MADRID, SPAIN – Canada head coach Kingsley Jones has made five changes to his starting roster to face Spain on Saturday in the second test match and fourth game of their November international series.
After opening the November series with a 51-9 loss to the Maori All Blacks in front of a historic sold-out crowd of 29,408 at BC Place in Vancouver, Canada fell 54-22 to Georgia last Saturday at Dinamo Arena.
Canada’s forward pack sees the return of Hubert Buydens and Matt Tierney, who both started against the Maori All Blacks, to the starting roster. Ontario’s Tyler Ardron is no longer available for selection for the final two games of the series based on professional rugby commitments in New Zealand; however in his absence we will see the return of Canada’s all-time cap leader Aaron Carpenter.
Brantford, Ontario’s Carpenter – who recently passed World Rugby Hall of Famer Al Charron this summer – will win his 80thcap on Saturday in the flank alongside open side Kyle Baillie and Matt Heaton, who moves to blindside.
Canada’s backline remains unchanged from last weekend’s test, having scored three exciting tries from Taylor Paris, DTH van der Merwe and Brock Staller. Victoria’s Phil Mack will once again Captain the side from scrum half.
Saturday marks only the second time Canada and Spain will square off in a men’s international test match, with Canada winning 60-22 on November 13, 2010 at Campo Universitaria. Taylor Paris, DTH van der Merwe and Carpenter are the only three members of Canada’s roster from that game. All three players scored tries on the day, with Paris picking up a brace.
Following Saturday’s test match Canada will travel to Narbonne, France to close out 2017 against Fiji on November 25th.
All eyes are on January 27th at BC Place in Vancouver in the first leg of the 2019 Rugby World Cup qualifiers when Canada hosts Uruguay. With Canada looking to book their ticket to a ninth consecutive RWC in Japan, the contest has been dubbed the “biggest game of a generation” and Rugby Canada is encouraging all rugby & sport fans to purchase tickets and help send our men’s team to Tokyo: http://events.rugbycanada.ca
Kick off on Saturday is 10am ET/7am PT and broadcast details are still TBD
Canada’s Men’s Team to face Spain:
1. Hubert Buydens – (New Orleans Gold/Prairie Wolf Pack) Saskatoon, SK
2. Ray Barkwill – (Seattle Seawolves/Ontario Blues) Niagara Falls, ON
3. Matt Tierney – (Section Paloise/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
4. Josh Larsen – (Northland) Parksville, BC
5. Evan Olmstead – (Newcastle Falcons/Prairie Wolf Pack) Vancouver, BC
6. Matt Heaton – (Darlington Mowden Park/Atlantic Rock) Godmanchester, QC
7. Kyle Baillie – (London Scottish/Atlantic Rock) Summerside, PEI
8. Aaron Carpenter – (Doncaster Knights/Ontario Blues) Brantford, ON
9. Phil Mack – Captain (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
10. Patrick Parfrey – (Swilers RFC/Atlantic Rock) St. John’s, NL
11. Taylor Paris – (Castres/Ontario Blues) Barrie, ON
12. Ciaran Hearn – (London Irish/Atlantic Rock) Conception Bay South, NL
13. DTH van der Merwe – (Newcastle Falcons) Victoria, BC
14. Brock Staller – (Meralomas RFC/BC Bears) Surrey, BC
15. Andrew Coe – (Markham Irish/Ontario Blues) Toronto, ON
16. Benoit Piffero – (Blagnac Sporting Club/Atlantic Rock) Montreal, QC
17. Djustice Sears-Duru – (Ealing Trailfinders/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
18. Cole Keith – (James Bay AA/Atlantic Rock) Sussex, NB
19. Brett Beukeboom – (Cornish Pirates/Ontario Blues) Lakefield, ON
20. Kyle Gilmour – (St. Albert RFC/Prairie Wolf Pack) St. Albert, AB
21. Andrew Ferguson – (Oakville Crusaders/Ontario Blues) Mississauga, ON
22. Guiseppe du Toit – (UVIC Vikes/BC Bears) Maple Ridge, BC
23. Kainoa Lloyd – (Mississauga Blues/Ontario Blues) Mississauga, ON
Canada’s November international calendar:
Canada 9 – 51 Maori All Blacks
Canada 22 – 54 Georgia
Canada vs. Spain
November 18th, 2017
Estadio Nacional Complutense, Madrid, Spain
4pm local time (10am ET/7am PT)
Broadcast details: TBD
Canada vs. Fiji
November 25th, 2017