Canada A Team Announced for Americas Pacific Challenge
The last tournament before the repechage is coming up, the Americas Pacific Challenge. This will give a hint of how the domestic players have progressed from last year. The only way is up as the team didn't win a game last year in the tournament, only scored 58 points and ended up with a -98 point differential.
There are not a lot of suprises, perhaps Jordan Wilson-Ross and Clayton Meeres being included, two blasts from the past who suited up this year in the CRC. Experience is needed in this run to the World Cup.
Familiar names in the front row, Djustice, Kotlewski, Keith, Barker, Buydens with Barkwill and Howard as hookers.
Second row Ciulini, Keys, Sheppard.
Loose forwards Baillie, Campbell, Dobravsky, Heaton, Rumball, Larsen.
Halfbacks Mack, McRorie, Ferguson, Parfrey, Sauder, Staller
It's likely the starting flyhalf is Pat Parfrey but Brock Staller may be a long shot after looking good in his #10 start with Westshore. Anyone else notice he's listed as Westshore not Seattle Seawolves like Barkwill and Mack, significant or an oversight? Theo Sauder could show up anywhere from flyhalf to wing to fullback.
Centres Blevins, JWR, Meeres, Fraser, GDT - no Ben Lesage perhaps the best of the bunch, cut or concentrating on university studies?
Back three Lloyd... no other specialty winger but Staller, Meeres, Sauder can slot in anywhere. Why bother filling in the wingers when DTH and Paris are shoe ins for the starting spots in the repechage. Lloyd was head and shoulders above any other winger in the CRCs so bring him.
So 16 forwards, a lot of utility backs that can be shuffled around to see the best combination.
The last chance to impress the coach before the pros are brought back in... and no sight of 7s players in the roster.
Best wishes to the team and building some momentum. from Rugby Canada
LANGFORD, BC – Canada head coach Kingsley Jones has named his 28-player roster for next month’s Americas Pacific Challenge in Montevideo, Uruguay.
The six-team “A” tournament gives domestic-based players an opportunity to receive top quality international competition for a chance at selection to join Canada’s roster for the highly-anticipated 2019 Rugby World Cup repechage in November in Marseille, France. Next month, Jones’ “A” side will face hosts Uruguay “A”, Argentina “A” and Tonga “A”.
“This APC tour is focused for a large group to put their hand up for preparation for November’s internationals. With all eyes on qualifying for Japan, we need a greater pool of players, including our more experienced professionals, playing high quality rugby ahead of the repechage and the APC gives our domestic based players that chance,” said Jones.
In November, Canada will face Kenya, Germany and Hong Kong on the 11th, 17thand 23rdrespectively with the winner advancing to the sport’s pinnacle event next fall in Japan in the 20thand final spot.
“I am pleased with the level of playing time our professional players are receiving and they will look to join many of the names on this roster. We are also discussing the potential of playing other club fixtures in Europe before the tournament once we land in late October,” he added.
Jones’ roster for Uruguay includes well-known names in the Canadian outfit, including Ray Barkwill, Phil Mack, Hubert Buydens and Gordon McRorie, along with the resurgence of Clayton Meeres and Jordan Wilson-Ross.
“Wilson-Ross and Meeres were both spotted for their play at the Canadian Rugby Championships this year by our coaching staff and were rewarded with an opportunity to impress in Montevideo,” added Jones.
Joining Jones’ coaching outfit in October will be Canada’s all-time leading cap (80) winner Aaron Carpenter. The former Canadian Captain, who won 80 caps between 2005 to 2017, is also working with the Ontario Arrows of the Major League Rugby.
“Aaron has been a true servant to Canadian Rugby for nearly 20 years as a player and I’m excited for him to join our staff on tour,” added Jones.
Broadcast details for both the Americas Pacific Challenge and November repechage are still to be announced by World Rugby.
Canada’s Americas Pacific Challenge Roster:
Kyle Baillie – Westshore RFC/Atlantic Rock (Summerside, PEI)
Noah Barker – James Bay AA/BC Bears (Courtenay, BC)
Ray Barkwill – Seattle Seawolves/Ontario Blues (Niagara Falls, ON)
Nick Blevins – Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack (Calgary, AB)
Hubert Buydens – NOLA Gold/Prairie Wolf Pack (Saskatoon, SK)
Luke Campbell – James Bay AA/BC Bears (Victoria, BC)
Paul Ciulini – Aurora Barbarians/Ontario Blues (Vaughan, ON)
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)
Travis Larsen – James Bay AA (Parksville, BC)
Kainoa Lloyd – Mississauga Blues/Ontario Blues (Mississauga, ON)
Phil Mack –Seattle Seawolves/BC Bears (Victoria, BC)
Gordon McRorie – Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack (Calgary, AB)
Clayton Meeres – James Bay AA/BC Bears (Chilliwack, BC)
Pat Parfrey – Swilers RFC/Atlantic Rock (St. John’s, NL)
Lucas Rumball – Balmy Beach RFC/Ontario Blues (Mississauga, ON)
Theo Sauder – UBC Thunderbirds (Vancouver, BC)
Djustice Sears-Duru – Unattached/Ontario Blues (Oakville, ON)
Mike Sheppard – Stoney Creek Camels/Ontario Blues (Brampton, ON)
Brock Staller – Westshore RFC/BC Bears (Vancouver, BC)
Jordan Wilson-Ross – Vancouver Rowing Club/Atlantic Rock (Alliston, ON)
Unavailable for selection:
Kingsley Jones – Head Coach
Henry Paul – Defence Coach
Aaron Carpetner – Assistant Coach
Michael Deasy – S & C Coach
Calum Ramsay – Performance Analyst
Mallory White – Head Physiotherapist
Mike Cook – Physiotherapist
Dr. Lindsay Bradley – Team Physician
Alana Gattinger – Team Manager
Canada’s Americas Pacific Challenge schedule:
Canada “A” vs. Uruguay “A”
4pm local time (3pm ET/12pm PT)
Canada “A” vs. Argentina “A”
4pm local time (3pm ET/12pm PT)
Canada “A” vs. Tonga “A”
11am local time (10am ET/7am PT)