Canada coach Kieran Crowley has rewarded the players who combined to beat Tonga in their opening match with a chance to cause a Rugby World Cup upset against France in Napier, New Zealand, on Sunday.
Crowley announced his squad Friday, retaining the same starting XV which scored two late tries in a 25-20 comeback win over Tonga two days earlier.
Canada dominated Tonga in the set piece and will be bidding to test France's impressive pack, with Pat Riordan leading the forwards at hooker, France-based Jamie Cudmore at lock, and bushy-bearded Adam Kleeberger at flanker.
Cudmore will face several of his Clermont Auvergne club teammates on Sunday, including France captain Aurelien Rougerie, flanker Julien Bonnaire and scrumhalf Morgan Parra.
Left winger Phil Mackenzie scored a late try to down the Tongans, and he will be chasing his fifth try in as many games when he runs out against France — although one was uncapped against the Barbarians in one of three warmup matches.
France had lopsided wins in its previous three tests against Canada — 50-6 in 2005, 47-13 in 2004, and 35-3 in 2002.
But the Rugby World Cup seems to inspire the Canadians and the French won their two contests in this tournament by far tighter margins, 19-13 in 1991 and 33-20 in 1999. France has won six of their seven meetings, losing away to Canada 18-16 in 1994.
Cudmore and Kleeberger were both on the field last time the teams met, six years ago in Nantes, when France scored 25 points in each half and ran in seven tries to overwhelm the Canadians.