June 1,2014(ISN) – BURNABY, BC – Tyler Ardron has been announced as Captain of Canada’s Men’s Fifteens
Team leading into a busy June International Series against Japan, Scotland and USA.
Canada Head Coach Kieran Crowley made the announcement before dinner in Burnaby, BC
on Sunday evening following an intensely competitive trial-match on Saturday between
the BC Invitational and Canada Selects Teams.
“I see Tyler as a captain for the future and certainly he’s a young man with a
level head and he’s shown that he has great maturity,” said Crowley. “With the
Ospreys he’s been brought into the leadership group and for a person to achieve
that in their first year of professional rugby is a major compliment to him,” added
The 22-year-old Ontario native, who plays professional rugby in Wales for the
Ospreys, succeeds current hooker Aaron Carpenter, who took over the captaincy
following the 2011 Rugby World Cup and Pat Riordan’s retirement. “Aaron has done a
great job for Canada and we had a discussion about it and he’s 100% behind Tyler.
Aaron has moved up to hooker and we see this as a chance for him to focus on trying
to nail that position and not have the other parts of being a captain on his mind,”
Ardon has 13 total caps for Canada dating back to his debut on June 9, 2012 against
the United States in Kingston, Ontario. The 6’4 mobile back-row forward was elated
following the announcement.
“It’s an incredible honour for me to be named Canada’s Captain and I would like to
thank Kieran (Crowley), the coaching staff and management and my fellow teammates
for the support in me,” said Ardron following the announcement. “To be in the same
category as Canadian Rugby legends Gareth Rees, Al Charron, Morgan Williams, Pat
Riordan and Aaron Carpenter as Captain is a huge privilege for me,” added Ardron.
Over the next three weeks Canada’s man roster will travel across North America and
back to face three difficult opponents and during the June International Series.
“In our squad right now we have a great mix of veterans and some talented younger
players and most of us have been together for a few years. We’re all building
towards the World Cup next year and I think this summer’s tests are big
opportunities for us,” added the Lakefield, Ontario native.
CANADA’S ROSTER FOR JUNE INTERNATIONAL SERIES:
Tyler Ardron – Captain (Ospreys/Ontario Blues) Lakefield, ON
Ray Barkwill – (Niagara Wasps RFC/Ontario Blues) Niagara Falls, ON
Nick Blevins – (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
Connor Braid – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
Hubert Buydens – (Manawatu Turbos/Prairie Wolf Pack) Saskatoon, SK
Aaron Carpenter – (Cornish Pirates RFC) Brantford, ON
Jamie Cudmore – (ASM Clermont Auvergne) Squamish, BC
Nanyak Dala – (Castaway Wanderers/Saskatoon Wild Oats) Saskatoon, SK
Jeff Hassler – (Ospreys/Prairie Wolf Pack) Okotoks, AB
Ciaran Hearn – (Castaway Wanderers/Atlantic Rock) Conception Bay South, NL
Tyler Hotson – (London Scottish RFC) Vancouver, BC
Jake Ilnicki – (Castaway Wanderers/BC Bears) Williams Lake, BC
Harry Jones – (UBCOB Ravens/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
Adam Kleeberger – (Castaway Wanderers/BC Bears) White Rock, BC
Phil Mack – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
Jason Marshall – (Atlantique Stade Rochelais) Vancouver, BC
Gordon McRorie – (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
John Moonlight – (James Bay AA/Ontario Blues) Pickering, ON
Patrick Parfrey – (Swilers RFC/Atlantic Rock) St. Johns, NL
Taylor Paris – (SU Agen Lot-et-Garonne) Barrie, ON
Jon Phelan – (Castaway Wanderers/Atlantic Rock) Montreal, QC
James Pritchard – (Bedford Blues) Parkes, NSW, Australia
Jebb Sinclair – (London Irish/Atlantic Rock) Fredericton, NB
Andrew Tiedemann – (Castaway Wanderers/Prairie Wolf Pack) St. Albert, AB
Liam Underwood – (Ontario Blues) Toronto, ON
DTH Van der Merwe – (Glasgow Warriors) Regina, SK