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Canadian rugby international Phil Mackenzie is in good company at London Welsh these days, rubbing shoulders with players from England, France, New Zealand, Romania, Russia, Samoa, Scotland, Tonga and, of course, Wales. Matt Ryan Grey Jersey . And the 25-year-old wing/centre from Oakville, Ont., is fitting in nicely in the top level of English rugby, having scored two tries already for the newly promoted club. The latest came last Sunday in a 29-19 loss to London Irish. The Canadian also scored in a 28-23 loss to Saracens on Oct. 7. London Welsh (2-5-0) currently stand 10th in the 12-team Aviva Premiership. There have been drubbings at the hands of champion Harlequins (40-3) and perennial powerhouse Leicester (38-13) but otherwise the Exiles have kept things closer in the league. "Ive loved every minute of it, to be honest," Mackenzie told The Canadian Press. "Its a great atmosphere here and the chance to play at the highest level week in and week out is what Ive always wanted. Im a very happy camper." The six-foot-one, 213-pound MacKenzie worked his way up the English rugby ranks, playing first for Coventry and then Esher in the second-tier Championship. He scored 12 tries for Esher last season when he was named the teams player of the year by both his teammates and club supporters. "The Championships a really good standard of rugby but I knew that the finer things mattered a lot more in the Premiership, as in the little details of the game. And those are the things that youve really got to focus on. "Thats been really good. I think Ive been improving week in and week out with the coaching stuff weve got here. And the chance to play against some of the best players in the world every week is ideal." "Seems like every weekend youre up against a world-beater," said Mackenzie. Fellow Canadian Jebb Sinclair is also in the Premiership although he has been in South Africa most recently after London Irish loaned the forward to the Stormers and then Western Province. "I actually hung out with Jebb a lot last year because he was just down the road from me," said Mackenzie. "So I understood what he was kind of up to and how things were going for him at Irish." Cracking a Premiership team isnt easy for foreigners. Teams are restricted to two imports on the pitch at any one time. Players from European Union countries dont count as foreigners. Neither do South Africans, thanks to a deal between the two countries rugby unions. Players with EU spouses also avoid the import restrictions. Mackenzie plays his games at Kassam Stadium in Oxford, home of the Oxford United soccer team. His club trains at its longtime home of Old Deer Park in Richmond in suburban London. With London Welsh, Mackenzie has got the chance to line up with mercurial Welsh international Gavin Henson who has made headlines on and off the rugby field. At 30, the former International Rugby Boards Young Player of the Year is on his seventh club team. Away from rugby, Henson was engaged to singer Charlotte Church and made appearances on several reality TV shows, from dancing to dating. "On the pitch I think you always knew he was capable of almost anything. He put in a great pass against Sarries (Saracens) for us to score a really good try a couple of weeks ago that not many players would have been able to do," said Mackenzie. "Hes one of the hardest-working guys here. Theres only positive things to say about him." On the international level, Mackenzie made his debut for Canada in 2008 against Portugal and has won 13 caps, including four at the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand. He scored twice for Canada at the tournament, standing out also for his orange boots and dyed blond hair. These days Mackenzie is sporting lime green boots. "You always need bright boots as a winger," he said cheerfully. "Youve got to, its a prerequisite. "And then I actually cut my hair recently. I finally got the blond out of it so I just have a high and tight haircut right now with no colour, which is a little boring but well see what happens in the future." Mackenzie is part of the Canadian team slated to play against Samoa, Russia and the New Zealand Maori in November in England. His younger brother Jamie was also a member of Canadas World Cup team, one of 13 sets of brothers who competed at the tournament. Jamie, 23, is currently playing club rugby in Victoria and focusing on finishing his university degree. London Welsh hosts Bath (4-3-0) on Sunday. Roddy White Vapor Jersey . Moore spent the last four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers as a backup and recorded 157 yards on 22 carries in 2011. 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"I started to think that maybe here in Minny, we have Finnish players here so maybe well get to go over there and play," Backstrom told NHL.com. When it was announced that the Florida Panthers and Chicago Blackhawks were going to Helsinki to open the 2009-10 season, Backstroms hopes were rejuvenated. NASHVILLE -- The Tennessee Titans have removed receiver Kenny Britt from the physically unable to perform list, though he will not play Thursday night in the teams preseason finale against New Orleans. Coach Mike Munchak said after practice Tuesday they were close to activating Britt, and the team announced that the receiver had passed his physical and would be activated hours later just as the coachs weekly radio show began. Britt will join the active roster Wednesday, allowing him to take part in any practice or session the Titans might have before Thursday night. Now the question is when the NFL will announce whether or not Britt will be punished for his eighth incident involving police since being drafted in 2009. Britt was charged with driving under the influence July 20 when he tried to drive onto the Fort Campbell Army post on the Kentucky-Tennessee border, and he met with NFL officials Aug. 6 in New York. Munchak called the wait for a decision frustrating earlier Tuesday, comparing it to Chris Johnsons holdout a year ago. "Its aggravating I guess that you dont know all the pieces, and it changes so much with injjuries one week to the next also," Munchak said. Kroy Biermann Jersey. . "I think this will all come together here real soon. As you know, the final roster comes together on Friday and Saturday. That will be a busy weekend just kind of piecing it all back together. By then, well have a lot of answers to the questions weve been wondering about." Britt, the teams top draft pick in 2009 out of Rutgers, has been recovering from his third knee surgery since tearing his right ACL last September. He had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in late June, but he had been working harder each day over the past week. The Titans (No. 21 in the AP Pro 32) open the season Sept. 9 at home against the New England Patriots (No. 2), and they lost receiver Marc Mariani for the season when he broke both bones in his lower left leg last week against Arizona. Munchak has said they would like to see if Britt could play 12-15 snaps against the Patriots. If Britt is available for the opener, he would join Nate Washington, Damian Williams and rookie Kendall Wright in giving Jake Locker plenty of options at receiver. ' ' '

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