ARC 2019 Canada vs Chile

February 22 2019


Kyle Baillie - Canada v Chile 2019 (1200px)
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Canada Defeat Chile 56-0 - Three First Half Tries by Kainoa Lloyd; Two Second Half Tries by Andrew Coe: VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS



Canada eclipsed their 2016 +51 win over Chile with a +56 win in 2019. Kyle Baillie got Canada on the board first and set the tone for the match with a weaving run that mesmerized defenders. Then Kainoa Lloyd scored 3 consecutive tries on the outside. Justin Blanchet had a strong run to setup one of the tries.

Video highlights below.



Second half tries by Parfrey, Coe x 2, and add in a couple of penalty kicks and it was game, set, match.

One highlight mentioned by the coach in the post match comments was the 1st half goal line stand and that was encouraging. Chile camped out a metre from Canada's line for what seemed ages hammering away phase after phase. In this match though the Canadian forwards managed to get the penalty and that was a win within a win.



Theo Sauder looked dangerous in the first half and seemed to be able to create line breaks at will but was subbed out early, hopefully that's not an injury concern. Andrew Coe was awarded MoM and Kainoa Lloyd with 3 first half tries was top finisher. The scrum was solid, the insertion of Hubert Buydens in the starting XV having an influence. Cole Keith went the distance with Ryan Kotlewski being subbed in just at the whistle.

The team did go into periods where they lost a bit of focus, the knock-ons started, and little mistakes crept in but they were able refocus and get back on top in the match. Argentina will be a much sterner test next week.

from Rugby Canada (with more video highlights)

Canada secured their first win in the 2019 Americas Rugby Championship (ARC) on Friday evening in Langford, BC against Chile, winning 56-0.

Putting on a show for their home crowd fans at Westhills Stadium on a chilly February night, the squad didn’t allow a point against them in the match.

Opening up the scoring was Kyle Baillie catching the inside ball to touch down for a try. Baillie was followed up by a Kainoa Lloyd try, his first of three in the match—all scored within the first half. Ciaran Hearn was good for all conversions in the first and added a penalty to put Canada up 31-0 at the break.

Canada got off to a flying start in the second half, capitalizing off Chile’s error at kick off which lead to a try by Pat Parfey.

At the 52nd minute, winger Andrew Coe received a great ball from Gordon McRorie—who subbed into the game for Hearn—to add on another try for Canada. Coe followed that up shortly after with his second try of the match after several dominate Canadian phases.

With a McRorie penalty kick, Canada finished the game victorious 56-0.

Hearn's impressive kicking came in a milestone match, as he won his 66th cap and is now tied for third most capped player in Canadian rugby history.

With his strong second half effort, Coe was awarded HSBC Canada’s Sevens Man of the Match.



Canada has two matches left in the ARC, against Argentina XV (March 1) and USA (March 8).

Argentina XV currently lead the standings in the ARC and will travel to Langford, BC for their match next week. Tickets are still on sale and can be purchased at https://rugby.ca/en/tickets.

Canada Roster:

1. Hubert Buydens – (NOLA Gold) Saskatoon, SK
2. Eric Howard – (NOLA Gold) Ottawa, ON
3. Cole Keith – (Toronto Arrows) Sussex, NB
4. Mike Sheppard – (Toronto Arrows) Brampton, ON
5. Kyle Baillie – (NOLA Gold) Summerside, PEI
6. Justin Blanchet – (Bedford Blues) Montreal, QC
7. Lucas Rumball – Captain(Toronto Arrows) Mississauga, ON
8. Dustin Dobravsky – (Castaway Wanderers) Hanover, Germany
9. Jamie Mackenzie – (Toronto Arrows) Oakville, ON
10. Pat Parfrey – (Unattached) St. John’s, NL
11. Kainoa Lloyd – (Toronto Arrows) Mississauga, ON
12. Ciaran Hearn – (London Irish) Conception Bay South, NL
13. Nick Blevins – (Calgary Hornets) Calgary, AB
14. Andrew Coe – (Markham Irish) Toronto, ON
15. Theo Sauder – (Toronto Arrows) Vancouver, BC
16. Benoit Piffero – (Blagnac Sporting Club) Montreal, QC
17. Noah Barker – (Glendale Raptors) Courtenay, BC
18. Ryan Kotlewski – (Westshore RFC) Calgary, AB
19. Conor Keys – (Rotherham Titans) Stittsville, ON
20. Nakai Penny – (Seattle Seawolves) Penticton, BC
21. Will Percillier – (Stade Francais) Mill Bay, BC
22. Gordon McRorie – (Calgary Hornets) Calgary, AB
23. Doug Fraser – (Austin Elite) Ladysmith, BC

2019 ARC Schedule:

February 2
Canada 17 - 20 Uruguay

February 9
Canada 10 - 18 Brazil

February 22

Canada 56 - 0 Chile

Canada vs. Argentina XV
March 1
Westhills Stadium
Langford, BC
Kick-off: 10pm ET/7pm PT
Broadcast:Live on TSN 5

Canada vs. USA
March 8
Starfire Sports
Seattle, USA
Kick-off: 10pm ET/7pm PT
Broadcast:
Live on www.tsn.ca/TSNApp
Tape delay 11pm ET/8pm PT on TSN 2



Kingsley Jones Names 23 for Chile Match on Friday Evening in Langford



As I was researching the article I came across the 2016 headline for the same match, "Canada Defeat Chile 64-13 in Final Match of ARC 2016: Finish 3rd Behind Argentina and USA". That was the year Kieran Crowley quit, post World Cup, and Francois Ratier was made interim head coach. My comments in the article, "It proved a lot of things, that a domestic coach can do just as well as an import, that there are a lot of good club players in Canada who can play at this level, that the right coach building the right culture can improve the program." Eight players from that team suiting up again on Friday: Buydens, Howard, McRorie, Parfrey, Baillie, Blevins, Rumball.

See what the boys can do this time around.

Cole Keith gets the start at tighthead, Baillie and Sheppard in the second row. Blanchet gets the start at blindside with Rumball openside and Dobravsky at #8. Mackenzie to Parfrey again at the halfbacks, Hearn and Blevins in the centres and a back three of Lloyd, Coe and Sauder.

Coach Jones remarks that accuracy and controlling the ball are his main areas of focus. We'll add onto that improved defensive pressure, better defensive line speed and winning the contact area.

Westhills is under construction at the present time, preparing the stadium for the pro soccer team starting in the spring therefore seating is limited. Kickoff is at 7pm.

from Rugby Canada

LANGFORD, BC (February 20, 2019) – Canada head coach Kingsley Jones has named his starting team to face Chile on Friday night in the third match of the 2019 Americas Rugby Championships (ARC).

“We are looking forward to playing at home and getting an opportunity to put right a frustrating performance last time out against Brazil,” said Jones.

“What you can expect to see this Friday is us being more accurate and more composed. Controlling the ball for a lot longer periods then we did against Brazil. Chile will come at us full of fire, they played very well against Uruguay themselves. They are very well coached, and well organized with good structure, we are well aware It will not be an easy match for us” he added.

Canada’s front row sees two changes from the last test, as veteran Hubert Buydens and youngster Cole Keith, who both played last weekend for NOLA Gold and Toronto Arrows respectively, join hooker Eric Howard. Kyle Baillie moves from flanker to second row and joins Mike Sheppard to form a powerful duo.

Justin Blanchet is set to win his first start at blindside flanker for Canada after making his debut against Brazil in Sao Paolo two weekends ago. The 25-year-old from Montreal will be joined in the back row by Captain Lucas Rumball and Dustin Dobravsky, who makes his 2019 ARC debut at number eight.

Canada’s scrumhalf and flyhalf pairing of Jamie Mackenzie and Patrick Parfrey remains unchanged from the first two test matches in South America. Theo Sauder returns from injury to his usual position at fullback, moving Ciaran Hearn back to the centres, partnering with the experienced Nick Blevins who replaces Ben LeSage who’s unavailable due to school commitments.

Wingers Andrew Coe and Kainoa Lloyd once again return to the starting roster to provide a plethora blend of speed, skill and power out wide.

20 cap veteran Benoit Piffero could make his first appearance for Canada off the bench since facing Uruguay in Montevideo in 2018 as part of the Rugby World Cup qualifiers. Fellow 2015 Rugby World Cup veteran Gordon McRorie returns to the bench for Canada, giving Jones depth at both scrumhalf and flyhalf.

Ladysmith, BC’s Doug Fraser – who scored on debut in Langford in 2018 against Brazil – has also been named as a replacement for Friday along with fellow Vancouver Islanders Noah Barker and Will Percillier. Rounding out the substitutions for Canada are Ryan Kotlewski, Conor Keys and Nakai Penny.

21st World Rugby ranked Canada has never lost to 29th seeded Chile, boasting a 5-0 record all-time dating back to their first meeting in 2002.

Tickets for the two fixtures in Langford, BC can be purchased at https://rugby.ca/en/tickets or at the Rugby Canada office at 3024 Glen Lake Road after 6pm PT on Friday.

With Westhills Stadium currently under construction, the total capacity for these two test matches is 1,000, therefore seating is limited. Rugby Canada is encouraging fans to arrive early to make sure they can take their seat with ease, due to the construction.

Canada Roster:

1. Hubert Buydens – (NOLA Gold) Saskatoon, SK
2. Eric Howard – (NOLA Gold) Ottawa, ON
3. Cole Keith – (Toronto Arrows) Sussex, NB
4. Mike Sheppard – (Toronto Arrows) Brampton, ON
5. Kyle Baillie – (NOLA Gold) Summerside, PEI
6. Justin Blanchet – (Bedford Blues) Montreal, QC
7. Lucas Rumball – Captain(Toronto Arrows) Mississauga, ON
8. Dustin Dobravsky – (Castaway Wanderers) Hanover, Germany
9. Jamie Mackenzie – (Toronto Arrows) Oakville, ON
10. Pat Parfrey – (Unattached) St. John’s, NL
11. Kainoa Lloyd – (Toronto Arrows) Mississauga, ON
12. Ciaran Hearn – (London Irish) Conception Bay South, NL
13. Nick Blevins – (Calgary Hornets) Calgary, AB
14. Andrew Coe – (Markham Irish) Toronto, ON
15. Theo Sauder – (Toronto Arrows) Vancouver, BC
16. Benoit Piffero – (Blagnac Sporting Club) Montreal, QC
17. Noah Barker – (Glendale Raptors) Courtenay, BC
18. Ryan Kotlewski – (Westshore RFC) Calgary, AB
19. Conor Keys – (Rotherham Titans) Stittsville, ON
20. Nakai Penny – (Seattle Seawolves) Penticton, BC
21. Will Percillier – (Stade Francais) Mill Bay, BC
22. Gordon McRorie – (Calgary Hornets) Calgary, AB
23. Doug Fraser – (Austin Elite) Ladysmith, BC

2019 ARC Schedule:

February 2
Canada 17 - 20 Uruguay

February 9
Canada 10 - 18 Brazil

Canada vs. Chile
February 22
Westhills Stadium
Langford, BC
Kick-off: 10pm ET/7pm PT
Broadcast: Live on TSN 5

Canada vs. Argentina XV
March 1
Westhills Stadium
Langford, BC
Kick-off: 10pm ET/7pm PT
Broadcast:Live on TSN 5

Canada vs. USA
March 8
Starfire Sports
Seattle, USA
Kick-off: 10pm ET/7pm PT
Broadcast:
Live on www.tsn.ca/TSNApp
Tape delay 11pm ET/8pm PT on TSN 2



Kingsley Jones Announces 28 for Homestand vs Chile and Argentina: New Hooker Brought in from Northland



It's clear that Kingsley Jones puts a lot of emphasis on where you're playing, perhaps more than your current performance level. Travis Larsen with a couple of rounds in the MLR is now bumped up to get his first cap, he's a good player, he was just as good when he was playing for James Bay. A guy like Luke Bradley may be wondering what he has to do to get noticed, an amateur player who is killing it with CW in the BC Premier, he's also a former Canada 7s player. Jared Stephens from Nanaimo, excelling at outside centre, in the BC Premier, outstanding in the Tide vs Seawolves game as well which Jones was at. These guys have jobs, and education commitments that keep them from going MLR, does that mean they're automatically out of the loop? Jones has gone with a number of amateur/centralized players that have caps, Dobravsky, Blevins, McRorie, Parfrey, Kotlewski, Coe - the rule seems to be you're either grandfathered in from his previous Canada teams or you need a league pedigree to be considered.

Justin Blanchet fits the latter category, from Bedford, he came in last match versus Brazil, he replaced Campbell at the 35 minute mark but it didn't help. It's a little too early to evaluate him but he made the game highlights when he picked up a penalty for a shoulder charge on an attempted clearout at the ruck. Brazil won the match on 6 penalty kicks.

The latest player to be dropped in is Jordan Olsen from Northland. The league pedigree would meet Kingsley's standards. The website RugbyPass has a good statistical analysis of Mitre 10 Cup players and they rank Olsen as #38 out of 48 Mitre 10 Cup hookers. He played 444 minutes last season over 11 games and had 33 carries, so an average of 3 carries per match. He made 69 tackles and missed 9 over those 11 games. We'll see how he rolls against Chile, they are the weakest team in the competition so the players have a good chance to impress.

After the scrum debacle against Brazil, Buydens has been brought back in and no sign of last week's starting props Djustice Sears-Duru and Matt Tierney. Liam Murray is brought in, he's just started playing again for the Bays in January after an extended period off. Before that he played in the CRC in August, the BC scrum was owned in the match versus Ontario, BC had Barker at loosehead and Murray at tighthead, Ontario had Djustice at loosehead and Brouwer at tighthead. Murray has been part of the Canada A setup for a while, he played in the Canada A vs Ontario Arrows match back in May last year. He was also part of the 2017 Canada A team in the Americas Pacific Challenge. Cole Keith and Ryan Kotlewski are again in the roster as is Noah Barker. It's unlikely Chile are the dominant scrummaging force that Brazil were and with the return of veteran Hubert Buydens leading the way, it's hoped this aspect of the match will be in Canada's favour. Hookers are Eric Howard and Benoit Piffero. plus the new guy Jordan Olsen.

Second row Conor Keys and Mike Sheppard perhaps for starters, Baillie can always slot in there as well. Loosies Blanchet, Dobravsky, Rumball, Penny, Larsen.

Halfbacks Percillier, Mackenzie, McRorie, Kelly and Parfrey. Centres Fraser, Blevins, du Toit, Hearn. Back three Lloyd, Coe, Sauder.

The expected result, regardless of which Canada players were chosen, would be a win against Chile, with a +20 differential. And a likely loss to the Argentina XV by less than 20. Any major changes from those expected results will be the scorecard for the Canada team at this homestand. A win over Argentina would be a big two thumbs up.

from Rugby Canada

LANGFORD, BC –Canada head coach Kingsley Jones has named a 28-man side to continue the 2019 Americas Rugby Championship (ARC).

Canada is set to face Chile, Argentina XV and USA over the next three consecutive Friday’s in Langford and Seattle.

Number 8 Luke Campbell is unavailable for selection due to an injury, giving Austin Elite’s Travis Larsen – brother of Josh Larsen – a chance to potentially win his test match debut in the back row. Prop Liam Murray and New Zealand-born hooker Jordan Olsen – who qualifies via his Canadian parents – could also represent the maple leaf for the first time if selected.

Veteran playmaker Gordon McRorie is set to make his 2019 debut for Canada after missing the first two test matches. The 30-year-old, who is comfortable at scrumhalf and flyhalf, sits 4thall-time on the points race for Canada with 257 in 36 test matches dating back to his first appearance against Japan in 2014.

Jones’ roster will be bolstered by the return of veteran forward Hubert Buydens. The 37-year-old from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan has helped NOLA Gold reach the top of the Major League Rugby standings with a 3-1 record to start the 2019 season.

While this year’s ARC does technically include a ‘rest week’ after the South American legs of the competition, many of Jones’ charges returned to their Major League Rugby teams to compete in last weekend’s action.

“We appreciate the support and collaboration we have received from the Major League Rugby Clubs, especially the Toronto Arrows, in allowing us access to our athletes throughout the six week tournament,” said Jones.

With MLR games on Sunday evening across North America and the test matches being held on Friday night, Jones and his staff only have a few days to prepare on the ground in Langford this week.

“The timing of these games is not quite ideal to ensure our athletes are prepared for a test match, but it’s what we have in front of us and we’re working hard to ensure we can put forth a strong performance over the next three weekends,” he added.

Tickets for the two fixtures in Langford, BC can be purchased at https://rugby.ca/en/tickets. With Westhills Stadium currently under construction, the total capacity for these two test matches is 1,000, therefore seating is limited.

Canada Roster:

Kyle Baillie – (NOLA Gold) Summerside, PEI
Noah Barker – (Glendale Raptors) Courtenay, BC
Justin Blanchet – (Bedford Blues) Montreal, QC
Nick Blevins – (Calgary Hornets) Calgary, AB
Hubert Buydens – (NOLA Gold) Saskatoon, SK
Andrew Coe – (Markham Irish) Toronto, ON
Dustin Dobravsky – (Castaway Wanderers) Hanover, Germany
Guiseppe du Toit – (Toronto Arrows) Maple Ridge, BC
Doug Fraser – (Austin Elite) Ladysmith, BC
Ciaran Hearn – (London Irish) Conception Bay South, NL
Eric Howard – (NOLA Gold) Ottawa, ON
Cole Keith – (Toronto Arrows) Sussex, NB
Will Kelly – (Dragons) Ancaster, ON
Conor Keys – (Rotherham Titans) Stittsville, ON
Ryan Kotlewski – (Westshore RFC) Calgary, AB
Travis Larsen – (Austin Elite) Parskville, BC
Kainoa Lloyd – (Toronto Arrows) Mississauga, ON
Jamie Mackenzie – (Toronto Arrows) Oakville, ON
Gordon McRorie – (Unattached) Calgary, AB
Liam Murray – (James Bay AA) Langley, BC
Jordan Olsen – (Northland) Whangarei, NZ
Pat Parfrey – (Unattached) St. John’s, NL
Nakai Penny – (Seattle Seawolves) Penticton, BC
Will Percillier – (Stade Francais) Mill Bay, BC
Benoit Piffero – (Blagnac Sporting Club) Montreal, QC
Lucas Rumball – (Toronto Arrows) Mississauga, ON
Theo Sauder – (Toronto Arrows) Vancouver, BC
Mike Sheppard – (Toronto Arrows) Brampton, ON

2019 ARC Schedule:

February 2
Canada 17 - 20 Uruguay

February 9
Canada 10 - 18 Brazil

Canada vs. Chile
February 22
Westhills Stadium
Langford, BC
Kick-off: 10pm ET/7pm PT
Broadcast:
Live on TSN 5

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