Canada Name Squad for France Tour: Matches vs Castres and Clermont
Canada named the squad for the trip to France and there are not many surprises, a bit disappointing that they didn't decide to test a couple of on-form players from the first round of the CRC. We were hoping to see Grant Crowell and Grady Bowd in the roster after their strong performance last Friday but the team looks like it has been picked long beforehand. Clint Lemkus is the only player who hasn't been in Canada colours before, partly because he's just coming up to eligibility now after his time in Canada. He didn't particularly standout last Friday but has been a consistent performer with UBC last season.
It's what you would expect if the side had been chosen months earlier - if senior management truly wants to test out new players they have to be more responsive to current form and give players a chance to put their hand up.
The front row will be Barker, Djustice, Kotlewski, Keith, Lemkus with Barkwill, Piffero and Howard as hookers. Buydens played well last Friday but hasn't done enough for inclusion apparently
Second row Baillie, Ciulini, Keys, Wadden - no Olmstead or Beukeboom. Loosies Dobravsky, Heaton, Campbell, Rumball, Sheppard - Ollie Nott didn't get the call up neither Grant Crowell as previously mentioned.
Halfbacks Phil Mack, Jorden Sandover-Best and Andrew Ferguson at #9 and Theo Sauder, Pat Parfrey and Rob Povey at #10.
Centres Lesage, Fraser, Nieuwenhuysen, Guiseppe du Toit and back three of Davis, Lloyd, Thiel, McMullan.
Basically it's the core Canada A side from last campaign. This is the big ticket item from the registration tax levied by Rugby Canada so hopefully some huge benefits come out of the tour in preparation for the November repechage.
Also hopefully there will be a chance for domestic players who are displaying their form in the CRCs to have a crack at the repechage roster before November. A CRC All Star team vs Canada A perhaps in September - send that up the channels for consideration.
There's no word on what will be available for viewing beyond Rugby Canada getting a copy of the games for highlights.from Rugby Canada
LANGFORD, BC (August 2, 2018) – Kingsley Jones has named his 31-man travelling roster for this month’s tour to France for Canada Selects.
Led by veteran scrumhalf Phil Mack, Jones’ outfit includes a blend of experience and young faces looking to gain invaluable high-level competition amongst a busy preparation period leading into the 2019 Rugby World Cup repechage tournament in November.
“These fixtures are critically important for our top domestic based athletes to prepare for November,” said Jones from the Al Charron Rugby Canada National Training Centre. “We will be facing top opposition in current Top 14 Champions Castres and previous European and Top 14 Champions Clermont.”
The tour lands directly in the middle of the 2018 Canadian Rugby Championships, with the first two rounds taking place July 27 to August 7 across the country. The finals weekend will take place at the Calgary Rugby Park on the weekend of August 23 to 26.
“We’re looking to give domestic based players as much experience of high level rugby as possible, it’s the best way to improve ahead of our November three-match series. The selected roster blends our regular starters alongside exciting talented young players who we are targeting for future development,” added Jones.
Jones’ side will open the tour against Castres on August 11thin Lacaune before ending off against Clermont in Issoire on the 17th. Both Top 14 Sides are in pre-season at the moment, with their seasons getting underway on August 25th against Montpellier (Castres) and Agen (Clermont).
November’s qualifying tournament will be played on a round-robin basis, with the winner automatically qualifying for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Currently, Canada, Germany and Hong Kong are confirmed to be participating, with the final nation to be determined in late August (2nd place team from the Rugby Africa Gold Cup). The match order will be determined by the World Rugby rankings after the completion of the Rugby Africa qualification process on August 20th.
Canada Selects Tour:
Canada Selects vs. Castres
6pm local time
Canada Selects vs. Clermont
8pm local time
Canada Selects Roster for France Tour:
Kyle Baillie – Unattached/Atlantic Rock (Summerside, PEI)
Noah Barker – James Bay AA/BC Bears (Courtenay, BC)
Ray Barkwill – Seattle Seawolves/Ontario Blues (Niagara Falls, ON)
Luke Campbell – James Bay AA/BC Bears (Victoria, BC)
Paul Ciulini – Aurora Barbarians/Ontario Blues (Vaughan, ON)
Cole Davis – Calgary Saints/Prairie Wolf Pack (Calgary, AB)
Dustin Dobravsky – Castaway Wanderers/BC Bears (Hanover, Germany)
Guiseppe du Toit – UVIC Vikes/BC Bears (Maple Ridge, BC)
Andrew Ferguson – Oakville Crusaders/Ontario Blues (Mississauga, ON)
Doug Fraser – Castaway Wanderers/BC Bears (Ladysmith, BC)
Matt Heaton – Darlington Mowden Park/Atlantic Rock (Godmanchester, QC)
Eric Howard – New Orleans Gold/Ontario Blues (Ottawa, ON)
Cole Keith – James Bay AA/Atlantic Rock (Sussex, NB)
Conor Keys – UVIC Vikes/Atlantic Rock (Stittsville, ON)
Ryan Kotlewski – Westshore RFC/Prairie Wolf Pack (Calgary, AB)
Clint Lemkus – UBC Thunderbirds/BC Bears (Cape Town, SA)
Ben LeSage – UBC Thunderbirds/Prairie Wolf Pack (Calgary, AB)
Kainoa Lloyd – Mississauga Blues/Ontario Blues (Mississauga, ON)
Phil Mack – Seattle Seawolves/BC Bears (Victoria, BC)
Aidan McMullan – UVIC/Atlantic Rock (Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QC)
Mike Nieuwenhuysen – James Bay AA/BC Bears (Brampton, ON)
Pat Parfrey – Swilers RFC/Atlantic Rock (St. John’s, NL)
Benoit Piffero – Blagnac Sporting Club/Atlantic Rock (Montreal, QC)
Robbie Povey – Castaway Wanderers/Prairie Wolf Pack (Northampton, England)
Lucas Rumball – Balmy Beach RFC/Ontario Blues (Scarborough, ON)
Jorden Sandover-Best – UBC Old Boys/BC Bears (Abbotsford, BC)
Theo Sauder – UBC Thunderbirds/BC Bears (Vancouver, BC)
Djustice Sears-Duru – Unattached/Ontario Blues (Oakville, ON)
Mike Sheppard – Stoney Creek Camels/Ontario Blues (Brampton, ON)
Josh Thiel – Abbotsford RFC/BC Bears (Abbotsford, BC)
Adrian Wadden – Leeds Becket University/Ontario Blues (Mississauga, ON)
2018 Canadian Rugby Championships:
July 27 BC Bears 24-27 Prairie Wolf Pack (Calgary)
Aug. 3 BC Bears vs. Prairie Wolf Pack (Vancouver)
Aug. 4 Ontario Blues vs. Atlantic Rock (Montreal)
Aug. 7 Ontario Blues vs. Atlantic Rock (Toronto)
Aug. 23 1st vs. 4th and 2nd vs. 3rd at Calgary Rugby Park
Aug. 26 Bronze & Gold Medal Match at Calgary Rugby Park