“Just when you thought he was out, they pulled him back in...”

After being left out of the initial Canadian Rugby World Cup squad, Bedford Blues fullback James Pritchard has been called back into the fold and joined up with his Canuck teammates ahead of their next against Italy.

Pritchard was recalled to the squad by Canada head coach Kieran Crowley after Liam Underwood was lost for the tournament due to a knee injury that he picked up during the Canuck’s 50-7 loss to Ireland at the Millennium Stadium in the first game of the campaign.

Pritchard, 36, now has the opportunity to feature in a fourth World Cup for his adopted country despite announcing his retirement from the International game following his exclusion from the final World Cup squad.

Blues fans will be delighted to potentially see Skippy pulling on the Canadian jersey at Stadium MK when the Red Nation take on France on Thursday 1st October.

Speaking about his call-up to the squad, Pritchard said: “I’m incredibly excited to play in my fourth World Cup for Canada. To represent your country on the biggest stage in the world is the goal of every rugby player. It’s unfortunate that it comes at the expense of Liam, who I wish a quick recovery.

“I honestly thought that my retirement would have lasted longer than 35 days but it’s great to be back.”

Next Home Match

Saturday 27th October
1st XV Championship
Goldington Road