Monro relishing Wallabies match-up
PA Sport
September 28, 2007

Ander Monro is looking forward to mixing it with his rugby heroes when Canada take on Australia in their final World Cup match in Bordeaux tomorrow.

Canada face the prospect of leaving France having failed to gain a World Cup victory for the first time in their history after allowing Japan to draw 12-12 earlier this week.

But for Monro, just facing Australia, even a second-string Wallabies side, is the culmination of a dream.

He said: ``It is a great opportunity. As a player you want to play against these guys and a lot of them you see growing up and that is who you aspire to be like.

``It is a great chance to have a go and test yourself against them. It is exciting as a player to have a chance to play a team like that.''

Canada coach Ric Suggitt has made eight changes from the side which drew with Japan while there are 12 changes for Australia, who have already booked their
quarter-final place in Marseille, with Adam Ashley-Cooper replacing Scott Staniforth at number 12 in the original starting XV.

That means Chris Latham is promoted to full-back and he sees it as an opportunity to sharpen his game following his lay-off with a knee injury.

He said: ``I want to keep playing footy. The more footy I play the more confident I'm getting and the better I'm feeling. And the more I'm playing on it (the knee) the better it's feeling.''

Latham also spared a thought for fly-half Stephen Larkham, whose World Cup remains in doubt after a knee operation.

He said: ``I hope that he makes a pretty quick recovery and we can get him back playing some games. Not only is he a very important part of the squad for this campaign but on a personal note I'd hate for his career with Australian rugby to end, as it might, as it sits at the moment.''

Meanwhile, Canada coach Ric Suggitt, disappointed with the result against Japan in Pool B, admits he would be delighted to come away with a draw against
the Aussies.

``We have a few bumps and bruises,'' Suggitt said. ``We kept some guys out (against Japan) to get some fresh legs and we know Australia will try to attack us on all edges of the field and we wanted to put some more speed on the field.

``I wasn't happy with a tie last time but I would be happy with one this time. I just hope the guys perform the best they can.

``The players were dejected because they did not come away with the victory against Japan and it is one of those sayings, `it is like kissing your sister' and no one wants that to happen. We had our 24 hours of misery but it is such a short turnaround that we can't worry what happened in our last game.''

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