Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Famous Faces Abroad - Canadian players in the Magners League

With the countdown on to Rugby World Cup 2011, Canadian rugby fans will be following the 2010-2011 Magners League closely. It will feature three Canadian players, all of whom are internationals and all with a good chance of making the Canadian squad for New Zealand 2011.

The Glasgow Warriors have two Canucks. Veteran prop, Kevin Tkachuk will be playing his seventh straight season for the club since joining in 2004. He missed the 2010 Churchill Cup but will certainly want to add to his career total of 49 test appearances, including four matches at Rugby World Cup 2003. He missed out on Rugby World Cup 2007 and will be looking to have a good season for Glasgow to make the team for 2011.

Centre / Wing Daniel Tailliferrer Hauman van der Merwe, commonly known as DTH van der Merwe, joined Glasgow Warriors last season from James Bay AA in Canada. van der Merwe has earned 13 caps for Canada, including all 4 from Rugby World Cup 2007. Having made himself Canada´s first choice 13 he will be looking for a great season for Glasgow in the 13 shirt to take good form into New Zealand 2011.

Welsh team, the Newport Gwent Dragons have signed Canadian international flyhalf / centre Matt Evans for the new season. The signing makes him the only player from the Americas to be playing professional rugby in Wales. Since debuting for Canada vs Ireland in 2008 Evans has been used as wing, centre, fullback and flyhalf in only 10 tests to show just how versatile he can be. He was selected as flyhalf in the 2010 Churchill Cup final vs the England Saxons and had a great match, scoring a wonderful try.

Unlike teams considered better such as Fiji, Romania, Samoa and Tonga, Canada has been to every Rugby World Cup and has a pround history of success at every tournament. The Canadians worst Rugby World Cup was 2007 when Canada´s best result was a draw vs Japan. Canada has won at least one match at all other Rugby World Cups and is a previous Quarter Finalist. The country´s proud history is further reasoning for Rugby World Cup 2023 to be held in the Americas.

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