Seattle, USA – March 6, 2019: Canada head coach Kingsley Jones has named two changes to his starting roster to close out the 2019 Americas Rugby Championships (ARC) against USA on Friday. Veteran scrumhalf, Seattle Seawolves star and BC Legend Phil Mack is set to make his 2019 debut for Canada, while number 8 Luke Campbell returns from injury to bolster the forward pack.
Canada will once again be captained by flanker Lucas Rumball, while replacement hooker Jordan Olsen could win his test match debut off the bench. Canada are looking for their second win of the tournament on the back of a 56 nil home win over Chile and a very competitive performance in last weekend’s loss to Argentina XV in Langford.
“I was pleased with our performance, we were competitive in every department last weekend against a very strong Argentina XV, scoring some good tries with some excellent individual performances,” said Jones.
USA hold a 2-2 record so far in the ARC with wins over Chile and Brazil, while falling to Argentina XV and a surprise loss to Uruguay last weekend at Starfire Sports Stadium in Seattle.
“USA will be disappointed with their home defeat last week, we are expecting a tough game against a highly motivated USA team. They are an excellent side and they will also be looking to end their ARC with a positive result in front of their home fans on Friday,” added Jones.
“There’s a passionate rivalry between these two nations and the USA have had the upper hand lately, so we need to be prepared and maximize the opportunity. A win on Friday would be huge for momentum as we push to the Rugby World Cup.”
Friday’s test match is the final game for Canada until the Pacific Nations Cup, kicking off against USA in Colorado on July 27th. From there Canada will travel to Suva, Fiji to face Fiji and Tonga on August 3rd and 9th respectively before returning home to continue preparing for the RWC in Japan.
Kick off on Friday is 10pm ET/7pm PT and the game can be seen live online at www.tsn.ca or the TSN App, while it will be delayed by one hour on TSN 3 at 11pm ET/8pm PT.