As rugby returns to the nation’s capital and preparations continue for Canada’s Senior Men’s 15s clash with Spain, Head Coach Kingsley Jones has confirmed his match day roster for this weekend’s test match, presented by DHL.
July 8, 2022 (Ottawa, ON) – As rugby returns to the nation’s capital and preparations continue for Canada’s Senior Men’s 15s clash with Spain, Head Coach Kingsley Jones has confirmed his match day roster for this weekend’s test match, presented by DHL.
In what will be the first international test match to be hosted at TD Place in Ottawa, ON, Canada takes on No. 15-ranked Spain on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. Eastern, 1:00 p.m. Pacific. Fans can buy tickets for the match now by clicking here.
Following last weekend’s resounding 45-0 victory over Belgium at the Wanderers Grounds in Halifax, NS, Jones has made several changes to his lineup. In for the first start of his career is crossover athlete with Canada’s Senior Men’s Sevens program, Matthew Oworu, also of Rugby Canada’s Academy Pacific Pride, who came on as a second-half replacement against Belgium to earn his first cap.
Meanwhile, prop Cole Keith comes into the pack, as does Luke Campbell at No. 8 with Corey Thomas moving into the second row. Ross Braude starts at scrum half, while Conor Keys will take to the field just a few miles from his hometown, Stittsville, ON. Lucas Rumball will captain the side. Tyler Rowland and Josh Larsen are unavailable for selection due to injury.
“This weekend’s match against Spain marks the culmination of our two-week camp and we expect it to be a very competitive, hard-fought contest,” said Jones. “They are ranked No. 15 in the world and our aim is to get back in the top 20, so this is an opportunity for us to test ourselves against an extremely competent opponent.”
He added: “We’ve prepared well this week and with the support of the home Ottawa crowd behind us, we’re going into the game with confidence that we can perform and get the result we’re after, which would secure us crucial world ranking points.”
WHERE TO WATCH
Fans in Canada can watch Canada’s Senior Men’s 15s team take on Spain LIVE on TSN 1, TSN.ca and the TSN App.
CANADA’S SENIOR MEN’S 15s MATCH DAY ROSTER vs SPAIN
- Cole Keith (Apohaqui, NB) – Belleisle Rovers
- Andrew Quattrin (Holland Landing, ON) – Aurora Barbarians
- Jake Ilnicki (Williams Lake, BC) – Old Glory FC
- Corey Thomas (Broome, Australia) – LA Giltinis
- Conor Keys (Stittsville, ON) – Barrhaven Scottish
- Matthew Oworu (Calgary, AB) – Pacific Pride
- Lucas Rumball (Markham, ON) – Toronto Arrows
- Luke Campbell (Victoria, BC) – Old Glory FC
- Ross Braude (Pretoria, South Africa) – Toronto Arrows
- Peter Nelson (Dungannon, UK) – Aurillac
- Kainoa Lloyd (Mississauga, ON) – San Diego Legion
- Quinn Ngawati (Victoria, BC) – Rugby United New York
- Ben LeSage (Calgary, AB) – LA Giltinis
- Brock Webster (Uxbridge, ON) – Oshawa Vikings
- Cooper Coats (Halifax, NS) – Halifax Tars
Lindsey Stevens (Sydney, Australia) - LA Giltinis
Liam Murray (Langley, BC) - Dallas Jackals
Djustice Sears-Duru (Oakville, ON) – LA Giltinis
Piers von Dadelszen (Vancouver, BC) – Oxford University
Michael Smith (White Rock, BC) – San Diego Legion
Jason Higgins (Cork, Ireland) – San Diego Legion
Dawson Fatoric (Ottawa, ON) – Pacific Pride
Gradyn Bowd (Red Deer, AB) – Castaway Wanderers
About Rugby Canada
Rugby Canada is the national governing body of the sport of Rugby Union in Canada. They administer and operate Men’s and Women’s Senior and Junior National programs in both rugby 15s and 7s, as well as govern the Club and community game for more than 30,000 registered participants from coast to coast in conjunction with ten Provincial Union members.
Rugby Canada is headquartered at the Al Charron National Training Centre in Langford, BC, residing on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish and Lekwungen/Songhees peoples, with staff also working from Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa. Rugby Canada business operations, programs and events are delivered nationwide, including the internationally recognized HSBC Canada Sevens annual tournaments.