|MacKenzie scores vs Tonga|
The 2011 warm-up phase underlined Canada´s abilities as Canada defeated Italy A and Russia in the Churchill Cup in June before knocking over the USA twice in August. The impressive results were only a prelude of what was to come as Canada debuted at Rugby World Cup 2011 with a win over Tonga - something that was regarded as an upset. The player to score the match winning try was Phil MacKenzie, Canada´s left winger contracted to Esher in the RFU Championship. MacKenzie also scored an outstanding try vs Japan several weeks latter and had also impressed in both the Churchill Cup and the August test matches. Mackenzie proved the punters wrong as Canada performed well in the World Cup with only the match vs New Zealand being out of Canada´s reach. MacKenzie was the stereotypical Canadian perfomer - a player of quality who is not exposed to regular top level rugby but when given the chance is able to impress. If given the chance to perform for a first division side it is likely that he´d succeed.