Americas Pacific Challenge - Canada v Argentina

October 08 2016

Gordon McRorie - captain Americas Pacific Challenge 2016

Canada 'A' Fall 56-29 to Argentina 'A' in Montevideo: VIDEO MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

posted Oct 8 2016
[ed. comments below]

It was a one way contest as Argentina ran up a 42-3 lead before bringing in the subs at the 60 minute mark. They even managed to outscore Canada with a man in the bin at the 20 minute mark.

Canada brought their subs in early just after half with Ngongo replacing Moor, Albornoz replacing Keys, Dala in for Rumball and Povey in for Du Toit but it wasn't until Argentina replaced five starters, Zapata, Guillemaín, Bartoloni, Ezcurra, González around the 60 minute mark that Canada got across the line.

McRorie intercepted a pass and scored a try from a solo effort at 63 minutes, converting his own try.

Canada won the last 10 minutes of the match 21-7 with Wadden, LeSage and Barkwill crossing the line. At 70 minutes Ackerman came in for Kotlewski and Ferguson in for McRorie.

Argentina's 8 tries came from across the park, some from backline play and several through mauls. Argentina #8, Macome, accounted for 3 tries on his own. Canada face USA next who were also thumped by Fiji 62-12. The Uruguay v Samoa game was close, 44-42 for Samoa.

If there is one positive to take from the match it's that Canada didn't quit and came back to score 3 tries in the last 10 minutes.


Canada v Argentina on Saturday: Anscombe Announces Starting XV

posted Oct 7 2016

It doesn't look like Saturday's game is streamed but there's promises of Day 2 and 3 games being streamed through We'll wait and see on that as there's no mention on at this time.

There's no real surprises as 26 players are on the trip, the three left off the list for the first match are Phil Mackenzie, Doug Fraser and Admir Cejvanovic.

The following is the match day 23 from Argentina.

1 Facundo Gigena 2 Axel Zapata 3 Cristian Bartoloni 4 Juan Cruz Guillemaín 5 Ignacio Larrague 6 Rodrigo Báez 7 Tomás Lezana 8 Benjamín Macome 9 Felipe Ezcurra (capt.) 10 Juan Cruz González 11 Fernando Luna 12 Juan Cappiello 13 Santiago Álvarez 14 Segundo Tuculet 15 Bautista Delguy
16 Gaspar Baldunciel 17 Nicolás Solveyra 18 Santiago Medrano 19 Pedro Ortega 20 Santiago Montagner 21 Gonzalo Bertranou 22 Domingo Miotti 23 Julián Domínguez

This is not a test match but the current country rankings are Argentina (7th) and Canada (18th).

from Rugby Canada

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY — Canada’s Senior Men’s Team Head Coach Mark Anscombe has announced his starting ‘A’ team to face Argentina XV on Saturday to open the Americas Pacific Challenge (APC) in Uruguay.

Captained by scrumhalf Gordon McRorie, the Canada ‘A’ starting XV includes nine veterans with full test caps and seven members of Canada’s centralized group based in Langford, BC.

After over 24-hours of travel south, Anscombe’s charges arrived in Uruguay’s capital on Tuesday to begin preparation for Saturday.

“Preparation is going well. The boys have picked up things quickly and have blended well. We've had a couple of good days of training. Now the boys are looking forward to the first game on Saturday,” said Anscombe from Montevideo.

“(APC) is a great opportunity for a lot of guys to put their hand up and push for selection for the November tests,” added Anscombe.

In their one previous meeting earlier this year Canada’s Men’s Team dropped their Americas Rugby Championship game to Argentina XV 54-21 on February 28 in Rosario.

Following Saturday’s game Canada ‘A’ will face USA Selects on October 12th and Samoa ‘A’ on October 16th before returning to Canada.

Funded by World Rugby, the Americas Pacific Challenge is in its inaugural year and looks to boost the high-performance pathway for the test arena and supports the Americas Rugby Championship and Pacific Nations Cup as well as November international test window preparation.

Pool A features Argentina XV, USA Selects and Samoa A, while Fiji Warriors, Canada A and Uruguay A are in Pool B. The tournament will be a round-robin, first-past-the-post tournament format played across three competition rounds. Teams will play each side in their opposite pool once, with the winner and final rankings determined by the total number of competition points accrued across the three rounds.

Kick off is 1pm ET/10am PT on Saturday and LIVE Updates will be provided on Twitter through @RugbyCanada. Game Days 2 & 3 will be LIVE on

Canada ‘A’ Team to Face Argentina XV – Name, (Club/CRC) Hometown

1. Rob Brouwer – (Lindsay RFC/Ontario Blues) Lindsay, ON
2. Ray Barkwill – (Castaway Wanderers/Ontario Blues) Niagara Falls, ON
3. Ryan Kotlewski – (Westshore RFC/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, ON
4. Conor Keys – (UVIC Vikes/Atlantic Rock) Stittsville, ON
5. Adrian Wadden – (James Bay AA/Ontario Blues) Mississauga, ON
6. Kyle Baillie – (Westshore RFC/Atlantic Rock) Summerside, PEI
7. Matt Heaton – (Darlington Mowden Park/Atlantic Rock)Godmanchester, QC
8. Lucas Rumball – (Queen’s University/Ontario Blues) Scarborough, ON
9. Gordon McRorie – Captain (UBC Old Boys Ravens/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
10. Patrick Parfrey – (James Bay AA/Atlantic Rock) St. John’s, NL
11. Dan Moor – (Castaway Wanderers/Ontario Blues) Toronto, ON
12. Ben Lesage – (UBC Thunderbirds/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
13. Guiseppe du Toit – (UVIC Vikes/BC Bears) Maple Ridge, BC
14. Kainoa Lloyd – (Queen’s University/Ontario Blues) Mississauga, ON
15. Rory McDonell – (Brantford Harlequins/Ontario Blues) Brantford, ON
16. Martial Lagain – (Club Rugby de Québec/Atlantic Rock) Sherbrooke, QC
17. Peter Houlihan – (Strathcona Druids/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
18. Ryan Ackerman – (Burnaby Lake RFC/BC Bears) Regina, SK
19. Lucas Albornoz – (Burnaby Lake RFC/Prairie Wolf Pack) Vancouver, BC
20. Nanyak Dala – (Castaway Wanderers/Prairie Wolf Pack) Saskatoon, SK
21. Andrew Ferguson – (Oakville Crusaders/Ontario Blues) Mississauga, ON
22. Robbie Povey – (Bedford Athletic/Prairie Wolf Pack) Northampton, UK
23. Anton Ngongo – (Castaway Wanderers/BC Bears) Victoria, BC

Non-Dressing Subs:

Admir Cejvanovic – (Burnaby Lake RFC/BC Bears) Burnaby, BC
Doug Fraser – (Castaway Wanderers/Prairie Wolf Pack) Ladysmith, BC
Phil Mackenzie - (Unattached/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON

Canada ‘A’ Coaching Staff:
Mark Anscombe – Head Coach
Paul Feeney – Assistant Coach
Dave Butcher – Scrum Coach
Aaron Takel – Performance Analyst
Michael Deasy – Strength and Conditioning
Mallory White – Physiotherapist
Alistair Wilson – Physiotherapist
Anthony Dixon - Doctor
Alana Gattinger – Operations and Logistics

Canada’s Americas Pacific Challenge Schedule:

Canada ‘A’ vs. Argentina XV — October 8th
12:00pm local time (11:00am ET/8:00am PT)

Canada ‘A’ vs. USA Selects — October 12th
2:30pm local time (1:15pm ET/10:15am PT)

Canada ‘A’ vs. Samoa ‘A’ — October 16th
12:30pm local time (11:00am ET/8:00am PT)

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