World Rugby Announces Summer Test Schedule: Canada to Play Wales and England
The big news this summer for international rugby is the British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa but World Rugby have announced the full international schedule on their website here
Canada will have two matches, both in the UK. The first against Wales on July 3rd at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. The following week, on July 10th, Canada will take on England at Twickenham.
The Rugby Canada media release is below and states Kingsley Jones will select his team in mid-June.
There will be speculation on selection and when and where the team will make camp. The Test window officially begins June 28th and it's unlikely the MLR teams will be too keen to release players much before that. It will be interesting to see where MLR based national team players suit up on June 26th, with their MLR team or in national team camp.
There seems little point in holding a domestic selection camp as all the players likely to be considered are either playing in MLR or professionally in Europe. So one possible scenario could be they play their club matches on June 26th and assemble in Wales on the Monday before the international. It's not ideal but we'll see how much leeway the national team coach gets from the MLR teams. from Rugby Canada
CANADA’S MEN’S RUGBY TEAM TO TAKE ON WALES AND ENGLAND IN JULY TESTS
May 10, 2021 (Langford, BC) – Rugby Canada has announced that Canada’s Men’s Rugby Team will travel to the UK this summer for two test matches against Wales and England. This comes as part of the revised men’s July test scheduled announced today by World Rugby involving twenty-five of the top-30 ranked unions.
Canada will first play Wales on July 3rd at Principality Stadium in Cardiff. Wayne Pivac’s Welsh side are in fine form after recently being crowned the 2021 Six Nations Champions in March.
The following week on July 10th Canada will face England at Twickenham Stadium in London. England are currently ranked #3 in World Rugby rankings and were finalists at Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan.
Canada head coach Kingsley Jones will use these games against two of the world’s top sides to prepare for upcoming Rugby World Cup 2023 qualification matches this Fall. Jones is expecting to name the Canadian travelling roster in mid June.
Jones said, “It’s exciting to be able to get the team back playing again after a long break due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Playing against European champions Wales and Rugby World Cup finalists England in consecutive matches will be a massive challenge for our players as the start of our preparations for Rugby World Cup 2023 qualifying later this year.”
Jones continued, “With our inability to assemble the National team over the past 19 months due to pandemic restrictions, we are grateful to Major League Rugby for providing top-flight competition opportunities for many of our players over the past three months. I’d also personally like to acknowledge coaches Wayne Pivac and Eddie Jones for their aid in confirming these two matches and giving our team the opportunity to face Tier I competition.”
Both matches are part of a revised international test window made necessary by the complexities of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Canada was set to host England in Toronto in front of home supporters, but continuing restrictions forced this game, along with other international fixtures within the test window, to move to Europe.
“Although we are disappointed we will not be able to host England in Toronto as initially planned, Rugby Canada would like to thank the WRU, RFU and World Rugby for their support in finding a solution to ensure these matches could still be played,” stated Rugby Canada Managing Director of Business Operations, Jamie Levchuk. “The support of all Rugby Canada’s sponsors, including Premier Partners DHL and Macron and Signature Partners HSBC, Honda, Velocity Trade and CTMS Travel Group, has been pivotal for our ability to weather the global pandemic and we are excited to be moving forward together on the road to Rugby World Cup 2023 qualification.”
After facing Canada, Wales will play two matches against Argentina. England’s July schedule includes a match against USA on July 3rd.
England head coach Eddie Jones said, “Canada are a traditional rival for England. They’re a tough, physical side and Kingsley Jones is an astute coach so we’re expecting two good, competitive Test matches for our supporters.”
To view the full July test schedule from World Rugby please visit: https://www.world.rugby/news/635196/world-rugby-and-unions-confirm-bumper-mens-july-test-schedule
Canadian broadcast/viewing details will be released at a later date.