Monday, June 28, 2010

Americas Rugby World Cup History - Canada

It is not only Argentina who merit hosting a Rugby World Cup it is the Americas as a whole. If Argentina were to host Rugby World Cup 2023 it would be the first time ever that the Americas had hosted and it would be great not just for Argentina but for the entire region. Besides Argentina, the region has three other countries who have participated at Rugby World Cup´s - Canada, Uruguay and the United States of America. All three have left their mark on Rugby World Cup history in different ways.

Canada were quarter finalists at Rugby World Cup 1991. In qualifying for the Quarter Finals, Canada defeated Fiji 13-03 and Romania 19-11. Canada were actually a better team than Argentina in the first half of the 1990´s. Canada defeated Argentina in qualification for both Rugby World Cup 1991 and 1995 to qualify as Americas 1. On both occasions, Argentina qualified as Americas 2. During this time, Canada were a World Class team. They defeated world powers including Wales 26-24 in Cardiff in 1993 and France 18-16 in Nepean in 1994.

Canada - Romania Rugby World Cup 1991

Since 1991, Canada have not been able to reach the quarter finals stage at a Rugby World Cup but they have always put in strong performances at every tournament. In 1995 Canada defeated Romania 34-03, in 1999 Canada defeated Namibia 72-11, in 2003 Canada defeated Tonga 24-07 and in 2007 the Canadians drew 12-12 with Japan amd almost puilled off a massive upset vs Wales.

In the recently completed 2010 Churchill Cup, Canada performed extremely well in defeating Uruguay and France A but lost the final to the England Saxons. It was the first time in the history of the tournament that a North American team had made the final.

Canada will face France, Japan, New Zealand and Tonga at Rugby World Cup 2011 and will be targeting wins against Japan and Tonga which would see them qautomatically qualify for Rugby World Cup 2015. With emerging stars such as flyhalf Matt Evans and backrower Chauncey O'Toole coming through the ranks they will certainly rate their chances.

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