Jones names Canada Selects lineup to face Arrows

Rugby 15s Senior Men

LANGFORD, BC (May 16, 2018) – Canada head coach Kingsley Jones has named a 23-man ‘Canada Selects’ squad to take on the Ontario Arrows in the first of two development fixtures.

The first fixture will take place at York University in Toronto, ON this Friday, May 18 at 7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT.

The two-game series against the Arrows will serve as preparation for the centralized group of players to acquire game-time against quality opposition and a chance to put their hand up for selection ahead of the June International Series, which kicks off on June 9 against Scotland in Edmonton.

It will also provide an opportunity to continue growing the depth of rugby players in Canada and allow both coaches to experiment with different options in a trial-style atmosphere.

The Ontario Arrows, Canada’s first privately funded professional rugby union team come into the fixture off the back of three straight victories against Major League Rugby (MLR) opposition and will provide the ‘Canada Selects’ with a tough test.

The ‘Selects’ have had a few weeks of strength and conditioning but have yet to play a match together. The team, which consists of a mix of youth and experience will be eager to get things going ahead of a bumper June Summer Series against Scotland, USA and Russia.

Flanker, Lucas Rumball will captain the ‘Selects’ in the first of the two-leg series in Ontario on Friday evening. Other notable inclusions include Patrick Parfrey at full-back and Andrew Ferguson at scrum-half. Guiseppe du Toit and Doug Fraser make up the midfield combination, with 20-year-old Cole Davis complementing them on the right wing.

The match will be streamed LIVE on the Ontario Arrows Facebook page > 

Canada Selects roster to face Ontario Arrows:

1.    Noah Barker – James Bay AA/BC Bears (Courtenay, BC)
2.    Martial Lagain – Sherbrooke Abenakis/Atlantic Rock) Saint-Jean-de-Marsacq, France
3.    Cole Keith – James Bay AA/Atlantic Rock (Sussex, NB)
4.    Paul Ciulini – Aurora Barbarians/Ontario Blues (Vaughan, ON)
5.    Conor Keys – UVIC Vikes/Atlantic Rock (Stittsville, ON)
6.    Dustin Dobravsky – Castaway Wanderers/BC Bears (Hanover, Germany) 
7.    Lucas Rumball – Captain, Balmy Beach RFC/Ontario Blues (Mississauga, ON)
8.    Luke Campbell – James Bay AA/BC Bears (Victoria, BC)
9.    Andrew Ferguson – Oakville Crusaders/Ontario Blues (Mississauga, ON)
10. Robbie Povey – Castaway Wanderers/Prairie Wolf Pack (Northampton, UK)
11. Kainoa Lloyd – Mississauga Blues/Ontario Blues (Mississauga, ON)
12. Guiseppe du Toit – UVIC Vikes/BC Bears (Maple Ridge, BC)
13. Doug Fraser – Castaway Wanderers/BC Bears (Ladysmith, BC)
14. Cole Davis – Calgary Saints/Prairie Wolf Pack (Calgary, AB)
15. Pat Parfrey – Swilers RFC/Atlantic Rock (St. John’s, NL)
16. Steven Ng – James Bay AA (Ottawa, ON)
17. Liam Murray – James Bay AA (Langley, BC)
18. Ryan Kotlewski – Westshore RFC/Prairie Wolf Pack (Calgary, AB)
19. Grant Crowell – Calgary Rams/Prairie Wolf Pack (Wolfville, NS)
20. Matt Heaton – (Darlington Mowden Park/Atlantic Rock) Godmanchester, QC
21. Jorden Sandover-Best – UBCOB Ravens/BC Bears (Abbotsford, BC)
22. Gordon McRorie – Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack (Calgary, AB)
23. Josh Thiel – Abbotsford RFC (Abbotsford, BC)

Ontario Arrows Roster:

1. Rob Brouwer
2. Alex Post
3. Mike Smith
4. Mike Sheppard (Captain)
5. Josh Van Horne
6. Marcello Wainwright
7. Peter Milazzo
8. Kolby Francis
9. Alex Gliksten
10. Will Kelly
11. Aaron Mclelland
12. Jamie Leveridge
13. Jon West
14. John Sheridan
15. Shawn Windsor
16. Cam Sandison
17. Pat Lynott
18. Clint Lemkus
19. Tom Van Horne
20. Travis Larsen
21. Mario van der Westhuizen
22. Mitch Richardson
23. Kyle Lagasca

Upcoming development fixtures schedule:

May 18th
Canada Selects vs. Ontario Arrows
York University
Toronto, ON
Kick off: 7pm ET/4pm PT

May 26th
Westhills Stadium
Langford, BC

Canada’s 2018 Summer Series:

June 9th
Canada vs. Scotland
Commonwealth Stadium
Edmonton, AB
Kick off: 7pm local time (9pm ET/6pm PT)

June 16th
Canada vs. Russia
Twin Elm Rugby Park
Ottawa, ON
Kick off: 4pm ET/1pm PT

June 23rd
Canada vs. USA
Wanderers Ground
Halifax, NS
Kick off: 4pm local time (3pm ET/12pm PT)

Tickets for the 2018 Summer Series can be purchased by clicking here >