This November Canada will play four tests in Europe as they attempt to end 2010 on a high. They will face three teams with Rugby World Cup experience and a fourth trying to rise to the level of Europe´s second tier. Canada will be targetting a clean sweep of four test wins.
The tour will begin on November 6 with Belgium hosting Canada for the first ever test match between the two countries. It will take place before the mandatory release date of professional players, meaning Canada will field a team made up of Canadian based players. The European based professionals will be avaliable for the other three matches. One week after playing in Brussels, Madrid will be the stage for Spain vs Canada as the 1999 Rugby World Cup participants host their toughest opponent of the year. Canada will then fly to Tblissi to play their first ever test match against Georgia in Georgia. The tour will finish with an exciting match in Lisbon as 2007 Rugby World Cup participants, Portugal host Canada on November 27.
The test vs Georgia will be only the second ever between the two countries. The first was in the 2009 Churchill Cup when Canada won 42-10. One thinks it will be a far tougher assignment playing Georgia in Tblissi. The second toughest test should be vs Portugal, a team Canada have played twice and come away with two victories. The first was in August 2007 in preperation for France 2007 and Canada won 42-12. The other clash was in November 2008 with Canada winning 21-13.
The tour will complete a great year for Canadian rugby which has seen victories against Uruguay and France A and will see Canada A competiting in the Americas Rugby Championship next month in Córdoba, Argentina. Canada will be targetting the Grand Slam.
Full Tour Schedule:
November 6 Belgium vs Canada
November 13 Spain vs Canada
November 20 Georgia vs Canada
November 27 Portugal vs Canada
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