Thursday, July 24, 2014

International Rugby: Canada's November Test Schedule Announced

Photo Credit José Lagman 
The number one ranked rugby country from North America and the Caribbean is to play four matches in a three test tour of Europe in November. An official release from the IRB confirmed that Canada is to play against Romania in Bucharest in addition to facing Rugby World Cup 2015 participating nations from Africa and Oceania. The tour will start, however, with a non-international on November 2 against a composite XV made up of the leading players from England's second division, the RFU Championship.  

Canada's build up for the tough assignment at Rugby World Cup 2015 of facing France, Ireland, Italy and Romania will see the North Americans able to experiment. The four match tour of Europe from November 02-22 is to see Canada playing two tests against lower ranked countries, one against the dangerous Samoa and a further fixture will see Canada taking on a composite side, the RFU Championship XV.

Canada's opening fixture will be against the RFU Championship XV on November 2. It is to be a match close to the hearts of many Canadian players due to the larger number of players to either have previously played in the competition or to be doing so at present. 

Of Canada's twenty-seven man squad that featured in the June internationals against Japan, Scotland and the USA Aaron Carpenter, Tyler Hotson and James Pritchard are to play in the 2014-2015 RFU Championship. The match is take place at a yet to be determined venue in the U.K. which could mean an unpopular return to Colwyn Bay. 

IRB Authorities are not going to be utilizing Rugby World Cup 2015 venues for the matches. Smaller venues set to host matches including Exeter and Gloucester will not play host to matches but Canada v Samoa is to be played at the Stade de la Rabine in France on November 14. Before facing the Samoans  Canada will take on recent World Cup qualifiers Namibia at a yet to be determined location.

The fourth match will see Canada returning to Bucharest for a re-match of the November 2013 nail-biting international which saw Romania win at the death. The match is also to be a preview of the Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool D fixture in which Canada and Romania will meet in Leicester. 

For a full list of Tier Two internationals in November click here.

Host City
November 2
RFU Championship XV v Canada
November 8
Namibia v Canada
November 14
Samoa v Canada
November 22
Romania v Canada

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