Canadians look to French game as key
September 26, 1999
Canada, who are looking to end a year long loosing run, are looking to their clash with the French next Saturday as the most important fixture in pool C.
"Last spring we thought finishing second in the group would depend on our game against Fiji, but now we're putting everything on France-Canada," said team director Keith Williamson.
The Canadians arrived in the south of France on Saturday and Wilkinson was quick to point out that the team has improved since their recent defeats in the UK.
"We lost to England and Wales in our last matches but it was close and we have progressed since. We have a good team with no weak spots that play hard and fast, we've had some problems but so have France."
However the Canadians have injury worries over two key players - hooker Mark Cardinal is unlikely to start against the French, after picking up a leg injury, while captain and fly half Gareth Rees (pictured) must recover from a knock to his knee before he can start his fourth World Cup campaign.