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Sunday, August 08, 2010

World Cup: Pre-tournament injuries now hit the Canadians

The rash of pre-tournament injuries continues, with Canada now being forced to make last minute changes to their squad. The latest victim is second-row Marie-Eve Brind'Amour-Carignan, who has failed to recover from a back injury picked up in the warm-up game with the USA a few weeks ago. Her replacement - Ashley MacDonald - is primarily a hooker, but in practice she has experience in most forward positions and should therefore offer the Canadians some extra flexibility. Marie-Eve was also one of very few French-Canadians in the squad, and Ashley's selection increases still more the representation from the west coast.

Coming less than 48 hours before the Monday's farewell dinner, its a big blow for the well-travelled 28 year-old, even though it was not a total surprise. This would have been her first World Cup and the emotion comes across in her interview with Meghan Mutrie, published yesterday (or this morning, our time!) - "I know there’s more to life than rugby ... but it’s still really hard".

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