Canadian U21 News 2005-2006

November 18 2006

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Canada U21 beat the Irish Colleges 20-7 at Thomond Park

posted Nov 18 2006
by U21 correspondent

Canada U21 beat the Irish Colleges 20-7 tonight at Thomond Park (Munster's Heinecken Cup stadium) in a rainy and cold game. It was a very close game with the first half ending at 7-0 for the Canadians. In sleeting rain and near negative degrees weather, the Canadian U21 team led by captain scrum half Phil Mack put in a fully committed effort to win the game 20-7. The back row of Andrew Wilson (Oakville) Nolan Ott (Velox) and Dave Biddle (Meralomas) have to be commended for stellar performances on both defense and offense.

This ends the tour for the U21 side with 2 wins and one loss. They return to Dublin for one night before departing for their respective cities. The future of Canadian rugby seems extremely bright as this U21 team is full of depth and talent in all positions. The starting lineup consisted of players who are already nationally carded as well as integral players from the 2006 U19 World Cup such as Capilano Nick Trenkel presently playing in South Africa.

The management and coaching staff must be commended for their full preparation for the team's final match in Dublin as well as tonights final full international test in Limerick. Special thanks goes out to head coach Tim Murdy, assistant coach Quentin Fyffe, assistant coach Paul Ambrose, Strength and Conditioning Coach Joe McCullum, Physio Isabel Grondin, Doctor Peet Du Toit and of course Manager Michael Bull.

This was a memorable win and very promising for the future for Canadian rugby
performances in Europe. The U21 program looks forward to a quadrangle tournament in the summer 2007 months between Irish Colleges, USA All Americans and the English Combined Services as well as a tour to New Zealand in November. Thank you to all the Canadian supporters in Limerick and those back home following the team!


1 Glen Mackinnon
2 Owen Parfrey
3 Rogan Verboven
4 Alex Tapscott
5 Tyler Hotson
6 Nolan Ott
7 Andrew Wilson
8 David Biddle
9 Phil Mack - Capt.
10 David Poettcker
11 Phil Mackenzie
12 Nick Trenkel
13 Bryn Keys
14 David Stockton
15 Ciaran Hearn

16 James Buchanan
17 Tom Cobb
18 Mike Mackay
19 Doug Woolridge
20 Ben Johnson
21 Matt Evans
22 James Potter

Non Dressing:
Marc Cuglietta
Jordan Kohn
David Nielsen (inj)
Devin Stubel

Canada U21 win 42-36 in a nailbiter at Cowichan

posted Aug 26 2006
[ed. comments below]

The tries were being scored fast and furious in this game, with each error being punished by the other team. Canada's plan was to obviously up the tempo while the americans were content to stick to plan 'A' that worked so well on Thursday. From the beginning of the game, penalties were taken quickly by captain Phil Mack with a tap and go, the americans would have no time to catch their breath. Canada forged ahead with some quick tries and they looked like they might actually coast home in this game, the exact opposite of Thursday. But every time they got a comfortable two try lead, their concentration would drop and unforced errors would creep in and the americans would ruthlessly pounce on the opportunities.

The americans were gifted two tries at the end to make the final minutes heart pounding drama for the home fans. One converted try would win them the game, but the canadian defence held and the final whistle blew.

Phil Mack played his usual frenetic game from scrum-half, sometimes brilliant and inspirational, sometimes rash and foolhardy. Overall a good day for the captain. The insertion of Glen McKinnon, prop for the Capilanos was a good move by coach Tim Murdy. McKinnon was part of the U21 team that defeated the Italians in the World Cup in Argentina in 2005. He showed the current crop of U21 players the standard that is expected of them and added grist to the forward pack.

Talking to knowledgeable rugby people in the crowd, some other standouts on the day were David Poettker at #10, Andrew Wilson at #7, Bryn Keys at #13, and Thomas Cobb at #2.

A step forward for this young team and a confidence booster knowing they have the ability to collectively slay the proverbial Goliath.

Starting lineup for Canada U21 in today's game

posted Aug 26 2006
[ed. comments below]

Some interesting changes for today's game. Phil Mack who was the standout on Thursday is made captain and starts at #9, in my opinion, his natural position. He'll be able to impact the game more and with his terrier-like tenacity he should set the example in stopping the larger american opponents. The hooker position, where we were badly outplayed on Thursday, goes to Thomas Cobb. Marc Cuglietta from Bourgoin who came on late in the game on Thursday gets to start at wing. Tyler Hotson is made Vice-Captain and obviously is expected to set an example in the forwards. Both Mack (JBAA) and Hotson (UBC) have experience in playing older opponents in the BC Premier League and should provide excellent leadership.

We'll have a brief match report from the clubhouse in Cowichan later today.

Canada U21 Lineup

1 McKinnon, Glen
2 Cobb Thomas
3 Verboven, Rogan
4 Tapsott, Alex
5 Hotson, Tyler Vice Captain
6 Thompson, Rory
7 Wilson, Andrew
8 Ott, Nolan
9 Mack, Phil Captain
10 Poettker, David
11 Hearan, Cieran
12 Potter, James
13 Keys, Bryn
14 Cuglietta, Marc
15 Selby, Jarod
16 Bradford, Mike
17 Woolridge
18 Kearney, Pat
19 Parfrey, Owen
20 Tarver, Mark
21 Sereda, Chase
22 Buxton Forman, Andrew

Where's the Beef: Men against Boys in American Rout 40-10

[ed. comments below]
posted Aug 24 2006

The Canadians were dismantled by larger and more aggressive American team. It would have been more fitting to pair the Pacific Pride U23 team (now defunct) against the American Collegiate U23 team. The Canadian U21 players were overmatched, especially in the forwards where they lost so many balls in the rucks it was hard to keep count. The Americans were experts in counter-attack and they had many opportunities as Canada coughed up the ball on a regular basis in contact. The score was basically 40-3 through most of the second half with Canada scoring a late try after the Americans cleared their bench.

If the plan was to run the larger American team around the field and wear them down, it didn't work. The Canadian team's fitness was an issue by the end of the game and the American team were there in numbers whenever they were on attack. The american hooker, Chis Biller from Cal Berkely was outstanding, and even though of considerable size, he was always in support on attack. His Canadian counterpart, Mike Bradford from Ulster, was hard to find on the field and had trouble finding his lineout assigments. Also outstanding for the USA was their number 12, Pate Tuilevuka, who played in the NA4 and also for the Senior team in the Churchill Cup. His size and speed are slightly reminiscent of Justin Mensah Coker on the Canadian Senior Team.

Canada were outplayed in almost every aspect of the game, lineouts, scrums, rucks, kicking, back play. One telling statistic, I can't recall once where a Canadian forward contested a ball on a kick-off. They held back until the American forwards secured the ball. The lack of aggression was noticeable, whether they were in awe of the larger Americans or despondent after several quick scores, I don't know. It is difficult to foresee an even match on Saturday, and Tim Murdy will earn his reputation as a top coach if he can bring his players up to an equal standard with the Americans on Saturday.

The one bright spot for Canada was Phil Mack, although mis-positioned on wing, he eventually was placed in his correct position at scrum-half and started things moving for Canada. His experience playing in BC Premier showed in comparison to his teammates.


by Ian Hyde-Lay
posted Aug 23 2006

The USA “All-Americans”, a collegiate select Rugby side chosen from NCAA Division 1 schools, will play Canada U21 twice this week, with the first match scheduled for Thursday, August 24 at St. Michaels University School. Kickoff is 630pm.

The two teams will then complete the series with a 230pm match on Saturday, August 26 at Cowichan RFC.

The Americans, under BYU coach David Smyth, have been training in Victoria all week, and expect a better showing than 2004 when the Canadians won both matches in a similar series. Though missing captain and star centre Salesi Sika, who has just signed a professional contract with Beziers in France, the visitors can still point to a wealth of talent and ability. Leading the way up front are prop Andrew King (UC Santa Barbara) and hooker Blake Burdette (Utah). Ron Rosser (Cal Poly) and Rikus Pretorius (Cal) will feature in a powerful and athletic back row.

Behind the scrum, halfback Andrew Petri (Penn State) has just returned from a successful trial with English club Waterloo, while the massive Pate Tuilevuka (BYU), a 6’4”, 250 pound flyhalf or centre, will anchor the midfield. Tuilevuka is a fully capped senior National player, who scored a try this summer in the Eagles 33-18 Churchill Cup defeat against Canada.

The All-Americans have some history on their side, as the team wears the distinctive Shield first introduced to USA Rugby in 1910. The American team in both the 1920 and 1924 Olympic Games, in which the USA won gold medals, also wore this same shield.

“I’m glad to have the opportunity to coach this team,” noted Smyth. “It comes with a series of stiff challenges, but I’m looking forward to those challenges and seeing how we do”.

The Canadian U21 side, fresh of an unbeaten tour of the West Indies in May, and prepping for a rigorous challenge in Ireland this November, have 37 players in camp at Shawnigan Lake School under the direction of head coach Tim Murdy.

In locks Pat Kearney and Tyler Hotson (both BC), flanker Mark MacSween (Ontario), centre Bryn Keys (BC), and fullbacks Ciaran Hearn (Newfoundland) and Jacob Selby (Ontario) the U21s have six players who featured prominently in the recent NA4 competition in Ohio.

Other newcomers looking to make an impression are Ulster raised hooker Michael Bradford, British Army flanker Rory Thompson, and Bourgoin centre Marc Cuglietta. All three have indicated a desire to play for Canada, and will get their first chance in this U21 series.


Phil Mack is now in camp with the U21s - making it 7 players (out of the 38) with NA4 experience.

Thursday’s match will be refereed by Phil Smith, and cap a summer in which the 27 year old Victorian has officiated his first full international (USA vs Ireland A), the NA4 final in Ohio, and the Canada Super League final in Newfoundland.

Saturday’s rugby at Cowichan will also feature a match between the Vancouver Island Crimson Tide and Dungannon RFC from Northern Ireland. Former Irish and British Lions lock Jeremy Davidson coaches the visitors, who play in Division 1 of the All-Ireland League. Kickoff is 500pm.


by Rugby Canada press release
posted May 7 2006

The Canadian Under-21 Team finished its' four-match Cayman Islands tour with a hard-fought and well-earned 25 – 10 victory over the Cayman Island National Senior Men's Team on Saturday evening, May 6th. As expected the Cayman Islands side was both skilled and physical forcing the Canadians to work very hard to secure the victory.

“We were very pleased with the way in which this team stayed with their game plan,” stated Head Coach Tim Murdy. “For the most part we forced the Cayman side to play the Canadian style of game rather than the reverse.”

David Poettcker opened the scoring at the 5th minute mark with a penalty goal to give Canada a 3-0 lead. In the 22nd minute, Canada doubled the lead on another penalty goal from Poettcker.

At 37 minutes Jarod Selby eluded several Cayman tackle attempts and scored between the posts. Poettcker converted to make the score 13-0 in favour of Canada; there was no more scoring in the first half.

7 minutes into the second half the Cayman side scored a try off a maul started by a 5-metre scrum. The conversion attempt was no good but the score narrowed to 13-5 for Canada.

In the 63rd minute Jarod Selby chipped through and Bryn Keys scooped the ball at pace and raced to touch the ball down between the posts. Poettcker converted and the score was 20-5.

In the 68th minute Cayman was again rewarded for their hard work with a pushover try. The conversion was missed and the score was 20-10.

In the 73rd minute David Poettcker chipped through and Bryn Keys once again capitalized to score his second try of the game. The conversion was missed as Canada increased its lead to 25-10.

After 3 minutes of injury time the referee blew full time and the Canadians had secured their hardest victory of the tour with the score 25-10 in their favour.

The Canadian coaching staff selected Mark MacSween and Jordan Kozina as the game's best Canadian forward and best Canadian back respectively.

Substitutes during the game included Doug Woolridge, Adam Brusse-Clark, Nick Dragich, Alex Tapscott, Cameron Mitchell, Connor Christopher, Owen Parfrey, Jordan Kohn, Shawn Windsor, and Ryan Bradley.

Sunday will be a day-off for the team and some of the players have opted to go to the beach while others will be going fishing. The squad returns to Canada on Monday.


posted May 04, 2006
by Rugby Canada press release

The Canadian Under-21 Rugby Team defeated the Bermuda National Sr. Men's
Team by a score of 50-7 on Tuesday in a very physical game. Canada got off
to a blistering start, scoring two tries in the game's first 5 minutes. From
that point on Bermuda was able to control the tempo of the game at the
breakdowns. Assistant Coach Quinten Fyffe commended the Canadian side for
maintaining their discipline and composure in the face of adversities.

David Poettcker opened the scoring for Canada in the 3rd minute when he
sliced through the Bermuda defense and ran 30 metres to score. He missed the
conversion but Canada had a 5-0 lead. Two minutes later Andrew Wilson
running in support of Mark MacSween took MacSween's well timed pass and
scored between the posts. Poettcker converted to make the score 12-0. At 20
minutes David Poettcker was good on a penalty goal to bring the score to
15-0. Five minutes later Gordie Sawers intercepted a Bermuda pass near his
own 22 metre line and then raced 70 metres to score. Poettcker again
converted to give Canada a 22-0 lead. There was no more scoring in the first
The Canadian coaching staff made several substitutions at half time and all
eleven reserves saw the field in the second half.

Blake Thomas opened the second half scoring in the 48th minute when he
chased down a David Poettcker chip kick, scooped up the ball and raced 25
metres to score. Poettcker's conversion attempt was successful to bring the
score to 29-0. Jordan Kozina was next to score eight minutes later when he
capitalized on an errant Bermuda pass and then ran 50 metres to score
between the posts. Poettcker converted to give Canada a 36-0 lead. In the
69th minute David Poettcker again sliced through the Bermuda defense, ran 30
metres before unselfishly passing to Blake Thomas who then scored his second
try of the game. Poettcker converted to bring the score to 43-0.

Bermuda never quit and were finally rewarded with a converted push-over try
in the 72nd minute following a Canadian offside penalty on their own 5 metre
line. The score was then 43-7 for Canada. Stephan Ludik scored the game's
final try in the 75th minute following a well timed pass from Nolan Ott.
Poettcker notched his sixth conversion of the game to make the final score
Canada-50 and Bermuda-7. The Canadian coaching staff selected Nolan Ott as
the Canadian forward of teh game and David Poettcker as the Canadian back of
the game.

Head Coach Tim Murdy was pleased with the manner in which his squad answered
the physical challenges of the game. He also commented on the successful
game plan which called for a very aggressive defense to force turn-overs and
to create Canadian scoring opportunites. He went on to say he is pleased
with the Canadian Team's positive progress in game execution and team
building and he feels this game was another step forward in the build-up
towards this November's Ireland tour.

Canada's next game is this Thursday versus a combined Cayman/Bermuda side.
The tour's final game will be on Saturday against the Cayman Island National
Sr Men's Team. The Canadian coaching staff anticipate this will be the
tour's most difficult game.


1) Glen McKinnon
2) Adam Brusse-Clark
3) Rogan Verboven
4) Tyler Hotson
5) Cody Berg
6) Nolan Ott
7) Andrew Wilson
8) Mark MacSween
9) James Buchanan (Captain)
10) David Poettcker
11) Gordie Sawers
12) Jordan Kozina
13) Bryn Keys
14) Chase Sereda
15) Jarod Selby


16) Duncan Irving
17) Michael Bradford
18) Doug Woolridge
19) Alex Tapscott
20) Cameron Mitchell
21) Stephan Ludik
22) Mark Tarver
23) Joe Van Heerden
24) Blake Thomas
25) Jordan Kohn
26) Shawn Windsor

Canada left out of 2006 U21 championship in France - Replaced by Georgia

posted Jan 16 2006

They threw a party and Canada wasn't invited. The draw for the 2006 U21 championship (June 9 to June 25 in France) was announced and Canada wasn't included. Despite defeating 10th ranked Italy (33-30) in last year's U21 championship tournament, the 12th ranked Canadians were not invited in 2006. Italy retains their 10th place ranking and are in the tournament again. This time Georgia takes the 12th place position, with no word of an explanation why Canada was dropped. Logic dictates that Canada should have moved ahead of Italy with their win thereby assuring themselves of a position in the 2006 tournament.

There is no qualifying format for the U21 championship unlike the senior world championship so it seems it's left up to the largesse of the IRB mandarins to invite a Tier II beggar to the royal table at their discretion. This year Georgia were the 'lucky' nation. Apparently once you're invited to the inner circle getting defeated doesn't matter which explains why Italy remains at #10 despite the loss last year.

Here are the pools:

A: South Africa, Wales, Ireland
B: Australia, England, Italy
C: New Zealand, Scotland, Oceania (either Samoa, Fiji, Tonga)
D: France, Argentina, Georgia

Link to IRB story

Team photo of proud Canadian Team after 33-30 win over Italy

submitted by Angie Gudmundseth
posted June 27 2005

Canada WINS!! Canada 33 - Italy 30

posted June 25 2005
submitted by Angie Gudmundseth

History making defeat against Italy occurred today at Chacras R.C. The leadership and determination of our coaches supplying our players the required mental, physical and toughness paid off today. More to follow ....
Congratulations to all the coaching staff and players...WELL DONE CANADA!!

From the IRB website

Canadian scorers:

Phil Mack Try 13 1
Dave Spicer Con 14 1
Dave Spicer Pen 21 1
Dave Spicer Try 33 1
Dave Spicer Con 33 1
Dave Spicer Pen 35 1
Jarod Selby Try 49 2
Dave Spicer Con 50 2
Dave Spicer Pen 64 2
Dave Spicer Pen 79 2


In front of 300 spectators at Chacras Rugby Club, Canada recorded their first victory at the IRB Under 21 World Championship 2005 to claim 11th in the overall standings and consign Italy to 12th.

It was a different story early on when Italy's Roberto Mariani opened the scoring with a try, reinforcing Italian dominance up front and especially in the scrum. Leonardo Ghiraldini added another to give the Italians a 12-0 lead.

But little by little, Canada eradicated early errors and hauled themselves back into the game. Phil Mack and captain Phil Spicer scored tries and Spicer's boot took Canada into the break 20-15 ahead.

Although Italy had more of the possession in the second half, they made a number of errors, which Canada capitalised on.

With minutes remaining, Italy's forwards rumbled towards the Canada line to allow Luigi Milani to level the scores.

But one minute later, Spicer, the standout player, kicked a drop goal to settle the game.


Tony Medina (coach Canada): All the work finally paid off. We had four hard rivals, amongst the strongest in the tournament, but luckily the guys have improved over the course of the three weeks. I'm very proud of what the players achieved today and during the whole tournament.

Dave Spicer (captain Canada): We've been thinking about this for a long time, it was our main objective. It's a big moment for the team, which has been together throughout the tournament and I'm really pleased for the guys who have put in so much effort.

Canadian Lineup for tomorrow's Italy match at the U21 championship

posted June 24 2005

Canada's last chance to come away with a victory is tomorrow in their match against 11th placed Italy. This is Canada's best chance of the tournament to turn things around and come home with a victory under their belt. Good luck guys.

Canadian Lineup

1 Jordan Allen
Edmonton Gold

2 David Nielsen
Aurillac / Ontario

3 Robbie Wright
University of Victoria / British Columbia

4 Josh Dunning
Oak Bay / British Columbia

5 Cody Berg
Burnaby Lake / British Columbia

6 Nolan Ott
McMaster / Ontario

7 Adam Kleeberger
University of Victoria / British Columbia

8 Dave Biddle
Meralomas / British Columbia

9 Spence Dalziel
Meralomas / British Columbia

10 Dave Spicer (C)
University of Victoria / British Columbia

11 Phil Mack
James Bay AA / British Columbia

12 James Buchanan
Hornets / Alberta

13 Dave Stockton
University of Victoria / British Columbia

14 Steve Piatek
Brantford / Ontario

15 Jarod Selby
Lindsay / Ontario

16 Ken Van Allen
James Bay AA / Ontario

17 Glen McKinnon
Capilanos / British Columbia

18 Matt Evans
Hornets / Alberta

19 Sam Val-Zehan
Oak Bay / Alberta

20 Aaron Goddard
Burnaby Lake / British Columbia

21 Andrew Gudmunseth
Cowichan / British Columbia

22 Steve Woodward
Meralomas / Alberta

Canada lose matchup between 9th and 12th at U21 championships: Ireland 77 Canada 3

posted June 21 2005
submitted by Angie Gudmundseth and Annie McGeachy

The only score for Canada came early in the game - penalty kick by #10 Steve Woodward - during a bitter, cold day at the Chacras Rugby Club. Ireland clearly dominated in all aspects of the game. Canada spent the game on its heels making it extremely difficult to get any momentum going.

Ireland were very strong up front stealing sets, line-outs, strong mauling and rucking, putting together multi phase rugby which always seemed to result in a tally. There were few turnovers that went Canada's way and with very little possession the score was valid.

Canadian Comments

#10 Steve Woodward
Ireland exposed us completely as they choose a tactical game which was too much to compete against. We couldn't win against their mauling game due to their size and strength. Bursts of good things did happen.

Gareth Rees
We were beaten by a much better team and were dominated in the forwards. There were improvements from our players but there are still too many mistakes for this level of rugby. We're not making any excuses and we are pulling together to produce our best performance for the last game.

Tony Medina
Bigger, better, stronger and faster. Too tough up front and we spent most of the game going backwards and you can't do anything when you are on your back foot. Glimpses of good....good with more bad.

#4 Josh Dunning {Captain}
We never gave up. The Irish started strong. We were going backwards all game which makes it hard to go forward. There were a few disappointing calls by the Italian referee {same official as the Scotland game} that could have gone the other way. Improvement is needed for the next game and we are going to win it!

Canada plays Saturday - June 25 at 11am at Chacras RC versus Italy for the 11th and 12th placing. Italy lost to Samoa 38-25.

Canada to face Ireland in next round of IRB U21 championships on Tuesday - Lineup announced

posted June 20 2005

Canada's task doesn't get any easier at the IRB U21 championships in Argentina as they face 9th ranked Ireland. Canada ranked 12th in the tournament drew Ireland while Samoa (10) face Italy (11). Based on performances to date it is likely Canada will meet either Samoa or Italy in the final round of the competition.

Canadian lineup vs. Ireland

1 Jordan Allers
Edmonton Gold

2 Ken Van Allen
James Bay AA

3 Matt Evans

4 Josh Dunning (Capt.)

5 Cody Berg
Burnaby Lake

6 Sam Val-Zehan

7 David Nielsen
Aurora Barbarians

8 Nolan Ott
Aurora Barbarians

9 James Buchanan

10 Steve Woodward

11 Dan West

12 John Benson
Regina Rogues

13 Dave Stockton
University of Victoria

14 Phil Mack
James Bay AA

15 Jarod Selby


16 Rogan Verboven
Calgary Irish

17 Glen McKinnon

18 Pat Kearney
University of Victoria

19 Aaron Goddard
Burnaby Lake

20 Spence Dalziel

21 Steve Piatek

22 Adam Kleeberger
University of Victoria

Tuesday 21 June

(1)South Africa v (4)New Zealand, Liceo Rugby Club, 13:10
(2)France v (3)Australia, Liceo Rugby Club, 15:40
(5)Argentina v (8)England, Mendoza Rugby Club, 13:00
(6)Wales v (7)Scotland, Mendoza Rugby Club, 15:30
(9)Ireland v (12)Canada, Chacras Rugby Club, 13:00
(10)Samoa v (11)Italy, Chacras Rugby Club, 15:30

Saturday 25 June

Final, Malvinas Argentinas Stadium, 17:40
3rd/4th, Malvinas Argentinas Stadium, 15:10
5th/6th, Mendoza Rugby Club, 11:00
7th/8th, Liceo Rugby Club, 11:00
9th/10th, Marista Rugby Club, 11:00
11th/12th, Chacras Rugby Club, 11:00

Canada keep it close in loss to Scotland 52-20

posted June 17 2005
submitted by Angie Gudmundseth and Annie McGeachy

Canada suffers defeat by Scotland today at Liceo Rugby Club

Canada 20 Scotland 52

Weather conditions were good, partly sunny day with attendence nearing 1,000. Canada tied up the game early at 5 minute mark with a try by #14 Dave Stockton. Followed quickly by a penalty goal kicked by Captain #10 Dave Spicer, marking the first time in the tournament that Canada was ahead on the scoreboard.

Canada scored again in the first half at 39 minute mark with another try by #1 Jordan Allen, converted by Spicer. At the half the score was Scotland 31 Canada 15.

The final points for Canada came in the second half at 32 minute mark with a unconverted try by #7 Adam Kleeburger set up nicely by the fresh legs of Sam Val-Zehan.

The two yellow cards to Scotland came too late to influence the outcome of the final score.

Following are comments from Tony Medina and Gareth Rees:

Gareth Rees commented that he was proud to be associated with this group of Canadians. He said they have worked very hard and have learned so much these past three weeks. He is disappointed that we let in easy tries and stated that our players will learn that mistakes at this level cost points.

Tony Medina stated that this was the best game in the tournament so far. He said it was a nervous start and Scotland scored a few easy tries because the defence let us down. He continued by saying that it was a good team effort and the boys stuck it out until the end. The forward pack worked well and the rucking was good. In the second half, they started to defend well, but too little, too late. Tony said he would love to play them again as Scotland were really starting to hurt toward the end of the game.

From the IRB website


Scotland recorded their first victory of the IRB Under 21 World Championship 2005, 52-20 over Canada at Liceo Rugby Club.

Scotland's forwards were on top from the start and were especially dominant in the scrum, scoring five tries in the first half.

In the second period, Scotland continued where they had left off, scoring three more tries. Canada, to their credit, kept their heads up and scored a try late on to make it three in total.

Scotland finished the game with 13 men, following yellow cards issued to Gary Law and Ian Nimmo.


Tony Medina (coach Canada): We're very happy with our performance over the 80 minutes and above all the number of points we scored. However, we have to improve greatly our tackling and in the scrums, rucks and lineouts.

Dave Spicer (captain Canada): It was a very tough game in which Scotland tested us to the limit, above all in attack. We need to improve greatly our lineout and defence since we lost a lot of ball their to the Scots and it prevented us scoring more points.

Ian Paxton (coach Scotland): We're happy with the team performance although we made too many defensive mistakes in the last 15 minutes. We need to play more as a team and less as individuals. We need to work on supporting the ball carrier in each aspect of play.

John Beattie (No. 8 Scotland): We're happy with the result. The team played well, especially in the first half, where we won the game. We had good levbel of concentration then, but we didn't retain it all the way through.

Canada lose to New Zealand by a score of 92-7 at the IRB U21 championships

posted June 3 2005
submitted by Angie Gudmundseth and Annie McGeachy

It was a disappointing loss to New Zealand at Mendoza Rugby Club today. Our boys started well and maintained enough presuure to keep the score at 27-0 until the half. Canada came out flat in the 2nd half allowing NZ to score 5 quick tries in the first 20 minutes. The NZ line up - scattered with Super 12 players - were unstoppable. NZ player #6 Messam, Captain of the Senior 7's, broke numerous tackles, often leading with his forearm - ignored by the Scottish referee. He was extremely effective as was NZ #14 Mather, who showed brilliant speed, scoring 4 tries.

Coach Tony Medina stated that we were outclassed in all areas of today's game and beaten by a much better team. Tony commented that he was disappointed and continues to look for improvement in the third game against Scotland. He remarked that Canada #13 Dan West had a good performance. He stated that #9 Andrew Gudmundseth has a credible performance given that he played behind a losing pack.

The sole try by Canada was scorded by #22 Dave Stockton intercepting a NZ pass in the backfield. He was exerting great pressure and was away, against the flow, breaking a couple of tackles and touching down between the posts.
The ensuing convert by #15 Steve Piatek was successful.

Despite chilly weather conditions the Mendoza club was packed, primarily by Argentinians, ther

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