As summer fixtures, presented by DHL, against Belgium and Spain draw nearer, Canada’s Senior Men’s 15s Head Coach Kingsley Jones has named his 30-man squad for the double header.
June 14, 2022 (Langford, BC) – As summer fixtures, presented by DHL, against Belgium and Spain draw nearer, Canada’s Senior Men’s 15s Head Coach Kingsley Jones has named his 30-man squad for the double header.
Canada host Belgium at the Wanderers Grounds in Halifax, NS on Saturday, July 2 followed by Spain at TD Place in Ottawa, ON - marking the first time a senior international test match has been played at the venue - on Sunday, July 10.
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Jones’ squad includes several crossover athletes from Canada’s Senior Men’s Sevens program with Cooper Coats, Matthew Oworu and Brock Webster all receiving callups having featured on the HSBC Sevens Series this season.
Following the inaugural Coast to Coast Cup, which provided Jones the chance to scout national talent, standout performers Gradyn Bowd, Callum Botcher and Dawson Fatoric have been rewarded with a place in the squad. Meanwhile, Jack McRogers – who was noticed thanks to his exploits with Major League Rugby’s Toronto Arrows – is part of his first senior national squad. Lucas Rumball and Ben LeSage will act as team captains.
“These test matches against Belgium and Spain provide us with the perfect opportunity to get game time with the carrot of important world rankings points being on the line,” commented Jones. “The squad is looking forward to playing in front of home crowds in Halifax and Ottawa, which we are sure will be loud and proud.”
He added: “We are missing some players through injury. However, it’s important we find balance and this is a chance to bring some young players into the fold, especially as we build towards the 2027 Rugby World Cup qualification process. We know what we can get from our senior players, so it’s great to provide a platform to some up-and-comers who have really earned their opportunity.”
CANADA’S SENIOR MEN’S 15s SQUAD FOR TEST MATCHES VERSUS BELGIUM AND SPAIN
Gradyn Bowd (Red Deer, AB) – Castaway Wanderers
Callum Botcher (Vancouver, BC) – UBC
Ross Braude (Pretoria, South Africa) – Toronto Arrows
Luke Campbell (Victoria, BC) – Old Glory FC
Donald Carson (Delta, BC) – UBC
Cooper Coats (Halifax, NS) – Halifax Tars
Dawson Fatoric (Ottawa, ON) – Pacific Pride
Doug Fraser (Ladysmith, BC) – Old Glory FC
Jason Higgins (Cork, Ireland) – San Diego Legion
Jake Ilnicki (Williams Lake, BC) – Old Glory FC
Cole Keith (Apohaqui, NB) – Toronto Arrows
Conor Keys (Stittsville, Ottawa, ON) – Rugby Atlanta
Josh Larsen (Nanaimo, BC) – New England Free Jacks
Ben LeSage (Calgary, AB) – LA Giltinis
Kainoa Lloyd (Mississauga, ON) – San Diego Legion
Jack McRogers (Newmarket, ON) – Toronto Arrows
Liam Murray (Langley, BC) – Dallas Jackals
Peter Nelson (Dungannon, UK) – Aurillac
Quinn Ngawati (Victoria, BC) – Rugby United New York
Isaac Olson (Vernon, BC) – New England Free Jacks
Matthew Oworu (Calgary, AB) – Pacific Pride
Robert Povey (Oxford, UK) – Houston Sabercats
Andrew Quattrin (Holland Landing, ON) – Toronto Arrows
Tyler Rowland (Mississauga, ON) – Toronto Arrows
Lucas Rumball (Markham, ON) – Toronto Arrows
Djustice Sears-Duru (Oakville, ON) – LA Giltinis
Michael Smith (White Rock, BC) – San Diego Legion
Lindsey Stevens (Sydney, Australia) - LA Giltinis
Corey Thomas (Broome, Australia) – LA Giltinis
Brock Webster (Uxbridge, ON) – Oshawa Vikings
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CANADA’S SENIOR MEN’S 15s SUMMER FIXTURE SCHEDULE
July 2: Canada vs. Belgium – Wanderers Grounds, Halifax, NS (Kick-off 4:00 p.m. ADT)
July 10: Canada vs. Spain – TD Place, Ottawa, ON (Kick-off 4:00 p.m. ET)