Oh Canada, you bumbled your way through your Rugby World Cup opener against Italy, and now this – you’re going to face All Blacks line up with both brilliant pivots named, and captain Kieran Read there as well.
While coach Steve Hansen has made wholesale changes from the side that beat the Springboks 23-13 Saturday a week ago, he’s given his most potent weapons another outing.
Here’s five talking points for the bus ride home, the pub or the first tee:
RWC history for Barrett bros: Beauden (fullback), Scott (lock) and Jordie Barrett (wing) are the first trio of brothers to start a Rugby World Cup match for the All Blacks. A great day for New Zealand, Taranaki and Francis Douglas Memorial College in New Plymouth, who have four old boys in the side, with hooker Liam Coltman starting as well.
They will be the first trio of brothers to do so since Elisi, Manu and Fe’ao Vunipola represented Tonga against Scotland in 1995. Fe’ao Vunipola has sons Mako and Billy in the England RWC squad. Pisi brothers – Ken, Tusi and George – all played for Samoa against South Africa in 2015, but only Ken started.