Rugby Canada Men Officially Qualifies For 2015 World Cup

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Brian Kelly – Photo by C McCulloch

August 24, 2013, Toronto, ON (ISN) – Canada has punched their ticket to the 2015 IRB Rugby World Cup after defeating the United States Eagles by a score of 13–11 at BMO Field in Toronto on Saturday. Canada won the aggregate matchup by a score of 40-20.

The game began with the United States down by 18 points in the aggregate home-and-home matchup following Canada’s 27-9 victory last Saturday in Charleston, South Carolina to open the series.

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Photo by C McCulloch at BMO Field in Toronto

“It was a bit of a tough road but we managed to pull it off in the end,” said Canadian outside centre Ciaran Hearn who was awarded the Lifford’s Wine and Spirits Man of the Match.

The game began with Canada being forced to hold strong on defence for the first part of the game. The United States appeared to have scored in the first ten minutes of the game but a fantastic second effort by Hearn to hold the ball up resulted in the try being called back after a video review.

In the 13th minute, Takudzwa Ngwenya finally broke through and scored the first try of the game for either side. A missed conversion from Chris Wyles would limit the damage to only five points.

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Photo by C McCulloch at BMO Field in Toronto

After spending the majority of the first half on defence, James Pritchard led the Canadian scoring rush as the game shifted into the second part of the first half.

After a penalty goal by Canada’s all-time leading scorer cut the American’s lead to two, Pritchard ended up in the try zone with ball after taking the feed from Harry Jones and Hearn off the lineout.

Canada would continue pressing for the remainder of the half but were unable to add any more points onto the board. Before the end of the half, Chris Wyles tied the game up by adding a penalty goal on the final play of the half.

Both teams come out strong in the second half but neither team were able to add to their respective scores for the first 20 minutes of the second half.

Jason Marshall solved that problem when he broke over into the try zone, making the score 13-8 for Canada. A Chris Wyles penalty goal six minutes later would cut the lead to two but it would be a lead Canada would not relinquish for the rest of the game.

The victory also retained the CANAM Cup for Canada as a result of the victory.

With the victory, Canada qualifies for the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England. Playing in Pool D, Canada will face off against France, Ireland, Italy and an opponent from Europe yet to be determined.

Canada finishes their busy 2013 Summer with a 5-2 record with victories against USA (x3), Fiji and Tonga, with losses against Ireland and Japan.

Canada coach Kieran Crowley:

“The guys have shown they can win these type of games, if you look back at the last seven games they have been close, and they don’t know it yet but we seem to be able to grind it out. We have had a lot of close calls and one day they will realize what they can do.”

“Our guys were under a lot of pressure throughout the game and I thought they responded well. We’re going to enjoy the victory and we’re excited for the World Cup in 2015.”

Canada’s James Prichard:

“We came out wanting to make a statement, showing how far we have come with Canadian rugby, we got a win, we did our job, but it was anything but pretty.”

“It’s been a long summer, with the World Cup qualifiers and the Pacific Nations cup, then Ireland, go away for a month and then coming back with a week to put it all together. There are guys who have picked up contracts over in Europe, and it will be great for them to get some experience.”

“That is only going to help Canadian Rugby, getting the young guys over there where they can experience top flight competition, whereas then they can come back and work with the home base players here.”

“I have set myself a goal; I would love to finish my career with Canada in 2015, especially over in the UK where I have spent a lot of my career playing. That would be great. I have always said I am going to keep playing according to how the body feels and if it continues at one hundred percent then I will keep putting my hand up for selection. “

Canada Captain Aaron Carpenter:

“It was a tough victory, they came out with everything, and we battled all 80 minutes and thankfully we stuck together long enough to pull out a victory. We’re happy to have qualified, and get to go to the World Cup.

“I think about half my caps are against the USA, at least it feels that way, we play them more than any body, they are our biggest rivals and most common enemy, its good to get one over on them, I think they wanted to be in that pool, we each were fighting for it.”

“It was an amazing summer, but a lot of hard work, but at the end of the day its us just being able to get together and win matches.”

USA Head Coach Mike Tolkin:

“Our backs were against the wall, we knew we had to come out and prove something to ourselves. Prove that we could play the game, and we did, we played with guts and determination. We came out of the box strong, had Canada on the ropes for a while. Spent a good deal of time in their territory today we just needed to capitalize on it.”

“Today proved that we are a team with guts, a team with determination and that is always the cornerstone of a team, we just need to execute to get the points to win the games.”

“Right now, Uruguay in April has to become the center of our world. We have to do what we need to do to win those games, we learned valuable lessons in this series and we need to take those, especially the positives and apply it to our qualifier against Uruguay. “

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Canada 13

Tries: Pritchard, Marshall

Conversion:

PG: Pritchard

United States 11

Tries: Ngwenya

Conversion:

PG: Wyles 2

CANADA’S 2015 RUGBY WORLD CUP SCHEDULE

CANADA vs. Ireland

September 19, 2015

Millennium Stadium

Cardiff, Wales

CANADA vs. Italy

September 26, 2015

Elland Road

Leeds, England

CANADA vs. France

October 1, 2015

Stadiummk

Buckinghamshire, England

CANADA vs. Europe 2

October 6, 2015

Leicester City Stadium

Leicester, England

Canada’s Roster for Rugby World Cup Qualifier in Toronto, ON – (Club, CRC Team) Hometown

1- Andrew Tiedemann, (Castaway Wanderers/Prairie Wolf Pack) St. Albert, AB

2- Ray Barkwill, (Niagara Wasps RFC/Ontario Blues) Niagara Falls, ON

3- Jason Marshall, (Atlantique Stade Rochelais/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC

4- Jebb Sinclair, (London Irish) Fredericton, NB

5- Tyler Hotson, (London Scottish) Vancouver, BC

6- Tyler Ardron, (Ospreys/Ontario Blues) Lakefield, ON

7- John Moonlight, (James Bay AA/Ontario Blues) Pickering, ON

8- Aaron Carpenter, Captain, (Cornish Pirates) Brantford, ON

9- Phil Mack, (Uvic Vikes, BC Bears) Victoria, BC

10- Harry Jones, (Capilano RFC/BC Bears) West Vancouver, BC

11- DTH Van Der Merwe, (Glasgow Warriors) Regina, SK

12- Nick Blevins, (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB

13- Ciaran Hearn, (Castaway Wanderers/Atlantic Rock) Conception Bay, NL

14- Matt Evans, (Cornish Pirates) Maple Bay, BC

15- James Pritchard, (Bedford Blues) Parkes, NSW, Australia

16- Tom Dolezel, (London St. George’s/Ontario Blues) London, ON

17- Doug Wooldridge, (Lindsay RFC/Ontario Blues) Lindsay, ON

18- Aaron Flagg, (Abbotsford RFC/ BC Bears) Abbotsford, BC

19- Jon Phelan, (Lille Metropole Rugby/Atlantic Rock) Montreal, QC

20- Nanyak Dala, (Castaway Wanderers RFC/Prairie Wolf Pack) Saskatoon, SK

21- Sean White, (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC

22- Nathan Hirayama, (UVIC Vikes/BC Bears) Richmond, BC

23- Phil Mackenzie, (Sale Sharks) Oakville, ON

Non-Dressers:

Sean Duke, (Uvic Vikes/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC

Liam Underwood, (Queens University/Ontario Blues) Toronto, ON

Jamie Cudmore, (ASM Clermont Auvergne) Squamish, BC

Ryan Hamilton, (Capilano RFC/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC

Senior Men’s Team Staff:

Kieran Crowley – Head Coach

Neil Barnes – Assistant Coach

Geraint John – Assistant Coach

Mike Shelley – Assistant Coach

Calum Ramsay – Performance Analyst

Isabel Grondin – Therapist

Michael Cook – Therapist

Andy Evans – Strength and Conditioning

Dr. John Gillis – Team Doctor

Gareth Rees – National Team Manager

Bryan Kelly – Media Coordinator

Rugby Canada’s 2013 Match Schedule:

CANADA vs. USA

Saturday May 25th, 2013

Canada 16 – 9 USA

Ellerslie Rugby Park, Edmonton, AB

CANADA vs. FIJI

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Canada 20 – 18 Fiji

Twin Elm Rugby Park, Ottawa, ON

CANADA vs. TONGA

Saturday, June 8th, 2013

Canada 36 – 27 Tonga

Richardson Stadium, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON

CANADA vs. IRELAND

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

Canada 14 – 40 Ireland

BMO Field, Toronto, ON

JAPAN vs. CANADA

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Japan 16 – 13 Canada

Mizuho Rugby Ground, Nagoya, Japan

USA vs. CANADA

World Cup Qualifier – Match #1

Saturday, August 17th, 2013

Canada 27 – 9 USA

CANADA vs. USA

World Cup Qualifier – Match #2

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

Kick off @ 4pm ET

BMO Field, Toronto, ON

LIVE on TSN2

CANADA vs. NZ MAORI

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

Kick off @ 1pm ET

BMO Field, Toronto, ON

LIVE on TSN

CANADA vs. GEORGIA

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

Kick off TBD

Tbilisi, Georgia

CANADA vs. ROMANIA

Saturday, November 16th, 2013

Kick off TBD

Bucharest, Romania

CANADA vs. PORTUGAL

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

Kick off TBD

Lisbon, Portugal

Canada’s Senior Men’s Fifteens Team is proudly sponsored by Trafigura.

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For further information please contact:

Bryan Kelly

Coordinator, National Program Communications

Rugby Canada

Cell. 250.216.5272

bkelly@rugbycanada.ca

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