Jamie Cudmore, who captained Canada in their win Saturday against the Glasgow Warriors in Halifax, will once again lead the squad. Tomorrow will not be considered a test match due to World Rugby regulations.
Wednesday’s match will see New Brunswick’s Jebb Sinclair make his first start of the summer at flanker after he, along with Cudmore, missed the entire Pacific Nations Cup due to injury. Sinclair came on as a second half replacement on Saturday.
In total, there are nine changes to Wednesday’s lineup from the team that beat the Warriors 19-12.
Djustice Sears-Duru keeps his place at loose head prop while Doug Wooldridge gets the start at tight head. Niagara Falls native Ray Barkwill gets the nod at hooker.
Cudmore will lineup alongside Brett Beukeboom in the second-row while John Moonlight join’s Sinclair at flanker with Aaron Carpenter playing at No. 8.
Carpenter earned his 65th cap in Canada’s last test match against the USA in Ottawa, which moved him into sole possession of third all-time on Canada’s appearance list.
Jamie Mackenzie gets his second start of the summer at scrum-half, while Nathan Hirayama retains his place at fly-half.
Phil Mackenzie and Jeff Hassler man the wings with Nick Blevins and Ciaran Hearn starting in the centres. Matt Evans rounds out the team at fullback.
Blevins has scored three tries in his last three test matches, joining 10 other players to have accomplished that feat. Winston Stanley holds the record at five.
It’s been a busy summer for the senior men’s side already having played four matches in the Pacific Nations cup, three of which were held on Canadian soil. They followed that up with a test match against the USA in Ottawa on August 22nd before Saturday’s match against the Warriors.
Wednesday’s game provides Crowley with another opportunity to assess his squad as he looks to pin down his starting XV for Canada’s World Cup opener against Ireland on September 19 at Millenium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. Georgia possess a number of threats but specifically in their pack, where they are one of the world’s most dominant.
Canada landed in England Monday morning after leaving Halifax Sunday night. The team will also play on Sunday against Fiji at the Twickenham Stoop, meaning Canada will have played three games in eight days in its final tune up before facing Ireland to open the eighth edition of the RWC.
Tickets for Wednesday’s game at Esher RFC are still available at http://www.esherrugby.com/enter.html or at the gate tomorrow. Wednesday’s game will not be available to view in Canada, but live updates will be provided on Twitter with highlights produced post-game.
Canada’s Roster to face Georgia – (Club), Hometown, Province
1. Djustice Sears-Duru – (Oakville Crusaders/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
2. Ray Barkwill – (Unattached/Ontario Blues) Niagara Falls, ON
3. Doug Wooldridge – (Lindsay RFC/Ontario Blues) Lindsay, ON
4. Brett Beukeboom – (Cornish Pirates) Lindsay, ON
5. Jamie Cudmore, Captain – (Clermont Auvergne) Squamish, BC
6. Jebb Sinclair – (London Irish/Atlantic Rock) Fredericton, NB
7. John Moonlight – (James Bay AA/Ontario Blues) Pickering, ON
8. Aaron Carpenter – (Cornish Pirates/Ontario Blues) Brantford, ON
9. Jamie Mackenzie – (UBCOB Ravens/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
10. Nathan Hirayama – (UVIC Vikes/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
11. Phil Mackenzie – (Sale Sharks/Ontario Blues), Oakville, ON
12. Nick Blevins – (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
13. Ciaran Hearn – (Castaway Wanderers/Atlantic Rock) Conception Bay South, NL
14. Jeff Hassler – (Ospreys) Okotoks, AB
15. Matt Evans – (Cornish Pirates) Maple Bay, BC
16. Benoit Piffero – (Unattached/Atlantic Rock) Montreal, QC
17. Hubert Buydens – (Castaway Wanderers/Prairie Wolf Pack) Saskatoon, SK
18. Andrew Tiedemann – (Unattached/Prairie Wolf Pack) St. Albert, AB
19. Evan Olmstead – (Parramatta Two Blues/Prairie Wolf Pack) Vancouver, BC
20. Kyle Gilmour – (Rotherham Titans/Prairie Wolf Pack) St. Albert, AB
21. Richard Thorpe – (London Welsh) Beckenham, England
22. Gordon McRorie – (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
23. Conor Trainor – (UBCOB Ravens/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
24. Harry Jones – (Capilano RFC/BC Bears) North Vancouver, BC
Senior Men’s Coaching Staff:
Head Coach: Kieran Crowley
Forwards Coach: Neil Barnes
Assistant Coach: Leo Crowley
Scrum Coach: Mike Shelley
Skills Coach: Graeme Moffatt
Manager: Gareth Rees
Road to the Rugby World Cup:
August 29 – Canada 19-12 Glasgow Warriors
September 2 – Canada vs. Georgia (Esher, England)
Kick off: 7:30pm local time
(2:30pm ET/11:30am PT)
September 6 – Canada vs. Fiji (The Stoop, England)
Kick off: 2:30pm local time
(9:30am ET/6:30am PT)
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)