Friday, September 17, 1999 Published at 14:23 GMT 15:23 UK
Canada: Courageous Canucks
Canada showed against England in August they relish playing the big boys
Canada - quarter finalists in 1991 - are another side going into the Rugby World Cup in the middle of a form slump that will worry their most ardent supporters.
In 1998 they won the Pacific Rim competition but in 1999 - when it was renamed the Epson Cup - they suffered an alarming about-turn, losing every one of their five matches.
This disappointing set of games came nine months after they lost 54-28 to Argentina on their way to qualifying for the finals of the World Cup.
Financial pressures and the lack of preparation hindered their Epson Cup campaign - but worryingly for the Canucks it included a 40-29 reverse against Fiji, one of their pool opponents at the World Cup.
For the World Cup the preparation will have been more thorough: a British tour, followed by a training camp when coach Pat Palfrey had the luxury of getting his players together for a few weeks.
They certainly will not lack for experience. Not only do they have the only player - Gareth Rees - to play in all four World Cup finals but they have other seasoned internationals like vice captain Al Charron, John Tait, Rod Snow, Dave Lougheed and Scott Stewart to call upon.
And they are returning to the country were they completed their greatest World Cup upset. Virtually unknown in 1991 they beat Romania and Fiji to make it to the last eight where they lost - bravely - to New Zealand 29-13, even scoring the final tries.
For coach Palfrey it will be his swansong as he will retire from his post at the end of the World Cup to take up a position on the board of Rugby Canada.
World Cup squad: Backs: Gareth Rees (capt), Winston Stanley, Courtney Smith, Morgan Williams, Scott Bryan, John Graf, Jeremy Cordle, David Lougheed, Julian Loveday, Scott Stewart, Joe Pagano, Kyle Nichols and Bob Ross.
Forwards: Al Charron (vice-capt), Mark Cardinal, Richard Bice, John Hutchinson, Mike Schmid, Duane Major, Rob Robson, Chris Whittaker, Dan Baugh, Rod Snow, Ryan Banks, John Tait, Mike James, Pat Dunkley, Jon Thiel, Brian McCarthy, David Penney.