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Canada national rugby union team

The Canada national rugby union team (French: Équipe du Canada de rugby à XV) is governed by Rugby Canada, and play in red and white. Canada is classified by World Rugby as a tier two rugby nation. There are ten tier one nations, and thirteen tier two nations. Canada competes in competitions such as the Americas Rugby Championship and the Rugby World Cup.

Canada
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Canucks, Les Rouges
EmblemMaple leaf
UnionRugby Canada
Head coachKingsley Jones
CaptainPhil Mack
Most capsAaron Carpenter (80)
Top scorerJames Pritchard (607)
Top try scorerDTH van der Merwe (35)
First colours
Second colours
World Rugby ranking
Current21 (as of 21 May 2018)
Highest11 (2011)
Lowest24 (2017)
First international
Japan 9–8 Canada
(Osaka, Japan; 31 January 1932)
Biggest win
Barbados 3–71 Canada
(Bridgetown, Barbados; 24 June 2006)
Biggest defeat
England 70–0 Canada
(London, England; 13 November 2004)
World Cup
Appearances8 (First in 1987)
Best resultQuarter-finals, 1991
Websitewww.rugbycanada.ca

Canada has been playing international rugby since their 1932 debut against Japan. Canada have competed at every World Cup since the tournament was first staged in 1987, the only North American team to do so. Canada achieved their best result at the World Cup in 1991, where they reached the quarterfinals. Canada was once the dominant power of North American rugby and currently ranks fourth in the Americas after Argentina, the USA and Uruguay. The team has achieved victories over traditionally stronger Six Nations teams such as France, Wales, Italy, and Scotland on at least one occasion in past years. Canada is currently ranked 21st in the IRB World Rankings.

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HistoryEdit

Early yearsEdit

In 1874 the first North American international game took place in Cambridge, Massachusetts between McGill and Harvard universities. Later that same year a second game was played, but this time Harvard were the hosts, and the game was played with early "American Football" rules. Today, in carrying on the oldest annual sporting competition in North America, McGill University and Harvard University continue the tradition of competing for the Covo Cup, at alternating venues each November, using the original rules of rugby football. McGill University can therefore lay claim to being the oldest rugby club in Canada, but due to rugby's popularity among students and the McGill University Rugby Football Club's affiliation with the university, the claim as the oldest independent rugby club goes to the still active Westmount Rugby Football Club.

A Canadian Rugby Football Union was established in 1884, although this organisation went on to become the Canadian Football League, as rugby football in Canada evolved into Canadian football. In 1902–1903 the first Canadian team toured Britain. In 1909, Earl Grey, then Governor General of Canada, donated a trophy to the CRU to be awarded for the Rugby Football Championship of Canada. This trophy became known as the Grey Cup. However the rules used in Canada were vastly different from the rules used in countries that were part of the IRB. In the years that followed, the CRU would legalise forward passing and make other changes that would make Canadian football a totally different sport, similar to American football.

Post-World War IEdit

During World War I and II rugby union was suspended but in the inter-war period there was something of a renaissance. In 1919 a Canadian Services team played overseas against representatives from England, New Zealand, South Africa and Australia. The formation of the Rugby Union of Canada took place in 1929 and this was followed by a tour of Japan by a Canadian representative side in 1932 to help foster trade between the two countries. About half the team were Canadian born (mostly British Columbia players) and the rest were originally from Britain. They lost 9–8 and 38–5 in the two test matches.

The original Canadian Rugby Union disbanded just before World War I. Canada's team to the United Kingdom in 1962 was dominated by British Columbia players. The Rugby Union of Canada was re-formed in 1965 as the Canadian Rugby Union. The 1966 British Lions played a non-cap match in Toronto on their way back from Australia and New Zealand, a match they won 19–8. Canada established themselves as the strongest team in North America, though they struggled to compete with the major test-playing nations in Europe and the Southern Hemisphere.

Modern eraEdit

 
Canadian rugby team

Canada were one of the 16 nations that were invited by the International Rugby Board (IRB) to compete at the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1987, hosted by both Australia and New Zealand. Canada were grouped with Wales, Ireland and Tonga in Pool 2. In their first ever World Cup match they defeated Tonga 37–4. However they lost their subsequent matches 46–19 to Ireland and 40–9 to Wales, and finished third in the pool (not advancing to the finals).

Canada had to qualify for the 1991 Rugby World Cup. Canada took part in the Americas tournaments, and finished first in the Americas qualifying standings. At the 1991 Rugby World Cup, Canada was placed into Pool D, alongside France, Romania and Fiji. Canada beat Fiji and Romania but lost their fixture against France 19–13 to finish second in the pool, advancing to the quarter-finals. They were then knocked out in the quarter-final by the All Blacks, 29–13. The 1991 tournament stands as Canada's best ever finish in a Rugby World Cup.

Canada beat Wales 26–24 on November 10, 1993 at Cardiff Arms Park; and beat France 18–16 on June 4, 1994 at Twin Elms Rugby Park in Nepean, Ontario; and battled to a 27–27 draw against Ireland on 27 June 2000 at Markham, Ontario; and chalked up a 26–23 win against Scotland in Vancouver, British Columbia on June 15, 2002. The win over Scotland was the start of a streak of seven victories before losing to Wales in Cardiff.

Canada has never beaten England in six games, but has played their national XV, B team, and Under 23 teams eleven times (for which Canada awarded its players international caps.) The most notable result was a 15–12 victory over a strong England XV on 29 May 1993 at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby. Unfortunately for the Canadians, on the eve of the match England's management chose not to award international caps (due to fact that some players were touring with the British and Irish Lions in New Zealand at the time.) Additionally, before defeating Scotland proper in 2002, Canada beat Scotland XV 24–19 on May 25, 1991 at Saint John, New Brunswick.

As they were quarter finalists in 1991, they automatically qualified for the 1995 Rugby World Cup. They were in Pool A with the hosts South Africa, defending champions Australia, and Romania. Canada finished third in the pool, winning their match against Romania but losing 27–11 to Australia and 20–0 to the Springboks.

Canada won the now defunct Pacific Rim tournament three years in succession in 1996, 1997 and 1998.

Canada finished second in Round 4 of the Americas 1999 Rugby World Cup qualifying, losing only to Argentina, and qualify for the World Cup. Canada finished third in their pool (with France, Fiji and Namibia), winning their match against Namibia but losing their other two fixtures. The victory against Namibia was uncharacteristic for Canada, as they ran the score up to 72–11, one of their most lopsided victories, as there was a very slight statistical chance that they could have advanced on points scored. This trashing was the one bright light in an otherwise gloomy and disappointing 1999 World Cup performance.

Like all second- and third-tier nations, the Canadians have had problems having these players available for important games. As a consequence Canada has slipped out of the top 10 rugby union nations, but has nevertheless 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. The Canadians qualified for the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia.

Canada qualified as Americas 1, finishing at the top of Round 4 Americas tournaments, winning five of their six fixtures to enter the 2003 World Cup in Australia, their fifth world cup in a row. Canada's sole win was a 24–7 result against Tonga as they lost their games against Italy, Wales and the All Blacks.

Since 2003 Canada has played host to the Churchill Cup, making the final in 2010 but losing to the England Saxons 38–18. In 2004 and 2005 they replaced China in the Super Powers Cup. For the 2004 Superpowers Cup, Canada was substituted for China. In 2005 the competition was renamed the Super Cup. Canada beat Japan 15–10 in the final.

In 2006 Canada completed the qualification process for the 2007 Rugby World Cup. They were in a three-team group also containing Barbados and the United States. Each played the other once. On 24 June 2006, Canada defeated Barbados 71–3, in Bridgetown, their largest ever win.[1] Canada achieved a record win over the USA in the match in Newfoundland on August 12, 2006, defeating the USA 56–7 in front of a capacity crowd, when player James Pritchard scored a national record 36 points with three tries, six conversions and three penalties in the match, beating the record of 29 he had set against Barbados in their previous match.[2] The win assured Canada of a place in the 2007 World Cup as Americas 2 in Pool B.[3] Also that year, a Canadian team won the NA4 and the national team beat the US earlier in the Churchill Cup.

2007 World CupEdit

 
Canadian team after a pool stage match during the 2007 World Cup
 
Canada take on Wales during the 2007 World Cup
 
Canadian fans at the 2007 World Cup

Going into the World Cup Canada were ranked as severe outsiders, and given odds of 5000/1 to win the tournament.[4] Pool B also contained Australia, Fiji, Japan and Wales. In their opening match in Nantes on 9 September the Canadians lost 42–17 to Wales.[5] They followed this with a 29–16 loss to Fiji, whom they had needed to beat to have realistic hopes of progressing to the Quarter Finals.[6] They drew 12–12 with Japan in Bordeaux, conceding an injury-time try by Koji Taira.[7] In their final game they lost 37–6 to an Australian side consisting mostly of second-string players.[8] It meant they finished bottom of Pool B, and returned home from a World Cup without winning a single game for the first time ever.

The Kieran Crowley EraEdit

Following the 2007 Rugby World Cup a new epoch in Canadian rugby began with the installation of Kieran Crowley as head coach of the men's national team. By April 2008 the former New Zealand All Black took over coaching duties with aspirations to positively shape the Canadian rugby psyche and improve upon recent results.[9]

In Autumn 2008 the Canadians toured Europe, beating Portugal in their opening match, but suffering heavy defeats in their subsequent games in Ireland, Wales and Scotland. In 2009 the Canadians will host a tour by the Welsh and Irish.[10]

Canada beat the United States in a two-legged playoff game in July 2009 to qualify for the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand and enter the tournament as Americas 1.[11] Canada began its Rugby World Cup preparations well, by finishing runner-up in the 2011 Churchill Cup for the second year in a row, losing 37–6 in the final to the England Saxons (England's second-string side).

This good form carried on in a two-legged home and away series of warm-up matches against the USA Eagles. In the home leg on August 6 at the BMO Stadium, Canada secured a 28–22 victory in front a record 10,621 fans. In the away leg played on August 13 at Colorado, Canada won 27–7. Their warm-up schedule continued with a match against the Australian Barbarians on August 26, featuring several of Australia's World Cup squad, including Berrick Barnes, Drew Mitchell and Rob Horne. Despite a strong performance, particularly by the Canadian pack, the Barbarians claimed a comfortable 38–14 victory. The Canadians played their final warm-up game on August 30, beating a representative Queensland Reds side 33–14.

2011 Rugby World CupEdit

The Canadians began their 2011 Rugby World Cup on September 14 against Tonga, winning 25–20. They followed this up with a 46–19 loss to France on September 18. The team had only a four-day turn-around after their first match, and let the game slip out of their reach within the final 20 minutes. They produced a repeat result of 2007, by playing to a 23–23 draw against Japan. Their Rugby World Cup concluded with a 79–15 loss against the All Blacks. Canada finished fourth in their pool, narrowly missing out on automatic qualification for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

2015 Rugby World CupEdit

Canada secured a spot in the 2015 Rugby World Cup on 23 August 2013, with a 13–11 win over the USA, 40–20 on aggregate.

They join Pool D with France, Ireland, Italy and Romania.

Canada finished the tournament with zero wins, last in Pool D.

2016-2018Edit

At the 2016 Americas Rugby Championship, Canada claimed three wins over Uruguay, Chile and Brazil, and two losses versus Argentina XV and United States. In June 2016, the team defeated Russia and lost to Japan and Italy. In November 2016, Canada was defeated by Ireland, Romania and Samoa.

At the 2017 Americas Rugby Championship, Canada scored a single win versus Chile, and lost the other four matches. In June 2017, the team lost to Georgia and Romaia. Later they faced United States for the 2019 World Cup North America play-off, being beaten on aggregate for the first time. In November 2017, Canada lost to the Māori All Blacks, Georgia and Fiji, while defeating Spain.

In 2018, Canada lost both matches versus Uruguay for the 2019 World Cup Americas play-off, therefore the team advanced to the intercontinental repechage. The team also lost to United States for the 2018 Americas Rugby Championship.

Stadium & AttendanceEdit

The national team currently does not have a permanent home stadium and as such play their matches at various locations across Canada. BMO Field in Toronto, Ontario has been proposed as the national team's home stadium, even though it cannot provide a suitable rugby climate year-round. However, rumours have the national team playing out of the proposed Whitecaps Waterfront Stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia if it is constructed.[citation needed] This would place the national rugby stadium in the country's main rugby stronghold of British Columbia, and in a city whose winter climate is considerably milder than that of most of the rest of Canada.

In August 2011 it was announced that the national team would have a permanent training centre located in Langford, British Columbia.[12]

The highest attended matches in Canada involving the Canadian national team are:

Rank Attendance Opponent Date Venue Location
1 29,480   Māori All Blacks 2017-11-03 BC Place Vancouver
2 22,566   Māori All Blacks 2013-11-03 BMO Field Toronto
3 20,396   Ireland 2013-06-15 BMO Field Toronto
4 18,788   Scotland 2014-06-14 BMO Field Toronto
5 16,132   Uruguay 2018-01-27 BC Place Vancouver
6 15,000   United States 2005-06-26 Commonwealth Stadium Edmonton
7 13,187   United States 2017-06-24 Tim Hortons Field Hamilton
8 13,125   Italy 2016-06-26 BMO Field Toronto
9 12,824   Scotland 2018-06-09 Commonwealth Stadium Edmonton [13]
10 12,220   Italy 2012-06-15 BMO Field Toronto
11 11,200   Samoa 2015-07-25 BMO Field Toronto
12 10,621   United States 2011-08-06 BMO Field Toronto
13 10,250   Japan 2016-07-11 BC Place Vancouver
14 10,207   United States 2013-08-24 BMO Field Toronto
15 10,000   New Zealand XV 1980-10-01 Swangard Stadium Burnaby

RecordEdit

World CupEdit

Canada has played in every Rugby World Cup since the inaugural 1987 tournament, always qualifying during the first round.[14] However, for 2019, they have failed to qualify during the first two rounds, and can only qualify through the 4-team repechage in November 2018.[14]

World Cup record World Cup Qualification record
Year Round P W D L F A P W D L F A
   1987 Pool Stage 3 1 0 2 65 90 Automatically qualified
    1991 Quarter Final 4 2 0 2 58 62 4 3 0 1 67 38
  1995 Pool Stage 3 1 0 2 45 50 Automatically qualified
  1999 Pool Stage 3 1 0 2 114 82 3 2 0 1 97 83
  2003 Pool Stage 4 1 0 3 54 135 6 5 0 1 192 80
  2007 Pool Stage 4 0 1 3 51 120 2 2 0 0 125 10
  2011 Pool Stage 4 1 1 2 82 168 2 2 0 0 47 30
  2015 Pool Stage 4 0 0 4 58 131 2 2 0 0 40 20
  2019 To be determined To be determined
Total 8/8 25 7 2 20 527 838 19 16 0 3 568 261

OverallEdit

Top 30 rankings as of 19 November 2018[15]
Rank Change* Team Points
1     New Zealand 092.54
2     Ireland 091.17
3     Wales 086.70
4     England 085.54
5     South Africa 085.12
6  1   Australia 082.51
7  1   Scotland 081.57
8     France 078.88
9     Argentina 077.32
10     Fiji 076.40
11     Japan 075.24
12     Tonga 073.84
13  2   United States 073.66
14  1   Italy 072.75
15  1   Georgia 072.60
16  1   Samoa 067.39
17  1   Romania 066.91
18     Uruguay 065.37
19     Russia 065.20
20     Spain 063.09
21     Canada 060.80
22  2   Hong Kong 059.22
23  1   Namibia 059.12
24  1   Portugal 058.30
25     Belgium 058.09
26  2   Netherlands 058.07
27     Brazil 056.81
28  2   Germany 056.76
29  1   Chile 054.36
30  1   Kenya 053.85
*Change from the previous week
Canada's historical rankings
 
Source: World Rugby - Graph updated to 2 July 2018[15]

Below is table of the representative rugby matches played by a Canada national XV at test level up until 17 November 2018.[16]

Opponent Played Won Lost Drawn Win % For Aga Diff
  Argentina 9 3 6 0 33.3% 159 277 –118
  Argentina XV 1 0 1 0 0.0% 15 40 –25
  Australia 6 0 6 0 0.0% 60 283 –223
  Barbados 1 1 0 0 100.0% 69 3 +66
Barbarians 2 0 1 1 0.00% 7 32 –25
  Belgium 1 1 0 0 100.0% 43 12 +31
  Brazil 3 2 1 0 66.7% 120 54 +66
  British and Irish Lions 1 0 1 0 0.00% 8 19 –11
  Chile 5 5 0 0 100.0% 189 62 +127
  England 6 0 6 0 0.0% 73 273 –200
  England XV 6 1 5 0 16.7% 40 159 –119
  England U23 2 0 2 0 0.0% 22 55 –33
  England Saxons 3 0 3 0 0.0% 41 132 –91
  Fiji 11 3 8 0 27.3% 208 371 –163
  France 9 1 8 0 11.1% 119 315 –196
  France XV 1 0 1 0 0.0% 9 24 –15
  France A 1 0 1 0 0.0% 15 34 –19
  Georgia 7 3 4 0 42.9% 141 145 –4
  Germany 1 1 0 0 100.0% 29 10 +19
  Hong Kong 6 5 1 0 83.3% 182 99 +83
  Ireland 8 0 7 1 0.0% 105 328 –223
  Ireland XV 1 0 1 0 0.0% 21 24 –3
  Italy 9 2 7 0 22.2% 128 246 –118
  Japan 25 8 15 2 32.0% 581 612 –31
  Kenya 1 1 0 0 100.0% 65 19 +46
  Namibia 2 2 0 0 100.0% 89 24 +65
  New Zealand 5 0 5 0 0.0% 54 313 –259
  New Zealand XV 1 0 1 0 0.0% 10 43 –33
  Māori All Blacks 2 0 2 0 0.0% 36 95 –59
  Portugal 4 4 0 0 100.0% 138 53 +85
  Romania 8 2 6 0 25.0% 142 138 +4
  Russia 5 4 1 0 80.0% 157 91 +66
  Samoa 6 0 6 0 0.0% 103 169 –66
  Scotland 5 1 4 0 20.0% 59 153 –94
  Scotland XV 1 1 0 0 100.0% 24 19 +5
  Scotland A 1 0 1 0 0.0% 10 15 –5
  South Africa 2 0 2 0 0.0% 18 71 –53
  Spain 2 2 0 0 100.00% 97 49 +48
  Tonga 8 5 3 0 62.50% 193 155 +38
  United States 60 38 20 2 63.3% 1389 1042 +347
  Uruguay 12 8 4 0 66.7% 353 212 +141
  Wales 12 1 11 0 8.3% 207 460 –253
  Wales XV 3 0 3 0 0.0% 37 138 –101
  Wales U23 1 0 1 0 0.0% 0 8 –8
Total 266 105 155 6 39.5% 5565 6876 –1311

Wins against Tier 1 nationsEdit

The following is a list of Canada's wins against Tier 1 countries:

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

On 26 October, Canada named a 34-man touring squad to play Oxford University RFC and Coventry, in preparation for the 2019 Rugby World Cup Repechage tournament.[17]

Head Coach:   Kingsley Jones

  • Caps updated: 18 November 2018

Note: Flags indicate national union for the club/province as defined by World Rugby.

Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Ray Barkwill Hooker (1980-08-26) 26 August 1980 (age 38) 55   Seattle Seawolves
Eric Howard Hooker (1993-09-05) 5 September 1993 (age 25) 16   New Orleans Gold
Noah Barker Prop (1992-08-20) 20 August 1992 (age 26) 4   BC Bears
Hubert Buydens Prop (1982-01-04) 4 January 1982 (age 36) 49   New Orleans Gold
Jake Ilnicki Prop (1992-02-24) 24 February 1992 (age 26) 32   Yorkshire Carnegie
Cole Keith Prop (1997-05-07) 7 May 1997 (age 21) 9   Toronto Arrows
Djustice Sears-Duru Prop (1994-05-24) 24 May 1994 (age 24) 43   Toronto Arrows
Matt Tierney Prop (1996-07-04) 4 July 1996 (age 22) 14   Pau
Brett Beukeboom Lock (1990-08-13) 13 August 1990 (age 28) 33   Cornish Pirates
Paul Ciulini Lock (1995-10-28) 28 October 1995 (age 23) 8   Toronto Arrows
Josh Larsen Lock (1994-04-04) 4 April 1994 (age 24) 9   Otago
Evan Olmstead Lock (1991-02-21) 21 February 1991 (age 27) 26   Auckland
Kyle Baillie Flanker (1991-04-07) 7 April 1991 (age 27) 20   New Orleans Gold
Matt Heaton Flanker (1992-02-09) 9 February 1992 (age 26) 20   Darlington Mowden Park
Lucas Rumball Flanker (1995-08-02) 2 August 1995 (age 23) 24   Toronto Arrows
Mike Sheppard Flanker (1988-12-20) 20 December 1988 (age 29) 2   Toronto Arrows
Tyler Ardron Number 8 (1991-06-16) 16 June 1991 (age 27) 30   Chiefs
Luke Campbell Number 8 (1992-02-10) 10 February 1992 (age 26) 6   BC Bears
Phil Mack Scrum-half (1985-09-18) 18 September 1985 (age 33) 53   Seattle Seawolves
Jamie Mackenzie Scrum-half (1989-02-28) 28 February 1989 (age 29) 12   Atlantic Rock
Gordon McRorie Scrum-half (1988-05-12) 12 May 1988 (age 30) 35   Prairie Wolf Pack
Shane O'Leary Fly-half (1993-12-03) 3 December 1993 (age 24) 10   Nottingham
Pat Parfrey Fly-half (1991-11-01) 1 November 1991 (age 27) 24   Toronto Arrows
Nick Blevins Centre (1988-11-11) 11 November 1988 (age 30) 54   Prairie Wolf Pack
Guiseppe du Toit Centre (1995-07-29) 29 July 1995 (age 23) 12   Toronto Arrows
Doug Fraser Centre (1992-08-05) 5 August 1992 (age 26) 3   BC Bears
Ciaran Hearn Centre (1985-12-30) 30 December 1985 (age 32) 62   London Irish
Ben LeSage Centre (1995-11-24) 24 November 1995 (age 22) 8   Prairie Wolf Pack
Conor Trainor Centre (1989-12-05) 5 December 1989 (age 28) 31   USO Nevers
Kainoa Lloyd Wing (1994-05-21) 21 May 1994 (age 24) 6   Toronto Arrows
Taylor Paris Wing (1992-10-06) 6 October 1992 (age 26) 26   Castres Olympique
D. T. H. van der Merwe Wing (1986-04-28) 28 April 1986 (age 32) 54   Glasgow Warriors
Matt Evans Fullback (1988-01-02) 2 January 1988 (age 30) 40   Cornish Pirates
Theo Sauder Fullback (1996-04-02) 2 April 1996 (age 22) 4   Toronto Arrows

Though not named in the 34-man squad, the following players participated in the match against Oxford.[18]

Note: Flags indicate national union for the club/province as defined by World Rugby.

Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Adrian Wadden Lock (1996-03-12) 12 March 1996 (age 22) 0   Leeds Beckett University
Dan Moor Wing (1990-07-24) 24 July 1990 (age 28) 14   Yorkshire Carnegie
Robbie Povey Fullback (1996-09-21) 21 September 1996 (age 22) 4   Coventry

Player recordsEdit

Most capsEdit

# Player Pos Span Mat Start Sub Won Lost Draw %
1 Aaron Carpenter Number 8 2005–2017 80 61 19 28 48 3 38.12
2 Al Charron Flanker 1990–2003 76 76 0 40 36 0 52.63
3 Winston Stanley Wing 1994–2003 66 64 2 27 38 1 41.66
4 Scott Stewart Fullback 1989–2001 64 62 2 29 34 1 46.09
5 Ciaran Hearn Centre 2008– 62 52 10 23 38 1 37.90
James Pritchard Fullback 2003–2015 62 58 4 26 34 2 43.54
Rod Snow Prop 1995–2007 62 59 3 27 33 2 45.16
8 Bobby Ross Fly-half 1989–2003 58 40 18 30 28 0 51.72
9 Ed Fairhurst Scrum-half 2001–2012 57 35 22 22 34 1 39.47
10 3 players on 56 caps
Last updated: Canada vs Germany, 17 November 2018. Statistics include officially capped matches only.[19]

Most triesEdit

# Player Pos Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries
1 DTH van der Merwe Wing 2006– 54 50 4 175 35
2 Winston Stanley Wing 1994–2003 66 64 2 123 24
3 Taylor Paris Wing 2010– 26 25 1 90 18
James Pritchard Fullback 2003–2015 62 58 4 607 18
5 Aaron Carpenter Number 8 2005–2017 79 60 19 85 17
6 Morgan Williams Scrum-half 1999–2008 56 52 4 68 13
7 Matt Evans Fullback 2008– 40 34 6 60 12
8 Nick Blevins Centre 2009- 54 42 12 55 11
9 Kyle Nichols Centre 1996–2002 25 22 3 61 10
10 4 players on 9 tries
Last updated: Canada vs Germany, 17 November 2018. Statistics include officially capped matches only.[20]

Most pointsEdit

# Player Pos Span Mat Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop
1 James Pritchard Fullback 2003–2015 62 607 18 104 103 0
2 Gareth Rees Fly-half 1986–1999 55 491 7 51 110 9
3 Bobby Ross Fly-half 1989–2003 58 419 7 51 84 10
4 Mark Wyatt Fullback 1982–1991 29 255 2 23 62 5
5 Gordon McRorie Scrum-half 2014– 35 245 5 38 47 1
6 Jared Barker Fly-half 2000–2004 18 226 2 24 55 1
7 DTH van der Merwe Wing 2006– 54 175 35 0 0 0
8 Winston Stanley Wing 1994–2003 66 123 24 0 0 1
9 Taylor Paris Wing 2010– 26 90 18 0 0 0
10 John Graf Scrum-half 1989–1999 54 89 9 7 9 1
Last updated: Canada vs Germany, 17 November 2018. Statistics include officially capped matches only.[21]
  • Note, Gareth Rees points total is in dispute, some sources claim 487 while others including World Rugby claim 491.

Most matches as captainEdit

# Player Pos Span Mat Won Lost Draw % Pts Tries
1 Al Charron Flanker 1996–2003 25 13 12 0 52.00 10 2
Gareth Rees Fly-half 1994–1999 25 10 15 0 40.00 285 4
3 Pat Riordan Hooker 2008–2011 23 12 10 1 54.34 15 3
4 John Graf Scrum-half 1995–1999 15 9 6 0 60.00 58 6
Morgan Williams Scrum-half 2005–2007 15 5 9 1 36.66 25 5
6 Aaron Carpenter Number 8 2012–2016 14 7 7 0 50.00 15 3
7 Tyler Ardron Number 8 2013–2015 11 0 11 0 00.00 5 1
Phil Mack Scrum-half 2017–2018 11 5 6 0 45.45 5 1
9 Mark Wyatt Fullback 1990–1991 9 6 3 0 66.66 97 2
10 Hans de Goede Lock 1984–1987 8 4 4 0 50.00 0 0
Mike Luke Hooker 1974–1981 8 3 5 0 37.50 0 0
Last updated: Canada vs Germany, 17 November 2018. Statistics include officially capped matches only.[22]

Most points in a matchEdit

 
Australian born James Pritchard is Canada's second highest try scorer and points scorer of all time, he also holds the record for most points in a match with 36 against the USA in 2006.
# Player Pos Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Opposition Venue Date
1 James Pritchard Wing 36 3 6 3 0   United States   St John's 12/08/2006
2 James Pritchard Wing 29 3 7 0 0   Barbados   Bridgetown 24/06/2006
3 Gareth Rees Fly-half 27 0 9 3 0   Namibia   Toulouse 14/10/1999
James Pritchard Fullback 27 2 4 3 0   Portugal   Lisbon 23/11/2013
5 Bobby Ross Fly-half 26 1 3 5 0   Japan   Vancouver 13/07/1996
Gordon McRorie Scrum-half 26 2 5 2 0   Russia   Calgary 18/06/2016
7 Mark Wyatt Fullback 24 0 0 8 0   Scotland XV   Saint John 25/05/1991
8 Gareth Rees Fly-half 23 0 1 7 0   Argentina   Buenos Aires 22/08/1998
James Pritchard Fullback 23 1 3 4 0   Tonga   Kingston 08/06/2013
10 5 players on 22 points
Last updated: Canada vs Germany, 17 November 2018. Statistics include officially capped matches only.[23]

Most tries in a matchEdit

# Player Pos Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Opposition Venue Date
1 Kyle Nichols Centre 20 4 0 0 0   Japan   Markham 15/07/2000
2 Steve Gray Centre 15 3 0 0 0   United States   Vancouver 10/05/1987
James Pritchard Wing 27 3 7 0 0   Barbados   Bridgetown 24/06/2006
James Pritchard Wing 36 3 6 3 0   United States   St John's 12/08/2006
Taylor Paris Wing 15 3 0 0 0   Chile   Langford 11/02/2017
DTH Van der Merwe Wing 15 3 0 0 0   Kenya   Marseille 11/11/2018
Last updated: Canada vs Germany, 17 November 2018. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

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Youngest playersEdit

# Player Pos Age Opposition Venue Date
1 Taylor Paris Wing 18 years and 31 days   Belgium   Brussels 06/11/2010
2 Mark Schiefler Centre 19 years and 46 days   United States   Saranac Lake 08/06/1980
3 Gareth Rees Fly-half 19 years and 131 days   United States   Tucson 08/11/1986
4 George Barton (Centre) 19 years and 137 days   Chile   Langford 11/02/2017
5 Dave Spicer (Fly-half) 19 years and 166 days   England   Twickenham 13/11/2004
6 Djustice Sears-Duru (Prop) 19 years and 183 days   Portugal   Lisbon 23/11/2013
7 Cole Keith (Prop) 19 years and 280 days   Chile   Langford 11/02/2017
8 Winston Stanley Wing 19 years and 308 days   United States   Long Beach 21/05/1994
9 Matt Beukeboom (Flanker) 19 years and 314 days   Chile   Langford 11/02/2017
10 Matt Tierney (Prop) 19 years and 350 days   Russia   Calgary 18/06/2016
Last updated: Canada vs Germany, 17 November 2018. Statistics include officially capped matches only.[25]

Oldest playersEdit

# Player Pos Age Opposition Venue Date
1 Kevin Wirachowski Prop 40 years and 243 days   New Zealand Māori   Toronto 02/08/2003
2 Ro Hindson Lock 38 years and 311 days   Argentina   Burnaby Lake 30/03/1990
3 Mark Cardinal Hooker 38 years and 162 days   Namibia   Toulouse 14/10/1999
4 Ray Barkwill Hooker 38 years and 83 days   Germany   Marseille 17/11/2018
5 Jamie Cudmore Lock 38 years and 80 days   Samoa   Grenoble 25/11/2016
6 Rod Snow Prop 37 years and 151 days   Australia   Bordeaux 29/09/2007
7 Al Charron Lock 37 years and 94 days   Tonga   Wollongong 29/10/2003
8 Hubert Buydens Prop 36 years and 317 days   Germany   Marseille 17/11/2018
9 Gord MacKinnon Flanker 36 years and 280 days   South Africa   Port Elizabeth 03/06/1995
10 Julian Loveday Wing 36 years and 99 days   Tonga   Nuku'alofa 03/07/1999
Last updated: Canada vs Germany, 17 November 2018. Statistics include officially capped matches only.[26]

Upcoming fixtures and recent resultsEdit

Upcoming fixturesEdit

Date Tournament Location Venue Opponent
November 23, 2018 Rugby World Cup qualification Marseille, France Pierre-Delort Stadium   Hong Kong
February 1, 2019 Americas Rugby Championship[27] Montevideo, Uruguay Estadio Charrúa   Uruguay
February 8, 2019 Americas Rugby Championship São Paulo, Brazil   Brazil
February 22, 2019 Americas Rugby Championship Langford Westhills Stadium   Chile
March 1, 2019 Americas Rugby Championship Langford Westhills Stadium   Argentina XV
March 8, 2019 Americas Rugby Championship Tukwila, Washington Starfire Sports Stadium   United States

Recent resultsEdit

Date Tournament Location Venue Opponent Result Score
November 17, 2018 Rugby World Cup qualification Marseille, France Pierre-Delort Stadium   Germany Win 29-10
November 11, 2018 Rugby World Cup qualification Marseille, France Pierre-Delort Stadium   Kenya Win 65-19
November 5, 2018 End-of-year international Coventry, England Butts Park Arena,   Coventry Win 35-12
October 31, 2018 End-of-year international Oxford, England Iffley Road   Oxford University RFC Win 26-20
June 23, 2018 2018 June rugby union test Halifax Wanderers Grounds   United States Loss 42-17
June 16, 2018 2018 June rugby union test Ottawa Twin Elm Rugby Park   Russia Loss 43-20
June 9, 2018 2018 June rugby union test Edmonton Commonwealth Stadium   Scotland Loss 48-10
March 3, 2018 Americas Rugby Championship La Serena, Chile Estadio La Portada   Chile Win 33-17
February 24, 2018 Americas Rugby Championship Jujuy, Argentina Gimnasia y Esgrima   Argentina XV Loss 40-15
February 17, 2018 Americas Rugby Championship Langford Westhills Stadium   Brazil Win 45-5
Green background indicates a win. Red background indicates a loss. Yellow background indicates a draw.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Canada book Wales RWC encounter". BBC News. 13 August 2006. Retrieved 28 April 2010.
  3. ^ "Canada claim Americas 2 spot". therugbyworldcup.co.uk. Archived from the original on 3 July 2007. Retrieved 22 August 2006.
  4. ^ "Rugby World Cup 2007 Latest Betting - 07-11-07". Online-gambling-insider.com. 2011-11-18. Archived from the original on 2012-03-14. Retrieved 2012-03-16.
  5. ^ "Wales 42–17 Canada". BBC News. 9 September 2007. Retrieved 28 April 2010.
  6. ^ Malin, Ian (17 September 2007). "Fiji send Wales a mixed message". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 28 April 2010.
  7. ^ Millward, Robert (26 September 2007). "Canada 12 Japan 12: Japan celebrates ending losing streak after draw". The Independent. London. Retrieved 28 April 2010.
  8. ^ Malley, Frank (30 September 2007). "Mitchell double helps subdue brave Canada". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 28 April 2010.
  9. ^ "Former All Black appointed Canada coach". rugbyweek.com. 18 March 2008. Archived from the original on 2010-01-03. Retrieved 26 January 2013.
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  11. ^ "Canada qualify for 2011 World Cup". BBC Sport. 2009-07-12. Retrieved 2009-07-13.
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  13. ^ http://www.cbc.ca/sports/rugby/canada-scotland-rugby-summer-series-test-1.4699965
  14. ^ a b Davidson, Neil (2018-03-20). "Canada's rugby men closer to confirming opponent for final Rugby World Cup qualifier". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2018-05-20.
  15. ^ a b "Men's World Rankings". World Rugby. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  16. ^ Canada Rugby Stats
  17. ^ JONES SELECTS LONG LIST FOR NOVEMBER
  18. ^ https://rugby.ca/en/news/2018/10/canada-set-to-face-oxford-in-england
  19. ^ http://stats.espnscrum.com/scrum/rugby/records/player/most_matches.html?id=25;type=team
  20. ^ http://stats.espnscrum.com/scrum/rugby/records/player/most_tries.html?id=25;type=team
  21. ^ http://stats.espnscrum.com/scrum/rugby/records/player/most_points.html?id=25;type=team
  22. ^ http://stats.espnscrum.com/scrum/rugby/records/player/most_matches_captain.html?id=25;type=team
  23. ^ http://stats.espnscrum.com/scrum/rugby/records/player/most_points_match.html?id=25;type=team
  24. ^ http://stats.espnscrum.com/scrum/rugby/records/player/most_tries_match.html?id=25;type=team
  25. ^ http://stats.espnscrum.com/scrum/rugby/records/player/youngest_appearance.html?id=25;type=team
  26. ^ http://stats.espnscrum.com/scrum/rugby/records/player/oldest_appearance.html?id=25;type=team
  27. ^ https://www.world.rugby/tournament/1916/fixtures

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