May 23, 2014 ISN – LANGFORD, BC – Canada’s Men’s Fifteens Team will gather this weekend for a training and skills camp at the Canadian Rugby Centre of Excellence to prepare for their upcoming June International Test Series to open 2014.
50-players from Canadian and overseas professional clubs will take part in a five-day training camp on Vancouver Island ran by Head Coach Kieran Crowley.
The full squad will travel to Vancouver on Wednesday, May 28th to prepare for a trial match between the BC Bears Invitational and Canada Selects on May 31st. The game, which is set to take place at West Vancouver’s Klahanie Park, kicks off at 4pm and is part of BC Rugby’s 125th Anniversary Celebrations. The game will be streamed Live at www.bcrugby.com
Following the trial match, Canada will have one week before facing Japan to open the Pacific Nations Cup at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby. A late penalty from Ayumu Goromaru sealed a 16-13 victory for Japan last year in Nagoya, which costed Canada the Title and an unbeaten record and saw Canada narrowly finish second in the five team event with a 4-1 record.
Canada and Japan have a storied rivalry having faced off on 22 occasions dating back to Canada’s first-ever test matches on a tour to Japan in 1932. Canada has an 8-12-2 record all-time against Japan, including a 26-12 loss in 1986 at the same venue (Swangard Stadium) on the same day (June 7) as this year’s game.
After facing the Cherry Blossoms, Canada will depart for Ontario for their annual fixture at BMO Field in downtown Toronto against Scotland on June 14. Last year Canada played three games at the world-class venue on Lake Ontario, with record crowds coming against Ireland and the NZ Maori All Blacks.
The international test match will be the second-of-two games on a North American tour for the Scots, as they face USA on June 7 in Houston. The June 14th match has been highly anticipated since it was announced last November, and Canada will be eager to challenge the Six Nations competitors in front of a passionate home crowd. Kickoff is scheduled for 2pm local time and it will be streamed LIVE on www.irb.com and shown on TSN1 at 8pm ET/5pm PT after the US Open.
Canada’s final game of the June test window will be against the USA Eagles in Sacramento, California on June 21st as part of the Pacific Nations Cup. Despite not having lost to USA since the Rugby World Cup Qualifier in 2009, Canada are always keen to face off against their North American rivals. The game will be broadcast Live on TSN1 at 3pm Pacific Time (6pm Eastern Time).