Canada to use Pacific Challenge for Repechage warm-up

Canada to use Pacific Challenge for Repechage warm-up

Canada probably have the best warmup schedule of the repechage countries as they face Uruguay A, Argentina XV and Tonga A in October.

The Canadian men were going through their paces at Westhills Stadium in Langford with Kingsley Jones and his coaching crew. There was no sign of the 7s players who were reported to be boycotting the new mandate for joint training with the XVs players.

Kingsley Jones said a few words, trying to avoid the controversy surrounding the Rugby Canada decision and instead focus on his job to prepare the team for the upcoming Americas Pacific Challenge and the repechage. He indicated about 10 players were heading east to play with the Ontario Arrows against Glendale Raptors next weekend. He also indicated about 8 U20 players would be offered carding when they return from Romania. It’s not clear whether all will accept but expect the likes of loose forwards James O’Neill, Michael Smith to be on that list. Will Percillier the scrum half, Brennig Prevost fullback, prop Gavin Kratz, second rows Quentin James and Tyler Duguid. It’s wait and see on the confirmed list.

There appeared to be about 28 bodies (including coaches) in the mix as a light rain began to welcome the fall season in BC. It doesn’t appear any of the players are being released to the local clubs who are starting their season.

World Rugby Americas Pacific Challenge 2018 schedule 

Saturday 6 October 
Argentina XV v Samoa A
Tonga A v USA Selects
Uruguay A v Canada A

Wednesday 10 October
Tonga A v Samoa A
Argentina XV v Canada A
Uruguay A v USA Selects

Sunday 14 October 
Tonga A v Canada A
Argentina XV v USA Selects
Uruguay A v Samoa A

 

Source : BC Rugby 

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