Canada blends experience and youth in roster for Americas Rugby Trophy competition

Canada blends experience and youth in roster for Americas Rugby Trophy competition

Toronto Arrows flanker Lucas Rumball leads Canada’s 32-man roster for the new Americas Rugby Trophy competition scheduled for later this month in Brazil.

The three-country developmental tournament, whose matches are not considered to have full test status, also features Brazil and Chile.

Canada opens against Chile on Oct. 21 before facing Brazil on Oct. 26, with both matches in Mogi das Cruzes, some 65 kilometres east of Sao Paulo.

At test level, the Canadians are ranked 23rd in the world while Chile is 21st and Brazil 27th.

Canada coach Kingsley Jones’ squad contains familiar faces in Rumball, Kyle Baillie, Josh Larsen and Conor Keys. It includes 1src players who dressed for Canada’s last outing, a 57-34 loss to No. 15 Spain on July 1src in Ottawa, where Rumball served as captain.

Rumball will serve as co-captain alongside former Arrows centre Ben LeSage, now with the Los Angeles Giltinis.

Jones is using the tournament to give playing time to veterans like Baillie, Foster Dewitt and Andrew Quattrin who have seen limited international action recently due to injury.

“I wanted to give them an opportunity to prepare through this competition looking ahead to November,” said Jones.

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