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The Canada national rugby league team represents Canada in international rugby league football tournaments.

Canada
Badge of Canada team
Team information
NicknameWolverines
Governing bodyCanada Rugby League
RegionAmericas
Head coachBenjamin Fleming
CaptainSkyler Dumas
Home stadiumLamport Stadium
RLIF ranking21st
Uniforms
First colours
Second colours
Team results
First international
 Canada 23–10 United States 
(1987)
Biggest win
 Canada 52–14 United States 
(2014)
Biggest defeat
England Lions 68–4 Canada 
(2012)

HistoryEdit

1987–2000: OriginsEdit

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.[1]

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

 
The briefly used "Mounties" 2010 logo

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.[2] The teams international comeback was later in the year in September in the inaugural Colonial Cup.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6]

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."

Current squadEdit

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

Competitive RecordEdit

Results overviewEdit

Against Played Won Lost Drawn % Won
  France 1 0 1 0 0%
  Italy 1 0 1 0 0%
  Jamaica 5 4 1 0 80%
  Japan 2 1 1 0 50%
  United States 22 5 17 0 23%
  South Africa 1 0 1 0 0%
  Lebanon 1 1 0 0 100%
  England Lionhearts 2 0 2 0 0%
  Royal Air Force 2 0 2 0 0%
Total 37 11 26 0 31%

The following tournaments is a list of notable international competitions that Canada has been competing in since their existence in 1987.

World CupEdit

World Cup Record
Year Round Position Pld Win Draw Loss
  1954 Did not enter
  1957
  1960
    1968
  1970
  1972
  1975
    1977
  1985–88
  1989–92
  1995
      2000 Did not qualify
  2008
    2013
      2017
  2021
    2025 Qualified

Colonial CupEdit

Colonial Cup record
Year Round Position GP W L D
  2010 Second place 2/2 1 0 1 0
    2011 Second place 2/2 2 1 1 0
    2012 Second place 2/2 2 0 2 0
    2013 Second place 2/2 4 1 3 0
  2014 Champions 1/2 1 1 0 0
  2015 Champions 1/2 3 2 1 0
Total 2 Titles 6/6 13 5 8 0

Caribbean Carnival CupEdit

  • The Caribbean Carnival Cup is annual series that has been played between Canada and Jamaica since 2011.
Caribbean Cup record
Year Round Position GP W L D
  2011 Champions 1/2 1 1 0 0
  2012 Champions 1/2 1 1 0 0
  2013 Champions 1/2 1 1 0 0
  2014 Champions 1/2 1 1 0 0
Total 4 Titles 4/4 4 4 0 0

Atlantic CupEdit

Atlantic Cup record
Year Round Position GP W L D
  2009 Not Invited
  2010 Second place 2/3 2 1 1 0
Total 0 Titles 1/2 2 1 1 0

RankingsEdit

Official Men's Rankings as of July 2019
Rank Change* Team Pts%
1     Australia
2     England
3     New Zealand
4     Tonga
5     Fiji
6     France
7     Samoa
8     Scotland
9     Lebanon
10     Papua New Guinea
11     Wales
12     Ireland
13   1   Jamaica
14   1   Italy
15     United States
16   3   Greece
17   1   Malta
18   2   Norway
19   2   Serbia
20   2   Hungary
21     Canada
22     Philippines
23     Poland
24     Niue
25     Czech Republic
26     Netherlands
27     Solomon Islands
28   17   Cook Islands
29     Russia
30   2   Spain
31     Turkey
32   1   Vanuatu
33   1   Chile
34     Japan
35   5   Germany
36   1   South Africa
37   2   Ukraine
38   2   El Salvador
39   1   Hong Kong
40   2   Sweden
41     Colombia
42   3   Belgium
43     Argentina
44   2   Thailand
45   1   Brazil
46   1   Uruguay
47   2   Denmark
48   2   Bulgaria
*Change from December 2018

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 1 January 2011. Retrieved 26 January 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Lester, Jamie (5 April 2010). "Canadian team to play in AMNRL 'War at the Shore'". rleague.com. Archived from the original on 9 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-18.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ "Stuart Donlan named head coach of Canada Wolverines". Archived from the original on 24 May 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
  5. ^ http://www.rugbyleagueplanet.com/rugby-league-nations/91-rugby-league-test-match-or-international-game/1853-canada-52-smack-usa-14-in-rugby-league-international
  6. ^ "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.

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