Canada - Romania: 2015 Rugby World Cup match preview

Canada and Romania meet in Tuesday's Pool D clash at the Leicester City Stadium, with both teams hoping to register their first victory of the 2015 Rugby World Cup. 

For Canada, this is their last opportunity to grab a win, whilst Romania still have a further match against Italy in the final pool game. 

The Canadians are coming off the back of two promising performances, only just going down to the Italians, before running France close well into the second half. 

For Romania, this is their best chance yet of a victory, after being pitted against Pool D giants France and Ireland in their opening two fixtures. 

Ardron misses out, as Cudmore leads Canucks 

Captain Tyler Ardron has not been selected for Canada's final game after failing to overcome the injury which has dogged his tournament, and saw him leave the field early in the defeat to France. 

Aaron Carpenter moves from hooker to take Ardron's spot at number eight, with John Moonlight and Jebb Sinclair joining Carpenter in a new-look backrow. 

Taking over as captain is veteran lock Jamie Cudmore, who will be appearing in his 14th World Cup match to tie a national record which was set by Rod Snow

In the backline, Gordon McRorie comes in at scrum-half to join the mightily impressive Nathan Hirayama in the half-backs, whilst Jeff Hassler starts on the right wing in place of Phil Mackenzie

DTH van der Merwe will be looking to keep up his record of scoring a try in each of his 2015 World Cup appearances, whilst James Pritchard will appear in his fourth World Cup tournament if he joins the game from the bench. 

Howells targets 'semi-final' win

Romania's head coach Lynn Howells, believes to achieve all of their goals at this World Cup, they must pick up a win against Canada in what he has classed as a 'semi-final'. 

The first goal he feels his side achieved, "we showed that we can play against the tier one nations."

The second goal was to win two games to confirm qualification for the 2019 World Cup, and that will only occur if they beat Canada, and follow it up with victory in their final game against Italy. 

Mihai Macovei again skippers the side, where he is joined in a destructive-looking backrow alongside Viorel Lucaci and Valentin Urasche who returns from suspension. 

Paulica Ion and Mihaita Lazar start at prop, with the Europeans hoping their dominant scrum can help give them control against the Canadians to register the all-important victory both teams so richly desire. 

How the sides line up

Canada: 1. Hubert Buydens, 2. Ray Barkwill, 3. Doug Wooldridge
4. Brett Beukeboom, 5. Jamie Cudmore (captain)
6. Jebb Sinclair, 7. John Moonlight, 8. Aaron Carpenter
9. Gordon McRorie, 10. Nathan Hirayama
11. DTH Van Der Merwe, 12. Nick Blevins, 13. Ciaran Hearn, 14. Jeff Hassler, 15.Harry Jones

Replacements: 16. Benoit Piffero, 17. Djustice Sears-­Duru, 18. Jake Ilnicki, 19. Kyle Gilmour, 20. Nanyak Dala, 21. Phil Mack, 22. Conor Trainor, 23. James Pritchard

Romania: 1. Mihaita Lazar, 2. Otar Turashvili, 3. Paulica Ion 
4. Valentin Poparlan, 5. Johannes van Heerden
6. Valentin Ursache, 7. Viorel Lucaci, 8. Mihai Macovei (c)
9. Florin Surugiu, 10. Michael Wiringi
11. Ionut Botezatu, 12. Florin Vlaicu, 13. Paula Kinikinilau, 14. Madalin Lemnaru, 15. Catalin Fercu

Replacements: 16. Andrei Radoi, 17. Andrei Ursache, 18. Alexandru Tarus, 19. Daniel Carpo, 20.Stelian Burcea, 21. Valentin Calafeteanu, 22. Adrian Apostol, 23. Csaba Gal