Rugby World Cup 2019: Canada turn attention to All Blacks after Italy drubbing

Canada are doing their best to put the 48-7 drubbing against Italy behind them, by focussing on their next Rugby World Cup match against the All Blacks.

On Wednesday, the two nations will square off for the sixth time at Oita Stadium.

Three of their previous meetings were at the Rugby World Cup, including in 2011, when New Zealand ran away 79-15 winners.

Canucks captain Tyler Ardron knows plenty of New Zealand's players well, after his season with the Chiefs in Super Rugby.

The same can't be said for most of the Canadian national team, who have minimal professional rugby experience.

Ardron concedes that victory against the two-time defending World Cup champions is unlikely, so he just wants his team to play with passion and pride.

"We're at the World Cup to play against the best," said Ardron. "We had that today and we'll have that in six days again against New Zealand.

"It's an exciting opportunity, and they are only human and have their faults. Hopefully, we can find them."

Ardron was then asked to elaborate on what would be considered a good result for Canada in their upcoming match against New Zealand.

"We are here to put our best performances out - it doesn't change depending on the opposition.

"For a lot of guys, it's a shop window and they could get a contract - and that would be a win.

"But just being out there and fighting to the death against big teams is a huge plus for us."

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