Temperatures approaching the mid-30s have kept Canada's under-21 rubgy players sweating as they prepare to play the U.S. All-Americans at Oakville Crusader Park on Wednesday.
"The boys are keeping up with their hydration but it has been hot for them for sure," says manager Brian Hunter.
The lineup was announced Tuesday. Some of the players were teammates during the world under-19 championship in 2006 and faced the U.S. side in an exhibition match last summer, while some new faces have been introduced into the side as well.
Morgan Williams, captain of Canada's senior team and brother of under-21 coaching staff member Jeff Williams, was on hand to hand out the jerseys.
"He showed a lot of pride when explaining what it meant to him when he shared the story of when he got his first International jersey in Tonga," said Hunter. "The emotion in the room was quiet but very intense."
It will be an all-Ontario front row with Lindsay's Doug Woolridge and Brantford's Devin Stubel at loosehead and tighthead prop, respectively. They will be holding up Aurora's Dave Neilsen.
Capilano's Luke Cudmore is in the second-row pairing with Balmy Beach's Alex Tapscott. In the back row, Ben Johnson from James Bay will partner with Oakville's Andrew Wilson, while the Cru's Will Simpson fills the No. 8 spot.
The half back pairing features a cagey duo of Colin Brown of London St. Georges and Aurora's David Poettcker.
In the centre, the inside slot goes to French-born Canadian Marc Cuglietta, who gained some NA4 experience with the Canada East squad in Calfornia. He'll partner with the University of Victori8a's Ben Grant.
On the wings are Capilano's Gordie Sawers, who garnered recognition in this past winter's San Diego Sevens, and Balmy Beach's Phil MacKenzie.
The fullback will be Jack Durling, who plays out of the Agen club in France.
On the bench, Canadian coach Tim Murdy has some experienced options with Newfoundland's Owen Parfrey, Jason Picco and Andrew Buxton Foreman to name a few.
Game time is 7 p.m. EDT.