Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Canadian frontrowers Buydens and Hamilton to play for Taranaki?

Hubert Buydens 
Rumours come and go quickly and many cannot be trusted but when a national union points out that something could happen then it is to be taken very seriously. This is just what has happened as the governing body of Canadian rugby, Rugby Canada has told its online readers in a newsletter that international loosehead prop Hubert Buydens and hooker Ryan Hamilton could be playing in New Zealand´s domestic professional competition, the ITM Cup for Taranaki. The North Island province is the home of Canadian coach, Kieran Crowley. Should the players be exposed to New Zealand rugby then the ultimate winner would be the global game as Canada would have improved players in two positions. 

31 year old Buydens first appeared for Canada in 2006 in a Churchill Cup match against England A. With Kieran Crowley in charge he beacme Canada´s first choice loosehead prop and started in all four of Canada´s matches at Rugby World Cup 2011 agaisnt Tonga, France, Japan and New Zealand. He had broked into the team in 2011 after not having played a test since 2008. In 2011 he started both matches against the USA and in 2012 he started against against the USA and also against Italy and Samoa. He also played against Russia as a replacement with Crowley giving his wider squad members more game time. While Buydens is into his thirties now he should still be targetting a place at Rugby World Cup 2015. 

Ryan Hamilton is much younger than Buydens. At 24, Hamilton is in a prime position to be Canada´s first choice hooker into the distant future. He has been in the frame since 2010 when he made his debut against Uruguay. He was Canada´s backup to captain Pat Riordan at Rugby World Cup 2011 and made an appearance in all matches from the bench. In 2012 Hamilton started against the USA and Samoa and also got game time, like Buydens, from the bench against Russia. Should Hamilton join Taranaki he would be doing so from Pacific Tyee while Buydens would join from the Prarie Wolfpack.

The chances of either or both players playing for Taranaki are high. They will both be in New Zealand playing club rugby for New Plymouth Old Boy´s in the upcoming season. The Taranaki Daily News confirmed the move of both players Rugby Canada will be paying for the travel costs of both players. They are to arrive in time to play the clubs first championship match of the season in March. They will return home for international duty in May. 

1 comment:

  1. Good news for Canada. Their entire front row is currently not at a standard good enough to be competent against Tier 1 opposition.

    But USA's Eric Fry had a stint with Manawatu and that improved him somewhat, maybe it can work the same for these two at Taranaki.