From the Editor’s Desk – September 2022

Moonlight, Cudmore, Mack Mentioned for Canadian Classics in Bermuda, TSN Publishes Broadcast Schedule for Opening Weekend of Women’s World Cup, Nick Allen Leaves 7s Program

Canadian Classics

The Royal Gazette in Bermuda, the host of the World Classics tournament, has mentioned some marquee names that will be attending the tournament which starts October 8th. Top of their list was Delon Armitage for England. For Canada they mentioned, “Jamie Cudmore will be among Canada’s big hitters. He made 43 appearances for the senior national team and featured in four World Cups. He’ll be joined by John Moonlight, who represented his country in Rugby Sevens, including at HSBC World Series tournaments, three Commonwealth Games and winning two gold medals at the Pan Am Games. Canada’s team will also feature exciting scrum-half Phil Mack and Brodie Henderson, who represented the country at the prestigious Hong Kong Sevens tournament.”

You can follow the Canadian Classics on Instagram

You can follow the World Classics tournament on facebook

TSN Schedule

TSN posts their broadcast schedule 11 days in advance so the weekend of October 8th and 9th is now online. It shows that TSN will be broadcasting all of the World Cup matches. They start off on TSN 5 on Friday and move to TSN 3 on Saturday. The Canada v Japan game will also be on TSN1.

Fri Oct 7 TSN5
SA v FR 6pm PT
FJ v EN 8:30pm PT
AU v NZ 11pm PT

Sat Oct 8 TSN 3
US v IT 4:30pm PT
CA v JP 7pm PT (also TSN1)
WL v SC 9:30pm PT

Nick Allen

Nick Allen made the following statement on his Instagram account @nimallen that indicated some discord in the Canada 7s leadership. He was listed in the injured/illness category for the LA 7s but wasn’t named to the World Cup 7s squad. The men’s 7s team narrowly avoided relegation from the World Rugby Series this season. He’s a good rugby player and one wonders if he’ll show up in the XVs plans or on the MLR radar.

Had the last couple months to reflect on the last year and abrupt ending. Definitely not the way I would have wanted my time with the 7s to come to an end, having had nothing to do with rugby or performance, and would have loved to finish off the season with the boys.

It’s unfortunate that the organization that so many people strive their whole life to play for still suffers from a culture of dishonesty and apathy in much of their leadership, but nonetheless I am grateful for the staff and teammates that made the last year so fulfilling and special. It was a privilege to put on the jersey and share the field with these guys, and It’s clear that there are still many people that are passionate about righting the ship in the years to come.

It’s definitely an exciting and special group of guys and I look forward to watching this team continue to exceed expectations and upset teams on the field in the next few years.

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