“This APC tour is focused for a large group to put their hand up for preparation for November’s internationals. With all eyes on qualifying for Japan, we need a greater pool of players, including our more experienced professionals, playing high-quality rugby ahead of the repechage and the APC gives our domestic-based players that chance,” said Jones.
In November, Canada will face Kenya, Germany and Hong Kong on the 11th, 17thand 23rd respectively with the winner advancing to the sport’s pinnacle event next fall in Japan in the 20th and final spot.
“I am pleased with the level of playing time our professional players are receiving and they will look to join many of the names on this roster. We are also discussing the potential of playing other club fixtures in Europe before the tournament once we land in late October,” he added.
Jones’ roster for Uruguay includes well-known names in the Canadian outfit, including Ray Barkwill, Phil Mack, Hubert Buydens and Gordon McRorie, along with the resurgence of Clayton Meeres and Jordan Wilson-Ross.
“Wilson-Ross and Meeres were both spotted for their play at the Canadian Rugby Championships this year by our coaching staff and were rewarded with an opportunity to impress in Montevideo,” added Jones.
Joining Jones’ coaching outfit in October will be Canada’s all-time leading cap (80) winner Aaron Carpenter. The former Canadian Captain, who won 80 caps between 2005 to 2017, is also working with the Ontario Arrows of the Major League Rugby.
“Aaron has been a true servant to Canadian Rugby for nearly 20 years as a player and I’m excited for him to join our staff on tour,” added Jones.
Broadcast details for both the Americas Pacific Challenge and November repechage are still to be announced by World Rugby.
Original Article by Bryan Kelly – Rugby Canada