INTERNATIONAL RUGBY: Canada gained credibility they sought insists coach Mark Anscombe

Canada Head Coach Mark Anscombe

Canada Head Coach Mark Anscombe

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Canada boss Mark Anscombe believes his side gained the kind of credibility he was seeking ahead of the fixture, despite a hefty 52-21 loss.

The former Ulster coach hailed his men for forcing their way back to 14-14 having shipped two early tries.

“The end result got a little bit away from us, but I think there’s a lot of positives,” said Anscombe.

“Maybe we should have gone into the break at 14-14. I’m really proud of the way the guys came back from 14-0.

“But you make one error and they pounce.

“I think we did show today that we’re good value for more of these kinds of top-level fixtures.

“The big thing that’s standing out with Ireland is the talent that’s starting to come through.

“You need to keep your top players honest. Squads that have that become more competitive, more successful.”