Canada Coach Jones Names Roster to Face South Africa At Rugby World Cup

    Canada players line up for the national anthem. Canada v New Zealand, Rugby World Cup, Pool B, Oita Stadium, Oita, Japan, Tuesday 2nd October 2019. Photo by Fotosport/David Gibson

    Head coach Kingsley Jones has named his game day 23 that will take the pitch against two-time champions South Africa in Canada’s third game of the Rugby World Cup (RWC) on Tuesday, October 8th.

    Coming off of a heartfelt loss to New Zealand, Jones and his team are looking to build off their experiences, using the opportunity to play against the worlds best to further develop their play.

    “The last 20 minutes of the (New Zealand) game, we were competitive,” said Jones. “We fought hard. We never stopped, so there’s lots of positives to build on and that’s what we’re going to look at.”

    Making his first RWC appearance is PEI’s Kyle Baillie. Baillie is returning from a lower body injury suffered against the USA. Phil Mack will step in for McRorie at scrumhalf with Shane O’Leary and injury replacement Guiseppe du Toit, possibly earning their first RWC caps off the bench.

    “Great to welcome Phil back and all his experience,” added Jones. “Kyle comes back in, he gives us a lot and strengthens our lineout. Andrew Quattrin, he’s a young player and he has a big future. Every opportunity he’s given, he’s taken so he deserves the start. Couple of niggling injuries but we need that experience, we need that depth ahead of South Africa and Namibia.”

    DTH van der Merwe is set to break the record for most RWC appearances by a Canadian at 15 on Tuesday in a special match for the South African-born winger.

    Fans can watch Canada face the Springboks live on TSN1 and TSN 4, kickoff at 6:15am ET/ 3:15am PT.

    Canada’s Roster:

    1.      Hubert Buydens        (Saskatoon, SK)                             Unattached

    2.       Andrew Quattrin     (Holland Landing, ON)                  Toronto Arrows

    3.      Jake Ilnicki                 (Williams Lake, BC)                      Seattle Seawolves

    4.      Evan Olmstead       (Vancouver, BC)                             Unattached

    5.       Kyle Baillie              (Summerside, PEI)                         New Orleans Gold

    6.      Lucas Rumball        (Scarborough, ON)                        Toronto Arrows

    7.      Matt Heaton            (Godmanchester, QC)                  Rugby ATL

    8.      Tyler Ardron            (Lakefield, ON)                                Chiefs                      ‘C’

    9.      Phil Mack                 (Victoria, BC)                                  Seattle Seawolves

    10.   Peter Nelson            (Dungannon, UK)                          Unattached

    11.   DTH van der Merwe (Regina, SK)                                  Glasgow Warriors

    12.   Ciaran Hearn           (Conception Bay South, NL)      Unattached

    13.   Conor Trainor          (Vancouver, BC)                             USON Nevers

    14.   Jeff Hassler               (Okotoks, AB)                                Seattle Seawolves

    15.   Andrew Coe            (Markham, ON)                           Markham Irish

    16.  Benoit Piffero           (Issoire, France)                             Blagnac SCR

    17.   Djustice Sears-Duru (Oakville, ON)                               Seattle Seawolves

    18.   Matthew Tierney    (Oakville, ON)                                 Castres Olympiques

    19. Josh Larsen                (Parksville, BC)                               New England Free Jacks

    20. Mike Sheppard         (Brampton, ON)                              Toronto Arrows

    21.   Jamie Mackenzie    (Oakville, ON)                                 Toronto Arrows

    22.   Shane O’Leary         (Cambellton, NB)                           Nottingham Rugby

    23.   Guiseppe du Toit    (Maple Ridge, BC)                         Toronto Arrows


    Canada’s Rugby World Cup 2019 Schedule:

    Canada 7-48 Italy

    Canada 0-63 New Zealand

    03:15 PT/ 06:15 ET /19:15 LOCAL TIME
    Broadcast: TSN1 and TSN4
    Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe City

    20:15 PT/ 23:15 ET/ 12:15 LOCAL TIME
    Broadcast: TSN
    Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium, Iwate Prefecture, Kamaishi