BC's MACK TO CAPTAIN CANADA FOR NOVEMBER INTERNATIONALS

November 01, 2017

Today, Men’s Head Coach Kingsley Jones announced that veteran scrum-half and BC Bear, Phil Mack, will lead Canada as Captain for the entire November tour.

“Phil Mack will lead the side (Canada) for the November series. Doesn’t mean he will play every game but certainly this coming Friday against the New Zealand Maori at BC Place. What a great honour for him, he thoroughly deserves it. This guy has given a lot to Canadian rugby, both Sevens and Fifteens. He leads by example and I know that he has the respect of all the players and coaches, whether they are playing overseas, whether they are local, whether they are from the east or the west. For me he is a natural leader and I look forward to working with him.” Said Jones ahead of this Fridays match against the Maori All Blacks

Mack, who’s been a stalwart in both Sevens and Fifteens for over a decade, made his debut for Canada against Ireland in 2009 and was a member of the 2015 Rugby World Cup side.  He was also instrumental in the BC Bears unbeaten run to the 2017 Canadian Rugby Championship title this summer in Calgary.

“It’s a big honour obviously, any time you play for your country is a big deal. To be asked to lead the team is something I don’t take lightly, just looking forward to it”. Phil Mack on being named Captain for the November Series

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Sports fans who want to get in on the festivities but are not able to purchase a ticket to the game are invited to attend the traditional Rugby style Long Lunch in advance of the match, set to take place on game day, Friday, November 3rd, from 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM at The Shark Club on West Georgia Street.

This one-of-a-kind event will be hosted by Canada’s Sports & World Rugby Hall of Famer, Gareth Rees, with guest speaker, the legendary former New Zealand All Blacks Captain Wayne ‘Buck’ Shelford. For tickets, visit events.rugbycanada.ca

Be a part of the unique experience that is Rugby at BC Place! To purchase tickets to the match against Uruguay, visit www.ticketmaster.ca and for more information on suites to the match, visit events.rugbycanada.ca

Canada’s Men’s Team long list for Maori All Blacks fixture:

Tyler Ardron – (Chiefs/Ontario Blues) Lakefield, ON

Ray Barkwill – (Seattle Seawolves/Ontario Blues) Niagara Falls, ON

Kyle Baillie – (London Scottish/Atlantic Rock) Summerside, PEI

Hubert Buydens – (New Orleans Gold/Prairie Wolf Pack) Saskatoon, SK

Andrew Coe – (Markham Irish/Ontario Blues) Toronto, ON

Dustin Dobravsky – (Castaway Wanderers/BC Bears) Hanover, Germany

Guiseppe du Toit – (UVIC Vikes/BC Bears) Maple Ridge, BC

Andrew Ferguson – (Oakville Crusaders/Ontario Blues) Mississauga, ON

Kyle Gilmour – (St. Albert RFC/Prairie Wolf Pack) St. Albert, AB

Matt Heaton – (Darlington Mowden Park/Atlantic Rock) Godmanchester, QC

Eric Howard – (Brantford Harlequins/Ontario Blues) Ottawa, ON

Conor Keys – (UVIC Vikes/Atlantic Rock) Stittsville, ON

Ryan Kotlewski – (Westshore RFC/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB

Martial Lagain – (Sherbrooke Abenakis/Atlantic Rock) Saint-Jean-de-Marsacq, France

Josh Larsen – (Northland) Parksville, BC

Ben LeSage – (UBC Thunderbirds/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB

Kainoa Lloyd – (Mississauga Blues/Ontario Blues) Mississauga, ON

Anthony Luca – (Burnaby Lake RFC/BC Bears) Burnaby, BC

Phil Mack – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC

Dan Moor – (Balmy Beach RFC/Ontario Blues) Toronto, ON

Mike Nieuwenhuysen – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Brampton, ON

Shane O’Leary – (Ealing Trailfinders) Cork, Ireland

Patrick Parfrey – (Swilers RFC/Atlantic Rock) St. John’s, NL

Robbie Povey – (Castaway Wanderers/Prairie Wolf Pack) Northampton, England

Lucas Rumball – (Balmy Beach RFC/Ontario Blues) Mississauga, ON

Jorden Sandover-Best – (UBC Old Boys Ravens/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC

Djustice Sears-Duru – (Ealing Trailfinders/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON

Brock Staller – (Meralomas RFC/BC Bears) Surrey, BC

Matt Tierney – (Section Paloise/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON

Canada’s November international calendar:

Canada vs. Maori All Blacks

November 3rd, 2017

BC Place Stadium, Vancouver, BC Canada

10pm ET/7pm PT

Watch LIVE on TSN

Canada vs. Georgia

November 11th, 2017

Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi, Georgia

6pm local time (10am ET/7am PT)

Broadcast details: TBD

Canada vs. Spain

November 18th, 2017

Estadio Nacional Complutense, Madrid, Spain

4pm local time (10am ET/7am PT)

Broadcast details: TBD

Canada vs. Fiji

November 25th, 2017

France (TBD)

Kick off time: TBD

Broadcast details: TBD

Content by Bryan Kelly, Rugby Canada. Image Credit, Robert Foreman