Friday, September 6, 2013

Retro Friday - Sensational Phil MacKenzie Try Against Japan

MacKenzie celebrates try

One of Canada´s best tries in recent times was scored by Phil MacKenzie against Japan at Rugby World Cup 2011. In a move which saw the left wing link with fly half Ander Monro the Canadian speedster showed some good pace to surprize Japan in the teams´ Pool A match in Napier. The well-worked, yet simple, move came early in the second half and saw Canada cut what had been a ten point Japanese lead. As the match continued Canada would sneak in a late draw to complete an over all acceptable performance at the tournament of one win, two loses and a draw. 

While Canada was famous at the time for having the beardos of Hubery Buydens, Adam Kleeberger and Jebb Sinclair there was also a two man army of bleach blond backs. MacKenzie and DTH van der Merwe had colored their hair for the tournament and both players went over for tries in the tournament. Both players remain in the Canadian test squad and loom as playing in Rugby World Cup 2015. It would be the second World Cup for MacKenzie and the third for van der Merwe.

MacKenzie has been playing professional rugby for quite some time. Now at his fourth English club the centre / winger has been involved at the professional level for more time than the majority of Canada´s other backs. MacKenzie has moved from London Welsh to Sale Sharks for the 2013-2014 season and if he can recieve regular game time like he did at London Welsh then he is certain to enter the November internations in good shape. The Sale Sharks campaign will begin on Saturday with an away match against Gloucester at Kingsholm. MacKenzie has played nineteen tests since making his test debut against Portugal in 2009. 

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