Teams

Canada

2010-10-25 19:56

Nickname: Canucks / Maple leafs

Captain: Pat Riordan

Coach: Kieran Crowley

RWC Appearances: 6 (First in 1987)

Best result:
Quarter Finals, 1991

History
Canada has been playing Test rugby since 1932, when the team made their debut against Japan, and, despite being classified as a "tier two nation" by the IRB, they have achieved some memorable results in the past.

The Cannucks, as they are known, famously beat Wales 26-24 on November 10, 1993 at Cardiff Arms Park, beat France 18-16 in 1994 at Twin Elms Rugby Park in Ontario, battled to a 27-27 draw against Ireland in 2000 in Ontario and chalked up a 26-23 win against Scotland in Vancouver in 2002.

Canada have also played in every single Rugby World Cup since the competition started in 1987, even though the sport isn't nearly as popular as Canadian Football or Ice Hockey.

The country has only 9032 registered, senior male players and they are scattered all over the vast nation, where weather conditions often rule out the possibility of playing rugby.

The national team competes in the Churchill Cup annually, along with the second teams of several "tier one" nations, but innavailability of their top players, due to club commitments in Europe, means that they often struggle.

The country has provided top class players such as Dan Baugh, Rod Snow, Mike James, Colin Yukes, Dave Lougheed and Jamie Cudmore to teams in England, Wales and France.

Canada is currently ranked fourteenth in the world and achieved their best result at the World Cup in 1991, where they reached the quarter-finals.

Squad

Forwards: Ryan Hamilton, Pat Riordan, Hubert Buydens, Scott Franklin, Jason Marshall, Andrew Tiedemann, Frank Walsh, Jamie Cudmore, Brian Erichsen, Tyler Hotson, Aaron Carpenter, Nanyak Dala, Adam Kleeberger, Jeremy Kyne, Chauncey O'Toole, Jebb Sinclair.

Backs: Ed Fairhurst, Jamie Mackenzie, Sean White, Nathan Hirayama, Ander Monro, Ryan Smith, Conor Trainor, Phil Mackenzie, Mike Scholz, DTH van der Merwe, Ciaran Hearn, Taylor Paris, Matt Evans, James Pritchard.

Key Players

Jamie Cudmore
Height: 1.98m
Weight: 116kgs

Cudmore is a tough, aggressive, physical and versatile forward who fills the enforcer role for Canada whether he is playing at lock or flank.

 

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