Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Canada name 50 man Rugby World Cup Training Squad

Canada´s rugby coach, Kieran Crowley, has announced a list fo 50 players which will be cut to 30 for Rugby World Cup 2011. It gives the coach an opportunity to determine exactly who he wants to take to New Zealand. It also gives the players an opportunity to impress by proving themselves against their competitors. All players from the recent Churchill Cup in England have been included in the group of 50 with 31 year old hooker Pat Riordan confirmed as captain for the tournament. Two players missing from the squad are Glasgow Warriors prop, Kevin Tkachuk and Mont-de-Marsan secondrower Josh Jackson. Despite experience and professional status both have been left out in preference for others.

50 Man Squad
Hookers

Ryan Hamilton (B.C. Bears)
Mike Pletch (Ontario Blues)
Pat Riordan (B.C. Bears)

Props

Hubert Buydens (Prairie Wolf Pack)
Tom Dolezel (Ontario Blues)
Scott Franklin (Prairie Wolf Pack)
Jason Marshall (B.C. Bears)
Andrew Tiedemann ( Prairie Wolf Pack)
Frank Walsh (The Rock)
Doug Wooldridge (Ontario Blues)

Second Row

Brett Beukeboom (Ontario Blues)
Jamie Cudmore (Clermont, France)
Brian Erichsen (B.C. Bears)
Mitch Gudgeon (B.C. Bears)
Tyler Hotson (Plymouth Albion, England)
Jon Phelan (The Rock)
Luke Tait (Ontario Blues)

Back Row

Tyler Ardron (Ontario Blues)
Aaron Carpenter (Plymouth Albion, England)
Nanyak Dala (Prairie Wolf Pack)
Adam Kleeburger (Auckland, New Zealand)
Jeremy Kyne (Prairie Wolfpack)
Stan McKeen (Oxford University, England)
John Moonlight (Ontario Blues)
Chauncey O'Toole (The Rock)
Kevin Parfrey (The Rock)
Jebb Sinclair (The Rock)
Sean Michael-Stephen (Plymouth Albion, England)

Scrum-halves

Kyle Armstrong (Ontario Blues)
Ed Fairhurst (B.C. Bears)
Jamie Mackenzie (Esher, England)
Sean White (B.C. Bears)
Eric Wilson (B.C. Bears)

Fly-halves

Connor Braid (B.C. Bears)
Nathan Hirayama (B.C. Bears)
Ander Monro (Ontario Blues)

Centres

Nick Blevins (Prairie Wolf Pack)
Ryan Smith (Prairie Wolf Pack)
Conor Trainor (B.C. Bears)
Phil Mackenzie (Esher, England)
Mike Scholz (Prairie Wolf Pack)
DTH van der Merwe (Glasgow Warriors, Scotland)
Tyler Wish (The Rock)

Wingers

Sean Duke (B.C. Bears)
Justin Mensah-Coker (B.C. Bears)
Jeff Hassler (Prairie Wolf Pack)
Ciaran Hearn (The Rock)
Taylor Paris (Ontario Blues)

Fullbacks

Matt Evans (Newport Gwent Dragons, Wales)
James Pritchard (Bedford, England)


With Thanks: www.rugbycanada.ca

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