WELLINGTON, Sept. 29, 2011 - Canada's head coach Kieran Crowley has always intended to name his best team in every match of Rugby World Cup 2011.
The time for experiments with the lineup was prior to the World Cup and now Crowley has named a starting 15 with just one change to the lineup that tied Japan in Napier on Tuesday.
The only player unavailable for selection was James Pritchard, who is recovering from an injury received during a collision with a Japanese player.
With Pritchard out, Matt Evans earns his second Rugby World Cup cap for Canada, slotting in at starting fullback.
Evans returned to the Canada jersey in Tuesday's game against Japan, his first action since injuring his leg in the opening minutes of Canada's test against U.S.A. in Toronto in August.
With the change, Conor Trainor moves from the bench to starting wing. The rest of Canada's starting lineup remains the same, with some players requiring the pass a fitness test prior to the game, but Crowley full expects all to be healthy for Sunday's game.
"I've said all the way through this tournament, you approach every game in its own right," Crowley said. "It is a Rugby World Cup test match. We're confident in our full squad of 30, but this is what we see as our best for Sunday and I want our best team out there."
Canada's forward pack remains the same as it has for the entire tournament, led by captain Pat Riordan at hooker.
The front row is rounded out by loosehead Hubert Buydens and Jason Marshall, to form the front row that has impressed throughout the tournament.
The remainder of the tight forwards continue their run with Jebb Sinclair and Jamie Cudmore at lock. Adam Kleeberger, Chauncey O'Toole and Aaron Carpenter remain at loose forward, in a combination that has ran on since Canada's second test against the U.S.A. in August.
Ed Fairhurst leads the backline charge and links with flyhalf Ander Monro, who sparked a late comeback against Japan with a try and clutch penalty goal.
Phil Mackenzie, Trainor and Evans make up the back three, with Ryan Smith and DTH van der Merwe in the centres.
Crowley has opted for a 5:3 split in the reserves, with the changes to the starting lineup meaning a shuffle on the bench as well.
Ryan Hamilton remains as reserve hooker, along with Scott Franklin as reserve prop. Andrew Tiedemann stands to make his Rugby World Cup debut off the bench, as reserve prop, while lock Tyler Hotson and loose forward Nanyak Dala making up the remainder of the forwards reserves.
Scrum half Sean White and Nathan Hirayama are the lone backs reserves.
Canada face the New Zealand All Blacks at Wellington Regional Stadium Sunday at 3:30 p.m. (NZST). Canada currently sits in third place in Pool A with six points, one spot ahead of Tonga in fourth with five points.
Both Canada and Tonga have one game remaining in Rugby World Cup 2011.
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Canadian side to face New Zealand
1. Hubert Buydens (PRAIRIE WOLF PACK)
2. Pat Riordan (captain) (BC BEARS)
3. Jason Marshall (BC BEARS)
4. Jebb Sinclair (LONDON IRISH)
5. Jamie Cudmore (ASM CLERMONT AUVERGNE)
6. Adam Kleeberger (BC BEARS)
7. Chauncey O'Toole (OSPREYS)
8. Aaron Carpenter (PLYMOUTH ALBION)
9. Ed Fairhurst (UBC OLD BOYS RAVENS)
10. Ander Monro (vice captain) (ONTARIO BLUES)
11. Phil Mackenzie (ESHER)
12. Ryan Smith (PRAIRIE WOLF PACK)
13. DTH van der Merwe (GLASGOW WARRIORS)
14. Conor Trainor (BC BEARS)
15. Matt Evans (UNATTACHED)
16. Ryan Hamilton (BC BEARS)
17. Scott Franklin (PRAIRIE WOLF PACK)
18. Andrew Tiedemann (PRAIRIE WOLF PACK)
19. Tyler Hotson (PLYMOUTH ALBION)
20. Nanyak Dala (PRAIRIE WOLF PACK)
21. Sean White (BC BEARS)
22. Nathan Hirayama (BC BEARS)
Head coach - Kieran Crowley
Manager - Rodger Swany