Canadians to play Glasgow Warriors in Halifax

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Second-row Jamie Cudmore to captain Canada against Guinness Pro 12 winning Warriors Graves-Oakley Memorial Park in Halifax on the road to RWC
 
Jamie Cudmore photo from Rugby Canada
 
HALIFAX, NS – Canadian international DTH Van Der Merwe is in the starting lineup for Saturday’s match against the Glasgow Warriors in Halifax.

 
Van Der Merwe spent the past six seasons with the Warriors and is their all-time leading try scorer. This past season, Van Der Merwe along with Connor Braid, who also starts, helped the Warriors secure their first ever Guinness Pro 12 championship. He joined Welsh club Scarlets this summer.
 
Van Der Merwe will be joined on the wing by Jeff Hassler Saturday with Matt Evans at fullback. 
Jamie Cudmore will captain Canada in his return to the national side in Saturday’s game.

 
Cudmore, who has 33 test caps to his name, will start at lock alongside Evan Olmstead. Saturday’s game should also see the return of Jebb Sinclair, who along with Cudmore missed the Pacific Nations Cup. Sinclair is named as a replacement.
 
Head coach Kieran Crowley has named a 25-man squad as Saturday’s match does not count as an official test match.
 
Benoit Piffero will get the start at hooker and will be flanked by Djustice Sears-Duru and Andrew Tiedemann on either side. Nanyak Dala and Kyle Gilmour get the nod at flanker with Richard Thorpe playing No.8.
 
Phil Mack and Nathan Hirayama start at scrum and fly half respectively with Braid and Ciaran Hearn manning the centre positions. Hearn, who is from Conception Bay South in Newfoundland, will be playing in his first professional game on the East Coast.

The game against the Warriors is another key opportunity to face strong competition as Glasgow prepares for its domestic season as well. Saturday’s game is the last time Canada will play on home soil before they head to the United Kingdom Sunday and continue building towards their Rugby World Cup campagin, that begins on September 19 against Ireland in Cardiff, Wales.

Canada hosted three stops of the Pacific Nations Cup and played in Ottawa last weekend against the USA in what has been a busy summer leading up to the World Cup against top international competition.
 
Kickoff is 2pm ET / 11 am PT. The game will be played at Graves-Oakley Memorial Park in Halifax.
 
Canada’s Roster vs. Glasgow Warriors – (Club), Hometown, Province
 
1. Djustice Sears-Duru – (Oakville Crusaders/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
2. Benoit Piffero – (Unattached/Atlantic Rock) Montreal, QC
3. Andrew Tiedemann – (Unattached/Prairie Wolf Pack) St. Albert, AB
4. Evan Olmstead – (Parramatta Two Blues/Prairie Wolf Pack) Vancouver, BC
5. Jamie Cudmore, captain – (Clermont Auvergne) Squamish, BC
6. Kyle Gilmour – (Rotherham Titans/Prairie Wolf Pack) St. Albert, AB
7. Nanyak Dala – (Castaway Wanderers/Prairie Wolf Pack) Saskatoon, SK
8. Richard Thorpe – (London Welsh) Beckenham, England
9. Phil Mack – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
10. Nathan Hirayama – (UVIC Vikes/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
11. DTH van der Merwe – (Scarlets) Victoria, BC
12. Connor Braid – (Unattached/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
13. Ciaran Hearn – (Castaway Wanderers/Atlantic Rock) Conception Bay, NL
14. Jeff Hassler – (Ospreys) Okotoks, AB
15. Matt Evans – (Cornish Pirates) Maple Bay, BC
16. Hubert Buydens – (Castaway Wanderers/Prairie Wolf Pack) Saskatoon, SK
17. Ray Barkwill – (Castaway Wanderers/Ontario Blues) Niagara Falls, ON
18. Doug Wooldridge – (Lindsay RFC/Ontario Blues) Lindsay, ON 
19. Jebb Sinclair – (London Irish/Atlantic Rock) Fredericton, NB
20. Aaron Carpenter – (Cornish Pirates/Ontario Blues) Brantford, ON 
21. Jamie Mackenzie – (UBCOB Ravens/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
22. Liam Underwood – (Balmy Beach RFC/Ontario Blues) Toronto, ON
23. Harry Jones – (Capilano RFC/BC Bears) North Vancouver, BC
24. Brett Beukeboom – (Cornish Pirates) Lindsay, ON
25. Phil Mackenzie – (Sale Sharks/Ontario Blues), Oakville, ON
 
Senior Men’s Coaching Staff:
 
Head Coach: Kieran Crowley
Forwards Coach: Neil Barnes
Assistant Coach: Leo Crowley
Scrum Coach: Mike Shelley
Manager: Gareth Rees
 
Road to the Rugby World Cup:
 
August 29 – Canada vs. Glasgow Warriors (Graves-Oakley Memorial Park, Halifax)
September 2 – Canada vs. Georgia (Esher, England)
September 6 – Canada vs. Fiji (The Stoop, England)
 
Rugby World Cup Pool Matches:
 
September 19 – Canada vs. Ireland  (Cardiff, Wales)
September 26 – Canada vs. Italy  (Leeds, England)
October 1 – Canada vs. France (Milton Keynes, England)
October 6 – Canada vs. Romania (Leicester, England)

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