Canada Name Team to Face Namibia in their Final Match of World Cup 2019
It's hard to pick on form for the last match as Canada's losses were all blowouts and there haven't been many standout players. Andrew Coe did well with the brief time he's been given, scoring one of Canada's two tries. Matt Heaton scored the other try and has been putting in a decent amount of work around the pitch at openside. DTH had a quiet outing against South Africa only gaining 10 metres.
Canada are finally playing a team of their level, Namibia ranked one level below Canada, 22 vs 23 in the rankings. The BC Lottery online site finally put the game back on the list but Canada have dropped from the 6 point favourites they were at the beginning of the tournament, the bookies now have Namibia as 0.5 point favourites, basically it's so even and unpredictable no one wants to touch it. Part of that unpredictability may be the weather with Typhoon Hagibis hitting winds of 180km/h which has caused organizers to cancel Saturday's matches. It's still unknown what Sunday will look like and there is the possibility the match will be cancelled or postponed.
As for the team composition, it's a shame Theo Sauder and Kainoa Lloyd were flown out to be spectators. Loose forward Dustin Dobravsky gets on the roster as a replacement as does Luke Campbell - Nakai Penny who played in the MLR for the Seattle Seawolves didn't seem to get serious consideration from coach Kingsley Jones this World Cup. Phil Mack won't get to end his national playing career in suitable fashion, playing in Canada's last RWC match. Jones has gone with McRorie and Mackenzie as the two scrumhalfs.
Exciting moments have been few and far between at this World Cup for Canadian rugby fans, here's hoping first of all that the game gets played and secondly that Canada can muster their first win of the tournament.
Kickoff is 8:15pm on Saturday (12:15 Sunday local time)
1. Djustice Sears-Duru (Oakville, ON) Seattle Seawolves
2. Eric Howard (Ottawa, ON) New Orleans Gold
3. Jake Ilnicki (Williams Lake, BC)Seattle Seawolves
4. Evan Olmstead (Vancouver, BC) Unattached
5. Conor Keys (Stittsville, ON) Unattached
6. Lucas Rumball (Scarborough, ON) Toronto Arrows
7. Matt Heaton (Godmanchester, QC) Rugby ATL
8. Tyler Ardron (Lakefield, ON) Chiefs 'C'
9. Gordon McRorie (Calgary, AB) Calgary Hornets
10. Peter Nelson (Dungannon, UK) Unattached
11. DTH van der Merwe (Regina, SK) Glasgow Warriors
12. Ciaran Hearn (Conception Bay South, NL) Unattached
13. Conor Trainor (Vancouver, BC) USON Nevers
14. Jeff Hassler (Okotoks, AB) Seattle Seawolves
15. Patrick Parfrey (St. John's, NL) Toronto Arrows
16. Andrew Quattrin (Holland Landing, ON) Toronto Arrows
17. Hubert Buydens (Saskatoon, SK) Unattached
18. Matthew Tierney (Oakville, ON) Castres Olympiques
19. Luke Campbell (Victoria, BC) Toronto Arrows / JBAA
20. Dustin Dobravsky (Hanover, Germany) Castaway Wanderers
21. Jamie Mackenzie (Oakville, ON) Toronto Arrows
22. Shane O'Leary (Cambellton, NB) Nottingham Rugby
23. Andrew Coe (Markham, ON) Markham Irish
1. Andre Rademeyer
2. Torsten George van Jaarsveld
3. Johannes Coetzee
4. Johan Retief
5. Tjiuee Uanivi
6. Prince Gaoseb
7. Wian Conradie
8. Janco Venter
9. Eugene Jantjies
10. Cliven Loubser
11. JC Greyling
12. Darryl De La Harpe
13. Johan Deysel (capt.)
14. Lesley Klim
15. Johan Tromp
16. Louis van der Westhuizen
17. AJ De Klerk
18. Desiderius Sethie
19. Max Katjijeko
20. Rohan Kitshoff
21. Damian Stevens
22. Helarius Axasman Kisting
23. Chad Plato from Rugby Canada
Kamaishi, Japan (October 10, 2019) – Head coach Kingsley Jones has selected his game day 23 ahead of Canada’s final pool match of the Rugby World Cup 2019 against Namibia on Saturday, October 12th (October 13th in Japan) at Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium.
Canada are fresh off a tough match against South Africa. Despite the loss, the team showed heart in their second half effort after a red card by Josh Larsen put them down a man, holding the dominate Springboks 19-7 for the final 40 minutes. Larsen received a three-game suspension and will also miss his first two matches for his new club New England Free Jacks in the 2020 Major League Rugby season.
Building off their experience against tier 1 nations and using the tournament as an opportunity to test themselves against the best, Canada is now focusing on the task at hand and are looking to close out their campaign on a high note.
“It was a difficult selection, it might be the last time some of these guys get an opportunity in the shirt,” said Jones. “Everybody really wants to be apart of this big game ahead. Some tough decisions for us but we feel we’ve got to pick the best 23 to make sure we get that result.”
But Canada aren’t expecting to breeze to an easy win against Namibia who gave Italy good fight in their first pool match.
“They’re a very capable side and they’ve performed really well against all those big teams,” added Jones. “They’re well organized, they’re fast, and they want to play physical so it’s a big challenge for us.”
With Typhoon Hagibis set to make landfall Saturday in Japan, a decision will be made on the fate of Canada’s match the morning of game day. All information and updates on the situation can be found on rugbyworldcup.com/updates.
Updates on Canada’s match will be made available via Rugby Canada’s channels and fans can watch the match LIVE on TSN1 & TSN4. from World Rugby
TOKYO, 10 Oct - Namibia coach Phil Davies has opted for an experienced starting XV as he prepares for his team's match against Canada at Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium on Sunday.
In the Welwitschias's final Pool B game of Rugby World Cup 2019, the experienced Darryl De La Harpe, who will win his 51st cap, lines up in the No.12 jersey alongside captain Johan Deysel, who has shaken off a knock and moves to outside centre.
First-choice fly-half Cliven Loubser is fit after suffering an ankle injury and makes his third RWC 2019 start, as Helarius Axasman Kisting, who impressed in his absence against the All Blacks, drops to the bench.
Eugene Jantjies, pictured, starts at scrum-half instead of the diminutive but lively scrum-half Damian Stevens, who kicked three penalties from three against the All Blacks and is also named among the replacements.
Second-row Tjiuee Uanivi is the only player from either Namibia or Canada to have played every minute of his side's RWC 2019 campaign so far.
Canada’s Rugby World Cup 2019 Schedule:
Canada 7-48 Italy
Canada 0-63 New Zealand
Canada 7-66 South Africa
SUNDAY 13 OCTOBER
(Oct 12) 20:15 PT/ (Oct 12) 23:15 ET/ 12:15 LOCAL TIME
CANADA v NAMIBIA
Broadcast: TSN 1 & 4
Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium, Iwate Prefecture, Kamaishi