Rugby from coast to coast in Canada: Rugby Canada announces summer schedule for Women’s and Men’s Senior 15s teams

Rugby 15s Senior Women, Rugby 15s Senior Men

Fixtures to be hosted in Halifax, NS, Ottawa, ON and Langford, BC with four matches confirmed in total

May 5, 2022 (Langford, BC) – Today, Rugby Canada announced their summer schedule for Canada’s Senior Women’s and Men’s 15s teams. Matches will be staged from coast to coast in Halifax, NS, Ottawa, ON and Langford, BC.

Kingsley Jones’ Men’s 15s team will kick off their summer with a test match, presented by DHL, against Belgium on July 2 at the Wanderers Grounds in Halifax. Canada will then host the star-studded French Barbarians on July 10 at TD Place in Ottawa. This will mark the first time a senior international tour match has been played at the venue.

Canada’s Women’s 15s summer fixtures start with a test match against Italy on July 24 at Starlight Stadium in Langford, the home of Rugby Canada. The Rugby World Cup-bound squad then move to the Wanderers Grounds for an August 27 test match against ninth-ranked Wales. These fixtures will be the first for the Women’s 15s program since NFP Corp came on board as an official team partner with a multiyear partnership announced last week.

Canada’s Senior Women’s 15s team have not played at home in seven years and these matches provide Kevin Rouet’s side with crucial preparation ahead of the Rugby World Cup 2021, being played in 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in New Zealand this October and November.

“We’re delighted to be hosting fixtures from coast to coast in Canada this summer,” commented Jamie Levchuk, Interim CEO and Managing Director of Revenue and Fan Engagement, Rugby Canada.

“After lacking fixtures for our Senior 15s teams due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s an exciting prospect for Canadian rugby fans across the country to watch our Senior Women’s and Men’s teams in action on home soil. We’re looking forward to bringing events to the Ottawa and Halifax communities, as well as our home in Langford."

Tickets for the Men’s 15s matches against Belgium and the French Barbarians will go on sale on May 17, while tickets for the Women’s 15s matches against Italy and Wales will be available as of May 31. Broadcast and viewing details will be announced shortly.

The full schedule is below:

July 2: Canada vs. Belgium – Wanderers Grounds, Halifax, NS
July 10: Canada vs. French Barbarians – TD Place, Ottawa, ON

July 24: Canada vs. Italy – Starlight Stadium, Langford, BC
August 27: Canada vs. Wales – Wanderers Grounds, Halifax, NS