Rugby Canada is proud to announce the players who will be representing Canada at the upcoming 2012 IRB Americas Rugby Championship (ARC). The squad that has been named will hit the pitch for Canada October 12th, 16th and 20th at Westhills Stadium in Langford, BC.
The IRB Americas Rugby Championship, a round-robin tournament, will see the Canadian side, made up entirely of Canadian Rugby Championships (CRC) players, face teams from the USA, Argentina and Uruguay. Canada will face Uruguay on October 12th, the USA on October 16th and Argentina on October 20th. All of Canada's games will kick off at 7:30 p.m. PT.
The Ontario Blues, 2012 CRC Champions, will see 10 of their players on the roster amongst the 25 that have been named.
Blues selected to the roster are Ray Barkwill, Creag Johnston, Doug Wooldridge, Jacob Rumball, Alistair Clark, Seb Pearson and Tyler Ardron, who scored two tries in Blues‚ McTier Cup-winning game against The Rock last weekend, as well as Kyle Armstrong, Liam Underwood and Jordan Wilson Ross.
The remainder of the squad will be comprised of CRC players from the other three teams including, Hubert Buydens, Chris Long, Nick Blevins and Josh Hart, from the CRC runner-up Prairie Wolf Pack. Owen Parfrey, Jon Phelan, Toni Wodzicki, Zac Coughlan and Patrick Parfrey will represent the third place CRC finisher, The Rock. And rounding out the team will be Aaron Flagg, Sean White, Connor Braid, Michael Fuailefau, Clayton Meeres and Pat Kay, from the local Pacific Tyee of British Columbia.
The defending CRC champions Ontario Blues, won the title with a 4-1 record followed by Prairie Wolf Pack at 3-2, The Rock 2-3 and Pacific Tyee 1-4.
"The performance by CRC players made the selection of the team a very competitive process," said senior men's national team head coach Kieran Crowley, who will be coaching the Canadian side at the tournament.
"Some players have really stood out and they now get an opportunity at the ARC, which will be another step up from CRC. In addition, I am pleased with the performance of the younger players who were given an opportunity to play by their CRC teams and have now been rewarded with their selection to the ARC side."
"The ARC is a great opportunity to see our national level athletes in action," said Gareth Rees, National Men's Program Manager. "To host the tournament in Langford, our training home base, and the Victoria Community is an added bonus and the best chance in many years for this part of the country to participate in international rugby. It should be an amazing celebration of the game for all six matches throughout the nine day period."
2012 Canada ARC Selection
NAME (Club/CRC Club) Hometown
Tyler Ardron (Brantford Harlequins/Ontario Blues) Lakefield, ON
Kyle Armstrong (Castaway Wanderers / Ajax Wanderers/Ontario Blues) Whitby, ON
Ray Barkwill (Niagara, Oakville Crusaders/Ontario Blues) Port Colborne, ON
Nick Blevins (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
Connor Braid (James Bay AA/Pacific Tyee) Victoria, BC
Hubert Buydens (Castaway Wanderers /Saskatoon Wild Oats/Prairie Wolf Pack) Saskatoon, SK
Alistair Clark (Oakville Crusaders/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
Zac Coughlan (James Bay / Swilers RFC/The Rock) St. John‚s, NL
Aaron Flagg (Abbotsford RFC/Pacific Tyee) Abbotsford, BC
Michael Fuailefau (Castaway Wanderers RFC/Pacific Tyee) Victoria, BC
Josh Hart (Cowichan RFC/Prairie Wolf Pack) Minitonas, MB
Creag Johnston (Toronto Scottish/Ontario Blues) Woodbridge, ON
Pat Kay (UVic Vikes / Cowichan RFC/Pacific Tyee) Duncan, BC
Chris Long (L'Aquila Rugby 1936/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
Clayton Meeres (James Bay / Abbotsford RFC/Pacific Tyee) Chilliwack, BC
Owen Parfrey (Swilers RFC /The Rock) St. John‚s, NL
Patrick Parfrey (Swilers RFC/The Rock) St. John‚s, NL
Seb Pearson (Lindsay RFC, London St. Georges/Ontario Blues) Lindsay, ON
Jon Phelan (St. Anne-de Bellevue/The Rock) Montreal, QC
Jacob Rumball (Balmy Beach/Ontario Blues) Toronto, ON
Liam Underwood (Balmy Beach/Ontario Blues) Toronto, ON
Sean White (James Bay AA/Pacific Tyee) Victoria, BC
Jordan Wilson Ross (Barrie RFC/Ontario Blues) Alliston, ON
Toni Wodzicki (Wanderers RFC/The Rock) Montreal, QC
Doug Wooldridge (Lindsay RFC/Ontario Blues) Lindsay, ON
Tickets for the ARC tournament are available at tickets.rugbycanada.ca, Spank it Sports (735 Cloverdale Avenue, Victoria, BC, V8X 2S6), City of Langford (City of Langford City Hall, 877 Goldstream Ave, Langford, BC) or at the gate on game day. For more information, please go to www.americasrugbychampionship.com.
2012 IRB Americas Rugby Championship
1089 Langford Parkway,
USA v Argentina, kick off at 5:30pm
Canada v Uruguay, kick off at 7:30pm
Argentina v Uruguay, kick off at 5:30pm
Canada v USA, kick off at 7:30pm
USA v Uruguay, kick off at 5:30pm
Canada v Argentina, kick off at 7:30pm