November Tests – 2021

November Tour: Men to Portugal and Belgium; Women to England and Wales

World Rugby officially announced the November tour schedule. For Canada men that means a trip to Portugal and Belgium, for the women they have two tests against the USA before taking off to England and Wales.

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Canada v Chile – October 2nd 2021

Canada Mediocre in One Point Win Over Chile – Return Match in Chile Next Weekend: UPDATE Tyler Ardron Returns & Match Highlights

UPDATES: The Rugby Network reported that Tyler Ardron has flown back to Canada “The 30-year-old from Lakefield, Ontario posted on his Instagram story after his professional club Castres Olympique defeated RC Toulon 27-16 over the weekend at State Pierre-Fabre that he was flying back to Canada from France saying “Let’s get it @Rugby Canada”” Read the full story here

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Canada vs USA Match #2 – RWCQ 2021

Canada Knocked Out of Americas 1 Contention with 38-16 Loss to USA: Face Chile on October 2nd & 9th

Last weekend Canada put in the near perfect performance to claim a win over their American rivals, this weekend they didn’t show up with the same mental focus and were smothered by a USA team that did the basics well.

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Canada vs USA Match #1 – RWCQ 2021

Canada Take +13 Win Into Second Contest in Glendale Next Saturday

The magic of St. John’s continues. It seems to always go well for Canada when they’re playing in St. John’s. Canada played their best game, USA were woeful on the day – the bounces didn’t go their way, they couldn’t capitalize on two yellow cards, even HIA assessments didn’t go their way. Canada will take the 34-21 win, thank you, and hope they can do enough in next week’s encounter to keep their +13 advantage.

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Canada v USA RWCQ – 2021

Canada Announce 30 Player Squad for Two Test Series Against USA

As expected from previous reports, many of the pros are not available for this series. That includes Tyler Ardron, Evan Olmstead, Tyler Duguid and Will Percillier. The reasons why are open to speculation, the importance of maintaining a pro contract, possible displeasure with Rugby Canada and the coaching staff, COVID related protocols, etc. Regardless they’re not available for this series so a chance for domestic players to step up.

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Canada v USA RWCQ – 2021

Ardron and Olmstead Looking Doubtful as Canada Prepare for Match in St. John’s

We had a call into camp HQ today and what we heard wasn’t the most encouraging news for Canadian rugby fans. It appears as if Tyler Ardron and Evan Olmstead won’t be leaving Europe to join the team in St. John’s, Newfoundland. This would apply to others plying their trade in Europe as well such as Tyler Duguid and perhaps Will Percillier. There’s still some negotiation ongoing with Percillier’s club but it’s wait and see on that.

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Canada v England July 2021

England Dominate Canada in Final July Test 70-14- Match Notes and Reflections

And so it begins. Off the kickoff Conor Keys receives the ball and gets rag dolled in the tackle by the England openside, Sam Underhill. Ben LeSage is first there but just can’t budge the loose forward, Corey Thomas arrives a bit later but the damage is done and it’s a penalty for holding on. This is a prime example of the importance of winning the contact areas and how it’s going to dictate the outcome of the match.

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Canada v Wales July 2021

Canada Fall to Wales 68-12 (40-5 HT) – Match Notes

[ed. notes and reflections taken during the match]

Canada started well with a try at 4:20, how Canadian. Cooper Coats was the hero, taking a quick tap from a penalty, weaving through some defenders and finding an alert Ben LeSage in support who found Kainoa Lloyd on the outside with a perfect pass. Lloyd had some work to do as he got low and used his power to bounce of the defender. Peter Nelson gets a kudo as well for the clearance kick that had put Canada inside Wales 22 to start with. Two of the key players in that try don’t play MLR and haven’t recently played XVs on a regular basis in a league environment. Cooper Coats trains with the national 7s squad and Kainoa Lloyd with the Pacific Pride squad. The last time they showed up in regular competitive XVs was February 2020 when both were playing for James Bay in the BC Premier league, Coats playing #10 and Lloyd #13.

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RWC 2023 Qualification Series

Canada Announce St John’s for First Round of RWC 2023 Qualifying vs USA – Langford for October Series with South American Team

It was August 12 2006 when Canada and USA met in St. John’s, Newfoundland for the RWC 2007 qualifier. Canada went on to win that match 56-7 and go through as Americas #1. Ric Suggit was coach and Mike James and Morgan Williams were the player reps at the press conference. I remember it well, I had flown out from Vancouver Island for the week and stayed at the modest Memorial University residences to cover the match for BCRN.

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