Saturday, November 17, 2012

Canada v Russia - Teams Confirmed

Parc Eirias, Colwyn Bay
Like last Friday evening this Saturday evening will feature a double header in Colwyn Bay, Wales. The USA will face Tonga and Canada will face Russia. All matches will, of course, feature IRB World Rankings but of the four teams only Tonga has anything to gain as the three others are not a part of Band 1, Band 2 or Band 3. They instead all need to qualify for Rugby World Cup 2015. Tonga is curently anked 12th in the world and is certain to be a part of Band 3 as it cannot gain enough points to rise up to 8th or better in the IRB Rankings. Should the USA win, however then it would carry a massive gain for the North American side. 

Canada is favorite to defeat Russia. History is on its side as 
Canada has won both previous internaitonal matches between the nations - by 22-6 in Canada in November 2009 and 34-18 in England in the 2011 Churchill Cup. The IRB World Rankings also advantage Canada significantly with the North Americans ranked at 13th and Russia 20th. It is the second November International for both sides and neither was successful last weekend. Canada lsot 42-12 against Samoa and Russia was similarly outclassed, losing 40-26 against the United States of America. 

1 Andrew Tiedemann
2 Ryan Hamilton
3 Jason Marshall
4 Jebb Sinclair
5 Tyler Hotson
6 Tyler Ardron
7 Chauncey O’Toole
8 Aaron Carpenter (Captain)
9 Eric Wilson
10 Harry Jones
11 Taylor Paris
12 Nick Blevins
13 Ciaran Hearn
14 Jeff Hassler
15 James Pritchard

16 Hubert Buydens
17 Ray Barkwill
18 Doug Wooldridge
19 Jon Phelan
20 Phil Mackenzie
21 Nanyak Dala
22 Phil Mack
23 Connor Braid


1 Grigory Tsnobiladze

2 Valery Tsnobiladze
3 Evgeny Pronenko
4 Alexander Voytov (Captain)
5 Kirill Kulemin
6 Andrey Temnov
7 Pavel Butenko
8 Victor Gresev
9 Alexey Shcherban
10 Sergey Sugrobov
11 Vladimir Ostroushko
12 Dmitry Gerasimov
13 Vasily Artemyev
14 Denis Simplikevich
15 Igor Klyuchnikov


16 Vladislav Korshunov

17 Alexey Volkov
18 Innokentiy Zykov
19 Andrey Garbuzov
20 Ramil Gaysin
21 Gleb Babkin
22 Yuri Vengerov
23 Sergey Trishin

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