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Tonga ring the changes for Canada test

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Tonga are to make a record 11 changes to the side that lost their Pool A opener against New Zealand last Friday when the Pacific Islanders take on Canada in Whangerei on Wednesday in the Rugby World Cup.

Although they lost 41-10 to the hosts in the tournament curtain raiser Tonga should be encouraged by a strong performance in the second half during which they scored seven points to the All Blacks’ 12.

For Canada it is their first Pool A game and coach Kieran Crowley and his men will be looking to kickstart their campaign on a winning note against a team they have beaten three times in their five meetings.

There has been a minor buzz around Canada leading up to the event after displaying an ever-increasing level of consistency winning seven of their previous eight matches.

The danger men for the Canucks should come in the form of Wingers Phil Mackenzie and DHT van der Merwe.