MARSEILLE, FRANCE – Canada head coach Kingsley Jones has made four changes to his starting roster to face Germany in the second game of the 2019 Rugby World Cup repechage on Saturday.
While the 23-man roster remains unchanged, Matt Tierney, Mike Sheppard, who scored on his international debut last weekend, Lucas Rumball and Ciaran Hearn slot into the starting 15 in replacement of Jake Ilnicki, Brett Beukeboom, Matt Heaton and Nick Blevins.
“We have had an excellent training week and are lucky to have access to a wider group of healthy players for selections. I have been pleased with the humility, hard work and attention to detail by the entire staff and players ahead of a big challenge this weekend,” said Jones.
Canada opened the four-team tournament last Sunday with a 65-19 bonus point win over Kenya, while Germany knocked off the top seeded Hong Kong 26-9 with an impressive second-half performance.
“Germany showed last weekend that they are an excellent side with a big pack. They are marshalled very well buy their experienced half backs, and have an excellent coaching team," added Jones. “In order to be successful on Saturday we need to match the physical challenge that we know they’re going to bring; It's cup rugby, we are expecting a trough battle for the full 80 minutes.”
Saskatchewan’s Hubert Buydens is set to win his 49th cap on Saturday, while British Columbia’s Phil Mack will once again captain the side at scrum half.
Kick off on Saturday is 10am ET/7am PT and you can watch live on TSN. In the other match of the tournament, Kenya will face Hong Kong at 7am ET/4am PT.
Canada’s roster to face Germany:
1. Hubert Buydens – NOLA Gold/Prairie Wolf Pack (Saskatoon, SK)
2. Ray Barkwill – Seattle Seawolves/Ontario Blues (Niagara Falls, ON)
3. Matt Tierney – Pau/Ontario Blues (Oakville, ON)
4. Mike Sheppard – Stoney Creek Camels/Ontario Blues (Brampton, ON)
5. Evan Olmstead – Auckland/Prairie Wolf Pack (Vancouver, BC)
6. Kyle Baillie –Westshore RFC/Atlantic Rock (Summerside, PEI)
7. Lucas Rumball – Balmy Beach RFC/Ontario Blues (Mississauga, ON)
8. Tyler Ardron – Chiefs/Ontario Blues (Lakefield, ON)
9. Phil Mack – Captain,Seattle Seawolves/BC Bears (Victoria, BC)
10. Gordon McRorie – Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack (Calgary, AB)
11. DTH van der Merwe – Glasgow Warriors (Victoria, BC)
12. Ciaran Hearn – London Irish/Atlantic Rock (Conception Bay South, NL)
13. Ben LeSage – UBC Thunderbirds/Prairie Wolf Pack (Calgary, AB)
14. Matt Evans – Cornish Pirates (Maple Bay, BC)
15. Theo Sauder – UBC Thunderbirds/BC Bears (Vancouver, BC)
16. Eric Howard – NOLA Gold/Ontario Blues (Ottawa, ON)
17. Djustice Sears-Duru – Unattached/Ontario Blues (Oakville, ON)
18. Jake Ilnicki – Yorkshire Carnegie/BC Bears (Williams Lake, BC)
19. Brett Beukeboom – Cornish Pirates/Ontario Blues (Lindsay, ON)
20. Matt Heaton – Darlington Mowden Park/Atlantic Rock (Godmanchester, QC)
21. Jamie Mackenzie – Balmy Beach/Atlantic Rock (Oakville, ON)
22. Nick Blevins – Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack (Calgary, AB)
23. Conor Trainor – USON Nevers/BC Bears (Vancouver, BC)
Rugby World Cup 2019 Repechage Schedule
Canada 65 - 19 Kenya
Canada vs. Germany
Kick off: 10am ET/7am PT
Canada vs. Hong Kong
Kick off: 3pm ET/12pm PT