Thursday, October 30, 2008

Canada's NH Autumn Tour Internationals

Fast approaching November, which can mean only one thing -- northern hemisphere internationals!

Canada kicks off their annual Fall tour this Saturday in Lisbon, facing plucky RWC upstarts Portugal, before heading to Ireland and the United Kingdowm.

Setanta has picked up Canadian b'casting rights to all Canada's test matches, but they seem to be alternating between live on TV and/or PPV-only on broadband. Check their announcement and schedule here.

Canada's Fall SChedule

Saturday November 1, 2008
Canada vs Portugal
From Lisbon

Saturday November 8, 2008
Canada vs Ireland
From Dublin

Friday November 14, 2008
Canada vs Wales
From Cardiff

Saturday November 22, 2008
Canada vs Scotland
From Edinburgh

Meanwhile, Doug Crosse is reporting from Lisbon that recently-retired star Canadian scrumhalf Morgan Williams will be returning to the international stage this weekend:

With all the players now assembled in Lisbon, Portugal, the first meeting held by coach Kieran Crowley revealed to the team that due to the injury of Phil Mack last week, Morgan Williams would be coming out of retirement to fill the gap against Portugal. The move was neccessary as Ed Fairhurst is still with his club side Cornish Pirates and young Sean White - of the James Bay club - is possibly not ready for such a big first outing.

According to Crowley it was an easy decision to make.

"Absolutely," said the affable New Zealander. "He is still very fit and plays every weekend with his club James Bay and when you look at how he played at the World Cup last year it is a very easy decision to come to."



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