Thursday 8 December 2016

Van der Merwe returns for Aviva clash

Gerard Hughes

Published 11/11/2016 | 02:30

Canada head coach Mark Anscombe:
Canada head coach Mark Anscombe: "We have to do well on Saturday so that we get credibility so that we can face off against other Tier 1 teams in the future."

DTH Van der Merwe will make his international return against Ireland tomorrow as Canada head coach Mark Anscombe announced his starting XV for the Aviva Stadium clash last night.

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The South African-born Scarlets winger will also be joined by the experienced Brett Beukeboom, Conor Trainor and Connor Braid who comeback into the starting line-up.

"The boys have adapted well to what we want to do," Anscombe said. "We're really looking forward to the game. We have to do well on Saturday so that we get credibility so that we can face off against other Tier 1 teams in the future."

Elsewhere, familiar trio of Djustice Sears-Duru, Ray Barkwill and Jake Ilnicki form Canada's front-row with Beukeboom joining Newcastle Falcon Evan Olmstead at lock.

Canada (v Ireland) - M Evans; DTH van der Merwe, C Trainor, C Hearn, T Paris, C Braid, G McRorie; D Sears-Duru, R Barkwill, J Ilnicki, B Beukboom, E Olmstead, K Baillie, L Rumball, A Carpenter. Reps: E Howard, R Brouwer, M Tierney, A Cejvanovic, M Heaton, P Mack, P Parfrey, N Blevins.

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