The Canadian junior side opened their season with a solid victory over the visiting Romanians in a very stop-start encounter at scenic Shawnigan Lake.
With no Tier 2 players able to crack the Team of the Year, it seems like a good idea to recognize the best of the ‘little guys’ over the last 12 months.
Some days it’s hard to pin down exactly what went wrong. Others, it hits you like a Moe special right across the chops. This was clearly one of those days.
Canada return to the scene of their one point defeat a year ago, hoping to salvage something from a mediocre European tour against the defiant Romanians.
Despite riding a two game losing streak, Japan arrive on Romania on a high after coming within a whisker of overturning the New Zealand Maori in Tokyo.
A shorthanded US Eagles picked up an important win on the road to start their tour as they outfoxed an imposing Romanian side in Bucharest on Saturday.
It’s a bit strange to look back at this same fixture just two years ago, with the Eagles coming out on top by 31 points. Then you recall the circumstances.
On to the remaining four games of the weekend, including the almighty clash in Dublin between an inspired Ireland and the All Blacks, and matches in Bucharest, Edinburgh, and Paris.
Fiji will look to put the horrors of Cremona behind them as quickly as possible but will have to face the Oaks, undefeated in 2013, at home to do so.
With so many outstanding performances there were some real dilemmas selecting a team this week. Those picked at fullback, left wing, and number eight in particular should consider themselves lucky.