June 12.2014(ISN) – TORONTO, ON – Canada Head Coach Kieran Crowley has made three changes to his
starting roster for Saturday’s International Test Match against Scotland at BMO
Field in downtown Toronto.
The announcement, which took place on Thursday morning in the team hotel in Oakville
ahead of a double training day, comes two days before his side plays their second
game of the June International Series.
Canada was defeated 34-25 last Saturday at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby, BC and will
also face USA next Saturday in Sacramento, California; both games are part of the
2014 Pacific Nations Cup campaign.
In the forwards, Aaron Carpenter slots into the front row at hooker to join props
Hubert Buydens and Jason Marshall. Canada’s engine room stays unchanged with the duo
of Tyler Hotson and Jamie Cudmore returning to action on Saturday.
Jebb Sinclair will make his first appearance for Canada this year at blindside
flanker after missing the Japan game with a leg strain and will join Japan
try-scorer John Moonlight and Captain Tyler Ardron in Canada’s back-row.
“It feels great to be back. I’m thankful to our physiotherapy team for working hard
with me over the last week to help me get fit,” said Sinclair following the roster
Fiery scrumhalf Phil Mack will get the nod on Saturday and provide the link to
fellow Canada Sevens stalwart Harry Jones, who will lead the backs at number 10.
The rest of Canada’s backline remains untouched with the duo of Nick Blevins and
Ciaran Hearn in the centres and Jeff Hassler, Taylor Paris and James Pritchard
rounding out the back three.
Substitutes for Canada include Ray Barkwill, Andrew Tiedemann and Jake Ilnicki in
the front row, Kyle Gilmour, Jon Phelan, Gord McRorie, Connor Braid and DTH van der
With next year’s Rugby World Cup edging closer by the day, Saturday’s test match
will be another big opportunity for Canada to face a similar side to what they will
see next year in the UK. Three out of four of Canada’s Pool D World Cup opponents –
Ireland, France and Italy – regularly face Scotland in the annual Six Nations
competition and play a similar brand of European rugby.
Despite the similarities between Scotland and next year’s opponents, Sinclair isn’t
looking beyond this weekend’s challenge.
“None of us are thinking about next year’s World Cup; all our attention is focused
on Saturday at 2pm and we’re hoping to replicate our fast start from last weekend
against Japan. We need to fix a few defensive errors that let us down in the second
half,” said the Fredericton, New Brunswick native.
“I think Scotland’s game plan matches up well with how Canadians like to play – big,
direct, hard ball runners – and they have a strong set piece that they’ve turned
around recently under (Vern) Cotter,” added Sinclair.
“We’re excited for the challenge and looking forward to playing in front of a packed
house at BMO Field on Saturday.”
In order to have success on Saturday, Crowley’s outfit will need to first and
foremost establish a physical presence and eliminate costly mistakes. During last
weekend’s loss to Japan, Canada gave away 15 points from penalties off the boot of
fullback Ayumu Goromaru.
The Scots are fresh off a 24-6 victory over USA in Houston, Texas in newly appointed
coach Vern Cotter’s debut. Scrumhalf Greig Laidlaw was good for three conversions
and one penalty for nine of Scotland’s points against USA, with tries also coming
from fullback Stuart Hogg, winger Tim Visser and one penalty try.
Due to the US Open, television coverage of Saturday’s International test match
begins at 8pm Eastern Time (5pm PT). However, rugby fans will be able to watch live
online at either www.tsn.ca in Canada and
www.irb.com for International viewers.
We’re asking fans to wear RED on Saturday to help cheer on Canada’s Men’s Team!
CANADA’S ROSTER FOR SCOTLAND TEST MATCH:
1. Hubert Buydens – (Manawatu Turbos/Prairie Wolf Pack) Saskatoon, SK
2. Aaron Carpenter – (Cornish Pirates RFC) Brantford, ON
3. Jason Marshall – (Atlantique Stade Rochelais) Vancouver, BC
4. Tyler Hotson – (London Scottish RFC) Vancouver, BC
5. Jamie Cudmore – (ASM Clermont Auvergne) Squamish, BC
6. Jebb Sinclair – (London Irish/Atlantic Rock) Fredericton, NB
7. John Moonlight – (James Bay AA/Ontario Blues) Pickering, ON
8. Tyler Ardron – Captain (Ospreys/Ontario Blues) Lakefield, ON
9. Phil Mack – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
10. Harry Jones – (Capilanos RFC/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
11. Taylor Paris – (SU Agen Lot-et-Garonne) Barrie, ON
12. Nick Blevins – (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
13. Ciaran Hearn – (Castaway Wanderers/Atlantic Rock) Conception Bay South, NL
14. Jeff Hassler – (Ospreys/Prairie Wolf Pack) Okotoks, AB
15. James Pritchard – (Bedford Blues) Parkes, NSW, Australia
16. Ray Barkwill – (Niagara Wasps RFC/Ontario Blues) Niagara Falls, ON
17. Andrew Tiedemann – (Castaway Wanderers/Prairie Wolf Pack) St. Albert, AB
18. Jake Ilnicki – (Castaway Wanderers/BC Bears) Williams Lake, BC
19. Kyle Gilmour – (Saint Albert RFC/Prairie Wolf Pack) Saint Albert, AB
20. Jon Phelan – (Castaway Wanderers/Atlantic Rock) Montreal, QC
21. Gordon McRorie – (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
22. Connor Braid – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
23. DTH van der Merwe – (Glasgow Warriors) Regina, SK
CANADA’S MEN’S SCHEDULE:
CANADA SELECTS 26 – 27 BC BEARS INVITATIONAL
Saturday, May 31
Klahanie Park, West Vancouver, BC
CANADA 25 – 34 JAPAN
Saturday, June 7
Pacific Nations Cup
Swangard Stadium, Burnaby, BC
CANADA VS SCOTLAND
Saturday, June 14
BMO Field, Toronto, ON
Kickoff 2pm Eastern Time (11am PT)
Streamed LIVE on www.tsn.ca and Delayed on TSN at 8pm ET/5pm PT
CANADA VS USA
Saturday, June 21
Pacific Nations Cup
Bonney Field, Sacramento, CA
Kickoff 3pm Pacific Time (6pm ET) LIVE on TSN