Canada v Georgia June 2017

June 10 2017


Shane O'Leary - 1st Canada cap vs Georgia
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Canada Fall to Georgia 13-0 in Dreary Contest: FULL MATCH VIDEO


posted June 10 1017
[ed. comments below]

The weather set the tone for the match, neither were anything to get excited about or that you would particularly like to see again. Although Rugby Canada as usual were able to put a positive spin on the game which is their job.

Neither side adapted well to the conditions and even the refereeing crew wanted to get in early so avoided making calls. Phil Mack was incensed at one point for getting a head to the face at the breakdown but the AR basically said, "move on nothing to see here".

Shane O'Leary won man of the match, one of the few bright spots was seeing that Canada now had a flyhalf who brought a top level kicking game to the mix. That has been sorely missing from Canada's repertoire. This was not a day for backline play on either team, the backs hardly saw the ball unless they were mishandling kicks.

It was forwards smash mouth rugby and the Georgians did enough to come away with the win. Ilnicki got worked over a bit at tighthead but Djustice Sears Duru acquitted himself well at loosehead. Anthony Luca and Matt Tierney improved the scrum when they came on.

Phil Mack was feisty all game, a few decision making glitches, but overall not bad.

The forwards defended the maul better than usual as it has been a weak area for Canada in recent years.

As usual you can say Canada played with heart but there wasn't a lot of skill on display, for either side, and the weather didn't help at all. O'Leary's tactical kicking was the most skillful thing on display and it's why he won man of the match. Disappointing that Canada got blanked and they'll have to find some attacking flair before taking on the USA in the home and away.

Next up is Romania and perhaps a chance to see some of the professionals return to action. The USA were defeated 55-19 by Ireland. Japan beat Romania 33-21 (HT 23-9).

The match can be viewed below in two parts, the first 20 minutes followed by the rest of the match.





from Rugby Canada

CALGARY, A.B. (June 10, 2017) — Canada's senior men's team fell 13-0 to Georgia Saturday afternoon in rainy conditions at Calgary Rugby Park.
Merab Kvirkashvili scored all 13 points for Georgia including scoring the games only try in the 77th minute.

"We had a young team out there but we left a few players out deliberately but I thought the guys handled themselves really well," Canada's head coach Mark Anscombe said. "Against a quality team like Georgia, to get as close as we did with a young team, is very encouraging.

"I'm really proud of the way the boys played today."

Canada's Aaron Carpenter also tied Al Charron's test record of 76 caps as he came on as a second half replacement.

"I'm trying not to think about it and make a big deal out of it," Carpenter said. "It's a big thing for me personally though and that's why I wanted to come back and see it through. For all of the people who have supported me throughout the years, I’m doing it for them, myself, my family. They’ve given me the opportunity to come here and be away from them and I’m happy it’s tied and hopefully in the next couple of weeks I can get one more and surpass it.”

Canada also got test debuts from starters Shane O’Leary, who was named the Guinness Made of More Man of the Match, and Andrew Coe, while Anthony Luca came on as a second half replacement.

Georgia took an early 3-0 lead in the just the third minute as Kvirkashvili kicked an early penalty, a score that would hold until half time. Canada had opportunities in the half — Coe knocking on from only a few meters out and Conor Trainor nearly scoring off of a chip-and-chase.

Kvirkashvili extended Georgia's lead to 6-0 in the 46th minute with another penalty but missed two more opportunities before the hour mark to add to the lead. Kvirkashvili would seal the deal in the 77th minute as he dived onto a loose ball after Phil Mack couldn’t collect a high ball before converting to secure a 13-0 win.

“We’ve got some big games coming up,” Anscombe said. “We left some people out to manage the workload of the squad for the first couple of weeks.

“I think the guys that went out today did themselves and the jersey proud.”

Canada is back in action June 17 against Romania in Edmonton before they head to Hamilton to face the USA on June 24 in the first leg of their 2019 Rugby World Cup qualifier. The second leg is July 1 in San Diego. Tickets are available by clicking here.

Canada Team to Face Georgia (Name, club, hometown):

1. Djustice Sears-Duru – (Oakville Crusaders/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
2. Benoit Piffero – (Blagnac Sporting Club/Atlantic Rock) Montreal, QC
3. Jake Ilnicki – (Northampton/BC Bears) Williams Lake, BC
4. Brett Beukeboom, captain – (Cornish Pirates/Ontario Blues) Lindsay, ON
5. Conor Keys – (UVIC Vikes/Atlantic Rock) Stittsville, ON
6. Kyle Baillie – (London Scottish/Atlantic Rock) Summerside, PEI
7. Matt Heaton – (Darlington Mowden Park/Atlantic Rock) Godmanchester, QC
8. Admir Cejvanovic – (Burnaby Lake RFC/BC Bears) Burnaby, BC
9. Phil Mack – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
10. Shane O’Leary – (Unattached) Cork, Ireland
11. Sean Duke – (UBC Thunderbirds/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
12. Guiseppe Du Toit – (UVIC Vikes/BC Bears) Maple Ridge, BC
13. Conor Trainor – (USON Nevers/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
14. Dan Moor – (Balmy Beach RFC/Ontario Blues) Toronto, ON
15. Andrew Coe – (UBC Thunderbirds/Ontario Blues) Toronto, ON
16. Eric Howard – (Brantford Harlequins/Ontario Blues) Ottawa, ON
17. Anthony Luca – (Burnaby Lake RFC/BC Bears) Burnaby, BC
18. Matt Tierney – (Section Paloise/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
19. Liam Chisholm – (UVIC Vikes/BC Bears) Kenora, ON
20. Aaron Carpenter – (Doncaster Knights/Ontario Blues) Brantford, ON
21. Andrew Ferguson – (Oakville Crusaders/Ontario Blues) Mississauga, ON
22. Gradyn Bowd – (UVIC Vikes/Prairie Wolf Pack) Red Deer, AB
23. Ciaran Hearn – (London Irish/Atlantic Rock) Conception Bay South, NL

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 0-13 Georgia —Calgary Rugby Park
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



Anscombe Names 23 for Georgia Match: Two New Caps in Starting XV: LIVE FEED


posted June 8 2017
[ed. comments below. Update the reason Pat Parfrey not selected is he broke his jaw in last NZ match. ]

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Georgia leading 3-0
Bryan Kelly and Gareth Rees on commentary
Blustery conditions
Canada scrum under some pressure at the tighthead position
Canada had a shot at goal from far out but didn't have the distance
Canada played most of the rugby in the first half but couldn't convert to points
Georgia are running into injury problems with two players off already
HT 3-0 for Georgia, they'll have the wind in the second half

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It's certainly not Canada's strongest lineup with Olmstead, Ardron, and DTH missing - possibly Canada's top three players. No doubt Anscombe is counting the USA series as the most important games and working backwards from there. Viewed from the rankings perspective, the Georgia match is the longest shot with Romania and USA more likely wins. Might as well give it a good shot but save the best team for the more winnable and important matches, that seems the thinking when selecting for this match.

Two players will get their first caps as starters, Shane O'Leary and Andrew Coe. O'Leary's performance will be the most interesting to watch as Canada have been missing a world class #10 for a while and O'Leary was Canada's best at the U20 level. He seemed to work well with Trainor in the selection match vs BC, Guiseppe du Toit takes the #12 role with Hearn and Bowd providing cover from the bench.

Anthony Luca gets on the match day 23 even though not named in the initial squad. This would have been a game where you would expect to see Hubert Buydens finally get some game time after a lengthy injury, his absence and Luca's presence may be a sign that's he not quite ready to go yet.

The front row of Djustice, Piffero and Ilnicki could show up in any match this summer, normally Barkwill would be expected as hooker but he's not in the 23 on this day. Second row Brett Beukeboom as captain and Conor Keys will have to prove themselves as they've been chosen ahead of Jebb Sinclair this summer. Also will they play well enough to allow Evan Olmstead to move to a loose forward position? The loss of iconic player Jamie Cudmore at second row is a big hole to fill.

The loose forward trio of Baillie, Heaton and Cejvanovic will be tested and trying to earn a spot next match with Ardron and Olmstead waiting.

The halfback combination of Mack to O'Leary may be the best Canada has this summer. McRorie and Braid will no doubt get a shot, possibly next against Romania. Pat Parfrey was left off the summer selections even though he was sent down to New Zealand to prepare.

The back three of Moor, Duke and Coe will give way in future matches to DTH and Paris on the outside. At the present time no one owns the fullback position with Matt Evans injured. If Andrew Coe impresses he may get another start in that role, Hearn, Bowd and Braid could also be candidates.

The Rugby Canada media release states the game will be streamed live on their Facebook page, so likely no broadcast on TSN.

from Rugby Canada

CALGARY, AB — Senior men’s head coach Mark Anscombe has named his starting XV for Canada’s RISEAsOne June Series opener against Georgia in Calgary this Saturday.

The team will be captained by Brett Beukeboom while Shane O’Leary and Andrew Coe will make their test debuts for Canada. Anthony Luca could make his test debut as he is named as a replacement.

“A win would be huge,” Anscombe said. “It would be a great confidence booster for the team. The boys have come together well and are really excited and looking forward to the game. “

Djustice Sears-Duru and Jake Ilnicki start at prop with Benoit Piffero at hooker. Beukeboom is joined by Conor Keys at lock with Kyle Baillie and Matt Heaton at flanker. Burnaby’s Admir Cejvanovic starts at No. 8.

Victoria native Phil Mack starts at scrum-half with O’Leary at fly-half. Sean Duke makes his first test start since November 2014 on the wing with Dan Moor lining up on the opposite side. Guiseppe du Toit and Conor Trainor start at centre with Coe at fullback in his test debut.

Aaron Carpenter could tie Al Charron’s all-time cap record of 76 for Canada as he is named as a replacement.

With two Rugby World Cup qualifiers against the USA later in the month, Anscombe will use the match against Georgia, and next weeks clash with Romania, as a tune-up to put Canada in the best possible position, with the nation’s top 23 players available, for these crucial qualification matches.

“We’ve got four test matches in consecutive weeks, with the final two being Rugby World Cup qualifiers. We have to look at our entire squad and how to best utilize everyone and how we manage game time for our players.

“It’s important we do that right. We don’t want to be too dinged up for our home and away qualifiers against USA because at the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about.”

Canada will face Romania on June 17 in Edmonton at Ellerslie Rugby Park before returning to Ontario to face 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.

“We are entering an important period in the Rugby World Cup cycle and have four very tough fixtures this month,” said Jim Dixon, Rugby Canada’s General Manager of Rugby Operations and Performance. “There is no doubt Georgia and Romania are going to offer a very physical challenge. It is therefore vital Mark Anscombe and his coaching team manage the entire squad, to ensure we are healthy, and most critically, as competitive as possible in the Rugby World Cup qualifiers against the USA.

“We have assembled a strong squad and like all of our fans, I'm very much looking forward to four strong test performances, starting this weekend against Georgia.”

Canada and USA 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. Saturday’s game will be shown LIVE on Rugby Canada’s Facebook page.

Canada Team to Face Georgia (Name, club, hometown):

1. Djustice Sears-Duru – (Oakville Crusaders/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
2. Benoit Piffero – (Blagnac Sporting Club/Atlantic Rock) Montreal, QC
3. Jake Ilnicki – (Northampton/BC Bears) Williams Lake, BC
4. Brett Beukeboom, captain – (Cornish Pirates/Ontario Blues) Lindsay, ON
5. Conor Keys – (UVIC Vikes/Atlantic Rock) Stittsville, ON
6. Kyle Baillie – (London Scottish/Atlantic Rock) Summerside, PEI
7. Matt Heaton – (Darlington Mowden Park/Atlantic Rock) Godmanchester, QC
8. Admir Cejvanovic – (Burnaby Lake RFC/BC Bears) Burnaby, BC
9. Phil Mack – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
10. Shane O’Leary – (Unattached) Cork, Ireland
11. Sean Duke – (UBC Thunderbirds/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
12. Guiseppe Du Toit – (UVIC Vikes/BC Bears) Maple Ridge, BC
13. Conor Trainor – (USON Nevers/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
14. Dan Moor – (Balmy Beach RFC/Ontario Blues) Toronto, ON
15. Andrew Coe – (UBC Thunderbirds/Ontario Blues) Toronto, ON
16. Eric Howard – (Brantford Harlequins/Ontario Blues) Ottawa, ON
17. Anthony Luca – (Burnaby Lake RFC/BC Bears) Burnaby, BC
18. Matt Tierney – (Section Paloise/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
19. Liam Chisholm – (UVIC Vikes/BC Bears) Kenora, ON
20. Aaron Carpenter – (Doncaster Knights/Ontario Blues) Brantford, ON
21. Andrew Ferguson – (Oakville Crusaders/Ontario Blues) Mississauga, ON
22. Gradyn Bowd – (UVIC Vikes/Prairie Wolf Pack) Red Deer, AB
23. Ciaran Hearn – (London Irish/Atlantic Rock) Conception Bay South, NL

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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