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09/27/2011 11:52 EDT | Updated 11/27/2011 05:12 EST

Canada fullback Pritchard reaches 400-point plateau in World Cup tie with Japan

NAPIER, New Zealand - As James Pritchard kicked a first-half conversion through the uprights, the Canada fullback didn't realize he had reached a significant scoring milestone.

Pritchard's conversion in Canada's 23-23 Rugby World Cup tie with Japan on Tuesday gave him 400 points in capped appearances for Canada.

"I knew I was heading to 400, but it didn't cross my mind during the game," Pritchard said. "Not even when I kicked the points. I was just concentrating on the game.

"It probably wasn't until late last night when I was watching the game on television that I figured it out."

Pritchard was forced to withdraw from the game late in the first half after a knock to the head left him unconscious and with blurred vision.

Pritchard sits in third place on Canada's all-time scoring list, behind Gareth Rees with 491 and Bob Ross with 424.

And while the milestone is a feather in his cap, he would have preferred to celebrate a victory, rather than the second World Cup draw in successive World Cups between Canada and Japan.

"I was a bit upset that I couldn't finish the game," Pritchard said. "It would have been better if I could have stayed on and we won, but that's the game of rugby, isn't it."