Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Canada team announced to face Samoa

Canada´s three match November series will start on Friday with the first test match between Canada and Samoa in twelve years. The match will not be a home game for either country however. Rather it will be played in Colwyn Bay in Northern Wales. It is to be Canada´s first of two matches in the IRB International Rugby Series which is an event designed for Tier Two sides and also features both Russia and the United States of America. All four teams will be in action on Friday with Russia v USA taking place immediately before Canada v Samoa and it will be played at the same venue. There has been criticism directed at the IRB over the decision to stage the tournament in Wales rather than a place with a better located venue such as London or have it as a home series potentially played in Canada for instance. 

Canada is fielding a semi-experimental side for the match as there are a number of players missing. Some retired following Rugby World Cup 2011 while others are unavaliable. South African Champion, Jebb Sinclair will not play and nor will either star centre Conor Trainor or DTH van der Merwe. Also missing is Adam Kleeberger and Jamie Cudmore. Canada have a new halves combination with Sean White being joined by the young and highly promising Connor Braid. As such Matt Evans will play wing and not pivot and will be joined by future star Taylor Paris and the veteran James Pritchard in the back-three. Pritchard is expected to retain the goalkicking responsibilities whicle Ciaran Hean and Phil MacKenzie will be the centres. Mackenzie has been in great form in England for London Welsh in the Aviva Premiership and will have a lot to do with a potential Canadian victory.


Hubert BuydensRay BarkwillDoug Wooldridge
(Prairie Wolfpack, CAN), (Ontario Blues CAN), Ontario blues, CAN)
Jon PhelanTyler Hotson 
(The Rock, CAN), (London Scottish, ENG)

Tyler ArdronAaron CarpenterChauncey O´Toole
(Ontario Blues, CAN), (Plymouth Albion, ENG), (The Rock, CAN)

Sean White10 Conor Braid
(Pacific Tyee, CAN), (Pacific Tyee, CAN)
12 Phil MacKenzie, 13 Ciaran Hearn
(London Welsh, ENG), (The Rock, CAN)
11 Matt Evans, 15 James Pritchard, 14 Taylor Paris
(Cornish Pirates, ENG), (Bedford Blues, ENG), (Glasgow Warriors, SCO)

16 Ryan Hamilton (Pacific Tyee, CAN)

17 Jason Marshall (Aurillac, FRA)

18 Andrew Tiedemann (Auch, FRA) 
19 Brett Beukeboom (Plymouth Albion, ENG)
20 John Moonlight (Ontario Blues, CAN)
21 Eric Wilson (Pacific Tyree, CAN)
22 Nick Blevins (Prairie Wolf Pack, CAN) 
23 Jeff Hassler (Prairie WolfPack, CAN)

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