Canada ‘A’ vs Chile XV

Canada Lose to Chile in Chippy 9 Yellow Card Contest: Video Highlights

Even though it was billed as a development tournament, the first match saw both teams starting almost full international sides. Canada had close to 200 caps in their starting XV. The match was dominated by the referee who handed out 9 yellow cards, 5 to Brazil and 4 to Canada. Both teams scored 3 tries but Chile won with 15 points from penalties, compared to 6 from Canada. Chile were perfect on their conversions, while Canada missed one. The difference, 11 points, 36-25.

The live stream started late and lasted 10 minutes. The Brazil rugby union posted a 5 minute highlight package (see below), there has been nothing from Rugby Canada. Canadian Press wrote up an article, posted below.

The highlight package shows Ben LeSage scoring first off a sharp miss pass from scrum half Ross Braude. That scenario was set up by a lineout and maul that stalled before the goal line. Chile’s first try was through an individual effort by their #8 where he ran over Canada’s winger, then scrum-half and dragged the hooker over the line. That was it for tries in the first half, there were 4 penalties kicked, 3 by Brazil, 1 for Canada.

Chile opened with a try in the second half with prolonged pick and goes inside Canada’s 22. It eventually left Cooper Coats as the lone defender under the posts facing three fresh forward subs (16,18,19) attacking as a pod. The result was inevitable, it doesn’t appear that Canada had any subs in yet.

Canada scored off a maul at 63′ and by this time Canada had brought in some subs, reserve hooker Lindsey Stevens scored the try. Also in were the reserve props Emerson Prior and Conor Young. Gabe Casey was in the backline.

Chile answered back at 67′ on a broken play with some fresh legs, their #23 ran through and past the outstretched arms of Canada’s starting backline (10,11,13,15).

Canada got the last try on some quick thinking by Gabe Casey and Rob Povey and a strong run from Josiah Morra. Casey at inside centre was given a poor pass, low and behind him, instead of trying to catch it he punched it back to Povey who made a perfect chip kick to Morra on the wing. Morra had two defenders to beat to touch it down.

Overall just based on the highlights, Canada will be disappointed with the 3 tries they let in, two when they had defenders outnumbering the attacking player but just failed to make the tackles. One where there defensive structure left one backline player defending a pod of 3 attacking forwards.

Next up is Brazil on Wednesday, hopefully they’ll figure out the live stream by then.

from Brazil Rugby Union

from Canadian Press

Chile XV defeated Canada ‘A’ 36-25 Friday in an Americas Rugby Trophy match that saw a procession of players sent to the sin-bin.

The match at Municipal Stadium Francisco Ribeiro Nogueira in Mogi das Cruzes, some 65 kilometres east of Sao Paulo, is the first of two for Canada at the new Americas Rugby Trophy. Canada takes on Brazil on Oct. 26 in the three-country developmental tournament, which does not carry test status.

Chile has already won the competition, however, having defeated Brazil 57-36 on Sunday.

At the test level, Chile is ranked 21st while Canada is No. 23 and Brazil No. 27.

Ben LeSage, Lindsey Stevens and Josiah Morra scored tries for Canada, which trailed 16-10 at the half. Cooper Coats booted two penalties and two conversions.

Lucas Bordigoni, Alfonso Escobar and Diego Warnken scored tries for Chile. Santiago Videla kicked three conversions and four penalties. Matias Garafulic also kicked a penalty.

Argentina referee Damian Schneider was kept busy handing yellow cards to Chile’s Ignacio Silva (third minute), Javier Eissman (32nd), Raumundo Martinez (53rd), Sebastien Otero (61st) and Nicolas Garafulic (62nd) and Canada’s Lucas Rumball (12th), Conor Keys (32nd), Corey Thomas (47th) and Kyle Baillie (77th).

A caution means 10 minutes in the sin-bin for the offending player. Chile was briefly down to 12 men at one point in the second half.

Despite the flood of yellow, Canada coach Kingsley Jones said the game was no more ill-tempered than any other between the two sides.

“I think he wanted to set his stall out early, which I understood,” Jones said of the referee. “He yellow-carded a player for them for clearly diving in at the maul in the first four minutes … I guess he painted himself into a corner a little bit.”

There could have been more. Jones pointed to Josh Thiel taking a tackle across the face that prompted a penalty but no yellow card.

Jones saw positives in the loss but said the team was disappointed at its comeback falling short. The Canadians cut the Chile lead to eight points late with a late try but conceded a penalty off the kickoff to give away three points.

Canada finished the game attacking the Chile try-line but was unable to score.

“We failed to close it out,” said Jones, whose team had just three days preparation for the match. “Full credit to Chile. They’re a good side, a confident side.”

“A lot of the same (Chile) players that we played against last October. Obviously for us, there’s a few familiar faces but a hell of a lot of new combinations.”

Jones pointed to fine performances by sevens players Morra and Thiel, as well as scrum half Ross Braude and Baillie, both of whom are out of season and have not played much rugby recently.

He was also happy to see Matthew Klimchuk, Callum Botchar and Conor Young see action off the bench.

The Chileans dispatched both Canada and the U.S. en route to qualifying for the 2023 World Cup, their first-ever trip to the tournament. Chile downed Canada 54-46 in a two-game aggregate qualifier last October.

LeSage opened the scoring for Canada, plunging over from close range as the Canadian attacked the goal-line.

Videla cut the lead to 7-6 with a pair of penalties in the eighth and 14th minute. An Escobar try put Chile ahead 13-7 in the 19th minute before Coats closed the gap to 13-10 with a 30th-minute penalty. A Videla penalty on the stroke of halftime gave the Chileans a 16-10 lead.

The teams traded penalty kicks early in the second half before Bordigoni’s converted try in the 56th minute upped the Chile lead to 26-13.

Canada closed the gap to six points with Stevens’ try in the 63rd minute, only to have Warnken touch down four minutes late for a converted try that made it 33-20.

Morra scored in the 70th to cut the Chile lead to 33-25. A Videla penalty three minutes from time made it 36-25.

from Rugby Canada

Canada’s Men’s Rugby Team began their two-game Americas Rugby Trophy series with a 36-25 loss to Chile at Municipal Stadium Francisco Ribeiro Nogueira in São Paulo, Brazil on Friday.

Canada’s tries came from Ben LeSage, Lindsey Stevens and Josiah Morra as well as 10 points from the boot of Cooper Coats to round out the scoring for the visiting squad.

“Full credit to Chile today,” said Canada’s Head Coach Kingsley Jones. “They never gave up and are a passionate team so congratulations to them. In terms of our team, I am pretty proud of all of them. Some familiar faces in the team who haven’t played in a long while but to those senior players, well done to them for going the distance.”

Jones added: “The younger guys and the sevens players that have come into the team I thought were exceptional. All of our young players on the bench got the field and experienced this level of rugby”

Friday’s non-capped match against the Chileans was the first of two in Canada’s American Rugby Trophy campaign, a three-country development competition which also includes host Brazil. Canada will face the Brazilian side on Wednesday October 26 at 3:30 p.m. PST / 6:30 p.m. EST once again at Municipal Stadium Francisco Ribeiro Nogueira in São Paulo.

“We will regroup and look forward to playing Brazil next week. We expect a tough challenge but for us our challenge will be to gel quickly with a limited amount of preparation time.”

LeSage got his Canadian side on the scoreboard early, scoring the game’s first try before Coats slotted the conversion to put Canada up 7-0 less than five minutes into the match. Coats later added two penalty kicks to his team’s total, but the Canadians found themselves down 16-13 at the half time break.

Chile tallied another penalty kick and their second try of the game early in the second half to extend their lead to 26-13. However, the 13-point deficit Canada faced was quickly reduced to six after replacement hooker Lindsey Stevens got over the line for his Canadian squad. Coats was again successful on the conversion to make the score 26-20 in favour of the Chileans.

Not long after, Chile scored a third try just before Morra scored Canada’s third of the game. With the score now 33-25 and five minutes remaining on the clock, Chile slotted a penalty kick to push their lead to 36-25, the final score of the match.

Jones named a starting fifteen filled with international experience including captains Lucas Rumball and Ben LeSage, alongside Kyle Baillie who returned to the forward pack after missing Canada’s last two test matches against Belgium and Spain in July.

From Canada’s Men’s Sevens Team, Coats got the call from Jones to wear the number 10 jersey and was joined by fellow sevens teammates David Richard, Morra and Josh Thiel to begin the match. Later in the game, Alex Russell and newcomer to the sevens program, Callum Botchar, came off the bench for Canada.

Current Pacific Pride player Matt Klimchuk, along with program graduate Emerson Prior, were both subbed into the match and combined for more than 30-minutes of playing time in the forwards.

Canada now turns their attention to the last match of the Americas Rugby Trophy competition against Brazil on Wednesday October 26th with kickoff scheduled for 3:30 p.m. PST / 6:30 p.m. EST. Broadcast details will be confirmed with the host Union and announced prior to the match.

*Jones Names Canada ‘A’ Side to Face Chile: 187 Caps in Starting XV*

[ed. updated live stream]

[ed. I’ve been informed the ESPN cap numbers haven’t been updated since 2021, so here are some of the updated caps Rumball (45), Baillie (34), Braude (10), Rowland (7). So instead of 187 Caps it’s at least 196 Caps in the starting XV.]

It’s a typical conservative Kingsley selection profile, all the starters are capped in either XVs or 7s. This is a Canada ‘A’ development tour but the starting XV more closely resembles a roster for a test match. The front row of Murray, Quattrin and Rowland have 18 caps between them with Murray getting his second cap. The second row of Larsen and Keys have 42 caps between them. The backrow of Baillie (33), Rumball (42) and Thomas (6) are the current “first string” starters with a combined 81 caps. The forwards have 141 caps combined, that’s not a development starting XV.

Coach Jones has gone a bit more adventurous in the backs starting with putting Cooper Coats with 5 caps at fullback at #10. It’s a move he should have tried a year ago. Coats played #10 for James Bay in the BC Premier during the 2019 and 2020 seasons and excelled in the role. The centres feature Lesage (23) and Thiel (1) so 24 caps overall. That’s 170 caps running total so far, add in Braude at #9 (7) and Povey (10) at fullback, and the total is 187 caps in the starting 15. The wings are both Canada 7s players, Morra with over 60 international matches in 7s and Richard a lesser number. It’s an internationally experienced starting XV.

It’s in the reserves that Jones has selected for development with the exception of Jason Higgins (4 caps) the backup to Braude at scrum half. How much of a development tour this is depends on how much playing time the reserves get. The front row of Stevens, Prior and Young will likely get a good amount of playing time. It’s normal practice now to rotate the front row anywhere from 40 to 60 minutes into the match. It’s less certain for other players, Higgins will likely be brought in early if Canada are struggling on attack. If any of the 7s wingers falter then Alex Russell will come in. For Botchar, Klimchuk and Casey it’s a case of wait and see, hopefully all will see at least 20 to 30 minutes playing time otherwise it won’t start off as much of a development tour.

Still waiting to be included are Bowd, Dewitt, Steeves, Kelly, Ruttan, Vikilani, McMullin, McMullin, Bowen.

from Rugby Canada

Head Coach Kingsley Jones has named his match day roster for Friday’s non-capped match against Chile, presented by DHL.

Canada’s Men’s Rugby Team is in the city of Mogi das Cruzes in the São Paulo Metropolitan Region for their first of two games in the new Americas Rugby Trophy, a three-country development competition involving Chile, Brazil and Canada.

Canada takes on Chile, currently ranked No. 21 in the world, at Municipal Stadium Francisco Ribeiro Nogueira on Friday October 21 with kickoff scheduled for 12:00 p.m. PST/3:00 p.m. EST.

“We are all looking forward to getting back on the field to face Chile on Friday,” Jones said. “The roster we have named gives us a good balance between youth and experience while providing us a great opportunity to test some of our up-and-coming players against international competition. These matches will be crucial for our program to build depth as we get set to prepare for the next World Cup qualification period.”

Robbie Povey alongside captains Ben LeSage and Lucas Rumball will bring a veteran presence to Jones’ roster, all with experience at the international level. Kyle Baillie, who has more than 30 caps for Canada since his international debut in 2016, returns to the forward pack after missing an extended amount with an injury.

Matthew Klimchuk from Rugby Canada’s high-performance men’s development academy, the Pacific Pride, receives his first opportunity to display his skills to Jones and his staff. On the bench to start, Klimchuk will be joined by Pride graduates Callum Botchar and Emerson Prior.

Crossover athletes from Canada Men’s Sevens Team named to the match day roster include Cooper Coats – who will start the game in the number 10 jersey – David Richard, Josiah Morra, Alex Russell, Josh Thiel and Botchar.

The broadcast of Friday’s game against Chile will be livestreamed on Brazil Rugby’s YouTube channel that can be found here. Kickoff is at 4:00 p.m. local time, Friday at 12:00 p.m. PST/3:00 p.m. EST.


1. Liam Murray (Langley, BC) – Dallas Jackals
2. Andrew Quattrin (Holland Landing, ON) – New England Free Jacks
3. Tyler Rowland (Mississauga, ON) – Toronto Arrows
4. Josh Larsen (Nanaimo, BC) – New England Free Jacks
5. Conor Keys (Stittsville, Ottawa, ON) – New England Free Jacks
6. Kyle Baillie (Summerside, PEI) – Halifax Tars
7. Lucas Rumball (Markham, ON) – Toronto Arrows
8. Corey Thomas (Broome, Australia) – LA Giltinis
9. Ross Braude (Pretoria, South Africa) – Toronto Arrows
10. Cooper Coats (Halifax, NS) – Halifax Tars / Canada Sevens
11. Josiah Morra (Toronto, Ontario) – Castaway Wanderers / Canada Sevens
12. Josh Thiel (Victoria, BC) – James Bay AA / Canada Sevens
13. Ben LeSage (Calgary, AB) – LA Giltinis
14. David Richard (Milton, ON) – Mississauga Blues RFC / Canada Sevens
15. Robert Povey (Oxford, UK) – Houston Sabercats


16. Lindsey Stevens (Sydney, Australia) – LA Giltinis
17. Emerson Prior (Brockville, Ontario) – Peterborough Pagans / Utah Warriors
18. Conor Young (Yamba, Australia) – New England Free Jacks
19. Callum Botchar (Vancouver, BC) – Canada Sevens
20. Matthew Klimchuk (Regina, SK) – Regina Rogues / UVIC
21. Jason Higgins (Cork, Ireland) – San Diego Legion
22. Gabriel Casey (Ottawa, ON) – Bytown Blues / UVIC
23. Alex Russell (Chichester, England) – McGill University / Canada Sevens

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