Thursday, June 12, 2014

International Rugby: Canadian team named to face Scotland


Canada's Headcoach Kieran Crowley has named his team to face Scotland in Toronto on Saturday. Of the fifteen players who started last Saturday's Pacific Nations Cup match against Japan twelve have retained their places in the team. The match is to be the biggest home fixture of the year with Canada and will be played at Toronto's BMO Field, the usual home venue of the Canadian test team for prime fixtures since 2011. Despite it only being the second home international of the year it is to be the last unless a pre-autumn tour fixture can be organized.   

The transition of former captain Aaron Carpenter from a back-rower to hooker is now official. Having come off the bench last weekend against Japan the Cornish Pirates forward is now to start in the front-row against Scotland. Carpenter replaces Ray Barkwill who drops to the bench. With Carpenter starting Canada is to now have a professional set of front-five forwards. 

The English based Carpenter will be joined by French and New Zealand based players Jason Marshall and Hubert Buydens in the front-row while Tyler Hotson and Jamie Cudmore will complete the tight-five. Tyler Ardron, of the Ospreys, will captain the team from the back of the scrum and form a loose forward trio with London Irish's Jebb Sinclair and the only Canadian based foward starting, John Moonlight.

Moonlight was arguably Canada's best forward against the Japanese and in combination with Ardron and the returning Sinclair canada now appears to have its leading back-rowers together. Behind them will be Phil Mack who replaces Gordon McRorie at scrum-half in the only change to the backs. As such one of Canada's leading players abroad, DTH van der Merwe remains on the bench.

Injuries aside Canada is at full strength making the match against Scotland a genuine opportunity to assess what is required for Canada to win two or more matches at Rugby World Cup 2015. Canada is to be the only non-European team in Pool D and will be targeting two wins, or more, in matches against France, Ireland, Italy and Romania. A competitve performance against Scotland will lay the foundation for Canada to leave a lasting impression in England and Wales.

1
Hubert Buydens
Manawatu
2
Aaron Carpenter
Cornish Pirates
3
Jason Marshall
La Rochelle
4
Tyler Hotson
London Scottish
5
Jamie Cudmore
Clermont
6
Jebb Sinclair
London Irish
7
John Moonlight
Ontario Blues
8
Tyler Ardron
Ospreys
9
Phil Mack
BC Bears
10
Harry Jones
BC Bears
11
Taylor Paris
Agen
12
Nick Blevins
Prairie Wolf Pack
13
Ciaran Hearn
The Rock
14
Jeff Hassler
Ospreys
15
James Pritchard
Bedford Blues
16
Ray Barkwill
Ontario Blues
17
Andrew Tiedemann
Prairie Wolf Pack
18
Jake Ilnicki
BC Bears
19
Kyle Gilmour
La Tablada
20
Jon Phelan
Doncaster Knights
21
Gordon McRorie
Prairie Wolf Pack
22
Connor Braid
BC Bears
23
DTH van der Merwe
Glasgow

1 comment:

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