Canada Summer Tests 2017s

June 05 2017

Anscombe Names Captains and Coaching Team for Summer Series

posted June 5 2017
[ed. comments below]

The Rugby Canada press release mentions news of the co-captain selections but it's also the first time the full coaching staff has been named as well. As per recent history both Mike Shelley and Graeme Moffat are assistant coaches, the only change being a Scotsman brought in Kelly Brown. Jamie Cudmore was available we found out but he wasn't asked to join the coaching team. The head coach makes the assistant coaching selections so is ultimately responsible for the results.

The co-captains mentioned are DTH and Brett Beukeboom. The selection of DTH is a given, he's the best back on the team, plays at the highest level and has many years experience. The selection of Beukeboom is more interesting. First off it implies he'll be taking one of the starting lock positions, so that question is answered. He plays in Tier 2 with Cornish Pirates and in the past hasn't been the most prominent player for Canada. He started, along with Chisolm, at second row in the loss to Brazil, one of Canada's lowest points in rugby history. Ardron was Crowley's golden boy and was the go to captain for Crowley. He's been passed by. Carpenter the most experienced player has also captained the team, but not this time. Olmstead is arguably the forward's equivalent of DTH, best player, playing at the highest level. Only the coaching staff know the full reasons but team chemistry and personality come into play and no doubt being a "company man" doesn't hurt.

As usual the validity of the decisions will be reflected in the performance on the field. Saturday versus Georgia is first up.

from Rugby Canada

CALGARY — Senior men’s head coach Mark Anscombe has named DTH van der Merwe and Brett Beukeboom as co-captains for Canada’s June series.

Van der Merwe and Beukeboom will share the responsibility for Canada’s test matches against Georgia and Romania as well as their two Rugby World Cup qualifiers against the USA.

“Overall, what they bring to the team is why we’ve named them as captains,” Anscombe said. “They bring a lot of passion, both love putting the jersey on, the way they go about their work in the week, they lead by example and they’re well respected.

“They are guys who are going to be around for the next few years and that’s something you’ve got to look at as well.”

Van der Merwe, 31 has been capped 42 times by Canada and is the second highest try scorer in Canadian test rugby with 23 tries. Van der Merwe, who will join the Newcastle Falcons for the 2017-18 Premiership season after just winning the PRO 12 title with Scarlets, has played in the 2007, 2011 and 2015 Rugby World Cup and captained Canada last November in their final two matches of the tour for the very first time.

Beukeboom, who plays in England’s Greene King IPA Championship for the Cornish Pirates, has won 24 test caps. The 26-year-old played for Canada at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

“They’ve both got their roles to do,” Anscombe said. “One is out in the backs, the other in the forwards. In today’s game it’s sharing the workload and they will compliment each other well.”

Canada will face Georgia on June 10 at Calgary Rugby Park before battling Romania on June 17 in Edmonton at Ellerslie Rugby Park.

Canada will then return to Ontario as they tackle the USA on June 24 at Hamilton’s Tim Hortons Field in the first leg of their Rugby World Cup qualifier before heading to San Diego for the second leg on July 1.

The two teams will be playing for the right to be Americas 1 in the 2019 Rugby World Cup where they have been drawn into a pool with England, France, Argentina and Oceanic 2.

Tickets for Canada’s three homes test matches are still available and can be purchased by clicking here. Broadcast details will announced in the coming days.

Canada’s June Series Squad (Name, club, hometown):

Tyler Ardron – (Chiefs/Ontario Blues) Lakefield, ON
Kyle Baillie – (London Scottish/Atlantic Rock) Summerside, PEI
Ray Barkwill – (Castaway Wanderers/Ontario Blues) Niagara Falls, ON
Brett Beukeboom – (Cornish Pirates/Ontario Blues) Lindsay, ON
Nick Blevins – (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
Gradyn Bowd – (UVIC Vikes/Prairie Wolf Pack) Red Deer, AB
Connor Braid – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
Rob Brouwer – (Lindsay RFC/Ontario Blues) Lindsay, ON
Hubert Buydens – (Saskatoon Wild Oats/Prairie Wolf Pack) Saskatoon, SK
Aaron Carpenter – (Doncaster Knights/Ontario Blues) Brantford, ON
Admir Cejvanovic – (Burnaby Lake RFC/BC Bears) Burnaby, BC
Liam Chisholm – (UVIC Vikes/BC Bears) Kenora, ON
Andrew Coe – (UBC Thunderbirds/Ontario Blues) Toronto, ON
Guiseppe Du Toit – (UVIC Vikes/BC Bears) Maple Ridge, BC
Sean Duke – (UBC Thunderbirds/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
Andrew Ferguson – (Oakville Crusaders/Ontario Blues) Mississauga, ON
Ciaran Hearn – (London Irish/Atlantic Rock) Conception Bay South, NL
Matt Heaton – (Darlington Mowden Park/Atlantic Rock) Godmanchester, QC
Eric Howard – (Brantford Harlequins/Ontario Blues) Ottawa, ON
Jake Ilnicki – (Northampton/BC Bears) Williams Lake, BC
Conor Keys – (UVIC Vikes/Atlantic Rock) Stittsville, ON
Phil Mack – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
Gordon McRorie – (UBC Old Boys Ravens/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
Dan Moor – (Balmy Beach RFC/Ontario Blues) Toronto, ON
Shane O’Leary – (Unattached) Cork, Ireland
Evan Olmstead – (Newcastle Falcons/Prairie Wolf Pack) Vancouver, BC
Taylor Paris – (Castres/Ontario Blues) Barrie, ON
Benoit Piffero – (Blagnac Sporting Club/Atlantic Rock) Montreal, QC
Lucas Rumball – (Balmy Beach RFC/Ontario Blues) Scarborough, ON
Djustice Sears-Duru – (Glasgow Warriors/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
Matt Tierney – (Section Paloise/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
Conor Trainor – (RC Vannes/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
DTH van Der Merwe – (Newcastle Falcons) Victoria, BC

Canada Coaching Staff:

Mark Anscombe – Head Coach
Graeme Moffat – Assistant Coach
Mike Shelley – Assistant Coach
Kelly Brown – Assistant Coach
Mark Winokur – Manager
Mallory White – Athletic Therapist
Alistair Wilson – Athletic Therapist
Dr. Steve Martin – Team Doctor
Aaron Takel – Performance Analyst
Michael Deasy – Strength & Conditioning Coach

Canada’s June Series Schedule:

Canada vs. Georgia — June 10 — Calgary Rugby Park — 5pm ET/2pm PT
Canada vs. Romania — June 17 — Ellerslie Rugby Park — 5pm ET/2pm PT
Canada vs. USA — June 24 — Tim Horton’s Field — 3pm ET/12pm PT
Canada vs. USA — July 1 — San Diego — 6pm ET/3pm PT

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