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Tkachuk out of Canada World Cup squad; replaced by Hirayama

Tkachuk out of Canada World Cup squad; replaced by Hirayama

Prop Kevin Tkachuk will miss the rugby World Cup after breaking his leg in Canada's last buildup game. He was replaced on Monday by Canada's youngest ever international, flyhalf Nathan Hirayama.
Tkachuk had scored a try and was barreling toward another when someone landed on the back of his leg in Saturday's 40-10 win over the Newfoundland Rock. Tests revealed the Glasgow Warriors player broke a bone in his fibula and will be on crutches for up to five weeks.
Tkachuk, capped 42 times since 2000 including the 2003 World Cup, said missing the tournament in France hadn't hit him yet.
"The reality of it will probably set in on Sept. 9 when I am watching television, as the team runs out against Wales," he told the Canada Rugby Union Web site. "You can't really get too upset about it. I just want to see the team do well at the World Cup and make sure we get the three wins we need to advance."
Hirayama, the son of 1980s Canada flyhalf Gary Hirayama, became his country's youngest cap when he appeared during the Churchill Cup in May at age 19. He'd been one of the last two to be dropped when the 30-man squads had to be announced two weeks ago.
"Nathan has been part of our World Cup squad preparation since the beginning," coach Ric Suggitt said. "It is a big loss to not have Kevin but these things happen and we have cover at prop."
Canada was in World Cup Pool B with Wales, Australia, Fiji and Japan.


Updated : 2021-06-14 22:56 GMT+08:00