Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Canada Squad Anounced for November European Tour

With a chance of closing the year 2010 off on a high and making it a highly successful year of 6 wins and 1 loss, Canada will be looking for nothing less than a clean sweep of four wins from their November 2010 tour of Europe. It will include matches against four different teams that Canada has never lost against but three of which have competed at Rugby World Cup's and all have professional players playing in France's premiership rugby, the Top 14. Portugal have played Canada only once whilst Georgia have twice. Neither Belgium nor Spain have ever played against Canada.

The squad includes five uncapped players who have all gotten the call up following good performances in the Canadian Rugby Championship and the subsequent Americas Rugby Championship. The new players are Mitch Gudgeon, Jeremy Kyne, Jamie Mackenzie, Taylor Paris, Jon Phelan and the impressive 20 year old flyhalf Connor Braid. It also includes a number of European professionals who are doing well, most notably the Glasgow pair of Kevin Tkachuk, who scored a try on the weekend vs Ospreys, and DTH van der Merwe.

A total of seven Canadian players were not included in the squad due to reasons of work, school, injury and suspension. This will certainly open the door to other players and give them a great opportunity to show their worth ahead of next years Rugby World Cup. Those unavaliable are Ed Fairhurst, Stan McKeen, Conor Trainor (all school / work), Nanyak Dala, Luke Tait, Phil Mack (all injury) and Jamie Cudmore (suspension).

Complete Squad
Nick Blevins (Prairie Wolf Pack)
Connor Braid (BC Bears)
Aaron Carpenter (Plymouth Albion, England)
Tom Dolezel (Prairie Wolf Pack)
Sean Duke (BC Bears)
Brian Erichsen (BC Bears)
Matt Evans (Newport Gwent Dragons, Wales)
Mitch Gudgeon (BC Bears)
Ryan Hamilton (BC Bears)
Ciaran Hearn (The Rock)
Nathan Hirayama (BC Bears)
Tyler Hotson (Plymouth Albion, England)
Josh Jackson (Mont de Marsan, France)
Adam Kleeberger (Auckland, New Zealand)
Jeremy Kyne (Prairie Wolf Pack)
Jamie Mackenzie (Ontario Blues)
Phil Mackenzie (Esher, England)
Jason Marshall (BC Bears)
Justin Mensah-Coker (Unattached)
Ander Monro (Ontario Blues)
Chauncey O’Toole (The Rock)
Taylor Paris (Ontario Blues)
Jon Phelan (The Rock)
Dan Pletch (Ontario Blues)
James Pritchard (Bedford Blues, England)
Pat Riordan (BC Bears) - Captain
Jebb Sinclair (The Rock)
Ryan Smith (Prairie Wolf Pack)
Sean- Michael Stephen (Plymouth Albion, England)
Andrew Tiedemann (Prairie Wolf Pack)
Kevin Tkachuk (Glasgow Warriors, Scotland)
DTH van der Merwe (Glasgow Warriors, Scotland)
Sean White (BC Bears)

Tour Schedule

November 6th Belgium vs Canada
November 13th Spain vs Canada
November 20th Georgia vs Canada
November 27th Portugal vs Canada

with thanks http://www.rugbycanada.ca/

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