Kingsley Jones Announces 42 Player Long List for Last Three Matches
The official deadline for announcing the 31 players going to the World Cup is September 8th. It's likely Jones will use the next two matches against Leinster and BC to make his mind up on one or two players but he must have a good idea who is on that list already. The USA match on September 7th will likely feature a RWC bound 23. There are 11 players to be taken off this list between now and the pre-September 8th announcement.
Who are the fringe players that have been brought in from outside the ARC squad? These are the players that will have to do something extra to be included in the squad. Hopefully in the BC game some of these players will be put on the BC team to go up against the incumbent in that position. Who wouldn't like to see Nakai Penny go up against Matt Heaton or Lucas Rumball in a contest for openside. Theo Sauder is coming back from injury, how about seeing him go up against Shane O'Leary or Gordon McRorie at #10 or matched up against Peter Nelson at fullback. The Canada vs BC match has a lot of possibilities if it's structured well. If it's a weak BC team against a full Canada side it will be a pointless exercise. Island born Doug Fraser against Nick Blevins would be another good matchup, the same for another Island player Noah Barker, he can play any of the front row positions, including hooker. The Larsen brothers, both Island born, Travis on the current Bears squad that beat the Wolf Pack, Josh could join him in the second row up against Mike Sheppard. It could be an interesting Canada vs BC match if the aim was to test the 42 players and compare in head to head matchups.
Andrew Coe is the only 7s player on the long list, he's in the running for fullback most likely up against Peter Nelson and Pat Parfrey with Theo Sauder also able to fill that spot. Dustin Dobravsky is another player on the fringe who could play for BC where he has played all of his recent rugby with UVic and CW. Guiseppe du Toit from Maple Ridge, BC will be looking to break into the roster, likely in the centres, but originally was considered for a #10 role under Kieran Crowley. Will Kelly is a bit of a surprise, a former Canada U20 player who went to the Dragons Academy in Wales, it may indicate Kingsley Jones is still not 100% sure of his flyhalf options and is willing to give the 21 year old Kelly a chance to prove himself. Taylor Paris is also included which indicates he's match fit and will appear in one or more of the warmup matches.
Two names missing are Brock Staller and George Barton of the Seattle Seawolves, both BC boys, and hopefully will get a chance to suit up with the BC team.
How the Leinster game will be handled will be interesting to see, will they allow a larger roster than 23 as it's a preseason for Leinster and a warmup for Canada, both coaches will want to test a large group of players. from Rugby Canada
HAMILTON, ON (August 20, 2019) - Head coach Kingsley Jones has named his Rugby World Cup (RWC) long list ahead of a series of three World Cup warm up games on home soil.
A challenging Pacific Nations Cup (PNC) campaign went against Canada on the scoresheet but was of held value forJones and his team—using it as an opportunity for selection and development as they continue their build to the 2019 RWC.
“The Pacific Nations Cup was our first set of tests together following a tight training camp in Langford. Competing against some tough teams provided us a lot of really good experience and was a great opportunity for the team to get to know each other and start to gel as a unit,” said Jones.
“We were competitive enough for periods in the Fiji and Tonga tests, but we failed to get the results we may have wanted. We have to stay focused on the bigger picture of the Rugby World Cup. These games allowed the coaching staff to find our strongest combinations with different lineups and selections and we’ll continue to build on that in this next set of warm up matches in Canada,” he added.
The team rejoined this week in Hamilton where they’ll take on Leinster on August 24, before heading to Langford to face a BC Rugby All Stars team on August 30th, and then finish off their RWC send-off in Vancouver against USA on September 7th.
“This next phase is where we really ramp up our preparations for the World Cup. We’ve got a strong group of players that can play several positions at a good level which bodes well for us,” said Jones.“With this team now, we’ve seen a bit of what they can do and going up against the likes of Leinster and another showing against USA will really test us for what we’re going to face in Japan. We’ve got some tough challenges ahead of us but there’s a good energy in the team and we’ll come at it with everything we’ve got.”
Fans in the Hamilton area can purchase tickets for Saturday’s match at HERE. Broadcast details are still being confirmed and further information will be released on Rugby Canada’s channels when it becomes available.
Canada RWC 2019 Long List:
Tyler Ardron (Lakefield, ON) Chiefs
Kyle Baillie (Summerside, PEI) New Orleans Gold
Noah Barker (Courtenay, BC) Glendale Raptors
Justin Blanchet (Montreal, QC) Unattached
Nick Blevins (Calgary, AB) Calgary Hornets
Rob Brouwer (Lindsay, ON) Toronto Arrows
Hubert Buydens (Saskatoon, SK) New Orleans Gold
Luke Campbell (Victoria, BC) Toronto Arrows / JBAA
Andrew Coe (Markham, ON) Markham Irish
Dustin Dobravsky (Hanover, Germany) Castaway Wanderers
Guiseppe du Toit (Maple Ridge, BC) Toronto Arrows
Doug Fraser (Ladysmith, BC) Austin Elite
Jeff Hassler (Okotoks, AB) Seattle Seawolves
Ciaran Hearn (Conception Bay South, NL) Unattached
Matt Heaton (Godmanchester, QC) Darlington Mowden Park
Eric Howard (Ottawa, ON) New Orleans Gold
Jake Ilnicki (Williams Lake, BC) Seattle Seawolves
Cole Keith (Sussex, NB) Toronto Arrows
Will Kelly (Ancaster, ON) Toronto Arrows
Conor Keys (Stittsville, ON) Unattached
Josh Larsen (Parksville, BC) Austin Elite
Travis Larsen (Parksville, BC) Austin Elite
Ben LeSage (Calgary, AB) Calgary Canucks
Kainoa Lloyd (Mississauga, ON) Toronto Arrows
Phil Mack (Victoria, BC) Seattle Seawolves
Jamie Mackenzie (Oakville, ON) Toronto Arrows
Gordon McRorie (Calgary, AB) Calgary Hornets
Peter Nelson (Dungannon, UK) Unattached
Shane O'Leary (Cambellton, NB) Nottingham Rugby
Evan Olmstead (Vancouver, BC) Unattached
Patrick Parfrey (St. John's, NL) Toronto Arrows
Taylor Paris (Barrie, ON) Castres Olympiques
Benoit Piffero (Issoire, France) Blagnac SCR
Nakai Penny (Penticton, BC) Seattle Seawolves
Andrew Quattrin (Holland Landing, ON) Toronto Arrows
Lucas Rumball (Scarborough, ON) Toronto Arrows
Theo Sauder (Vancouver, BC) Toronto Arrows
Djustice Sears-Duru (Oakville, ON) Seattle Seawolves
Mike Sheppard (Brampton, ON) Toronto Arrows
Matthew Tierney (Oakville, ON) Castres Olympiques
Conor Trainor (Vancouver, BC) USON Nevers
DTH van der Merwe (Regina, SK) Glasgow Warriors
Pre-Rugby World Cup:
Canada vs. Leinster
Tim Hortons Field – Hamilton, ON
Kick-off: 3pm ET/ 12pm PT
Canada vs BC All-Stars
August 30, 2019
Westhills Stadium, Langford, BC
Kick-off: 9:30pm ET / 6:30pm PT
Tickets: $10 for adults and $5 for youth & can be purchased from Eagle Ridge Community Centre or the stadium gates on match day
Canada vs. USA
BC Place – Vancouver, BC
Kick-off: 10pm ET/ 7pm PT