17 BC Players Going on Tour with Canada’s Senior Men’s Squad

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Canada’s senior men’s head coach Mark Anscombe has named a 28-man squad for next month’s test matches against Ireland, Romania and Samoa.

The squad features a wealth of experience but also a blend of youth including Admir Cejvanovic, Ben LeSage and Conor Keys who could all earn their first test caps on tour. Brett Beukeboom, Connor Braid, Phil Mack, Conor Trainor and DTH van der Merwe also rejoin the squad having not featured for Canada since last year’s Rugby World Cup.

“Theses games are extremely vital,” Anscombe said. “We’re playing a Tier 1 nation in Dublin in front of a full house and we don’t get to do that very often so it’s a great opportunity for the guys to show what they are capable of. With ranking points on the line, the other two games are critical if we want to move up in the world rankings.”

On the roster is an overwhelming number of players from the BC Rugby community:

Kyle Baillie – (Westshore RFC)
Ray Barkwill – (Castaway Wanderers)
Connor Braid – (James Bay AA/BC Bears)
Admir Cejvanovic – (Burnaby Lake RFC/BC Bears)
Matt Evans – (Cowichan RFC)
Ciaran Hearn – (Castaway Wanderers)
Jake Ilnicki – (BC Bears)
Conor Keys – (UVIC Vikes)
Ryan Kotlewski – (Westshore RFC)
Ben Lesage – (UBC Thunderbirds)
Phil Mack – (James Bay AA/BC Bears)
Gordon McRorie – (UBC Old Boys Ravens)
Clay Panga – (Westshore RFC)
Patrick Parfrey – (James Bay AA)
Brock Staller – (UBC Thunderbirds/BC Bears)
Conor Trainor – (BC Bears)
DTH van Der Merwe – (James Bay AA)

 

Canada’s November Tour Schedule:

Canada vs. Ireland — Nov. 12 — Aviva Stadium, Dublin — 2:15pm ET/11:15am PT

Canada vs. Romania — Nov. 19 — Stadionul Arcul de Triumf, Bucharest — 1pm ET/10am PT

Canada vs. Samoa — Nov. 25 —Stade des Alpes, Grenoble — 3pm ET/12pm PT

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