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Pritchard out of test retirement to answer Canada call

James Pritchard out of test retirement as injury replacement for Canada in Rugby World Cup

Pritchard out of test retirement to answer Canada call

LEEDS, England (AP) -- Five weeks after announcing his international retirement, James Pritchard is back in the Canada squad after accepting a call-up to the Rugby World Cup as an injury replacement.

The 36-year-old fullback, who is the country's record scorer with 607 points, took the place of Liam Underwood in Canada's squad on Thursday after the winger was ruled out of the tournament with a knee injury sustained in the 50-7 loss to Ireland on Saturday.

Pritchard ended his test career after failing to make coach Kieran Crowley's World Cup squad, but said he would be available if an opportunity arose at the tournament.

Crowley says "now they might stop the 'Bring back Pritch' bandwagon that was going on."

Pritchard didn't have far to travel -- he's currently playing in England with Bedford.


Updated : 2021-05-09 07:48 GMT+08:00