Saturday, August 13, 2011

TEST RUGBY: Canada face USA In Second Test

Canada v United States in Glendale (World Cup Warm-up 2nd test)

Venue: Infinity Park


After a decade in which Canada were a class above their USA neighbours last weekend saw a more even encounter. Both sides have made changes to their lineups as they seek to finalise their Rugby World Cup squad.

The USA has brought veteran Mike MacDonald into their starting fifteen whilst Canada is without veteran scrum half Ed Fairhurst who has work commitments.

I will expect this to be a close match. It will be the USA’s last home game before the Rugby World Cup.

Last weekend Canada defeated USA 28-22.
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Other Previews

Last Five Encounters
06.08.2011 Canada 28-22 in Toronto (CanAm Series, World Cup Warm-up)
11.07.2009 Canada 41-18 in Edmonton (WCQ Americas R2 Final, 2nd leg)
04.07.2009 USA 12-6 in Charleston (WCQ Americas R2 Final, 1st leg)
21.06.2008 Canada 26-10 in Chicago (Churchill Cup, Playoff 5th-6th)
02.06.2007 Canada 52-10 at Twickenham (Churchill Cup, Playoff 5th-6th)

GWC Rugby Rankings
World Table-Canada 16th, USA 17th
NACRA Table-Canada 1st, USA 2nd

IRB Ranking Points
Canada 70.18, USA 66.38

Prediction: Canada by 3 points



15. James Pritchard (Bedford RFC, England)
14. Ciaran Hearn (The Rock)
13. DTH van der Merwe (Glasgow Warriors, Scotland)
12. Mike Scholz (Ontario Blues)
11. Phil Mackenzie (Esher RFC, England)
10. Ander Monro (Ontario Blues)
9. Sean White (British Columbia Bears)
8. Aaron Carpenter (Plymouth Albion RFC, England)
7. Chauncey O'Toole (The Rock)
6. Adam Kleeberger (British Columbia Bears)
5. Jamie Cudmore (ASM Clermont Auvergne, France)
4. Jebb Sinclair (The Rock)
3. Jason Marshall (British Columbia Bears)
2. Pat Riordan, Capt. (British Columbia Bears)
1. Hubert Buydens (Prairie Wolf Pack)
16. Ryan Hamilton (British Columbia Bears)
17. Andrew Tiedemann (Prairie Wolf Pack)
18. Brian Erichsen (British Columbia Bears)
19. Tyler Hotson (Plymouth Albion RFC, England)
20. Jamie Mackenzie (Esher RFC, England)
21. Ryan Smith (Prairie Wolf Pack)
22. Nathan Hirayama (British Columbia Bears)
Head Coach: Kieran Crowley

United States
15 Blaine Scully (Unattached)
14 Takudzwa Ngwenya (Biarritz, France)
13 Paul Emerick (Life University)
12 Andrew Suniula (Chicago Griffins)
11 Colin Hawley (Olympic Club)
10 Nese Malifa (Glendale)
9 Tim Usasz (Nottingham RFC, England)
8 Nic Johnson (Unattached)
7 Todd Clever, Capt. (Suntory Sungoliath, Japan)
6 Louis Stanfill (Unattached)
5 Hayden Smith (Saracens, England)
4 John van der Giessen (Unattached)
3 Shawn Pittman (London Welsh, England)
2 Chris Biller (San Francisco Golden Gate)
1 Mike MacDonald (Leeds Carnegie, England)
16 Phillip Thiel (Life University)
17 Eric Fry (Las Vegas Blackjacks)
18 Scott LaValla (Stade Francais, France)
19 Jonathan ‘JJ’ Gagiano (Univ. of Cape Town, South Africa)
20 Mike Petri (New York Athletic Club)
21 Roland Suniula (Boston Rugby)
22 Tai Enosa (Belmont Shore)
Head Coach: Eddie O’Sullivan

Not considered due to injury-Troy Hall (NYAC), Brian McClenahan (Olympic Club), James Paterson (Highlanders, New Zealand), Junior Sifa (Unattached), Chris Wyles (Saracens, England)

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