Coventry's Nik Witkowski has been named in Canada's 26-man squad to play England in the Churchill Cup next Sunday.
The veteran of 31 internationals last played for Canada at the Rugby World Cup in Australia in 2003, when he appeared in the centre against Tonga.
The inside-centre came to global prominence in that game in Wollongong after sustaining a potentially gruesome injury when Pila Fifita stood on his face, just missing Witkowski's eye.
The two players were reunited at the Butts Park Arena last season and partnered each other in a Coventry midfield which was one of the most potent in National One.
Another of Witkowski's former Coventry colleagues, centre John Cannon, is also in the Canadian party for the match in Edmonton.
However, former Pertemps Bees prop and Canada captain Kevin Tkachuk has not been included after making himself unavailable following an exacting campaign with Glasgow Rugby in the Celtic League and Heineken Cup.
The Canucks will be anxious to make up for last weekend's 60-3 defeat to Wales in which Tkachuk and Cannon both played. They will also be using the game as preparation for the 2007 World Cup.
Canada's coach Ric Suggitt is happy to shuffle his ranks, adding: "We used 43 players in last year's Churchill Cup and will probably use the same number this year. We want to leave no stone unturned in building that 30-man squad."
The United States of America face Argentina in the other semi-final, with the final to be played on June 26. n A try from Worcester Academy back row Mark Hopley was not enough to prevent England Under-21s from a 34-16 defeat to South Africa in the World Cup in Argentina.
England now go into their last group game needing maximum points against France to make the semi-finals.
Hopley's second-half score was not enough to prevent Jim Mallender's side from losing to South Africa in a physical encounter in which there were four yellow cards.
The No 8 came on with 15 minutes remaining and, with Richard Blaze and Dylan Hartley, was one of three Sixways players to face the young Springboks.
"I thought we put in fairly good performance, but the South Africans played very well," said Hopley. "We needed to take our chances and sometimes our tackling and finishing let us down; it was two missed tackles that led to their first two tries.
"I only played 15 minutes and it was obviously great to get my first international try, but it would have been far better if we could have got the win. Now we have to take it forward and look ahead to our game against France, which becomes a really important one for us to win and win well."
The game takes place on Friday at Mendoza RFC, with the semi-finals next Tuesday and the final the following Saturday. n Double-winning Solihull have been voted Team of the Year by the Greater Birmingham Rugby Football Union.
Solihull finished top of Midlands Four West South and won the North Midlands Shield during a highlysuccessful season in which they also reached the final of the Powergen Junior Vase, where they were beaten by Sheffield Tigers at Twickenham.
Greater Birmingham have also awarded life membership of the Domestic Union to Ken Birrell of Camp Hill.
Birrell, who played in the back-row for the Shirley side, Greater Birmingham, Combined Birmingham Old Boys and North Midlands after World War II, has also served in a number of senior administrative posts.
He is a former chairman of Moseley and Camp Hill and was president of North Midlands in the 2002-03 season.