Saturday, August 17, 2013

CANADA v UNITED STATES: World Cup Qualifier, Americas, Round 2


Venue: Blackbaud Stadium, Charleston, South Carolina

Referee: Leighton Hodges (Wales)

The Americas 1 spot at the 2015 Rugby World Cup finals is up for grabs. Canada and the USA will play a 2 leg playoff over the next two weekends to decide who the Americas team will be. This first leg is crucial. The decision is made on points aggregate so a good winning margin first up up is vital.

Last Five Encounters
25.05.2013 Canada 16-9 in Edmonton (Pacific Nations Cup)
09.06.2012 Canada 28-26 in Kingston (Can-Am Trophy)
13.08.2011 Canada 27-7 in Glendale (World Cup Warmup)
06.08.2011 Canada 28-22 in Toronto (World Cup Warmup)
11.07.2009 Canada 41-18 in Edmonton (WCQ America R2 Final, 2nd leg)

USA last defeated Canada in 2009, winning 12-6 in Charleston.

Canada Last Five Test Matches
19.06.2013 v Japan L 13-16 in Nagoya (Pacific Nations Cup)
16.06.2013 v Ireland L 14-40 in Toronto
08.06.2013 v Tonga W 36-27 in Ottawa (Pacific Nations Cup)
05.06.2013 v Fiji W 20-18 in Ottawa (Pacific Nations Cup)
25.05.2013 v United States W 16-9 in Edmonton (Pacific Nations Cup)

United States Last Five Test Matches

GWC Rugby Rankings

World Table: Canada 12th, United States 22nd
NACRA Table: Canada 1st, United States 2nd

IRB Ranking Points
Canada 71.55, USA 67.64

Prediction: Canada by 4 points

This will be the 50th rugby test match between these two North American neighbours and rivals.

Should he run onto the park from the bench ‘Titi Lamositele will do so at 18 years, 188 days. The previous youngest Eagle was Thretton Palamo, who became the youngest-ever 15s World Cup participant in 2007 when he played against South Africa at 19 years, 8 days.’




15   James Pritchard  Bedford Blues, England
14   Matthew Evans Cornish Pirates, England
13   Ciaran Hearn  Atlantic Rock
12   Nicholas Blevins  Prairie Wolf Pack
11   DTH Van Der Merwe,  Glasgow Warriors, Scotland
10   Harold Jones British Colombia Bears
9   Philip Mack British Colombia Bears
8   Aaron Carpenter (Capt.)  Cornish Pirates, England
7   John Moonlight Ontario Blues
6   Tyler Ardron Ontario Blues
5   James Cudmore AS Clermont Auvergne, France
4   Jebb Sinclair London Irish, England
3   Jason Marshall  Atlantique Stade Rochelais, France 
2   Ryan Hamilton  British Columbia Bears
1   Andrew Tiedemann  Prairie Wolf Pack
16   Raymond Barkwill  Ontario Blues
17   Thomas Dolezel  Ontario Blues
18   Douglas Wooldridge Ontario Blues
19   Tyler Hotson London Scottish, England
20   Nanyak Dala  Prairie Wolf Pack
21   Sean White  British Columbia Bears
22   Nathan Hirayama British Columbia Bears
23   Phil Mackenzie Sale Sharks, England

HEAD COACH: Kieran Crowley

United States


15   Christopher Wyles Saracens, England
14   Takudzwa Ngwenya  Biarritz Olympique, France 
13   Seamus Kelly  University of California RFC
12   Andrew Suniula  Chicago Griffins RFC
11   Blaine Scully  USA 7's Team
10   Tobias L'Estrange New York Athletic Club
9   Michael Petri  New York Athletic Club
8   Todd Clever (Capt.) NTT Shining Arc, Japan
7   Peter Dahl  Belmont Shore RFC
6   Scott LaValla Stade Francais, France
5   Samu Manoa Northampton Saints, England
4   Louis Stanfill  Vicenza Gers, Italy
3   Eric Fry  London Scottish, England
2   Christopher Biller  San Francisco Golden Gate RC
1   Shawn Pittman  Trinity College RFC, Dublin
16   Zachary Fenoglio  Glendale Raptors RFC
17   Titi Lamositele Chuckanut Bay HS
18   Philip Thiel  Life University RFC
19   Brian Doyle  New York Athletic Club
20   Cameron Dolan  Life University RFC
21   Robert Shaw  Richmond RFC, England
22   Folau Niua San Francisco Golden Gate RC
23   Roland Suniula CS Vienne, France
    HEAD COACH: Michael Tolkin

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