Monday, September 16, 2013

Phil Mack signs for the Ospreys

Phil Mack fends off USA Eagles scrumhalf Robbie Shaw 
From zero last season to three already this season Canada now has three of its leading test players in Wales and all are at the same region - the Ospreys. 

Having become the first choice Canadian scrumhalf recently Phil Mack is now a professional player. The 27 year old has joined the Ospreys as, what is known in France as, a medical joker. The region´s injury crisis means that the only fit scrumhalf is former Italian international Tito Tebaldi. Mack is therefore likely to get quite a bit of game time for the Swansea based side. 

Mack´s move to Wales means he joined Canadian internationals Jeff Hassler and Tyler Ardron at the Ospreys. The trio are all highly likely to be playing for Canada at Rugby World Cup 2015 and the signs are that all three will be in the starting lineup. Canada is to begin its campaign in Wales with a match against Ireland on September 19 at the home of Welsh rugby, the Millennium Stadium.  

Thye signature of Mack comes after the Canadian outplayed former Welsh based scrumhalf Mike Petri las tmonth. The former Newport-Gwent Dragons scrumhalf was unable to provide his payers with the same direction and distribution as that of Mack who also faced Fiji, Ireland and Tonga over the summer. Petri lost his spot to Robbie Shaw for the second test in August while Mack has now secured his development and there could be further options before the World Cup. 

Mack has played fifteen tests in toal for canada with five being in the starting lineup. The ten others were all from the bench with Mack being used as cover for Sean White and the retired Ed Fairhurst. 

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