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Re: Canadian rugby

Postby Blurandski » Tue, 30 Oct 2018, 23:48

Olmstead didn't get given a Blues SR contract, which on merit he would have got. A good midseasons signing for most teams up north though.

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Re: Canadian rugby

Postby Canadaman » Tue, 30 Oct 2018, 23:59

Canadian_Rugger wrote:I watched Quinn Ngawati play for Westshore RFC this weekend against Castaway Wanderers.  They lost a close match but you could tell Quinn had been playing in a professional environment as he looked like he was in a league of his own and made some gigantic hits.  The kid is absolutely massive for a 19 year old and was probably the biggest player on the field and definitely the most fit. He lined up at #12 beside Brock Staller and made some devastating tackles. Rugby Canada would be foolish not to approach him to get involved in the National Program, while he may not have cut it just yet for the Toronto Wolfpack, he is a professional calibre athlete with the size to play international rugby.

He is also mean on the field and would give provide some much needed grit to our backline.


Sorry, have to wait until both hands were free to reply to this post. Sounds great! Get him into the Arrows set up to get him ready for the next WC!

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Re: Canadian rugby

Postby Canadaman » Wed, 31 Oct 2018, 00:03

Blurandski wrote:Olmstead didn't get given a Blues SR contract, which on merit he would have got. A good midseasons signing for most teams up north though.


Have read that he might get signed in December after the Blues clear some contracts out. Not sure though. He probably could get signed as a medical joker in the NH too.

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Re: Canadian rugby

Postby Rugga » Wed, 31 Oct 2018, 08:50

Any chance of this Olmstead going to the arrows.

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Re: Canadian rugby

Postby Used2BwithIt » Wed, 31 Oct 2018, 12:57

Canadian_Rugger wrote:I watched Quinn Ngawati play for Westshore RFC this weekend against Castaway Wanderers.  They lost a close match but you could tell Quinn had been playing in a professional environment as he looked like he was in a league of his own and made some gigantic hits.  The kid is absolutely massive for a 19 year old and was probably the biggest player on the field and definitely the most fit. He lined up at #12 beside Brock Staller and made some devastating tackles. Rugby Canada would be foolish not to approach him to get involved in the National Program, while he may not have cut it just yet for the Toronto Wolfpack, he is a professional calibre athlete with the size to play international rugby.

He is also mean on the field and would give provide some much needed grit to our backline.


That's great to hear! I remember seeing him as a youth and then turning out for the men, and I was a bit suspicious if he'd "make it" as he didn't fully look at home in the backs. I think he was being played as a forward at school and was on the wing for club? ... but being reminded that he's just 19 NOW, he must have been only about 17 at the time! (I thought he was older... )

Staller's now at Westshore, eh? Did he come through a mainland club?

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Re: Canadian rugby

Postby snapper37 » Wed, 31 Oct 2018, 14:23

north walian wrote:
LittleGuy wrote:Did Piffero retire from International rugby? I know he had a good job in Aerospace, so figured that was the case. Hooker is a tire fire. Barkwill should be playing 20 minutes as a sub at most and Howard is dreadful.

Not that Piffero was much better than these guys but he had at least fitness over Barkwill and inoffensive anonymous play when compared to Howard.

Agree with the previous comment on lack of depth, that bench will have almost no one even close to who they replace.

I'm guessing the "best" bench is....

16. Howard
17. Duru
18. Ilnicki
19. Larsen
20. Heaton
21. McRorie
22. Blevins
23. Sauder? Parfrey?

That's pretty ugly, with only maybe 2-3 guys I want out for anymore than a few token minutes at the end of the game, with an even further drop off with the seven or so players who won't be on the game day roster.


What is you starting line up then?



As written before, these are probably our best
1) Hubert Buydens
2) Ray Barkwill (not a fan as he's old and grey, but who else is there?)
3) Jake Ilnicki
4) Josh Larsen
5) Brett Beukeboom
6) Kyle Baillie
7) Evan Olmstead
8) Tyler Ardron
9) Phil Mack
10) Shane O’Leary
11) Taylor Paris
12) Ciaran Hearn
13) Conor Trainor
14) DTH van der Merwe
15) Matt Evans

16) Eric Howard
17) Noah Barker
18) Matt Tierney
19) Mike Sheppard
20) Luke Campbell (not sure about him, not sure how he got a national look as he is nearly always injured at club rugby)
21) Gordon McRorie
22) Theo Sauder
23) Kainoa Lloyd

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Re: Canadian rugby

Postby dwpeate » Wed, 31 Oct 2018, 15:35

Might be late to this, anyone heard whether the game v Oxford is being streamed?

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Re: Canadian rugby

Postby ruckovercdn » Wed, 31 Oct 2018, 15:56

Canada team to face Oxford:

1. Noah Barker – James Bay AA/BC Bears (Courtenay, BC)
2. Eric Howard – NOLA Gold/Ontario Blues (Ottawa, ON)
3. Cole Keith – James Bay AA/Atlantic Rock (Sussex, NB)
4. Paul Ciulini – Aurora Barbarians/Ontario Blues (Vaughan, ON)
5. Josh Larsen – Otago (Parksville, BC)
6. Mike Sheppard – Stoney Creek Camels/Ontario Blues (Brampton, ON)
7. Lucas Rumball – Captain, Balmy Beach RFC/Ontario Blues (Mississauga, ON)
8. Luke Campbell – James Bay AA/BC Bears (Victoria, BC)
9. Gordon McRorie – Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack (Calgary, AB)
10. Shane O’Leary – Nottingham Rugby (Cambleton, NB)
11. Dan Moor – Yorkshire Carnegie/Ontario Blues (Toronto, ON)
12. Nick Blevins – Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack (Calgary, AB)
13. Doug Fraser – Castaway Wanderers/BC Bears (Ladysmith, BC)
14. Matt Evans – Cornish Pirates (Maple Bay, BC)
15. Robbie Povey – Coventry Rugby Club/Prairie Wolf Pack (Northampton, England)
16. Ray Barkwill – Seattle Seawolves/Ontario Blues (Niagara Falls, ON)
17. Hubert Buydens – NOLA Gold/Prairie Wolf Pack (Saskatoon, SK)
18. Jake Ilnicki – Yorkshire Carnegie/BC Bears (Williams Lake, BC)
19. Adrian Wadden – Leeds Beckett University (ON)
20. Matt Heaton – Darlington Mowden Park/Atlantic Rock (Godmanchester, QC)
20. Guiseppe du Toit – UVIC Vikes/BC Bears (Maple Ridge, BC)
21. Phil Mack - Seattle Seawolves/BC Bears (Victoria, BC)
22. Kainoa Lloyd – Mississauga Blues/Ontario Blues (Mississauga, ON)
23. Theo Sauder – UBC Thunderbirds/BC Bears (Vancouver, BC)

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Re: Canadian rugby

Postby grande » Wed, 31 Oct 2018, 16:34

Anyone know why Staller didn't make the travelling squad? I thought he was one of our up and comers?

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Re: Canadian rugby

Postby Canadaman » Wed, 31 Oct 2018, 19:19

Heard he had a bad October in those games and played himself off the squad.

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Re: Canadian rugby

Postby Natal » Wed, 31 Oct 2018, 20:07

Canada leading 14-13 at half time against Oxford. They’ve had more of the ball but have made a lot of handling errors.

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Re: Canadian rugby

Postby TheStroBro » Wed, 31 Oct 2018, 20:51

Canadaman wrote:Heard he had a bad October in those games and played himself off the squad.


Had a good match on Sunday.

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Re: Canadian rugby

Postby dwpeate » Wed, 31 Oct 2018, 21:00

26-20 to Canada at FT.

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Re: Canadian rugby

Postby Was_a_Kat » Wed, 31 Oct 2018, 23:15

I see on BCRN that both Thiels are playing in the back line at JBAA. Any chance either of them make the move back to XV?

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Re: Canadian rugby

Postby Canadian_Rugger » Thu, 01 Nov 2018, 01:57

TheStroBro wrote:
Canadaman wrote:Heard he had a bad October in those games and played himself off the squad.


Had a good match on Sunday.


Yes he and Ngawati played very well. Staller looked really good with ball in hand. Castaways pack won them the match though, stole a number of scrums against the head and were definitely a more organized unit. Westshore had some good ball carriers but they lost a lot of ball at the ruck. As I said, someone needs to get Ngawati involved with the National Program, he looked like a number 8 playing at Centre.

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Re: Canadian rugby

Postby LittleGuy » Thu, 01 Nov 2018, 21:23

Not sure how much we can read from the Oxford game given the lineups, good to get the win regardless I suppose, and good news about Evans playing well.

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Re: Canadian rugby

Postby IanCleverly » Mon, 05 Nov 2018, 19:28

There's Radio commentary of the game via Coventry (starting in the next few minutes) via the BBC Sport website (not sure about any geo-restrictions though)

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Re: Canadian rugby

Postby Canadaman » Mon, 05 Nov 2018, 19:32

Link?

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Re: Canadian rugby

Postby IanCleverly » Mon, 05 Nov 2018, 19:55


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Re: Canadian rugby

Postby Canadaman » Mon, 05 Nov 2018, 20:00

21 - 5 right now for the good guys.

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Re: Canadian rugby

Postby Canadaman » Mon, 05 Nov 2018, 20:05

yellow card to Canada

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Re: Canadian rugby

Postby dwpeate » Mon, 05 Nov 2018, 21:38

Canada 35-12 Coventry

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Re: Canadian rugby

Postby Thomas » Mon, 05 Nov 2018, 22:30

Good physical game just what was needed but Canada had depth in players. Coventry had several chances to score more as they were camped several times inside Canada 22. Coventry scored from the maul something Canada needs to work on and stop allowing too much opposition attacking inside their 22.

Canada Replacements over eager?? Caused unnecessary penalties. All in all good game and good build up for next week.

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Re: Canadian rugby

Postby rusty_lock » Mon, 05 Nov 2018, 22:52

It’s interesting to see Jeff Hasler suiting up for Canada Classics. I thought he might have been interested in trying to find a spot on an MLR team. If he has officially announced his retirement I must have missed it.

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Re: Canadian rugby

Postby Figaro » Tue, 06 Nov 2018, 14:22

I'm sure it's official.
https://www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/rug ... r-14989391

Partially his own fault from what I've heard. Ospreys supposedly offered him a new contract but he refused to commit, so they signed replacements by which time most of the other teams had finalised their rosters.

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