Thursday, November 7, 2013

Tyler Ardron to Captain Canada v Georgia

Photo BC Rugby News: Tyler Ardon is to lead Canada in Tbilisi
One of the rising stars in Canadian rugby is Tyler Ardron. Aged just 22 the Ospreys back-rower will captain Canada this weekend in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi. He replaces the injured Aaron Carpenter not only as captain but also in position as Ardron will lead Canada from the back of the scrum. 

The rise of Ardron has been very fast. He was not a member of the Canadian squad at Rugby World Cup 2011 due to his age but could arguably have nonetheless been selected. His debut test appearance came on June 9 2012 against the USA in Kingston, Ontario as a replacement. One week later he was starting in the back-row against Italy in a back-row unit that featured Carpenter and one of Canada´s best performers at the World Cup, Chauncey O´Toole. Since that match Ardron has been a permanent starter for Canada playing either at number eight, flanker or in the second-row.

Ardron´s debut as captain will be in good company. He will be joined in the back-row by Jebb  Sinclair who has been used a lot in the second-row despite playing back-row for London Irish. Adam Kleeberger will be on the bench as cover while the third starting back-rower is to be the impressive John Moonlight who, like Ardron, has become a first choice back-rower since the previous World Cup. The trio will play behind a second-row featuring Jon Phelan and the young Brett Beukeboom who both play in Europe. Jamie Cudmore  is not in the squad due to Canada wanting to get more out of him over the long term. Tyler Hotson will cover second-row from the bench.

There are also missing players in the front-row, notable Jason Marshall. Canada has, nonetheless, put together are respectable front-row combination. The New Zealand based Hubert Buydens will play at loosehead prop and be joined by Ray Barkwill and Andrew Tiedemann. Another player based in New Zealand will cover the front-row from the bench and should he appear then Jake Ilnicki would make his test debut as would replacement hooker Beniot Piffero who is based in France and the Canadian based Djustice Sears-Duru

Facing Georgia without depth in the front-row is far from ideal but Canada´s back-line would appear to be one ready to attack and do so with flair. Despite DTH van der Merwe having been rested there is no place for the French based Taylor Paris with coach Kieran Crowley opting to select other players. An exciting wing combination of the British based Phil MacKenzie and Jeff Hassler will be joined by Matt Evans at the back. The centre combination is also of note with Conor Trainor back for his first test of the year after having been injured. Joining Trainor will be Harry Jones who has palyed both fly half and inside centre for Canada since Rugby World Cup 2011. Jones will play 12 outside Liam Underwood while the starting scrrum-half is to be Phil Mack. Record Canadian points scorer James Pritchard is on  the bench. 

Canada
1 Hubert Buydens, (Manawatu Turbos, New Zealand) 

2 Ray Barkwill, (Ontario Blues)
3 Andrew Tiedemann, (Prairie Wolf Pack) 
4 Jon Phelan, (Lille Métropole, France)
5 Brett Beukeboom, (Plymouth Albion, England)
6 John Moonlight, (Ontario Blues)
7 Adam Kleeberger, (BC Bears)
8 Tyler Ardron, (Ospreys, Wales)
9 Phil Mack, (BC Bears) 
10 Liam Underwood, (Ontario Blues) 
11 Phil Mackenzie, (Sale Sharks, England)
12 Harry Jones, (BC Bears)
13 Conor Trainor, (BC Bears) 
14 Jeff Hassler, (Ospreys, Wales) 
15 Matt Evans, (Cornish Pirates, England)

16 Jake Ilnicki, (Auckland Colts, New Zealand)
17 Djustice Sears-Duru, (Ontario Blues)
18 Benoit Piffero, (Blagnac, France)
19 Tyler Hotson, (London Scottish, England) 
20 Nanyak Dala, (Prairie Wolf Pack) 
21 Jamie Mackenzie, (Ontario Blues)
22 Nick Blevins, (Prairie Wolf Pack)
23 James Pritchard, (Bedford Blues, England) 


Georgia
1  Mikheil nariashvili

2  Shalva Mamuka
3  Davit kubriashvili
4  Konstantine Mikautadze
5  Levan Datunashvili
6  Viktor kolelishvili
7  Mamuka Gorgodze
8  Giorgi Chkhaidze
9  Giorgi begadze
10 Lasha Khmaladze
11 Tamaz Mchedlidze
12 Merab Sharikadze
13 Davit Kacharava
14 Irakli Machkhaneli (Captain)
15 Merab Kvirikashvili
16 Simon Maisuradze
17 David Khinchagishvili
18 Levan Chilachava
19 Shalva Sutiashvili
20 Giorgi tkhilaishvili
21 Vaja khutsishvili
22 Tedore zibzibadze
23 Beka Tsiklauri 

1 comment:

  1. DTH isn't rested but unavailable on leave for the birth of his first child. There was a mistake in the announced lineup and Jebb Sinclair plays 6 as well.

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