|Snow, James and Williams in 2007|
After having started brilliantly against France Canada was unable to put in an 80 minute performance as France powered home to save the match. Canada therefore needed to defeat Fiji and Namibia to finish second in the pool. After a good first half Fiji took over to win the match 38-22 which meant Canada´s only hope was for something to give in another pool. It had one last chance as its final pool match against Namibia could see Canada advance if it could score plenty of points and if Wales could defeat Samoa in Pool D. Canada looked like advancing after completing a 72-11 win over Namibia. The nine tries to one result was just what Canada needed and aside from backrower Danny Baugh being red carded the match could be regarded as perfectr from a Canadian perspective. But Canada did not reach the play-off stage due to Samoa upsetting Wales 38-31 in questionable fashion. Had there been video referee´s in 1999 then Wales would have likely been the winners. In the end Canada finished as the second best third-placed side from a pool after Argentina, Samoa and Wales had all won two and lost one match in Pool D. All three made the play-off´s with both Wales and Argentina appearing in the Quarter Finals.
The Canadian players from the 1999 campaign did themselves proud and can look back on the rugby played against France and Namibia as being truely impressive. Canada was unfortunate not to get the win over France but let itself down by not playing to the same standards against Fiji. The game against France was a reminder of the global spread of rugby in that there are team capable of knocking-over the professional sides on their day. A number of Canada´s players were professional and others went on to be. At the time Morgan Williams was based in France playing for Bordeaux-Begles. He later went on to play for Stade Français and Albi and also spent two seasons in England playing for Saracens.