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Last Updated: Wednesday, 22 October, 2003, 09:30 GMT 10:30 UK
Canada call for series relaunch
Canada coach David Clark
Clark wants to see a revamped Pacific Rim series
Canada coach David Clark has called for the Pacific Rim series to be brought back to help the Cannucks' future World Cup ambitions.

Clark believes the lesser teams in global rugby need further international competition to close the gap on the game's elite.

"Had Canada been in the position that Italy had been in playing in the Six Nations, I think we would have won that game because we would have had the experience to come through it," said Clark after the 19-14 loss to Italy.

Clark wants the Pacific Rim series, first held in 1996, to be relaunched with eight teams competing.

Initially Canada, the USA, Japan and Tonga were among the competitors, but the Canadian coach wants to see other teams introduced.

He added: "I have a solution but the IRB has to come up with it.

"I believe the Pacific Rim tournament should be resurrected. Argentina should be directed to play in it, as should Australia A.

"You get Australia A, Argentina, USA, Canada, Fiji, Samoa and Tonga - that's a damn good championship and that's the sort of thing we need year-in, year-out.

"The experience of playing against that sort of opposition will teach us how to play tight, controlled rugby. If we don't get that then we'll just get further behind and the big boys will get further ahead."

Clark's sentiments were back by Italy coach John Kirwan.

Kirwan admitted the Six Nations had boosted his side since the 1999 World Cup.

"If rugby is going to be strong in the next World Cup then sides like Canada need to be playing in important competitions," said the ex-New Zealand wing.

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