Thursday, November 29, 2012

Connor Braid to play as a professional in England

Connor Braid
22 year old Canadian international flyhalf Connor Braid has signed a professional contract to play in England for the Doncaster Knights. The club is in England´s second division known as the RFU Championship. It has been having a forgettable season as the Knights are bottom of the table having only won one of its first ten matches. It is Braid´s first professional contract. He joins the team from Canadian side the Pacific Tree, which is the senior mens team representing Canadian powerhouse province British Columbia. The province was previously represented by the BC Bears but due to a dispute between BC Rugby and Rugby Canada the team is now Pacific Tree. The province is a major contributor of players to the national team. Braid was joined by the likes of Harry Jones, Conor Trainor and Sean White in the 2012 Canadian Rugby Championship. 

Braid was selected for the Canadian tour of Wales and England this month, featuring in all three matches. He started at flyhalf in Canada´s underwhelming performance against Samoa but impressed in the teams win over Russia. The test against Russia was the fourth in his international career. He made his debut from the bench at fullback against Belgium during Canada´s 2010 European tour. During the same tour he started against Georgia at flyhalf. Braid got his international call up after impressing for the Canada Select XV in the 2010 Americas Rugby Championship played in Córdoba. He is a player of the future for his country and should he do well with Doncaster he could very well go on to play in a higher division similar to his teammate Phil MacKenzie who plays for London Welsh in the Aviva Premiership after previously having played for Esher. 

1 comment:

  1. Much improved player to be fair on the player that he was in the 2010 November series where he was very young and didn't take to test rugby well and missed out on the RWC.

    With Monro retiring, Braid can fill the gap now for a period, whilst McCann should be getting some good training at Clermont and should be a contender soon enough in the future.