Saskatchewan’s Buydens to lead Canada against RFU Championship Select Team


Saskatchewan’s Buydens to lead Canada against RFU Championship Select Team

LEICESTER, ENGLAND – Canada Head Coach Kieran Crowley has announced his starting roster to open the 2014 year-end tour on Sunday against the Championship XV Team at Sixways in Worcester, England.

With a number of players unavailable due to injuries and other professional commitments, the selected roster is the strongest available side for Canada to compete against the best players from the 12 teams in the Greene King IPA Championship.

Recently announced on-field captain Hubert Buydens will lead the experienced front row from loosehead prop with Ray Barkwill at hooker and Plymouth Albion tighthead prop Andrew Tiedemann.

Canada’s second row will feature Tyler Hotson and Brett Buekeboom, who are accustomed to Championship competition having plied their trade this season for Doncaster Knights and Plymouth Albion respectively.

Prairie Wolf Pack products Nanyak Dala and Kyle Gilmour slot in on the flanks, with mobile Ontario Blues back-rower and Canada Sevens Captain John Moonlight at number eight.

Having recently featured for Canada ‘A’ at the 2014 IRB Americas Rugby Championship in Langford, BC, scrum half Gordon McRorie and fly half Pat Parfrey have been promoted again to the Senior Team.

Canada’s centre pairing of Alberta’s Nick Blevins and Newfoundland’s Ciaran Hearn feature a level of familiarity, having played together multiple times over the last two years, including against Japan and Scotland in June.

In the back three, Canada will boast a wealth of speed and experience with Canada Sevens regulars Conor Trainor and Sean Duke on the wings and 57-cap veteran James Pritchard at fullback. Pritchard, who is Canada’s all-time leading points scorer with 589 test points, has played in the Championship for 11 seasons and will know the level of opposition well.

“We know [Championship XV] are a quality side and they’re looking to put up a big performance to show they belong in the best in the league, so we need to have a strong showing on Sunday,” said Pritchard.

“This tour is about solidifying our positions and showing that we belong in the side. For me, I want to put up my hand for my fourth World Cup next year and Sunday is a big chance for me.”

Sunday’s fixture marks the first time Canada will take to the field following a disappointing 0-3 June series against Japan, Scotland and USA. With less than one year until England 2015, Canada will be looking for wins to build momentum and help develop players and systems.

“We’ve had two disappointing tours lately so a win on Sunday to start our November campaign is what we need in preparation for the World Cup,” said Captain Buydens.

Following Sunday’s game, Canada will depart for Colwyn Bay in north Wales to face Namibia on November 7th, before departing for France and Romania to play Samoa on the 14th in Vannes and Romania in Bucharest on the 22nd.

Kick off is scheduled for 3:15pm local time (10:15am ET/7:15am PT) and the game will be broadcast live on SKY TV. Rugby Canada will be provided live updates via Twitter and game highlights will be available after the game.


1- Hubert Buydens – Captain (Unattached/Prairie Wolf Pack) Saskatoon, SK
2- Ray Barkwill – (Niagara Wasps RFC/Ontario Blues) Niagara Falls, ON
3- Andrew Tiedemann – (Plymouth Albion/Prairie Wolf Pack) St. Albert, AB
4- Tyler Hotson – (Doncaster Knights) Vancouver, BC
5- Brett Buekeboom – (Plymouth Albion) Lindsay, ON
6- Kyle Gilmour – (St. Albert RFC/Prairie Wolf Pack) St. Albert, AB
7- Nanyak Dala – (Castaway Wanderers/Prairie Wolf Pack) Regina, SK
8- John Moonlight – (James Bay AA/Ontario Blues) Pickering, ON
9- Gordon McRorie – (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
10- Patrick Parfrey – (Swilers RFC/Atlantic Rock) St. Johns, NL
11- Conor Trainor – (UBCOB Ravens/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
12- Nick Blevins – (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
13- Ciaran Hearn – (Castaway Wanderers/Atlantic Rock) Conception Bay South, NL
14- Sean Duke – (UVIC Vikes/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
15- James Pritchard – (Bedford Blues) Parkes, NSW, Australia
16- Ryan Hamilton – (Capilano RFC/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
17- Doug Wooldridge – (Lindsay RFC/Ontario Blues) Lindsay, ON
18- Jake Ilnicki – (NSW Country Eagles/BC Bears) Williams Lake, BC
19- Jordan Wilson-Ross – (James Bay AA/Ontario Blues) Alliston, ON
20- Seb Pearson – (London St. George’s/Ontario Blues) London, ON
21- Sean White – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
22- Connor Braid – (Glasgow Warriors/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
23- Jon Phelan – (Doncaster Knights/Atlantic Rock) Montreal, QC

Unavailable due to injury:

Matt Evans – (Cornish Pirates) Maple Bay, BC
Harry Jones – (Capilano RFC/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
Phil Mack – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
Phil Mackenzie – (Sale Sharks) Oakville, ON
Mike Scholz – (Castaway Wanderers/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
Liam Underwood – (Ontario Blues) Toronto, ON

Canada’s Men’s Team Staff:

Kieran Crowley – Head Coach
Gareth Rees – Manager
Neil Barnes – Assistant Coach
Scott Hanson – Attack coach
Mike Shelley – Scrum Coach
Andy Evans – Strength and Conditioning Coach
Calum Ramsay – Performance Analyst
Alana Gattinger – Team Services

Support Staff

Mike Cook – Therapist
Danielle Mah (First 2 games) Carla Brash (Second 2 games) – Supporting Therapists


Canada XV vs. RFU Championship XV
November 2, 2014
Sixways Stadium, Worcester, England
Kick off: 3:15pm local time (10:15am ET/7:15am PT)
Watch LIVE on SKY TV
Follow @RugbyCanada on Twitter for updates

Canada vs. Namibia
November 7, 2014
Parc Eirias, Colwyn Bay, Wales
Kick off: 7pm local time (2pm ET/11am PT)
No TV coverage or live stream
Follow @RugbyCanada on Twitter for updates

Canada vs. Samoa
November 14, 2014
Stade de la Rabine, Vannes, France
Kick off: 7pm local time (1pm ET/10am PT)
Streamed LIVE on
Follow @RugbyCanada on Twitter for updates

Canada vs. Romania
November 22, 2014
Stadionul National Arcul de Triumf, Bucharest
Kick off: 6:30pm local time (11:30am ET/8:30am PT)
Streamed LIVE on
Follow @RugbyCanada on Twitter for updates