Canada Roster Announced for IRB Americas Rugby Championship

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Canada to face Uruguay, USA and Argentina in men’s international round-robin tournament in Langford, BC

September, 25, 2013, Langford, BC – Canada Men’s Fifteens head coach Kieran Crowley has announced his 25-man roster for the upcoming 2013 IRB Americas Rugby Championship (ARC) being hosted at the Canadian Rugby Centre of Excellence and Westhills Stadium in Langford, BC on October 11, 15 and 19.

Canada opened last year’s event with a 28-10 victory over Uruguay before defeating their North American rivals, USA 23-3 on Day Two. The two opening victories pitted the hosts against fellow undefeated side, Argentina in the finale of the tournament. However, the South Americas would prevail 28-9 in front of a sold-out crowd of nearly 3,300 fans on the final game day.

The round-robin style tournament, played between Canada, USA, Uruguay and Argentina, is an IRB sanctioned event designed to develop domestic-based players in the Americas.

Members of Canada’s National High Performance Coaching Staff were in attendance at each of the 2013 Canadian Rugby Championship (CRC) games and used the domestic competition to pick this year’s ARC Team.

“The CRC has served its purpose in that it’s getting our best players to play against one another and we get to see them on one level playing field,” said coach Crowley from the Canadian Rugby Centre of Excellence.

“I thought the competition throughout the CRC was really good, it made decisions challenging.”

The importance of this developmental path to grow Canada’s Men’s talent pool is evident in the long list of players required to compete in the busy eight weeks from October until early December. During that time Canada’s Sevens and Fifteens Team will compete in the Gold Coast Sevens, ARC, New Zealand Maori Game, November Tests against Georgia, Romania and Portugal and the Dubai and South Africa legs of the Sevens World Series.

In this year’s side, seven members of the MacTier Cup Championship winning Ontario Blues have been selected, with another eight coming from the BC Bears, five from the Prairie Wolf Pack and three from The Rock.

Jake Illnicki and Jack Fitzpatrick, who did not play in the CRC due to overseas commitments, competed for Canada’s U20 Team in the Junior World Rugby Trophy recently. Vancouver’s Conor Trainor and Calgary’s Nick Blevins also did not appear in this year’s CRC season due to injury, but will return to Canada’s lineup for the ARC.

Not available for selection to Canada’s Fifteens and Sevens Teams at the moment due to injury are Tom Dolezel, Jake Webster, and Sean Duke. Ontario Blues fly-half Liam Underwood and Wolf Pack scrum-half Gordon McRorie are unavailable due to university commitments and international ineligibility respectively.

Furthermore, due to the start of the IRB Sevens World Series, Canada’s Sevens athletes will be in Australia during ARC, including Nathan Hirayama, Harry Jones, Nanyak Dala, Justin Douglas, Lucas Hammond, Ciaran Hearn, Pat Kay, John Moonlight, Pat Parfrey, Connor Braid, Sean Ferguson and Mike Fuailefau.

Rugby Canada is once again proud to be hosting this exciting event in Langford, BC, at the home of Canada’s Rugby Program at the Canadian Rugby Centre of Excellence. Excitement around last year’s tournament was big in Greater Victoria and this year will prove to be the same.

“We train every day in Langford and the opportunity to play in front of our home fans is huge for us,” said Oakville, Ontario native Mike Scholz.

“Westhills Stadium is a unique facility where the fans are basically on the field and the support we receive helps us compete.”

Canada’s 2013 IRB Americas Rugby Championship Roster:

  • Kyle Baille, (Castaway Wanderers/The Rock) Charlottetown, PEI
  • Ray Barkwill, (Niagara Wasps RFC/Ontario Blues) Niagara Falls, ON
  • Nick Blevins, (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
  • Alistair Clark, (Baystreet RFC/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
  • Zac Coughlan, (Swilers RFC/The Rock) St. John’s, NL
  • Joe Dolesau, (Burnaby Lake RC/BC Bears) Burnaby, BC
  • Jack Fitzpatrick, (Dublin University Football Club) Dublin, Ireland
  • Aaron Flagg, (Abbotsford RFC/BC Bears) Abbotsford, BC
  • Kyle Gilmour, (St. Albert Rugby Club/Prairie Wolf Pack) Edmonton, AB
  • Micha Gorvorchin, (Burnaby Lake RC/BC Bears) New Westminster, BC
  • Matt Heaton, (SABRFC/The Rock) Godmanchester, QC
  • Jake Illnicki, (Williams Lake Rustlers/Auckland Colts) Williams Lake, BC
  • Adam Kleeberger, (Castaway Wanderers/BC Bears) White Rock, BC
  • Jamie Mackenzie, (UVIC Vikes/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
  • Duncan Maguire, (St. Albert Rugby Club/Prairie Wolf Pack) St. Albert, AB
  • Ryan March, (Abbotsford RFC/BC Bears) Abbotsford, BC
  • Adam McQueen, (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Canmore, AB
  • Henry (Hank) McQueen, (Balmy Beach/Ontario Blues) West Vancouver, BC
  • Callum Morrison, (UBCOC Ravens/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
  • Mike Scholz, (Castaway Wanderers/Ontario Blues) London, ON
  • Andrew Tiedemann, (Castaway Wanderers/Prairie Wolf Pack) St. Albert, AB
  • Conor Trainor, (UBCOB Ravens/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
  • Sean White, (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
  • Jordan Wilson-Ross, (James Bay AA/Ontario Blues) Alliston, ON
  • Doug Wooldridge, (Lindsay RFC/Ontario Blues) Lindsay, ON

Canada Staff:

  • Head Coach: Kieran Crowley
  • Assistant Coach: Chris Silverthorn
  • Scrum Coach: Mike Shelley
  • Manager: Mark Winokur
  • Performance Analyst: Calum Ramsay
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach: Andy Evans
  • Physiotherapist: Danielle Mah
  • Athletic Therapist: Jessica Smith
  • Media Coordinator: Bryan Kelly

2013 IRB Americas Rugby Championship Schedule:

Game Day 1 – October 11, 2013

  • 6pm PT/9pm ET – USA vs. Argentina
  • 8pm PT/11pm ET – Canada vs. Uruguay

Game Day 2 – October 15, 2013

  • 6pm PT/9pm ET – Argentina vs. Uruguay
  • 8pm PT/11pm ET – USA vs. Canada

Game Day 3 – October 19, 2013

  • 3pm PT/6pm ET – Uruguay vs. USA
  • 5pm PT/8pm PT – Argentina vs. Canada

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Christian J. Stewart
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