Canada national rugby league team
|Governing body||Canada Rugby League|
|Head coach||Benjamin Fleming|
|Home stadium||Lamport Stadium|
| Canada 23–10 United States |
| Canada 52–14 United States |
|England Lions 68–4 Canada |
Rugby league was first introduced to Canada in the 1900s but was quickly outlawed by Rugby Union officials and thus became Canadian Football. It wasn't until the late 1980s that rugby league was re-introduced to Canada at an amateur level, when a short-lived 4-team domestic competition, known as the Tri-Counties Rugby League, was established. Four teams competed in its first year, three in Canada and one in the U.S., the New York-based Adirondacks club.
The Canadian national team played their first game in 1987 against the USA. They then played sporadically throughout the 1990s and participated in the 1995 and '96 Rugby League World Sevens and Rugby League Emerging Nations World Cup in 2000. Following the 2000 Emerging Nations World Cup, the Canadian Rugby League Federation folded. As a result, the national team was disbanded and the sport remained dormant for 10 years.
2010 onwards: RevivalEdit
In 2010, a new governing body, Canada Rugby League, was formed. Their first comeback game was in 2010 in the War at the Shore tournament, where they played New England Immortals, a New England representative team, and the New York Knights AMNRL club team, losing both games. The teams international comeback was later in the year in September in the inaugural Colonial Cup. Later that year they competed in the Rugby League Atlantic Cup in Jacksonville, Florida.
Canada's first win since they were reformed came the following year in 2011 against Jamaica. They collected their second win in September, against the USA in the second game of the Colonial Cup. However, due to an earlier loss to the USA and the resulting aggregate scores, Canada was unable to win the Cup. Canada's international season finished up with a defeat against South Africa, in a warm up game before their 2013 World Cup qualifiers campaign.
In 2014, Stuart Donlan was appointed as head coach. Donlan's first game was the 2014 Colonial Cup's only fixture. He coached Canada to a famous victory which made them the Colonial Cup champions for the very first time. Despite Donlan's success, Aaron Zimmerle, the head coach of the Tweed Heads Seagulls, took over the main coaching role in 2015 in their 2017 World Cup qualifying campaign.
After failing to qualify for the 2017 World Cup, the Canada Rugby League Board appointed Benjamin Fleming as coach on a three-year deal. Canada Rugby League Association Vice President David Graham said "the board's decision to appoint Fleming as Head Coach was based on the hard work and passion he has shown since returning to the association last year."
Squad selected for the 2019 tour of Serbia
1. Andrew Giguere
2. Ethan Langs
3. Michael Mastroianni
4. Emil Borggren
5. Tony Felix
6. Ash Calvert
7. Brad Austin
8. Charles Curran
9. Kyle Yurkiw
10. Dean Parker
11. Skyler Dumas
12. Dominic Witschi
13. Antoine Blanc
14. Kyle Koivisto
15. Eric Moyer
17. James Gwatkin
18. Tyler Doran
19. Mike Gallagher
21. Travis Depasquale
22. Jordan Henry
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The following tournaments is a list of notable international competitions that Canada has been competing in since their existence in 1987.
|World Cup Record|
|1954||Did not enter|
|2000||Did not qualify|
|Colonial Cup record|
Caribbean Carnival CupEdit
- The Caribbean Carnival Cup is annual series that has been played between Canada and Jamaica since 2011.
|Caribbean Cup record|
|Atlantic Cup record|
|Official Men's Rankings as of July 2019|
|10||Papua New Guinea|
|*Change from December 2018|
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 1 January 2011. Retrieved 26 January 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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- O'Neill, Matthew (16 August 2010). "Canada to host USA in inaugural Colonial Cup". rleague.com. Archived from the original on 20 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-18.
- "Stuart Donlan named head coach of Canada Wolverines". Archived from the original on 24 May 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
- "Canada announces Aaron Zimmerle as head coach for Qualifiers". CRL. 11 September 2015. Archived from the original on 19 September 2015. Retrieved 12 September 2015.