Saturday, October 22, 2011

Canada to play four tests in June 2012

The 2010 June internationals were historical as it marked the final chapter of Churchill Cup rugby. The intercontinental tournament was made defunct as it was deemed not suitable to the interests of the North American countries and to costly to some visitors. In its place, Canada and the United States of America are to benefit greatly from an increased number of international matches who are to be genuine test matches with IRB World Rankings on the line. It is to offer far more to the international players and enable the coaches far better preperation ahead of the next World Cup which will be hosted by England in 2015. One of the positives to come out of the warm-up fixtures for both Canada and its southern neightbour was the two match home and away series in which Canada hosted the USA in Toronto and the USA Eagles hosted Canada in Denver. Both matches were strongly attended with Canada achieving its largest ever crowd for a matchv s the USA and the Eagles selling out their home match. It was a sign that such matches needed to happen more regularly with a possible comparison being the Bledisloe Cup between Australia and New Zealand.

Fans from both countries will be delighted to learn that Canada and the USA will play each other home and away in June 2012 with both sides also recieving incoming tours from Europe. The visiting sides in 2012 are to be Italy and Georgia with Canada already having confirmed the dates. Both Canada and the USA will play further tests in November as they go on tour to play up to four international matches. Consequently, both teams are to play over 100% more international matches than previously and are to play more tests against tier two opposition which is to be highly beneficial for everybody. At the present point in time Canada are ranked 13th in the world with Italy 12th and Georgia 14th. The USA are ranked 17th behind Japan and Fiji. The venues for the matches are yet to be determined but the dates have been confirmed.

Canada International Schedule

June 9 Canada vs USA
June 16 Canada vs Italy
June 23 Canada vs Georgia
June 30 USA vs Canada

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