Canada Men's National Team Head Coach, Kieran Crowley has named his 23-man roster for Saturday’s clash against Tonga in Kingston, Ont.
Canada sits atop the Pacific Nations Cup standings with eight points after defeating USA 16-9 and Fiji 20-18 to open the four-game international competition. This weekend’s match, being held at Queens University’s Richardson Stadium, will be the third of four games in the PNC.
Following Tonga, Canada is set to face Ireland at BMO Field on Saturday, June 15 before rounding out the PNC against Japan in Nagoya, Japan on June 19.
Saturday’s test against Tonga will be the first encounter between the two teams since the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, a game won by Canada 25-20 after a late try by wing Phil Mackenzie.
Saturday’s starting roster will see 10 changes from the Fiji Test, as only Jason Marshall, Tyler Hotson, Aaron Carpenter, Ciaran Hearn and Matt Evans remain in the first 15.
Carpenter who joins an elite group by playing in his 50th test match. He will once against captain Canada.
Only 13 men’s players have reached Canada’s half-century club, including: Al Charron, Gareth Rees, Morgan Williams, Kevin Tkachuk, Scott Stewart, Winston Stanley, Rod Snow, Ed Fairhurst, Mike James, Bob Ross, John Graf, Ryan Smith and John Hutchinson.
“Obviously it’s a huge honour to hit the 50-cap mark and join those who have done it before me, but my focus is on Saturday’s test and getting a win against Tonga,” said Carpenter.
Returning to his familiar fullback position will be 47-cap veteran, James Pritchard. Pritchard, who captains Bedford Blues in the RFU Championship, is second all-time to Gareth Rees in Canada’s all-time points scoring race.
Canada’s Roster for Tonga – Name, (Club/CRC Team) Hometown
#1 - Hubert Buydens, (Saskatoon Wild Oats/Prairie Wolf Pack) Saskatoon, SK
#2 - Ray Barkwill, (Niagara Wasps RFC/Ontario Blues) Niagara Falls, ON
#3 - Jason Marshall, (Atlantique Stade Rochelais/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
#4 - Brett Beukeboom, (Plymouth Albion) Lindsay, ON
#5 - Tyler Hotson, (London Scottish RFC) Vancouver, BC
#6 - Jebb Sinclair, (London Irish) Fredericton, NB
#7 - John Moonlight, (James Bay AA/Ontario Blues) Pickering, ON
#8 - Aaron Carpenter, Captain, (Cornish Pirates) Brantford, ON
#9 - Sean White, (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
#10 - Nathan Hirayama, (UVIC Vikes/BC Bears), Richmond, BC
#11 - Sean Duke, (UVIC Vikes/BC Bears), Vancouver, BC
#12 - Nick Blevins, (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
#13 - Ciaran Hearn, (Castaway Wanderers/Atlantic Rock) Conception Bay, NL
#14 - Matt Evans, (Cornish Pirates) Maple Bay, BC
#15 - James Pritchard, (Bedford Blues) Parkes, NSW, Australia
#16 - Ryan Hamilton, (Capilano RFC/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
#17 - Doug Wooldridge, (Lindsay RFC/Ontario Blues) Lindsay, ON
#18 - Tom Dolezel, (London St. George’s/Ontario Blues) London, ON
#19 - Nanyak Dala, (Castaway Wanderers RFC/Prairie Wolf Pack) Saskatoon, SK
#20 - Tyler Ardron, (James Bay AA/Ontario Blues) Lakefield, ON
#21 - Phil Mack, (UVIC Vikes/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
#22 - Liam Underwood, (Queens University/Ontario Blues) Toronto, ON
#23 - Pat Parfrey, (Swilers RFC/Atlantic Rock) St. John’s, NL
Rugby Canada Summer Team Staff:
Head Coach: Kieran Crowley
Assistant Coaches: Geraint John, Neil Barnes, Clive Griffiths
Strength and Conditioning: Andy Evans
Medical Support: Isabel Grondin, Carrie Smith, Nicole Ainsworth, Rebecca Spiers, Danielle Mah, Michael Cook, Carla Brash,
Doctor: Dr. Paul Watson, Dr. Andrew Everett, Dr. Shelby Karpman, Dr. Peet Du Toit
Performance Analyst: Calum Ramsay
Manager: Gareth Rees
Assistant Manager: Mark Winokur
Media Coordinator: Bryan Kelly