Alphonso Davies and Lucas Cavallini were the heroes as Canada outclassed and upstaged the United States 2-0 in their CONCACAF Nations League clash.

Bayern Munich sensation Davies broke the deadlock in the 63rd minute and Cavallini sealed the triumph in stoppage time in Toronto on Tuesday.

It was Canada's first goals against USA since the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup and the country's first victory over their rivals since 1985 as they stayed perfect in Group A.

USA produced a merciless performance to open their Nations League campaign with a 7-0 rout of Cuba last week, inspired by Weston McKennie's 13-minute hat-trick.

However, USA were second best and struggled to keep the ball throughout the first half in Canada, where the hosts hustled the United States out of their stride.

In a half lacking rhythm, Canada should have taken the lead in the 16th minute but teenager Jonathan David wasted two big chances.

A backpass went straight to the feet of David, who was initially denied by USA goalkeeper Zack Steffen at point-blank range before firing wide of the post.

Another chance went begging for David five minutes into the second half after the 19-year-old Canadian side-footed agonisingly wide of the near post.

USA went up the other end moments later and almost took the lead against the run of play, but Christian Pulisic's tame shot was easily dealt with by Milan Bojan after being played in by Jordan Morris.

Canada finally got their goal in the 63rd minute and it was fully deserved as Davies bundled the ball over the line after USA twice failed to clear the danger.

Only Steffen stood in between Canada and a second goal after he thwarted Junior Hoilett with 19 minutes remaining as USA's dire performance continued, but Cavallini's 91st-minute goal capped a great night for Canada.

 

What does it mean? Canada preserve perfect record

Canada created distance between themselves and USA after making it three wins from three games in Group A. Canada are yet to concede a goal, while USA are six points adrift having played a match less in the race for the semi-finals.

Pulisic's struggles continue

It was another disappointing outing for Pulisic, who was hauled off approaching the hour mark. Already struggling for game time at Chelsea following his arrival from Borussia Dortmund, the USA star cut a dejected figure after being substituted on the back of an uninspiring display.

Canada showcase potential

Much has been made about Canada with Davies and David ushering in a new era of hope for the country. And based on Tuesday's display, the future is bright for Canada, who never gave USA a sniff.

What's next?

USA and Canada will be back in action for next month's rematch in Orlando, Florida on November 15.

The Rugby World Cup is headed for the knockout rounds after a dramatic pool stage in which Scotland were the biggest casualties.

Eight teams remain from 20, with hosts Japan – who have four wins from four – progressing as winners of Pool A after defeating Gregor Townsend's men on Sunday.

Japan also stunned Ireland in the same group, but Joe Schmidt's side progressed into the quarters in second.

In Pool B, two-time defending champions New Zealand finished top, with an impressive South Africa side behind them. Italy were frustrated as the impact of Typhoon Hagibis ended their slim chances of progression.

Meanwhile, England topped Pool C with France in second place, with Wales and Australia completing the last-eight line-up.

Using Opta data, we look back at an enthralling tournament so far.

Pool A – Japan, Ireland, Scotland, Tonga, Russia

1 – Japan are into the knockout stage of a World Cup for the first time in their history, becoming the first non-tier one side to do so since Fiji in 2007.

5 – Kirill Golosnitskiy's scored in the fifth minute of the opening match as Russia took the lead against Japan. It is the quickest ever try in a World Cup opener.

2 – Scotland have failed to make it out of the pool stages of the Rugby World Cup for just the second time, after also doing so in 2011.

90 – Rob Kearney crossed for a try after just 90 seconds against Russia, Ireland's fastest World Cup try and the fastest of the tournament so far.

48 – Japan's Yu Tamura has scored 48 points so far, more than any other player. All of his points have come with the boot – 10 penalties and nine conversions.

Pool B – New Zealand, South Africa, Italy, Namibia, Canada

4 – Canada had Josh Larsen sent off versus South Africa and have had four players dismissed in the history of the World Cup, more than any other side. There have been seven dismissals so far this tournament – four was the previous highest total in both 1995 and 1999.

17 – New Zealand have won their last 17 World Cup matches, the longest run by any side in the tournament's history.

21 – Against Canada, South Africa's Cobus Reinach scored the earliest hat-trick in a World Cup match, crossing for his third try in the 21st minute.

142 – After featuring against South Africa, Italy captain Sergio Parisse surpassed Brian O'Driscoll (141) to become the outright second-most capped player in Test rugby history behind Richie McCaw, who played 148 times.

Pool C – England, France, Argentina, Tonga, USA

20 – Against Argentina, Romain Ntamack, aged 20 years and 143 days, became the youngest player to feature for France in a World Cup match.

88 – Agustin Creevy won his 88th cap for Argentina when he played against England, overtaking Felipe Contepomi as Los Puma's most capped player.

6 – George Ford has been involved in six tries for England, more than any other player, scoring two and providing a tournament-high four assists.

Pool D – Wales, Australia, Fiji, Georgia, Uruguay

62 – Fiji's Semi Radradra topped the charts for carries (62), metres (400) and defenders beaten (29) in the pool stage.

94 – James Slipper scored his first try for Australia in his 94th Test when the Wallabies faced Uruguay. No player from any nation has played more matches before scoring their first try.

130 – By playing in Wales' win over Australia, Alun Wyn Jones overtook Gethin Jenkins (129) as the most capped Welshman, going on to make his 131st appearance against Fiji.

35 – At the age of 35 years and 186 days, Adam Ashley-Cooper is the oldest Australia player to make a World Cup appearance. He subsequently became their oldest try scorer in World Cup history, and their oldest in any match since 1966.

100 – Warren Gatland's side have won 100 per cent of their matches so far. It is the first time Wales have won all of their pool games since 1987.

Canada players took to the streets of Kamaishi to help with recovery efforts after Typhoon Hagibis prevented them facing Namibia in the Rugby World Cup on Sunday.

World Rugby and the Japan 2019 Organising Committee cancelled the final Pool B match on safety grounds after one of the most powerful storms for decades swept through the country.

Although Canada were unable to end the tournament with a first victory at Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium, they rolled their sleeves up for physical endeavours off the field.

Players headed out to assist with the clean-up operation in a city that was battered by torrential rain and fierce winds over the weekend.

A tweet from Rugby World Cup showed a video clip of members of the squad helping locals and hailed the players for "showing the true value of the game."

Namibia and Canada's final Pool B match at the Rugby World Cup has been cancelled due to the impact of Typhoon Hagibis.

Both teams were aiming to claim a first win of the tournament in Japan, but the tropical storm – one of the most powerful to hit the country in decades – means Sunday's match in Kamaishi will not go ahead.

New Zealand's match against Italy and England's clash with France, both of which were due to take place on Saturday, were cancelled on Thursday. Italy's slim chance of reaching the quarter-finals was ended by the decision.

The crucial Pool A fixture between Japan and Scotland has also come under threat, with Gregor Townsend's team needing a bonus-point victory to be sure of progression.

A pitch inspection was due to decide the fate of Sunday's Yokohama contest. In the result of a cancelled fixture the score would be classed as 0-0, resulting in Scotland going out of the competition and Japan progressing to the last eight for the first time.

Scottish Rugby has threatened legal action in such a scenario.

However, World Rugby said in a statement that it hoped Sunday's remaining fixtures, including the Japan-Scotland match, would go ahead as planned.

World Rugby chief operating officer and tournament director Alan Gilpin said: "We remain optimistic that Sunday's remaining matches will go ahead as scheduled in Kumamoto, Hanazono and Yokohama, which are much further south and therefore outside of the impact of the storm conditions this morning."

Canada coach Kingsley Jones wants his team to end a disappointing year on a high when they tackle Namibia in their farewell to the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

The Welshman has overseen dismal campaigns at the Americas Rugby Championship and the Pacific Nations Cup in 2019, and three World Cup defeats means their tournament record this year reads: won one, lost 10.

That lone success was a victory over Chile, and the only way Canada can leave Japan with a sense of real achievement will be to see off Namibia on Sunday in Kamaishi City.

Jones has gone with experience for the Pool B wooden spoon match, making five changes to the side that lost 66-7 to South Africa last time out, as Gordon McRorie, Djustice Sears-Duru, Eric Howard, Conor Keys and Patrick Parfrey come in.

"It might be the last time some of these guys get an opportunity in the shirt," Jones said.

"Everybody really wants to be a part of this big game ahead. Some tough decisions for us but we feel we've got to pick the best 23 to make sure we get that result."

Given Canada have scored just 14 points across three defeats so far, the Canucks need to find a hitherto unseen cutting edge against a dangerous Namibia side.

"They're well organised, they're fast, and they want to play physical so it's a big challenge for us," Jones said of Namibia, as quoted on Canada's official website.

The Namibians are also coached by a Welshman in Phil Davies, and the chance of a first World Cup victory after 22 consecutive defeats at the tournament since their 1999 debut is one they are eager to snatch.

Speaking after his side went down 71-9 to New Zealand last time out, Davies said his squad were physically "banged up" by the All Blacks experience.

But he said the opportunity to play in Kamaishi, a city devastated but now recovering from the deadly March 2011 tsunami, was something Namibia would embrace this weekend.

"I visited Kamaishi in December and it's an amazing place," Davies said. "The way they've fought back from that disaster is incredible, using the spirit of rugby to rebuild the city.

"We feel very privileged and humbled that we're trying to add to that rebuild and hopefully we can leave a positive legacy post-match."

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Namibia - Eugene Jantjies

Jantjies returns to the Namibia XV after starting on the bench against the All Blacks, coming in for Damian Stevens. The 33-year-old could play a key role in landing that long-elusive first victory.

Canada - DTH van der Merwe

The experienced Van der Merwe will be familiar to British club rugby supporters after his two spells with Glasgow Warriors, either side of stints with the Scarlets and Newcastle. He will win his 62nd cap, moving him level with James Pritchard and Rod Snow for seventh on Canada's all-time list.

 

KEY OPTA FACTS

- This will be the third meeting between Namibia and Canada in Test rugby. Canada have won both previous clashes, 72-11 at the 1999 Rugby World Cup and 17-13 in 2014.

- Canada have lost just three of their 12 Rugby World Cup matches against second-tier opposition, winning seven and drawing two; however, across their last five such matches they have won just once (D2, L2).

- Namibia's most recent Rugby World Cup match against a fellow tier-two opponent saw them lose 17-16 to Georgia in the 2015 tournament.

- Canada's total of 14 points makes them the lowest-scoring side in the pool stage at this tournament. They have scored at least 45 points in each previous Rugby World Cup campaign.

- DTH van der Merwe has gained 948 metres in his Rugby World Cup career, and 52 more would see him become the first player from Canada in the tournament’s history to log 1,000 metres. Only three players from any nation have reached the milestone: Jonah Lomu, Bryan Habana and David Campese.

Rassie Erasmus was pleased to see South Africa keep things simple in tricky conditions as they booked a place in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday.

A much-changed Springboks side rounded off their Pool B fixtures with a resounding 66-7 victory over Canada in Kobe, Cobus Reinach effectively putting the game to bed in the first half with a hat-trick in the space of 10 minutes and 25 seconds.

Damian de Allende, S'Busiso Nkosi, Warrick Gelant, Frans Steyn, Schalk Brits, Damian Willemse and Frans Malherbe also touched down in a comprehensive victory amid high humidity.

Matt Heaton scored the only try for Canada, who will hope to claim their first point when they face Pool B's other winless team Namibia on Sunday.

South Africa have at least 11 days until they are back in action with a quarter-final against Ireland, Scotland or hosts Japan, and Erasmus was pleased to head into the knockout stages after a solid display.

He said: "It was a short turnaround for the guys, a lot of guys who hadn't played for a while. It was scrappy at stages but I can't moan about that, overall not too bad.

"In this humidity, you can overexaggerate the play and I think we kept it really simple which is a good thing.

"I think the big thing is to see who we play in the quarters, give the guys two days off and then by Friday we'll be back on the horse again.

"I think there's so much stiff opposition, but we've got a good chance like everyone else. There's so many good teams in this tournament but I think we're in with a chance.

"We played Japan a few weeks ago [a 41-7 win for the Springboks] and they're a class act. Ireland are a class act as are Scotland. Some tough opposition in the next couple of weeks."

Captain Siya Kolisi and De Allende were the only players to retain their starting places for the Canada game.

Kolisi was sidelined by a knee injury in the build-up to the competition in Japan and relished the chance to get another full match under his belt.

"It was really good [to get 80 minutes], especially with a performance like that," said Kolisi.

"I'm really proud of the boys because that's what it's going to take for us. If you don't improve every week it shows you haven't learned anything."

South Africa delivered a statement of intent as they thrashed Canada 66-7 to book their place in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals in style.

Rassie Erasmus insisted there would be no drop off in quality for his Springboks side despite a raft of changes, and his expectations were met as South Africa ran riot in Kobe.

An 11-minute hat-trick by Cobus Reinach - the earliest in World Cup history - was the highlight of a sensational first-half performance, with the Springboks' evening made easier when Canada had Josh Larsen sent off as South Africa held a 47-0 lead at half-time.

Matt Heaton grabbed a consolation as Canada managed to stem the green-and-gold tide despite their numerical disadvantage in the second half, though South Africa still capped off a successful Pool B campaign.

South Africa started as they meant to go on, RG Snyman's breakthrough paving the way for Damian De Allende, one of two players to retain their place for the Springboks, to barge over in the third minute, with Elton Jantjies adding the extras.

S'Busiso Nkosi's wicked turn of pace did for Canada's defence, before Reinach displayed brilliant skill to latch onto his own kick and race over for a third Springboks try with less than 10 minutes played.

Reinach dived in for a second moments later, following another Snyman break, and he became the fifth South African player to score a World Cup hat-trick when he burst in from the right in the 20th minute.

South Africa's scrum-half turned provider for his team's sixth try, powering away to find De Allende, whose quick pass was pounced on by Warrick Gelant.

Canada's misery was compounded before the break - substitute Larsen seeing red for an illegal shoulder charge just short of South Africa's line - before Frans Steyn, a World Cup winner in 2007, went over following an interception on the stroke of half-time.

Against the odds, Canada got on the scoresheet six minutes after the restart, Heaton bundling over to restore some pride.

Veteran Schalk Brits nosed South Africa above 50, though his match - potentially his final Springboks appearance - was ended through injury soon after.

Damian Willemse strolled in for his first international try with 14 minutes to go and Frans Malherbe rounded off a supreme display as South Africa moved top of Pool B.

 

Reinach runs riot

The scrum-half surely did enough to secure his place in Erasmus' side for the quarter-finals with an exhilarating individual display.

His first try was the pick of the bunch as, having picked a gap in Canada's ragged line, the 29-year-old lobbed a perfect kick over the last defender before taking it on the bounce and cruising over next to the posts.

Erasmus' back-up brigade stake their claim

South Africa's coach had no concerns about trusting his fringe players for Tuesday's encounter and his faith was rewarded in emphatic fashion.

While the Springboks will be presented with a much tougher opponent in the last eight, Erasmus will have plenty of food for thought when it comes to his team selection.

What's next?

South Africa's victory will not be enough to see them top Pool B if, as expected, New Zealand beat Italy on Saturday, though it is still up in the air as to whether it will be Japan, Ireland or Scotland who await the Springboks in the last eight.

Canada end their campaign against Namibia on Sunday.

South Africa boss Rassie Erasmus expects no drop in quality from his much-changed side when they take on Canada in the Rugby World Cup.

Erasmus has made 13 changes for Tuesday's Pool B encounter in Kobe, with a victory likely to be enough to secure their place in the quarter-finals.

The Springboks are level on points with Italy, though the Azzurri have to play reigning champions New Zealand in their final pool outing.

But despite only Damian de Allende and captain Siya Kolisi retaining their places, Erasmus is anticipating his fringe players will step up in a bid to secure a place in the quarter-final team should South Africa progress.

"The team's make-up is a bit different, but we expect the same intensity," Erasmus said.

"It doesn't help if we get a good score but we don't really improve in all the areas.

"And one of the areas which will be vital going into the knockout stages is intensity and big moments, and the intensity at which quarter-final and semi-final rugby is being played.

"If this team doesn't at least match that or step up, they will struggle to stay in team selection and make the team. They know that, and that will be one of the challenges."

South Africa were defeated by New Zealand in their opening fixture but bounced back with comprehensive victories over Namibia and Italy.

Erasmus paid tribute to the tier-two nations, believing World Rugby's work to develop the lower-ranked countries has paid dividends in Japan.

"Credit to World Rugby, if you just look at Namibia, Canada, Japan, they were walkovers," he added.

"But if you look at the phases Canada produced against Italy, and how they botched a few tries – they could've scored four or five really good tries.

"Overall, what World Rugby put into the tier-two nations is really great, and we've put a lot of time into Canada because if you take your eye off them, there might be one or two little errors and they get a sniff.

"They are tough and physical – we know the type of sports they are used to. They are physical men and will give themselves a chance."

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH

South Africa - Siya Kolisi

Erasmus believes his captain is back to his best and, after the 28-year-old impressed against Italy, Kolisi will be eager to maintain his form by taking the Canada match by the scruff of the neck.

Canada - Andrew Coe

Coe is the only Canada player to score a try in Japan, having crossed after coming on as a replacement in the 48-7 defeat to Italy. The full-back has now been handed a chance to impress from the start in Canada's penultimate appearance.

KEY OPTA FACTS

- This will be the third meeting between South Africa and Canada in Test rugby, the Springboks won the previous clashes (20-0 in 1995 and 51-18 in 2000).

- South Africa have won 18 of their 19 Rugby World Cup matches against tier-two opposition. Their only defeat came against Japan in 2015.

- Canada's 63-0 defeat to New Zealand was only the second time they have been kept scoreless in a World Cup match. The previous occasion came against South Africa in 1995.

South Africa have made 13 changes to their starting side to face Canada at the Rugby World Cup on Tuesday.

After losing to the All Blacks in their opener, the Springboks have claimed comfortable wins over Namibia (57-3) and Italy (49-3) in Pool B.

With just a four-day turnaround to their clash against Canada in Kobe, South Africa opted for changes.

Captain Siya Kolisi and centre Damian De Allende are making second straight starts, while nine players who featured against Namibia are starting.

Prop Thomas Du Toit and scrum-half Cobus Reinach are also starting, meaning every player in the squad will have started for the Springboks by the end of the pool stage.

"A four-day turnaround between Tests is a challenge but we had planned for it and will be well prepared," Springboks director of rugby Rassie Erasmus said.

"This match is just as important as the three that we have already played – it has the same number of log points available and the same impact on our chances of qualifying and we have to now complete the job."

 

South Africa: Damian Willemse, Warrick Gelant, Damian De Allende, Frans Steyn, Sbu Nkosi, Elton Jantjies, Cobus Reinach; Thomas Du Toit, Schalk Brits, Vincent Koch, RG Snyman, Franco Mostert, Siya Kolisi, Kwagga Smith, Francois Louw.
Replacements: Malcolm Marx, Steven Kitshoff, Frans Malherbe, Eben Etzebeth, Pieter-Steph Du Toit, Herschel Jantjies, Handre Pollard, Willie Le Roux.

Steve Hansen felt a much-changed New Zealand side set the benchmark during a devastating second-half burst in a 63-0 Rugby World Cup rout of Canada.

The All Blacks cruised to a nine-try victory on a humid Wednesday at Oita Stadium to go second in Pool B behind Italy after making a winning start to their title defence against South Africa.

Beauden Barrett, Scott Barrett and Jordie Barrett were among the try-scorers as they made history by becoming the first trio of brothers to play in the same All Blacks side in a World Cup match.

The defending champions showed Canada no mercy, scoring four tries in the space of nine minutes at the start of the second half, while Brad Weber grabbed a double before the hour mark and Richie Mo'unga was perfect from the tee in a one-sided encounter.

Head coach Hansen wants to see the All Blacks display such intensity throughout the rest of the tournament as they bid to lift the Webb Ellis Cup for an unprecedented third time in a row.

"It was a pretty good performance when you break it down. Particularly that first half of the second half they really came together and played good controlled rugby in difficult conditions," said Hansen.

"The humidity was unbelievable, people at home will be wondering why they are dropping a few balls, it's very, very difficult so I think they've done well."

He added: "We've got to put that first 20 minutes of the second half and turn it into 80 minutes, if we can do that we won't be too far away."

Canada boss Kingsley Jones was proud of his players despite such suffering such a mauling.

"I'm really proud of the guys with the way they stuck in. We had big chunks of the game where we were really in the game, we had opportunities between 16 and 36 minutes, but failed to capitalise," said Jones.

"The way we dug in for the last 20 minutes, I'm proud of the guys, they showed true Canadian grit and every one of themselves can look in the mirror and be proud of themselves."

The Barrett brothers celebrated making Rugby World Cup history by scoring a try apiece as ruthless holders New Zealand hammered Canada 63-0 at Oita Stadium on Wednesday.

Beauden Barrett, Jordie Barrett and Scott Barrett became the first siblings to play in the same All Blacks side in a World Cup and they all made their mark in a nine-try drubbing.

All three brothers touched down along with Sonny Bill Williams, Rieko Ioane, Shannon Frizell and Brad Weber (two) after New Zealand were awarded an early penalty try.

Five of the tries came in a spell of 16 second-half minutes as Steve Hansen's side ran riot to go second in Pool B behind Italy, after starting their quest to win the Web Ellis Cup for an unprecedented third consecutive time with a win over South Africa.

The outstanding Richie Mo'unga scored 16 points with the boot - nailing all eight conversions - and Ardie Savea became the first player to wear goggles in a World Cup match but whipped them off soon after coming on.

New Zealand made an ominous start with huge backing from an expectant crowd and Romain Poite awarded a penalty try with only four minutes gone, Gordon McRorie punished for trying to steal a ball while a scrum drove Canada beyond their own line.

Jordie Barrett took a crossfield kick from Mo'unga to add a second try and Williams stepped inside and ploughed over for another before turning provider for Beauden Barrett with a clever kick.

The humidity made the ball tricky to handle in the first half, but New Zealand shifted through the gears after the break to put on a show with conditions easing.

Williams darted between a couple of defenders before setting up a simple finish for Ioane and Scott Barrett rounded off a slick move after fumbling as he went to touch down in the first half.

Frizell went over following an initial break from Ioane and New Zealand had four tries in the first 10 minutes of the second half when the rapid Beauden Barrett sprinted 60 metres to lay on a first Test try for Weber.

Mo'unga started that move with a brilliant take and offload, and the magnificent fly-half slipped in Weber for a double before maintaining his 100 per cent record from the tee.

Beauden Barrett missed out on a brace when he dropped the ball running clear right at the end, but that would have been no consolation for battered Canada.

 

Mo'unga magic makes Canada suffer

Mo'unga showed New Zealand's strength in depth with a brilliant performance at number 10, showing great vision and skill with ball in hand and producing a flawless display with the boot.

Full-back masterclass from brilliant Beauden

Beauden Barrett showed his class at full-back with a superb all-round display, taking high balls, charging through the Canada defence with a sharp turn of foot and also performing his defensive duties magnificently - the highlight being a great saving tackle to deny Peter Nelson a first-half try.

Key Opta Facts:

- New Zealand have won each of their six Tests against Canada, with their last five victories in that run coming by margins of 50-plus points.
- The All Blacks have won each of their last 16 Rugby World Cup matches, the longest run by any side in the tournament's history, while they also boast a 100 per cent win rate in pool stage matches at the World Cup (30/30).
- This is the 32nd time that a match has been won by 60-plus points at the Rugby World Cup, New Zealand have been the winning side in 13 of those matches, over twice as many as any other side (England, Australia both five). 
- All three Barrett brothers scored a try in the same game for New Zealand for the first time; Beauden and Jordie Barrett had crossed the try line in the same game once before (v Italy in November 2018).
- Sonny Bill Williams and Sam Whitelock have each won their last 16 Rugby World Cup games, equaling Keven Mealamu for the all-time record of consecutive wins at the tournament.

What's next?

The holders will be expected to rack up another big score against Namibia on Sunday, while Canada will be in for another daunting encounter with the Springboks two days later.

Steve Hansen is hopeful Beauden Barrett's performance levels will improve even further playing alongside his brothers in New Zealand's next pool match at the Rugby World Cup.

The All Blacks began their campaign with victory over South Africa, in the process taking a huge early step towards the knockout stages of the tournament.

Their next outing is against Canada; while it is expected to be a more straightforward affair, Hansen has still named a strong New Zealand side.

Included in the XV are brothers Beauden, Jordie and Scott Barrett, becoming just the second trio of siblings to start together in a World Cup match - after Tonga's Vunipola brothers in 2015.

Beauden Barrett is a two-time World Rugby Player of the Year and starred against the Springboks, playing at full-back rather than his usual position of fly-half.

Yet Hansen is optimistic the 28-year-old will be inspired to produce an even more impressive display in familiar company.

"We know he's got all the skills in the world but he's in a hurry, you know," Hansen said. "He's got two brothers who are ahead of him.

"If you're in a contest with your siblings, you're always in a hurry - because you want to prove to not only yourself but your two siblings and everybody else that you're better than they are."

Hansen is also excited to see Jordie Barrett out on the field against Canada, although he acknowledges there are areas of the 22-year-old's game that still need honing.

"He's a very confident young man is our Jordie - and he has every right to be confident," the coach said. "He's a very skilled player.

"It's not his confidence that we need to get right, it's just his understanding and his pace of how he wants to play. He wants to do it at 100 miles an hour.

"We've talked about that before in the media and he's making good progress, so we're pretty excited by where he's going to end up one day."

Were Canada to get any sort of result against the All Blacks, it would go down as one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history.

But Hansen admitted he had enjoyed taking in another shock result at the weekend when Japan defeated Ireland, who are seen by many as one of the major rivals for New Zealand's crown.

"You wouldn't get a better game of rugby. I thought [Japan] were outstanding in their performance," Hansen said.

"And their speed of ball was great, their line speed was awesome, they just kept coming, didn't they? Time after time after time and showed a lot of courage, a lot of intent, and a lot of skills.

"So hats off to them, it was a really great performance and one that the whole of Japan should be proud of."


PLAYERS TO WATCH

New Zealand - Beauden Barrett

Barrett is a joy to watch at the best of times given his outstanding speed, but the opportunity to take on inferior opponents like Canada should see him really make hay. If the makeshift full-back lifts his level even further as Hansen suggests, the Canucks could be in real trouble.

Canada - Conor Trainor

This match comes eight years to the day since the sides' previous World Cup meeting, in which Trainor also played. In fact, not only did he play but he also scored - twice. Trainor is the only player to have tallied a pair of tries against the All Blacks in the World Cup in the 21st century. A repeat would make for some story.


KEY OPTA FACTS

- New Zealand have won each of their previous five Tests against Canada, with their most recent four victories in that run coming by 50 points or more.
- The All Blacks have won each of their last 15 Rugby World Cup matches, the longest run by any side in the tournament's history.
- They also boast a 100 per cent win rate in pool stage matches at the World Cup (29/29).
- New Zealand have scored at least one try in each of their past 27 World Cup matches, a record for any nation in the tournament, last failing to do so against South Africa in 1999.
- Canada are winless in their past eight World Cup matches. Prior to this run, they had never gone more than four matches without victory in the tournament.

Beauden, Scott and Jordie Barrett will become the first trio of brothers to start for New Zealand when the All Blacks face Canada at the Rugby World Cup.

Wednesday's Pool B fixture against Canada at Oita Stadium will see the Barrett siblings become just the second trio of brothers to start in a World Cup match after the Tongan Vunipola brothers in 1995.

All Blacks star Beauden Barrett and brother Scott retain their places in the XV following the world champions' opening victory over South Africa, with head coach Steve Hansen making 11 changes.

New Zealand veteran Sonny Bill Williams is handed his first start of the showpiece tournament, along with Rieko Ioane, while TJ Perenara also slots into the line-up.

"Our aim is to win the next two Pool matches against Canada and Namibia, as well as continuing to grow our game and manage the workload across the group. With two games four days apart, it's obvious that we need to use our whole squad," Hansen said.

"Whilst there's a huge amount of energy and excitement amongst the whole team about what lies ahead, this week there has been a real focus on ourselves and our own standards.

"We've been working hard. We know we have to keep growing our game. We've always been demanding of ourselves when it comes to continued improvement, and that will never change. By doing so, it allows us to have the right attitude, intent and execution.

"When it comes to our preparation, it should never be about who we are playing, but how we are preparing individually and as a team, both mentally and physically. By doing this, it means you always respect your opponent and the jersey."

 

New Zealand: Beauden Barrett, Jordie Barrett, Jack Goodhue, Sonny Bill Williams, Rieko Ioane, Richie Mo'unga, TJ Perenara; Atu Moli, Liam Coltman, Angus Ta'avao, Patrick Tuipulotu, Scott Barrett, Shane Frizell, Matt Todd, Kieran Read.
Replacements: Codie Taylor, Ofa Tuungafasi, Nepo Laulala, Samuel Whitelock, Ardie Savea, Brad Weber, Ryan Crotty, Ben Smith.

Italy will enjoy what Conor O'Shea termed "an old-school night" after cruising past Canada to make it two Rugby World Cup wins from two.

The Azzurri followed up their 47-22 bonus-point victory over Namibia by routing Canada by an even bigger margin, running in seven tries in a 48-7 success in Fukuoka.

Braam Steyn and Dean Budd went over in the first half and further scores from Sebastian Negri, Mattia Bellini, Federico Zani and Matteo Minozzi - along with a penalty try - ensured Italy had no issues against an opponent that had come close to upsetting them in two previous World Cup games.

O'Shea's team now have an eight-day break before facing South Africa in a contest that will likely determine whether they make the quarter-finals or not, and the coach said his players have earned the right to let off some steam.

"I promised the guys a bit of an old-school night earlier in the week," O'Shea said.

"A four-day turnaround is tough, mentally as well as physically, so the whole squad have reacted brilliantly. We're looking forward to tonight, and then we'll start looking ahead tomorrow morning to the next challenge.

"The boys will probably go longer than I will but they need to release the energy.

"One of the mental challenges when you play [is] emotionally, at this level. A lot of players are making their first matches at this level in a World Cup. It's just to release the energy.

"We've got eight days now so we can enjoy ourselves tonight and then look forward to South Africa from tomorrow."

Canada were playing their first match six days after the tournament started but could not live with Italy, having been beaten by slender five-point margins in their two previous World Cup games against them.

Andrew Coe's fine late try at least ensured they avoid the ignominy of failing to get on the board.

"I don't think anybody had anything left in the tank when that 80 minutes was up," Canada captain Tyler Ardron said.

"We gave it everything we could. All credit to Italy - they exposed us when they had their chances and we didn't finish them off when we had ours."

Italy crushed Canada with a 48-7 victory in Fukuoka as they maintained their unbeaten Rugby World Cup start ahead of a potentially pivotal clash with South Africa.

The Azzurri had only beaten Canada by five-point margins in each of their previous two World Cup encounters, but this victory was far more emphatic as second-rowers Braam Steyn and Dean Budd touched down in the first half.

Further tries from Sebastian Negri, Mattia Bellini, Federico Zani and Matteo Minozzi - along with a penalty try - gave Italy the bonus-point success as Conor O'Shea's side followed up their 47-22 win over Namibia with another impressive display.

Andrew Coe's score gave Canada a consolation, but Italy dominated ahead of clashes against heavyweights South Africa and New Zealand in their final two Pool A games, with only two teams qualifying for the last eight.

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