Jones names team for final home Rugby World Cup send-off match

Rugby 15s Senior Men

VANCOUVER, BC (September 5, 2019) - Head coach Kingsley Jones has named his 23-man squad that will take the pitch this Saturday against the USA Eagles in Canada's final Rugby World Cup send-off at BC Place.

"Playing the USA, there's no extra motivation needed," said Jones. "It's been a tough bit of work preparing for the Rugby World Cup throughout the last few weeks and we're looking forward to this test. It’s a good opportunity to get a scalp under our belt and take a good performance into the World Cup." 

Canada's Roster:

Hubert Buydens, Saskatoon, SK- New Orleans Gold

Eric Howard, Ottawa, ON- New Orleans Gold

Matthew Tierney, Oakville, ON- Castres Olympiques

Evan Olmstead, Vancouver, BC- Unattached

Kyle Baillie, Summerside, PEI- New Orleans Gold

Justin Blanchet, Montreal, QC- Unattached

Lucas Rumball, Scarborough, ON- Toronto Arrows

Tyler Ardron, Lakefield, ON- Chiefs  'C'

Gordon McRorie, Calgary, AB- Calgary Hornets

Peter Nelson- Dungannon, UK, Unattached

DTH van der Merwe, Regina, SK- Glasgow Warriors

Ciaran Hearn, Conception Bay South, NL- Unattached

Ben LeSage, Calgary, AB- Calgary Canucks

Jeff Hassler, Okotoks, AB- Seattle Seawolves

Patrick Parfrey, St. John's, NL- Toronto Arrows

Andrew Quattrin, Holland Landing, ON- Toronto Arrows

Djustice Sears-Duru, Oakville, ON- Seattle Seawolves

Jake Ilnicki, Williams Lake, BC- Seattle Seawolves

Mike Sheppard, Brampton, ON- Toronto Arrows

Matt Heaton, Godmanchester, QC- Darlington Mowden Park

Jamie    Mackenzie, Oakville, ON- Toronto Arrows

Shane O'Leary, Cambellton, NB- Nottingham Rugby

Nick Blevins, Calgary, AB- Calgary Hornets


Kickoff is at 10pm ET/ 7pm PT on September 7th with tickets still available at Fans can watch the match LIVE on TSN1, TSN4,, and the TSN app. 


Rugby World Cup:

Canada vs. Italy

September 26

Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium

Fukuoka, Japan

Kick-off: 16:45pm local time (2:45am ET/*11:45pm PT on Sep. 25)

Broadcast: TBC


Canada vs. New Zealand

October 2

Oita Stadium

Oita, Japan

Kick-off: 19:15pm local time (5:15am ET/2:15am PT)

Broadcast: TBC


Canada vs. South Africa

October 8

Kobe Misaki

Kobe, Japan

Kick-off: 19:15pm local time (5:15am ET/2:15am PT)

Broadcast: TBC


Canada vs. Namibia

October 13

Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium

Kamaishi, Japan

Kick-off: 16:45pm local time (2:45am ET/*11:45pm PT on Oct. 12)

Broadcast: TBC


Note: A broadcast deal is being finalized by World Rugby for the Canadian coverage of the 2019 Rugby World Cup and more information will be released once completed.