Canada
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Canucks
Les Rouges (The Reds)
EmblemMaple leaf
UnionRugby Canada
Head coachKingsley Jones
CaptainLucas Rumball
Most capsAaron Carpenter (80)
Top scorerJames Pritchard (607)
Top try scorerD. T. H. van der Merwe (38)
Home stadiumVarious
First colours
Second colours
World Rugby ranking
Current21 (as of 15 June 2022)
Highest11 (2011)
Lowest24 (2017)
First international
 Japan 9–8 Canada 
(Osaka, Japan; 31 January 1932)
Biggest win
 Barbados 3–69 Canada 
(Bridgetown, Barbados; 24 June 2006)
Biggest defeat
 England 70–0 Canada 
(London, England; 13 November 2004)
World Cup
Appearances8 (First in 1987)
Best resultQuarterfinals (1991)
Websiterugby.ca/en

The Canada national rugby union team (French: Équipe du Canada de rugby à XV) represents Canada in men's international rugby union competitions and is governed by Rugby Canada. Canada is classified by World Rugby as a tier two rugby nation and has competed in competitions such as the Americas Rugby Championship and the Rugby World Cup. Canada traditionally plays in red and white.

Canada has been playing international rugby since their 1932 debut against Japan. Canada competed at every World Cup from the inagurual tournament in 1987 until its elimination at the hands of Chile during the 2023 qualifying process,[1] breaking the 3 decades long record of uninterrupted attendance.

Canada achieved their best result at the World Cup in 1991, where they reached the quarterfinals. Canada was once the dominant power of North American rugby and was the second-best team in the Americas. Before the professionalization of rugby, Canada were known to upset stronger teams, having defeated France, Scotland, Wales, and an uncapped England side prior to 2002.

History

Early years

In 1874 the first North American international game took place in Cambridge, Massachusetts between McGill and Harvard universities. Later that same year a second game was played, but this time Harvard were the hosts, and the game was played with early "American Football" rules. Today, in carrying on the oldest annual sporting competition in North America, McGill University and Harvard University continue the tradition of competing for the Covo Cup, at alternating venues each November, using the original rules of rugby football. McGill University can therefore lay claim to being the oldest rugby club in Canada, but due to rugby's popularity among students and the McGill University Rugby Football Club's affiliation with the university, the claim as the oldest independent rugby club goes to the still active Westmount Rugby Football Club. To this day, the McGill University Rugby Football Club is one of the premier university sides in Canada. Since 1989 the team has won 15 RSEQ (Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec) Titles, including 8 straight from 2006 - 2013. In 2019, the side represented Quebec at the Canadian University Men's Rugby Championship, finishing 6th in the nation. McGill Rugby alumni have gone on to represent Canada on the world stage and join the ranks of professional rugby.

A Canadian Rugby Football Union was established in 1884, although this organisation went on to become the Canadian Football League, as rugby football in Canada evolved into Canadian football. In 1902–1903 the first Canadian team toured Britain. In 1909, Earl Grey, then Governor General of Canada, donated a trophy to the CRU to be awarded for the Rugby Football Championship of Canada. This trophy became known as the Grey Cup. However, the rules used in Canada were vastly different from the rules used in countries that were part of the IRB. In the years that followed, the CRU would legalise forward passing and make other changes that would make Canadian football a totally different sport, similar to American football.

Post-World War I

During World War I and II rugby union was suspended but in the inter-war period there was something of a renaissance. In 1919 a Canadian Services team played overseas against representatives from England, New Zealand, South Africa and Australia. The formation of the Rugby Union of Canada took place in 1929 and this was followed by a tour of Japan by a Canadian representative side in 1932 to help foster trade between the two countries. About half the team were Canadian born (mostly British Columbia players) and the rest were originally from Britain. They lost 9–8 and 38–5 in the two test matches.

The original Canadian Rugby Union disbanded just before World War I. Canada's team to the United Kingdom in 1962 was dominated by British Columbia players. The Rugby Union of Canada was re-formed in 1965 as the Canadian Rugby Union. The 1966 British Lions played a non-cap match in Toronto on their way back from Australia and New Zealand, a match they won 19–8. Canada established themselves as the strongest team in North America, though they struggled to compete with the major test-playing nations in Europe and the Southern Hemisphere.

Modern era

Main article: Canada at the Rugby World Cup

Canada National Rugby Squad, 1987 World Cup
Canada National Rugby Squad, 1987 World Cup
Canadian rugby team
Canadian rugby team

Canada were one of the 16 nations that were invited by the International Rugby Board (IRB) to compete at the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1987, hosted by both Australia and New Zealand. Canada were grouped with Wales, Ireland and Tonga in Pool 2. In their first ever World Cup match they defeated Tonga 37–4. However they lost their subsequent matches 46–19 to Ireland and 40–9 to Wales, and finished third in the pool (not advancing to the finals).

Canada had to qualify for the 1991 Rugby World Cup. Canada took part in the Americas tournaments, and finished first in the Americas qualifying standings. At the 1991 Rugby World Cup, Canada was placed into Pool D, alongside France, Romania and Fiji. Canada beat Fiji and Romania but lost their fixture against France 19–13 to finish second in the pool, advancing to the quarter-finals. They were then knocked out in the quarter-final by the All Blacks, 29–13. The 1991 tournament stands as Canada's best ever finish in a Rugby World Cup.

Canada beat Wales 26–24 on November 10, 1993, at Cardiff Arms Park; beat France 18–16 on June 4, 1994, at Twin Elms Rugby Park in Nepean, Ontario; battled to a 27–27 draw against Ireland on 27 June 2000 at Markham, Ontario; and chalked up a 26–23 win against Scotland in Vancouver, British Columbia on June 15, 2002. The win over Scotland was the start of a streak of seven victories before losing to Wales in Cardiff.

Canada has never beaten England in six games, but has played their national XV, B team, and Under 23 teams eleven times (for which Canada awarded its players international caps.) The most notable result was a 15–12 victory over a strong England XV on 29 May 1993 at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby. Unfortunately for the Canadians, on the eve of the match England's management chose not to award international caps (due to fact that some players were touring with the British and Irish Lions in New Zealand at the time.) Additionally, before defeating Scotland proper in 2002, Canada beat Scotland XV 24–19 on May 25, 1991, at Saint John, New Brunswick.

As they were quarter finalists in 1991, they automatically qualified for the 1995 Rugby World Cup. They were in Pool A with the hosts South Africa, defending champions Australia, and Romania. Canada finished third in the pool, winning their match against Romania but losing 27–11 to Australia and 20–0 to the Springboks.

Canada won the now defunct Pacific Rim tournament three years in succession in 1996, 1997 and 1998.

Canada finished second in Round 4 of the Americas 1999 Rugby World Cup qualifying, losing only to Argentina, and qualified for the World Cup. Canada finished third in their pool (with France, Fiji and Namibia), winning their match against Namibia but losing their other two fixtures. The victory against Namibia was uncharacteristic for Canada, as they ran the score up to 72–11, one of their most lopsided victories, as there was a very slight statistical chance that they could have advanced on points scored. This thrashing was the one bright light in an otherwise gloomy and disappointing 1999 World Cup performance.

Like all second- and third-tier nations, the Canadians have had problems having these players available for important games. As a consequence Canada has slipped out of the top 10 rugby union nations, but has nevertheless provided top class players such as Dan Baugh, Rod Snow, Mike James, Colin Yukes, Dave Lougheed and Jamie Cudmore to teams in England, Wales and France. The Canadians qualified for the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia.

Canada qualified as Americas 1, finishing at the top of Round 4 Americas tournaments, winning five of their six fixtures to enter the 2003 World Cup in Australia, their fifth world cup in a row. Canada's sole win was a 24–7 result against Tonga as they lost their games against Italy, Wales and the All Blacks.

Since 2003 Canada has played host to the Churchill Cup, making the final in 2010 but losing to the England Saxons 38–18. In 2004 and 2005 they replaced China in the Super Powers Cup. For the 2004 Superpowers Cup, Canada was substituted for China. In 2005 the competition was renamed the Super Cup. Canada beat Japan 15–10 in the final.

In 2006 Canada completed the qualification process for the 2007 Rugby World Cup. They were in a three-team group also containing Barbados and the United States. Each played the other once. On 24 June 2006, Canada defeated Barbados 71–3, in Bridgetown, their largest ever win.[2] Canada achieved a record win over the US in the match in Newfoundland on August 12, 2006, defeating the USA 56–7 in front of a capacity crowd, when player James Pritchard scored a national record 36 points with three tries, six conversions and three penalties in the match, beating the record of 29 he had set against Barbados in their previous match.[3] The win assured Canada of a place in the 2007 World Cup as Americas 2 in Pool B.[4] Also that year, a Canadian team won the NA4 and the national team beat the US earlier in the Churchill Cup.

2007 World Cup

Canadian team after a pool stage match during the 2007 World Cup
Canadian team after a pool stage match during the 2007 World Cup
Canada take on Wales during the 2007 World Cup
Canada take on Wales during the 2007 World Cup
Canadian fans at the 2007 World Cup
Canadian fans at the 2007 World Cup

Going into the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France, Canada were ranked as severe outsiders, and given odds of 5000/1 to win the tournament.[5] Pool B also contained Australia, Fiji, Japan and Wales. In their opening match on 9 September the Canadians lost 42–17 to Wales.[6] They followed this with a 29–16 loss to Fiji, whom they had needed to beat to have realistic hopes of progressing to the quarterfinals.[7] They drew 12–12 with Japan, conceding an injury-time try by Koji Taira.[8] In their final game they lost 37–6 to an Australian side consisting mostly of second-string players.[9] Canada finished bottom of Pool B, and returned home from a World Cup without winning a single game for the first time ever.

2011 World Cup cycle

Following the 2007 Rugby World Cup Canada hired Kieran Crowley as head coach, and by April 2008 the former New Zealand All Black took over coaching duties.[10] In Autumn 2008 the Canadians toured Europe, beating Portugal in their opening match, but suffering heavy defeats in their subsequent games in Ireland, Wales and Scotland. In 2009 the Canadians hosted a tour by the Welsh and Irish.[11]

Canada beat the United States in a two-legged playoff game in July 2009 to qualify for the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand and enter the tournament as Americas 1.[12]

Canada began its Rugby World Cup preparations by finishing runner-up in the 2011 Churchill Cup for the second year in a row, losing 37–6 in the final to the England Saxons (England's second-string side). This good form carried on in a two-legged home and away series against the USA Eagles. In the home leg Canada secured a 28–22 victory in front a record 10,621 fans. In the away leg Canada won 27–7. Their warm-up schedule continued with a match against the Australian Barbarians which featured several of Australia's World Cup squad, and the Barbarians claimed a comfortable 38–14 victory.

The Canadians began their 2011 Rugby World Cup on September 14 against Tonga, winning 25–20. They followed this up with a 46–19 loss to France on September 18. The team had only a four-day turn-around after their first match, and let the game slip out of their reach within the final 20 minutes. They produced a repeat result of 2007, by playing to a 23–23 draw against Japan. Their Rugby World Cup concluded with a 79–15 loss against the All Blacks. Canada finished fourth in their pool, narrowly missing out on automatic qualification for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

2015 World Cup cycle

Canada secured a spot in the 2015 Rugby World Cup on 23 August 2013, with a 13–11 win over the US, 40–20 on aggregate.

Canada joined Pool D with France, Ireland, Italy and Romania. Canada finished the tournament with zero wins, last in Pool D.

2019 World Cup cycle

At the 2016 Americas Rugby Championship, Canada claimed three wins over Uruguay, Chile and Brazil, and two losses versus Argentina XV and United States. In June 2016, the team defeated Russia and lost to Japan and Italy. In November 2016, Canada was defeated by Ireland, Romania and Samoa.

At the 2017 Americas Rugby Championship, Canada scored a single win versus Chile, and lost the other four matches. In June 2017, the team lost to Georgia and Romania. Later they faced United States for the 2019 World Cup North America play-off, being beaten on aggregate for the first time. In November 2017, Canada lost to the Māori All Blacks, Georgia and Fiji, while defeating Spain.

In 2018, Canada lost both matches versus Uruguay for the 2019 World Cup Americas play-off, therefore the team advanced to the intercontinental repechage which it won, securing the very last spot in the final tournament. The team also lost to United States in the 2018 Americas Rugby Championship.

Canada secured the last spot in the 2019 Rugby World Cup on 23 November 2018, winning all of its three matches of the intercontinental repechage in Marseille, France.

They join 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool B with title holders New Zealand and third-placed team from 2015 South Africa, Italy and the African qualifier, Namibia. They lost their first 3 fixtures by scores of 48–7 to Italy, 63–0 to New Zealand, and 66–7 to South Africa; their last fixture against Namibia was cancelled due to Typhoon Hagibis.

2023 World Cup Cycle and failure to qualify

Due to the COVID–19 pandemic, the Americas qualifying round was delayed indefinitely before it was abridged and the first fixtures were confirmed for July 2021.

Canada played the United States in a two-game series; Canada won in thumping fashion in St. John's, winning by a score of 34–21; however, they scuttled in the return leg in Glendale, Colorado, losing by a score of 38–16, with the Americans dominating the game from start to finish. Canada lost the aggregate 50–59 and were drawn to play Chile in a two-game series for the second Americas spot. While Canada once again won the first leg, they only did so by a score of 22–21. Canada would lose the second leg in Santiago by a score of 33–24 (their first ever loss to Chile), which eliminated Canada from qualifying, marking the first time ever that Canada failed to qualify for the Rugby World Cup.

Stadium and attendance

The national team currently does not have a permanent home stadium and as such play their matches at various locations across Canada. BMO Field in Toronto, Ontario has been proposed as the national team's home stadium, despite not providing a suitable rugby climate year-round.

In August 2011 it was announced that the national team would have a permanent training centre located in Langford, British Columbia.[13]

The highest attended matches in Canada involving the Canadian national team are:

Rank Attendance Opponent Date Venue Location
1 29,480  Māori All Blacks 2017-11-03 BC Place Vancouver
2 22,566  Māori All Blacks 2013-11-03 BMO Field Toronto
3 20,396  Ireland 2013-06-15 BMO Field Toronto
4 18,788  Scotland 2014-06-14 BMO Field Toronto
5 16,132  Uruguay 2018-01-27 BC Place Vancouver
6 15,000  United States 2005-06-26 Commonwealth Stadium Edmonton
7 13,187  United States 2017-06-24 Tim Hortons Field Hamilton
8 13,125  Italy 2016-06-26 BMO Field Toronto
9 12,824  Scotland 2018-06-09 Commonwealth Stadium Edmonton [14]
10 12,220  Italy 2012-06-15 BMO Field Toronto
11 11,200  Samoa 2015-07-25 BMO Field Toronto
12 10,621  United States 2011-08-06 BMO Field Toronto
13 10,250  Japan 2016-07-11 BC Place Vancouver
14 10,207  United States 2013-08-24 BMO Field Toronto
15 10,000  New Zealand XV 1980-10-01 Swangard Stadium Burnaby

Record

World Cup

Main article: Canada at the Rugby World Cup

Canada has played in every Rugby World Cup since the inaugural 1987 tournament, always qualifying during the first round.[15] However, for 2019, they have failed to qualify during the first two rounds, and can only qualify through the 4-team repechage in November 2018.[15]

World Cup record World Cup Qualification record
Year Round P W D L F A P W D L F A
AustraliaNew Zealand 1987 Pool Stage 3 1 0 2 65 90 Automatically qualified
United KingdomRepublic of IrelandFrance 1991 Quarter Final 4 2 0 2 58 62 4 3 0 1 67 38
South Africa 1995 Pool Stage 3 1 0 2 45 50 Automatically qualified
Wales 1999 Pool Stage 3 1 0 2 114 82 3 2 0 1 97 83
Australia 2003 Pool Stage 4 1 0 3 54 135 6 5 0 1 192 80
France 2007 Pool Stage 4 0 1 3 51 120 2 2 0 0 125 10
New Zealand 2011 Pool Stage 4 1 1 2 82 168 2 2 0 0 47 30
England 2015 Pool Stage 4 0 0 4 58 131 2 2 0 0 40 20
Japan 2019 Pool Stage 4 0 1 3 14 177 7 3 1 3 225 89
France 2023 Did not qualify 4 2 0 2 96 113
Australia 2027 To be determined Qualification not started
United States 2031
Total 9/10 33 7 3 23 541 1015 30 21 1 8 889 563

Overall

Top 30 as of 5 September 2022[16]
Rank Change* Team Points
1 Steady  Ireland 090.03
2 Steady  France 089.41
3 Steady  South Africa 087.89
4 Increase1  New Zealand 086.41
5 Decrease1  England 086.25
6 Increase1  Argentina 082.23
7 Increase1  Scotland 081.93
8 Decrease2  Australia 081.54
9 Steady  Wales 081.28
10 Steady  Japan 077.74
11 Steady  Samoa 075.75
12 Steady  Fiji 075.08
13 Steady  Georgia 074.51
14 Steady  Italy 073.29
15 Steady  Spain 069.27
16 Steady  Tonga 067.79
17 Steady  Romania 066.33
18 Steady  Uruguay 065.97
19 Steady  United States 065.17
20 Steady  Portugal 065.08
21 Steady  Chile 061.24
22 Steady  Hong Kong 061.03
23 Steady  Canada 060.99
24 Steady  Namibia 060.56
25 Steady  Russia 058.06
26 Steady  Belgium 055.97
27 Increase1  Brazil 055.23
28 Decrease1  Netherlands 053.69
29 Steady  Poland 053.03
30 Steady  Germany 052.79
* Change from the previous week
Canada's historical rankings
See or edit source data.
Source: World Rugby[16]
Graph updated to 8 August 2022

Below is table of the representative rugby matches played by a Canada national XV at test level up until 2 July 2022.[17]

Opponent Played Won Lost Drawn Win % For Aga Diff
 Argentina 9 3 6 0 33.3% 159 277 –118
 Australia 6 0 6 0 0.0% 60 283 –223
 Barbados 1 1 0 0 100.0% 69 3 +66
Barbarians 2 0 1 1 0.00% 7 32 –25
 Belgium 3 3 0 0 100.0% 112 12 +100
 Brazil 4 2 2 0 50.0% 130 72 +58
British and Irish Lions 1 0 1 0 0.00% 8 19 –11
 Chile 9 8 1 0 90.0% 311 127 +184
 England 7 0 7 0 0.0% 87 343 –256
 England XV 6 1 5 0 16.7% 40 159 –119
 England U23 2 0 2 0 0.0% 22 55 –33
 England Saxons 3 0 3 0 0.0% 41 132 –91
 Fiji 12 3 9 0 25.0% 221 409 –188
 France 9 1 8 0 11.1% 119 315 –196
 French Barbarians 1 0 1 0 0.0% 7 17 –10
 France A 3 1 2 0 33.3% 57 85 –28
 Georgia 7 3 4 0 42.9% 141 145 –4
 Germany 1 1 0 0 100.0% 29 10 +19
 Hong Kong 7 6 1 0 85.7% 209 109 +100
 Ireland 8 0 7 1 0.0% 105 328 –223
 Ireland XV 1 0 1 0 0.0% 21 24 –3
 Italy 10 2 8 0 20.0% 135 294 –159
 Japan 25 8 15 2 32.0% 581 612 –31
 Kenya 1 1 0 0 100.0% 65 19 +46
 Namibia 2 2 0 0 100.0% 89 24 +65
 New Zealand 6 0 6 0 0.0% 54 376 –322
 New Zealand XV 1 0 1 0 0.0% 10 43 –33
 Māori All Blacks 2 0 2 0 0.0% 36 95 –59
 Portugal 4 4 1 0 80.0% 155 73 +82
 Romania 8 2 6 0 25.0% 142 138 +4
 Russia 5 4 1 0 80.0% 157 91 +66
 Samoa 6 0 6 0 0.0% 103 169 –66
 Scotland 5 1 4 0 20.0% 59 153 –94
 Scotland XV 1 1 0 0 100.0% 24 19 +5
 Scotland A 1 0 1 0 0.0% 10 15 –5
 South Africa 3 0 3 0 0.0% 25 137 –112
 Spain 2 2 0 0 100.00% 97 49 +48
 Tonga 9 5 4 0 55.55% 216 188 +28
 United States 65 39 24 2 60% 1498 1198 +300
 Uruguay 13 8 5 0 61.5% 370 232 +138
 Wales 13 1 12 0 7.69% 219 528 –309
 Wales XV 3 0 3 0 0.0% 37 138 –101
 Wales U23 1 0 1 0 0.0% 0 8 –8
Total 287 112 169 6 39.02% 5997 7511 –1514

Wins against Tier 1 nations

The following is a list of Canada's wins against Tier 1 countries:

25 June 1983 Canada Canada 19–13  Italy Canada Sports Complex, Burnaby Lake  
Try: Donaldson
Pen: MacLean, Wyatt (4)
Report Try: Ghizzoni
Pen: Torresan (2)
Drop: Torresan
Referee: Canada I Nixon (Canada)
30 March 1990 Canada Canada 15–6  Argentina Canada Sports Complex, Burnaby Lake  
Try: Palmer
Con: Wyatt
Pen: Wyatt (3)
Report Pen: Vidou (2)
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Australia Kerry Fitzgerald (Australia)
16 June 1990 Argentina  15–19 Canada Canada Argentina José Amalfitani Stadium, Buenos Aires  
Try: Bundaer (2)
Garzón
Pen: Mesón
Report Try: Stuart
Pen: Rees (4)
Drop: Rees
Referee: New Zealand Dave Bishop (New Zealand)
25 May 1991 Canada Canada 24–19  Scotland XV Canada Saint John, New Brunswick  
29 May 1993 Canada Canada 15–12  England XV Canada Swangard Stadium, Burnaby, BC  
10 November 1993 Wales  24–26 Canada Canada Wales Cardiff Arms Park  
Pen: N Jenkins (8)
Report Try: Charron
Stuart
Con: Rees (2)
Pen: Rees (4)
Attendance: 27,000
Referee: Republic of Ireland Owen Doyle (Ireland)
4 June 1994 Canada Canada 18–16  France Canada Twin Elm Rugby Park, Nepean  
Pen: Rees (6)
Report Try: Ntamack
Con: Lacroix
Pen: Lacroix (3)
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: South Africa Ian Rogers (South Africa)
11 November 2000 Italy  17–22 Canada Canada Italy Stadio Comunale Mario Battaglini, Rovigo  
Try: M Dallan
Pen: Mazzariol (3)
Pez
Report Try: Wirachowski
Con: Barker
Pen: Barker (4)
Drop: Barker
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: France Didier Mene (France)
15 June 2002 Canada Canada 26–23  Scotland Canada Vancouver, BC  

Furthermore, Canada also achieved a 27–27 draw against Ireland on 27 June 2000 at Markham, Ontario.

Players

Current squad

On the 14th of June, the following 30 players were called up for the 2022 mid-year rugby union tests against Belgium and Spain.[18]

Head Coach: Wales Kingsley Jones

Player Position Date of birth (age) Caps Club/province
Jack McRogers Hooker (1998-10-15) 15 October 1998 (age 23) 0 Canada Toronto Arrows
Andrew Quattrin Hooker (1996-08-29) 29 August 1996 (age 26) 14 Canada Toronto Arrows
Lindsey Stevens Hooker (1995-08-27) 27 August 1995 (age 27) 1 United States LA Giltinis
Jake Ilnicki Prop (1992-02-24) 24 February 1992 (age 30) 43 United States Old Glory DC
Cole Keith Prop (1997-05-07) 7 May 1997 (age 25) 24 Canada Toronto Arrows
Liam Murray Prop (1997-10-17) 17 October 1997 (age 24) 2 United States Dallas Jackals
Tyler Rowland Prop (1999-10-16) 16 October 1999 (age 22) 7 Canada Toronto Arrows
Djustice Sears-Duru Prop (1994-05-24) 24 May 1994 (age 28) 61 United States LA Giltinis
Callum Botchar Lock 0 Canada UBC Thunderbirds
Donald Carson Lock 2 Canada UBC Thunderbirds
Conor Keys Lock (1996-07-09) 9 July 1996 (age 26) 27 United States Rugby ATL
Josh Larsen Lock (1994-04-04) 4 April 1994 (age 28) 19 United States New England Free Jacks
Luke Campbell Back row (1992-10-02) 2 October 1992 (age 29) 14 United States Old Glory DC
Matthew Oworu Back row (2000-07-29) 29 July 2000 (age 22) 1 Canada Pacific Pride
Lucas Rumball (c) Back row (1995-08-02) 2 August 1995 (age 27) 44 Canada Toronto Arrows
Michael Smith Back row (1998-03-16) 16 March 1998 (age 24) 6 United States San Diego Legion
Corey Thomas Back row (1994-09-21) 21 September 1994 (age 27) 8 United States LA Giltinis
Ross Braude Scrum-half (2000-01-18) 18 January 2000 (age 22) 9 Canada Toronto Arrows
Jason Higgins Scrum-half (1995-03-28) 28 March 1995 (age 27) 6 United States San Diego Legion
Gradyn Bowd Fly-half (1992-08-27) 27 August 1992 (age 30) 9 Canada Castaway Wanderers
Peter Nelson Fly-half (1992-10-05) 5 October 1992 (age 29) 14 France Aurillac
Dawson Fatoric Centre 1 Canada Pacific Pride
Doug Fraser Centre (1992-05-08) 8 May 1992 (age 30) 4 United States Old Glory DC
Ben LeSage Centre (1995-11-24) 24 November 1995 (age 26) 25 United States LA Giltinis
Quinn Ngawati Centre (1999-06-15) 15 June 1999 (age 23) 5 United States Rugby New York
Kainoa Lloyd Wing (1994-05-21) 21 May 1994 (age 28) 20 United States San Diego Legion
Isaac Olson Wing (2000-07-01) 1 July 2000 (age 22) 1 United States New England Free Jacks
Brock Webster Wing (2000-08-21) 21 August 2000 (age 22) 6 Canada Oshawa Vikings
Cooper Coats Fullback (1996-10-06) 6 October 1996 (age 25) 6 Canada Halifax Tars
Robbie Povey Fullback (1996-09-21) 21 September 1996 (age 25) 11 United States Houston SaberCats

Player records

Main article: List of Canada national rugby union players

Most caps

# Player Pos Span Mat Start Sub Won Lost Draw %
1 Aaron Carpenter Number 8 2005–2017 80 61 19 28 48 3 38.12
2 Al Charron Flanker 1990–2003 76 76 0 40 36 0 52.63
3 Ciaran Hearn Centre 2008–2019 72 61 11 25 46 1 35.4
4 Winston Stanley Wing 1994–2003 66 64 2 27 38 1 41.66
5 Scott Stewart Fullback 1989–2001 64 62 2 29 34 1 46.09
6 Nick Blevins Centre 2009–2019 63 47 16 22 40 1 35.71
7 James Pritchard Fullback 2003–2015 62 58 4 26 34 2 43.54
Djustice Sears-Duru Prop 2013- 62 29 33 17 44 1 26.72
Rod Snow Prop 1995–2007 62 59 3 27 33 2 45.16
10 DTH van der Merwe Wing 2006-2019 60 56 4 19 38 3 34.16
Last updated: Canada vs Spain, 10 July 2022. Statistics include officially capped matches only.[19]

Most tries

# Player Pos Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries
1 DTH van der Merwe Wing 2006–2019 60 56 4 190 38
2 Winston Stanley Wing 1994–2003 66 64 2 123 24
3 Taylor Paris Wing 2010–2019 28 26 2 90 18
James Pritchard Fullback 2003–2015 62 58 4 607 18
5 Aaron Carpenter Number 8 2005–2017 80 61 19 85 17
6 Morgan Williams Scrum-half 1999–2008 56 52 4 68 13
7 Nick Blevins Centre 2009-2019 63 47 16 60 12
Matt Evans Fullback 2008–2018 40 34 6 60 12
9 Kainoa Lloyd Wing 2017–present 22 19 3 50 10
Kyle Nichols Centre 1996–2002 25 22 3 61 10
Last updated: Canada vs Spain, 10 July 2022. Statistics include officially capped matches only.[20]

Most points

# Player Pos Span Mat Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop
1 James Pritchard Fullback 2003–2015 62 607 18 104 103 0
2 Gareth Rees Fly-half 1986–1999 55 491 7 51 110 9
3 Bobby Ross Fly-half 1989–2003 58 419 7 51 84 10
4 Gordon McRorie Scrum-half 2014–2019 45 283 6 44 54 1
5 Mark Wyatt Fullback 1982–1991 29 255 2 23 62 5
6 Jared Barker Fly-half 2000–2004 18 226 2 24 55 1
7 DTH van der Merwe Wing 2006–2019 60 190 38 0 0 0
8 Winston Stanley Wing 1994–2003 66 123 24 0 0 1
9 Taylor Paris Wing 2010–2019 28 90 18 0 0 0
10 John Graf Scrum-half 1989–1999 54 89 9 7 9 1
Last updated: Canada vs Spain, 10 July 2022. Statistics include officially capped matches only.[21]

Most matches as captain

# Player Pos Span Mat Won Lost Draw % Pts Tries
1 Al Charron Flanker 1996–2003 25 13 12 0 52.00 10 2
Gareth Rees Fly-half 1994–1999 25 10 15 0 40.00 285 4
3 Pat Riordan Hooker 2008–2011 23 12 10 1 54.34 15 3
4 Tyler Ardron Number 8 2013–2019 16 0 16 0 00.00 10 2
Lucas Rumball Flanker 2016– 16 5 11 0 33.00 15 3
6 John Graf Scrum-half 1995–1999 15 9 6 0 60.00 58 6
Morgan Williams Scrum-half 2005–2007 15 5 9 1 36.66 25 5
8 Aaron Carpenter Number 8 2012–2016 14 7 7 0 50.00 15 3
9 Phil Mack Scrum-half 2017–2019 11 6 5 0 54.54 0 0
10 Mark Wyatt Fullback 1990–1991 9 6 3 0 66.66 97 2
Last updated: Canada vs Spain, 10 July 2022. Statistics include officially capped matches only.[22]

Most points in a match

Australian born James Pritchard is Canada's second highest try scorer and points scorer of all time, he also holds the record for most points in a match with 36 against the USA in 2006.
Australian born James Pritchard is Canada's second highest try scorer and points scorer of all time, he also holds the record for most points in a match with 36 against the USA in 2006.
# Player Pos Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Opposition Venue Date
1 James Pritchard Wing 36 3 6 3 0  United States Canada St John's 12/08/2006
2 James Pritchard Wing 29 3 7 0 0  Barbados Barbados Bridgetown 24/06/2006
3 Gareth Rees Fly-half 27 0 9 3 0  Namibia France Toulouse 14/10/1999
James Pritchard Fullback 27 2 4 3 0  Portugal Portugal Lisbon 23/11/2013
5 Bobby Ross Fly-half 26 1 3 5 0  Japan Canada Vancouver 13/07/1996
Gordon McRorie Scrum-half 26 2 5 2 0  Russia Canada Calgary 18/06/2016
7 Mark Wyatt Fullback 24 0 0 8 0  Scotland XV Canada Saint John 25/05/1991
8 Gareth Rees Fly-half 23 0 1 7 0  Argentina Argentina Buenos Aires 22/08/1998
James Pritchard Fullback 23 1 3 4 0  Tonga Canada Kingston 08/06/2013
10 5 players on 22 points
Last updated: Canada vs Spain, 10 July 2022. Statistics include officially capped matches only.[23]

Most tries in a match

# Player Pos Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Opposition Venue Date
1 Kyle Nichols Centre 20 4 0 0 0  Japan Canada Markham 15/07/2000
2 Steve Gray Centre 15 3 0 0 0  United States Canada Vancouver 10/05/1987
James Pritchard Wing 29 3 7 0 0  Barbados Barbados Bridgetown 24/06/2006
James Pritchard Wing 36 3 6 3 0  United States Canada St John's 12/08/2006
Taylor Paris Wing 15 3 0 0 0  Chile Canada Langford 11/02/2017
DTH Van der Merwe Wing 15 3 0 0 0  Kenya France Marseille 11/11/2018
Kainoa Lloyd Wing 15 3 0 0 0  Chile Canada Langford 22/02/2019
Last updated: Canada vs Spain, 10 July 2022. Statistics include officially capped matches only.[24]

Past Coaches

Years Coach
1932 Canada Jack Tyrwhitt
1959 Australia Max Howell
1962 Canada 'Buzz' Moore
1966 Canada Ken Banks
1967 Canada George Sainas
1970 Canada Dick Ellis
1971 Australia Max Howell
1973–1974 Canada George Carson
1976–1978 Canada Donn Spence
1979–1982 New Zealand Bruce Howe
1983–1984 Canada Tillman Briggs
1985 Canada Barry Legh
1985–1989 Canada Gary Johnston
1989–1996 England Ian Birtwell
1996–1999 Republic of Ireland Patrick Parfrey
2000–2001 Australia David Clark
2001 England Ian Birtwell (Interim)
2001–2003 Australia David Clark
2004–2007 Canada Ric Suggitt
2008–2015 New Zealand Kieran Crowley
2016 France Francois Ratier (Interim)
2016–2017 New Zealand Mark Anscombe
2017–present Wales Kingsley Jones

Upcoming fixtures and recent results

Upcoming fixtures

Date Tournament Location Venue Opponent
29 October 2022 End of year tests Canada TBD  All Blacks XV

Recent results

Date Tournament Location Venue Opponent Result Score
10 July 2022 Mid-year tests Ottawa TD Place Stadium  Spain Loss 57-34
2 July 2022 Mid-year tests Halifax Wanderers Grounds  Belgium Win 45-0
13 November 2021 End-of-year tests Brussels, Belgium Sportscentrum Nelson Mandela  Belgium Win 24-0
6 November 2021 End-of-year tests Lisbon, Portugal Estádio de Rugby Jamor  Portugal Loss 20-17
9 October 2021 2023 RWC qualification Valparaíso, Chile Estadio Elías Figueroa  Chile Loss 33-24
2 October 2021 2023 RWC qualification Langford, British Columbia Westhills Stadium  Chile Win 22-21
11 September 2021 2023 RWC qualification Glendale, Colorado Infinity Park  United States Loss 38-16
4 September 2021 2023 RWC qualification St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador Swiler's Rugby Club  United States Win 34-21
10 July 2021 July tests Twickenham Twickenham Stadium  England Loss 70-14
3 July 2021 July tests Cardiff Principality Stadium  Wales Loss 68-12
Green background indicates a win. Red background indicates a loss. Yellow background indicates a draw.

See also

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