Former captain Tyler Ardron returns to bolster Canada’s rugby team in World Cup bid – Red Deer Advocate


Canada receives reinforcements for its World Cup qualifying clash with Chile in the form of former captain Tyler Ardron.

The 30-year-old from Lakefield, Ont., Who plays in France for Castres Olympique, has arrived in British Columbia and will fly to Chile with the rest of the squad on Tuesday, according to coach Kingsley Jones.

Rugby Canada has said flanker Matt Heaton and fullback Cooper Coats are unavailable for the game in Chile.

The Canadian men, ranked 21st, beat Chile (28th) 22-21 on Saturday at Starlight Stadium in Langford, BC. The teams will decide the two-round cumulative points series on Saturday in Valparaiso.

The loser of the series is not in contention for the World Cup.

Ardron, a six-foot-five, 245-pound forward who can play out of lockdown or in the back row, captained Canada at the 2015 World Cup in England and the 2019 tournament in Japan. He won 37 caps

He has also played professionally in Wales for the Ospreys and in New Zealand with Bay of Plenty and the Chiefs. In 2019, he was captain of the famous Barbarians World All-Star Team.

The Canadians just lost 59-50 overall to the 16th-ranked United States Eagles, a result that saw the Americans advance to the playoffs with 17th-place Uruguay with the winner advancing to France 2023. as Americas 1 alongside New Zealand, No 2, No 6 France, No 14 Italy and Africa 1 in Pool A.

The United States beat Uruguay 19-16 to start their home and away playoff Saturday in Glendale, Colorado. The second leg will take place on Saturday at Estadio Charrua in Montevideo.

The Canada-Chile series winner will face loser USA-Uruguay to decide Americas 2, which will advance to Pool D alongside England No.4, Argentina No.8, Japan No.8 No. 10 and Samoa No. 13. The loser of the Americas 2 qualifiers has one last chance to qualify for France 2023 via a draft tournament.

The Canadians leave for Chile on Tuesday. They will take a short flight to Vancouver to Houston and then Santiago. Valparaiso is located approximately 115 kilometers from the Chilean capital.

Canadians will have to spend their first 24 hours at a hotel in Chile, until negative COVID tests are returned.


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This report by The Canadian Press was first published on October 4, 2021.

Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press



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