stadium on September 25, 2011 in Rotorua, New Zealand. (Photo by Teaukura Moetaua/Getty Images)
ROTORUA, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 25: Ireland fans pose prior to the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Russia at Rotorua International Stadium on September 25, 2011 in Rotorua, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)
ROTORUA, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 25: Ireland fans pose prior to the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Russia at Rotorua International Stadium on September 25, 2011 in Rotorua, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 25: Argentina fans enjoy the pre-match atmosphere prior to kickoff during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between Argentina and Scotland at Wellington Regional Stadium on September 25, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
NEW PLYMOUTH, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Wales fans enjoy the atmosphere during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool D match between Wales and Namibia at Stadium Taranaki on September 26, 2011 in New Plymouth, New Zealand. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
PALMERSTON NORTH, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 28: Romania fans enjoy the atmosphere during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between Georgia and Romania at Arena Manawatu on September 28, 2011 in Palmerston North, New Zealand. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
PALMERSTON NORTH, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 28: Young Romania fans wear cut out buckets during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between Georgia and Romania at Arena Manawatu on September 28, 2011 in Palmerston North, New Zealand. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
PALMERSTON NORTH, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 28: Georgia fans enjoy the atmosphere during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between Georgia and Romania at Arena Manawatu on September 28, 2011 in Palmerston North, New Zealand. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 30: South African fans show their support before the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool D match between South Africa and Samoa at North Harbour Stadium on September 30, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Duif du Toit/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 23: USA fans enjoy the atmosphere during match 23 of the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup between Australia and the USA at Wellington Regional Stadium on September 23, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 23: USA fans enjoy the atmosphere during match 23 of the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup between Australia and the USA at Wellington Regional Stadium on September 23, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 24: England fans enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between England and Romania at Otago Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Fans enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between England and Romania at Otago Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Romania fans enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between England and Romania at Otago Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 24: England fans enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between England and Romania at Otago Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 24: England fans enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between England and Romania at Otago Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 24: France fans dressed as Smurfs pose prior to the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between New Zealand and France at Eden Park on September 24, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 24: France fans pose prior to the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between New Zealand and France at Eden Park on September 24, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 24: All Blacks fans pose prior to the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between New Zealand and France at Eden Park on September 24, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 24: All Blacks fans pose prior to the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between New Zealand and France at Eden Park on September 24, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
Scotland fans show their support during the World Cup Group B match at Eden Park, Auckland.
Ireland fans show there support in the stands during the IRB Rugby World Cup match at the Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua, New Zealand.
Ireland fans show there support in the stands during the IRB Rugby World Cup match at the Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua, New Zealand.
French fans before the IRB Rugby World Cup match at Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand.
PALMERSTON NORTH, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02: Argentina fans celebrate victory after the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between Argentina and Georgia at Arena Manawatu on October 2, 2011 in Palmerston North, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)
PALMERSTON NORTH, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02: Georgia fans look on during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between Argentina and Georgia at Arena Manawatu on October 2, 2011 in Palmerston North, New Zealand. (Photo by Teaukura Moetaua/Getty Images)
HAMILTON, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02: Fiji fans soak up the atmopshere ahead of the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool D match between Wales and Fiji at Waikato Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Hamilton, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 24: France fans pose prior to the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between New Zealand and France at Eden Park on September 24, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)

The eighth Rugby World Cup continues on Saturday when Ireland tackles Canada at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff.

It's a big game for…

Luke Fitzgerald: The talk of Ireland's side heading into the tournament centred around the up and coming centre Robbie Henshaw, but injury means the Connacht man will miss the opener against Canada.

One a permanent fixture on the wing, Fitzgerald now gets his chance in the centre where it could be argued that Ireland may struggle without the physicality of Henshaw.

If Fitzgerald performs against Canada – and possibly Romania a week on Sunday – who’s to say that he won’t force his way in somewhere along the back line.

Teams…

Ireland: R Kearney; D Kearney, Payne, Fitzgerald, Earls; Sexton, Murray; McGrath, Best, Ross; Henderson, O’Connell; O’Mahony, O’Brien, Heaslip.

Replacements: Cronin, Healy, White, Ryan, Henry, Reddan, Madigan, Zebo.

Canada: Evans; Hassler, Hearn, Blevins, Van der Merwe; Hirayama, McRorie; Buydens, Barkwill, Wooldridge; Beukeboom, Cudmore; Gilmour, Moonlight, Carpenter.

Replacements: Piffero, Sears-Duru, Tiedemann, Sinclair, Thorpe, Mack, Underwood, Trainor.

Best stat…

Six: Ireland have not lost to Canada in all six of their meetings since their first meeting back in 1987. However, they did come close to defeat in 2000, when a brave Canadian side pushed the Irish all the way to a 27-27 draw in Markham.

Player to watch…

Sean O’Brien: At his best the man is unstoppable, and with him and No 8 Jamie Heaslip the Irish back-row certainly comes with a fair amount of oomph. At 28, O’Brien cannot be sure of playing in another World Cup and given this one is the closest he will get to a home tournament (given 2019 will be hosted by Japan) he will want to deliver to the best of his abilities. If Canada allow him to rumble over the gainline repeatedly, the Irish will be in store for an easy day at the office.

Live Blog Ireland v Canada Rugby World Cup
 

Past three meetings…

Canada 14 (Ardron) Ireland 40 (Trimble, McFadden 3, Cave, O’Donnell,) International Test, June 2013.

Canada 6 Ireland 25 (Vancouver), International Test, May 2009.

Ireland 55 (Earls, Kearney 2, Heaslip, Bowe 2, Wallace, Quinlan) Canada 0, International Test, November 2008.


Form guide…

Ireland: WWWLL

Canada: WWWLW

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