Three changes to Canada’s starting XV

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(ISN) – BUCHAREST, ROMANIA – Three changes to Canada’s starting XV have been announced by Head Coach Kieran Crowley for Saturday’s test match against Romania in Bucharest to close out 2014 and the year-end tour.

Captain Tyler Ardron, who has been unavailable throughout Canada’s November tour so far due to injury, will lead the side from the number eight position, while Jon Phelan slots in at second-row beside veteran Jamie Cudmore and Pat Parfrey comes off the bench to start at flyhalf.

The rest of the side remains unchanged from last weekend’s narrow 23-13 loss to Samoa, where a late dropped pass gifted Samoa an easy try to snatch away a potential historic victory for Crowley’s outfit. The four-game tour also includes a 28-23 loss to the Championship XV team on November 2 and a 17-13 victory over Namibia on the 7th.

Saturday’s test match at Stadionul National Arcul de Triumf holds significance on two fronts: it will act as a chance for redemption for Canada, who were defeated 21-20 by a penalty at the final whistle last year against “The Oaks” and is a preview of what’s to come at next year’s Rugby World Cup when these two teams face in Leicester on October 6th.

Ardron and Harry Jones each scored tries during last year’s defeat, with all 21 of Romania’s points came off the boot of inside-centre Florin Vlaicu, who starts at flyhalf on Saturday. Romania are searching for their first win of their fall series, having dropped contest against USA and Japan by scores of 27-17 and 18-13 earlier this month.

2014 hasn’t been the most successful calendar year to date, having dropped all three games during the June International Series against Japan, Scotland and USA and currently sitting 1-2 this November. However, a win on Saturday for Crowley’s side will be a much-needed boost ahead of an incredibly busy and exciting year ahead that leads into the eighth edition of the RWC in England and Wales.

Canada’s RWC campaign also includes games against Ireland on September 19, Italy on the 26th and France on October 1st.

Kick off is scheduled for 6:30pm local time and you can watch LIVE at 11:30am ET/8:30am PT at http://rugbytv.ro and follow @RugbyCanada on Twitter for full updates!

CANADA’S STARTING ROSTER TO FACE ROMANIA:

1- Hubert Buydens – (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- Jon Phelan – (Doncaster Knights/Atlantic Rock) Montreal, QC
6- Jebb Sinclair – (London Irish/Atlantic Rock) Fredericton, NB
7- Nanyak Dala – (Castaway Wanderers/Prairie Wolf Pack) Regina, SK
8- Tyler Ardron – Captain (Ospreys) Lakefield, ON
9- Gordon McRorie – (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
10- Patrick Parfrey – (Swilers RFC/Atlantic Rock) St. Johns, NL
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 – (Unattached/Ontario Blues) Niagara Falls, ON
17- Andrew Tiedemann – (Plymouth Albion) St. Albert, AB
18- Doug Wooldridge – (Lindsay RFC/Ontario Blues) Lindsay, ON
19- Kyle Gilmour – (St. Albert RFC/Prairie Wolf Pack) St. Albert, AB
20- Richard Thorpe – (London Welsh) Beckenham, Kent, England
21- Sean White – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
22- Jordan Wilson-Ross – (James Bay AA/Ontario Blues) Alliston, ON
23- Nick Blevins – (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB

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
Taylor Paris – (Agen) Barrie, 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

ROMANIA’S ROSTER:

1. Mihaita Lazar
2. Otar Turashvili
3. Horatiu Pungea
4. Alin Coste
5. Valentin Popirlan
6. Mihai Macovei (C)
7. Valentin Ursache
8. Stelian Burcea
9. Valentin Calafeteanu
10. Florin Vlaicu
11. Ionut Botezatu
12. Robert Dascalu
13. Csaba Gal
14. Dorin Manole
15. Catalin Fercu

16. Andrei Radoi
17. Andrei Ursache
18. Paulica Ion
19. Marius Antonescu
20. Vlad Nistor
21. Florin Surugiu
22. Florin Ionita
23. Robert Neagu

CANADA’S NOVEMBER TOUR FIXTURES:

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 13 – 23 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.

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