15 Sep 2011

Proud Canada coach Crowley unhappy at turnaround time

10:14 am on 15 September 2011

Canada coach Kieran Crowley was bursting with pride after his mainly amateur team beat Tonga at the World Cup in Whangarei - but the 1987 World Cup-winning All Black also lashed out at how little time the minnows have to prepare for their next game.

Much has been made of how competitive the game's second tier nations have been over the first few matches of the tournament, an indication of the closing gap between the best and the rest in world rugby, according to organisers.

But Canada, who overturned a seven-point deficit to run out 25-20 winners over Tonga, must now pick themselves up from a hugely physical encounter against the Pacific islanders for their second Pool A encounter against France in Napier on Sunday.

Crowley told reporters it makes him laugh when tier two countries have four-day turnarounds and all tier one countries have seven-day turnarounds and eight-day turnarounds.