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Rugby World Cup James Pritchard axed from Canada's Rugby World Cup squad

Canada coach Kieran Crowley has made a shock selection move for the Rugby World Cup, axing all-time points leader James Pritchard.

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Canada have omitted all-time leading points scorer James Pritchard from their provisional 35-man Rugby World Cup squad.

Pritchard, 36, appeared twice for Canada at the recent Pacific Nations Cup - starting once, and coming off the bench once - but he has failed to do enough to earn himself a spot in Kieran Crowley's squad.

The Australia-born full-back has scored 607 points in 61 international caps - one of just 20 players all-time to reach 600 career points.

Pritchard has appeared at three World Cups, scoring 45 points across the 2003, '07 and '11 showpieces - all via his boot.

Hosts Canada finished in last place at the Pacific Nations Cup, and continue their World Cup preparations when they play United States in Ottawa on August 22.

Crowley's men have further warm-up fixtures against Glasgow Warriors in Halifax, before tour matches on English soil against Georgia and Fiji.

They open their World Cup campaign against Ireland in Cardiff on September 19.

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