Six BC Athletes In Canada Men’s Squad To Face USA in RWC 2023 Qualification Pathway Matches

Matches will be shown live in Canada through Premier Sports

Article originally posted by Rugby Canada

Rugby Canada Senior Men’s Head Coach Kingsley Jones has named six BC athletes in the 30-man squad that will face off against the USA in their upcoming Rugby World Cup 2023 Qualification Pathway matches.

BC Rugby congratulates Courtney’s Foster DeWitt (Pacific Pride), Williams Lake’s Jake Ilnicki (unattached), Victoria duo Lachlan Kratz (Nola Gold) and Quinn Ngawati (Rugby United NY), White Rock’s Michael Smith (San Diego Legion) and Burnaby’s Siaki Vikilani (Toronto Arrows) on their selection.

Canada’s first match against the USA kicks off at 3pm local time (1:30pm ET/10:30pm PT) on September 4 at Swilers Rugby Club in St. John’s, Newfoundland. The return match will be hosted in Glendale, CO on September 11 with kick-off at 9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT.

Rugby Canada Men's XVs Huddle

The winner of the two-match North American series is determined by an aggregate score across both games. The winner will move on to face Uruguay on October 2 and 9, with the victor of this series qualifying for Rugby World Cup 2023 as Americas #1. The loser of the two-match North American series will move on to face Chile on October 2 and 9.

“We have been working tirelessly to ensure that our team is as prepared as we can be for these upcoming matches against the States. As we know, coordinating the logistics of assembling players in a COVID-world is no easy task and our entire group is thankful to our staff and hosts in St. John’s for their support and excited to be able to compete on home soil in these critical Rugby World Cup qualification matches.” Rugby Canada Senior Men’s Head Coach Kingsley Jones

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Canada‘s Men’s Rugby Team Roster

Kyle Bailie – Summerside, PEI – Nola Gold

Ross Braude – Pretoria, SA – Toronto Arrows

Cooper Coats – Halifax, NS – Canada Rugby 7’s

Cole Davis – Calgary, AB – Austin Gilgronis

Foster DeWitt – Courtney, BC – Pacific Pride 

Mason Flesch – Cobourg, ON – Toronto Arrows

Matt Heaton – Godmanchester, QC – Rugby ATL

Jason Higgins – Cork, Ire – Toronto Arrows

Eric Howard – Ottawa, ON – Nola Gold

Jake Ilnicki – Williams Lake, BC – Unattached 

Spencer Jones – Cambridge, NZ – Toronto Arrows

Cole Keith – Apohaqui, NB – Toronto Arrows

Will Kelly – Ancaster, ON – Toronto Arrows

Conor Keys – Stittsvile, ON – Rugby ATL

Lachlan Kratz – Victoria, BC – Nola Gold 

Ben Lesage – Calgary, AB – Toronto Arrows

Kainoa Lloyd – Mississauga, ONT – James Bay AA

Peter Nelson – Dungannon, UK – Stade Aurillacois Cantal Auvergne

Quinn Ngawati – Victoria, BC – Rugby United NY 

Patrick Parfrey – St. John’s NFLD – Toronto Arrows/Swilers RFC

Rob Povey – Long Buckby, ENG – Houston Sabercats

Andrew Quattrin – Holland Landing – ON – Toronto Arrows

Tyler Rowland – Mississauga, ON – Toronto Arrows

Lucas Rumball – Markham, ON – Toronto Arrows

Djustice Sears-Duru – Edmonton, AB – Seattle Seawolves

Michael Smith – White Rock, BC – San Diego Legion 

Corey Thomas – Perth, Western AUS – LA Giltinis

Matt Tierney – Oakville, ON – Castres Olympique

Siaki Vikilani – Burnaby, BC – Toronto Arrows 

Brock Webster – Uxbridge, ON – Canada Rugby 7’s