Canadian Rugby History

June 27 2018


1991 Canada Team Tribute Booklet
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A Tribute to Canada's 1991 Rugby World Cup Team: Download the 36 Page Booklet Produced for the BC Sports Hall of Fame Induction


When one talks of Canadian rugby and its place in World Rugby history, it's the team that went to the 1991 World Cup that garners the attention. They made the World Cup quarter-final only to lose to the New Zealand All Blacks 29-13. They beat Fiji and Romania in the pool round to claim second place in the pool and only lost by 6 points to host France 19-13. It's the reputation that team carved out that has carried Canadian rugby in high esteem over the following decades.

The introduction of the booklet is best left to Peter McMullan who was Rugby Canada media manager from 1986 to 1996 and covered the 1991 World Cup.

"A Rugby Tribute booklet has been produced to mark the May 31, 2018 BC Sports Hall of Fame Induction of the Canadian team that reached the quarter-final stage of the 1991 Rugby World Cup.

This is the only time Canada has progressed to the last eight in this worldwide event, one staged every four years with Japan the host in 2019. In 1991 the large majority of the squad were living and playing for clubs in Vancouver and Victoria.

The limited edition Tribute booklet will be distributed to squad members when they meet up in Vancouver next week. It features in-depth, reflective remarks from Mark Wyatt (captain), Ian Birtwell (coach) and Mike Luke (manager) along with four match reports and comments from the 26 players and six officials. Also included are ’then and now’ personal photos spanning the 27 years since Canada defeated Fiji (13-3) and Romania (19-11) before losing narrowly to host nation France (19-13) and finally, in the Lille quarter-final, to defending 1987 champions New Zealand (29-13).

Three Canadian players, Dan Jackart, Gord MacKinnon and the late Norm Hadley were subsequently named to a World XV picked from the 16 national teams competing for the William Webb Elis Cup."

The booklet is available in pdf format below.

A Tribute to Canada's 1991 Rugby World Cup Team



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