Canada has received a major boost ahead of their final World Cup preparations as Jamie Cudmore has been given the all-clear to resume full contact training. The veteran lock had been under an injury cloud following two concussions suffered late in the season with his French club Clermont Auvergne, but has passed his return-to-play cognitive tests and is now fit to take part in Canada’s warm-up matches beginning on August 22 in Ottawa.

Known for his combative and highly physical approach, it’s no surprise that injuries have disrupted both his club and international career in recent years. With his age and playing style, the head knocks were a real concern for fans and management. He missed out on the Pacific Nations Cup, but returned to training recently for Clermont.

Capped 33 times since his debut in 2002, Cudmore turns 37 on September 6, two weeks before the start of what will be his fourth World Cup campaign. If selected he will be in illustrious company, with only Gareth Rees and Al Charron previously achieving that distinction. James Pritchard has also appeared in each of the 2003, 2007, and 2011 World Cups.

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