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Rugby World Cup: not entirely set in stone to cause Britain upset

Britain players invigorated in front of World Cup semi-last

Rugby World Cup semi-last: Canada v Britain

Britain are such weighty top choices to win Saturday’s Reality Cup semi-last against Canada that it is hard not to allow the brain to meander to a potential last against New Zealand or France – however Canada commander Sophie de Goede sees things in an unexpected way.

Her side are beginners playing against an expert outfit. They have never beaten Britain at a World Cup.

Canada experienced a 51-12 loss to the Red Roses a year prior – Britain’s seventeenth success in a record run that has now hit 29 Tests.

Does it matter assuming Britain are ‘exhausting’?

Britain’s Abbie Ward getting a line-out and the words: 23 of Britain’s 35 attempts at this World Cup have come from the line-out

Britain have rampaged their direction to the semi-finals, guaranteeing record wins en route and averaging a larger number of focuses than some other group in the competition.

They have been the main side on the planet since November 2020 and have not lost a game since July 2019.

Britain’s predominance has been perfect to the point that the main evaluate anybody can make is whether their principal take a stab at scoring strategy is excessively fruitful.

The Red Roses’ advances have scored 24 of the side’s 35 attempts in the competition up until this point. 23 of those have come from a line-out that no group has figured out how to stop.

Kat Dealer, who assisted Britain with beating Canada in the 2014 World Cup, told Rugby Association Everyday: “In a World Cup, you play to win – regardless of whether individuals call it exhausting.”

Canada’s pack has been performing as well. By and large, have taken two line-outs per game.

Lead trainer Kevin Rouet has supported that significantly further by naming seven advances and only one back on the seat for the semi-last.

Britain lead trainer Simon Middleton is vigilant, anticipating “an exceptionally actual game” and “an intense set-piece fight”.

‘New Zealand can score with their backs’

While Britain’s advances have solidly gotten their place as the most predominant pack in the competition, the Red Roses backs had minimal opportunity to excel in wet quarter-last circumstances against Australia.

Middleton has stayed with relative newbie Tatyana Heard at inside focus, while Claudia MacDonald returns on the wing in the wake of recuperating from a calf strain.

Scrum-half Lucy Packer, named on the seat for Saturday, had an output on a potential lower leg injury on Thursday however Britain are yet to give a report on whether she will be fit to play.

Leanne Infante will begin at nine and MacDonald is the main other player brought to give scrum-half cover so Middleton, who affirmed it was beyond any good time to draw out additional players for the last, should rearrange his backline in the event that Packer is inaccessible.

Whoever is out there, Vendor is expecting a “fierce” test for Britain’s backs subsequent to watching Canada’s quarter-last against the US.

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