Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Canada trims and finalizes RWC squad

Via Rugby Canada:

Coach Ric Suggitt announced Canada’s 2007 Rugby World Cup squad in the nation’s capital on Tuesday, paring his touring squad by two players.

The final 30-man squad will leave for France on September 1st, at the conclusion of the current cross-Canada Road to the World Cup tour that will see Canada play games from coast-to-coast.

Suggitt has been forced to omit flanker Stan McKeen and fly-half Nathan Hirayama from the squad.


Canada is preparing to play Portugal in a fully sanctioned IRB test match at Twin Elm Rugby Park in Nepean on Saturday, August 18th, at 2:00pm ET.

They will play the Newfoundland Rock team in St. John’s on Saturday August 25th.

Canada will play in Pool B at the Rugby World Cup, against Wales in Nantes on September 9th; Fiji in Cardiff on September 16th, and Japan and Australia in Bordeaux on September 25th and 29th respectively.



Scott Franklin
prop - Castaway-Wanderers - Regina, Saskatchewan

Dan Pletch
prop - Oakville Crusaders - Lucan, Ontario

Mike Pletch
prop - Oakville Crusaders - Lucan, Ontario

Rod Snow
prop - Dogs/Rock - St. John's, Newfoundland

Jon Thiel
prop - Bayside - White Rock, British Columbia

Kevin Tkachuk
prop - Glasgow Warriors (Scotland) - Regina, Saskatchewan

Aaron Carpenter
hooker - Brantford - Brantford, Ontario

Pat Riordan
hooker - Burnaby Lake - Burnaby, British Columbia

Mike Burak
lock - Pau (France) - Vancouver, British Columbia

Jamie Cudmore
lock - Clermont-Auvergne (France) - Squamish, British Columbia

Mike James
lock - Stade Francais (France) - Burnaby, British Columbia

Luke Tait
lock - Overmach Parma (Italy) - Barrie, Ontario

Colin Yukes
back row - Agen (France) - Edmonton, Alberta

David Biddle
back row - Meraloma - Vancouver, British Columbia

Nanyak Dala
back row - Wild Oats - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Adam Kleeberger
back row - University of Victoria - White Rock, British Columbia

Stan McKeen
back row - Cornish Pirates (England) - Vancouver, British Columbia

Sean-Michael Stephen
back row - Béziers (France) - Oakville, Ontario

Mike Webb
back row - Swilers - West Vancouver, British Columbia

Ed Fairhurst
scrum-half - Cornish Pirates (England) - Victoria, British Columbia

Matt Weingart
scrum-half - Castaway-Wanderers - Williams Lake, British Columbia

Morgan Williams (captain)
scrum-half - Albi (France) - Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia

Nathan Hirayama
fly-half - University of Victoria - Richmond, British Columbia

Ander Monro
fly-half - Waterloo (England) - Edinburgh, Scotland

Ryan Smith
fly-half - Montauban (France) - Caledon, Ontario

Craig Culpan
centre - Meraloma - Auckland, New Zealand

Derek Daypuck
centre - Castaway-Wanderers - London, Ontario

David Spicer
centre - University of Victoria - Victoria, British Columbia

Nick Trenkel
centre - Capilano - North Vancouver, British Columbia

Justin Mensah-Coker
wing - Albi (France) - Vancouver, British Columbia

James Pritchard
wing - Bedford (England) - Sydney, Australia

Mike Pyke
fullback - Montauban (France) - Victoria, British Columbia

DTH Van der Merwe
fullback - James Bay AA - Regina, Saskatchewan


Earlier: Nanyak Dala out; Rod Snow in.

Full RWC schedule here.


At 8:49 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dont know much about the game here - just arrived to live in Montreal from Ireland - but surprised that there are no Quebecers in the squad. Is that just indicitative of the standard of rugby in Quebec right now ?

At 9:06 AM , Blogger Dave said...

It's a common question. As I told another poster, Quebec is first, second, and third a hockey province. Baseball and football would scrap for 4th & 5th. I don't know that Quebec has any rugby players that have represented Canada in the past 20 years, although there have certainly been French-Canadian players, like ex-skipper Al Charron, on the national team, but Charron is from Ottawa, on the other side of the river from the province. OTOH with individual sports, particularly Olympic and amateur athletics, Quebeckers punch above their statistical weight, especially in Winter Olympics and disciplines like diving, where they represent Canada's national teams at high rates.


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