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(ISN) – LANGFORD, BC – Rugby Canada is pleased to announce that international men’s rugby will return this summer with World Rugby’s Pacific Nations Cup (PNC) matches being held in Burnaby, British Columbia and Toronto, Ontario!
World Rugby made the announcement earlier today the fixtures and match schedule for the tournament, which is designed to give top quality competition to all six teams – Canada, USA, Japan, Tonga, Samoa and Fiji – in the build up to the World Cup.
The PNC will be held in three different countries: Fiji (18 July), USA (18 and 24 July) and Canada (24, 29 July and 3 August), across five different venues.
Canada, who finished 2nd behind Fiji in the 2013 edition of the tournament and lost both matches in 2014 to Japan and USA, are in Pool B alongside Fiji and USA.
ANZ Stadium in Suva, Fiji, hosts the first PNC match between Fiji and Tonga, with the action visiting Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California and Bonney Field, Sacramento, California (both USA), as well as BMO Stadium in Toronto, Canada, with the play-off finals hosted at Swangard Stadium, Burnaby, Canada, on 3 August.
Having hosted multiple international men’s fixtures over the last few years, Swangard Stadium and BMO Field will be ideal venues for the PNC matches, including the triple-headers on July 29 and August 3.
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The Pacific Nations Cup 2015 is a strategic initiative tournament designed to provide players from the participating unions with exposure to the rigours of international competition, in a condensed tournament format, with the overriding objective of improving the performance of these strategically important unions at Rugby World Cup.
World Rugby Chairman Bernard Lapasset:
“This year is of particular significance for the six countries involved, with the Pacific Nations Cup taking place some six weeks out from the commencement of RWC2015.
“Top competition for teams is one of World Rugby’s strategic aims and the Pacific Nations Cup helps teams get beneficial game time and refine team selection ahead of England 2015. The PNC also provides a platform for players to showcase their talents against quality and skilled opposition,” said Lapasset.
Graham Brown, Chief Executive Officer for Rugby Canada:
“We are very excited about this enormous opportunity for Rugby Canada to be bringing the Pacific Nations Cup back to Canada in 2015. Providing our men’s team with a chance to compete against international competition on home soil is important as they prepare for the World Cup.
“These games in Burnaby and Toronto will give our fans an exciting opportunity to witness world-class rugby in the build-up to the World Cup and I know they will get behind this tournament in both great rugby locations,” said Brown.
2015 PACIFIC NATIONS CUP POOLS AND SCHEDULE:
ROUND 1 – Saturday, July 18
Fiji vs Tonga at ANZ Stadium – Suva, Fiji
Canada vs Japan at Avaya Stadium – San Jose, California, USA
USA vs Samoa at Avaya Stadium – San Jose, California, USA
ROUND 2 – Friday, July 24
Canada vs Tonga at Swangard Stadium – Burnaby, BC, Canada
Fiji vs Samoa at Bonney Field – Sacramento, CA, USA
USA vs Japan at Bonney Field – Sacramento, CA, USA
ROUND 3 – Wednesday, July 29
USA vs Tonga at BMO Field – Toronto, ON, Canada
Fiji vs Japan at BMO Field – Toronto, ON, Canada
Canada vs Samoa at BMO Field – Toronto, ON, Canada
ROUND 4 – Monday, August 3
5th Seed vs 6th Seed at Swangard Stadium – Burnaby, BC, Canada
3rd Seed vs 4th Seed at Swangard Stadium – Burnaby, BC, Canada
1st Seed vs 2nd Seed at Swangard Stadium – Burnaby, BC, Canada