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Canadian rugby team makes lineup change for game against U.S.

The Canadian Press

6/19/2014 4:24:10 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Canadian men's rugby coach Kieran Crowley has made four changes to his starting roster for Saturday's Pacific Nations Cup clash against the United States.

Forward Jake Ilnicki and centre Connor Braid have been inserted into the lineup for the Test match at Bonney Field. Winger DTH van der Merwe will also get to start and Phil Mack will return to the scrum half position.

It will be the first time Canada has played the Americans since defeating them last August to qualify for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

The U.S. hasn't beaten Canada in five years.

Canada dropped a 19-17 decision to Scotland last weekend at BMO Field in Toronto.