Head Coach Kieran Crowley has announced his starting roster


Captain Buydens to lead 17th ranked Canadian Team against 11th ranked Samoans in Vannes 

Photo Colin Watson/Rugby Canada

VANNES, FRANCE – Canada Head Coach Kieran Crowley has announced his starting roster to face Samoa on Friday at Stade de la Rabine in Vannes, France in the third game of Canada’s year-end tour.

Following a loss to a Championship XV side in Worcester on November 2nd, Canada snapped a three test match losing streak last weekend in Colwyn Bay, Wales with a narrow 17-13 victory over Namibia.

This weekend, Crowley’s 17th ranked side will take on 11th ranked Samoa, who are fresh off a 24-13 loss last weekend to Canada’s Rugby World Cup 2015 opponent Italy in Ascoli Piceno, Italy. Before last weekend’s loss, “Manu Samoa” held the 9th spot in World Rankings.

For the third consecutive game, Canada will be lead by captain Hubert Buydens at loose-head prop, with Aaron Carpenter and Jason Marshall rounding out the front row. In the second row, 31-cap veteran Jamie Cudmore returns to Canada’s line up alongside Brett Buekeboom of Plymouth Albion.

With John Moonlight returning home to prepare for the Dubai and South Africa legs of the IRB Sevens World Series, Canada’s back-row features Kyle Gilmour, Nanyak Dala and Jebb Sinclair. All three played a crucial role in Canada’s victory last weekend, with Dala scoring the game-winning try.

Crowley’s backline looks similar to last weekend, the biggest change sees Canada’s all-time points leader returning to his usual fullback position, and DTH van der Merwe moving to the wing. Gord McRorie, Connor Braid, Ciaran Hearn and Conor Trainor all return from last weekend.

Osprey’s standout Jeff Hassler, who was a last-minute scratch from the lineup before facing Namibia, returns to the wing and will be a major offensive boost for the backline.

Canada’s substitutions include Ray Barkwill, Jake Ilnicki, Andrew Tiedemann, Jon Phelan and Richard Thorpe of London Welsh. Thorpe, whose mother is from Burlington, Ontario and is a dual Canada-England citizen, is a mobile back-rower who could receive his first Cap off the bench.

Replacement backs include Sean White, Pat Parfrey and Jordan Wilson-Ross, with the latter making his debut last weekend.

Canada and Samoa last faced off two years ago and the Pacific Island nation easily won that contest 42-12 from Parc Eirias in North Wales. Following Friday’s test match, Canada will depart for Bucharest for their final game of the year-end tour against Romania on November 22 at Stadionul National Arcul de Triumf.

Kick off is 7pm local time at Stade de la Rabine in the west of France, and you can watch LIVE at 1pm ET/10am PT at www.irb.com. Follow @RugbyCanada on Twitter for full game updates.


Photo Colin Watson/Rugby Canada


1- Hubert Buydens – Captain (Unattached/Prairie Wolf Pack) Saskatoon, SK
2- Aaron Carpenter – (Cornish Pirates RFC) Brantford, ON
3- Jason Marshall – (Hawkes Bay Magpies/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
4- Jamie Cudmore – (ASM Clermont Auvergne) Squamish, 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) Saskatoon, SK
8- Jebb Sinclair – (London Irish/Atlantic Rock) Fredericton, NB
9- Gordon McRorie – (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
10- Connor Braid – (Glasgow Warriors/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
11- DTH van der Merwe – (Glasgow Warriors) Regina, SK
12- Ciaran Hearn – (Castaway Wanderers/Atlantic Rock) Conception Bay South, NL
13- Conor Trainor – (UBCOB Ravens/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
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- Jake Ilnicki – (NSW Country Eagles/BC Bears) Williams Lake, BC
18- Andrew Tiedemann – (Plymouth Albion) St. Albert, AB
19- Jon Phelan – (Doncaster Knights/Atlantic Rock) Montreal, QC
20- Richard Thorpe – (London Welsh) Beckenham, Kent, England
21- Sean White – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
22- Patrick Parfrey – (Swilers RFC/Atlantic Rock) St. Johns, NL
23- Jordan Wilson-Ross – (James Bay AA/Ontario Blues) Alliston, ON

Unavailable due to injury:

Tyler Ardron – (Ospreys) Lakefield, ON
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
Andy Evans – Strength and Conditioning Coach
Calum Ramsay – Performance Analyst
Alana Gattinger – Team Services

Support Staff

Mike Cook – Therapist
Carla Brash – Therapist


Canada 23 – 28 RFU Championship XV
November 2, 2014
Sixways Stadium, Worcester, England
Kick off: 3:15pm local time (10:15am ET/7:15am PT)

Canada 17 – 13 Namibia
November 7, 2014
Parc Eirias, Colwyn Bay, Wales
Kick off: 7pm local time (2pm ET/11am PT)

Canada vs. Samoa
November 14, 2014
Stade de la Rabine, Vannes, France
Kick off: 7pm local time (1pm ET/10am PT)
Watch LIVE on www.irb.com

Canada vs. Romania
November 22, 2014
Stadionul National Arcul de Triumf, Bucharest
Kick off: 6:30pm local time (11:30am ET/8:30am PT)
Watch LIVE on http://rugbytv.ro.