Canada at the Rugby World Cup

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Map of nations best results, excluding nations which unsuccessfully participated in qualifying tournaments.
Canada take on Wales during the 2007 World Cup

Canada have played in every Rugby World Cup since the inaugural tournament in 1987.

Canada has the strongest national rugby side in North America, and the second strongest in the Americas after Argentina.

Nation Number of appearances First appearance Most recent appearance Streak Best result
 Canada 7 1987 2011 7 Quarter finals, 1991

By position[edit]

By match[edit]

1987 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Pool 2 games -

Team P W D L PF PA Pts
 Wales 3 3 0 0 82 31 6
 Ireland 3 2 0 1 84 41 4
 Canada 3 1 0 2 65 90 2
 Tonga 3 0 0 3 29 98 0
1987-05-24
Canada  37 – 4  Tonga
Tries: Palmer (2)
Vaesen (2)
Stuart
Frame
Penalty try
Con: Wyatt (2)
Gareth Rees
Pen: Rees
Report Try: Valu
McLean Park, Napier
Referee: Clive Norling Wales

1987-05-30
Canada  19 – 46 Ireland
Try: Cardinal
Pen: Rees (3)
Wyatt
Drop: Rees
Tries: Crossan (2)
Bradley
Spillane
Ringland
MacNeill
Con: Kiernan (5)
Pen: Kiernan (2)
Drop: Ward
Kiernan
Carisbrook, Dunedin
Referee: Fred Howard England

1987-06-03
Canada  9 – 40  Wales
Pen: Rees (3) Tries: Evans (4)
Devereux
Bowen
Hadley
Phillips
Con: Thorburn (4)
Rugby Park, Invercargill
Referee: David Bishop New Zealand

1991 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Pool D games -

Team Won Drawn Lost For Against Points
 France 3 0 0 82 25 9
 Canada 2 0 1 45 33 7
 Romania 1 0 2 31 64 5
 Fiji 0 0 3 27 63 3
1991-10-05
Canada  13 – 3  Fiji
Tries: Stewart
Pen: Rees (3)
Drop: Serevi
Stade Jean Dauger, Bayonne
Referee: Kerry Fitzgerald Australia

1991-10-09
Canada  19 – 11  Romania
Tries: McKinnon, Ennis
Con: Mark Wyatt
Pen: Wyatt (2)
Drop: Rees
Tries: Lungu, Sasu
Pen: Nichitean
Stade Ernest-Wallon, Toulouse
Referee: Sandy MacNeill Australia

1991-10-13
France  19 – 13  Canada
Tries: Lafond, Saint-André
Con: Camberabero
Pen: Lacroix (2), Camberabero
Tries: Wyatt
Pen: Wyatt, Rees
Drop: Rees

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                   
19 October - Murrayfield, Edinburgh        
  Scotland  28
26 October - Murrayfield, Edinburgh
  Western Samoa  6  
  Scotland  6
19 October - Parc des Princes, Paris
    England  9  
  France  10
2 November - Twickenham, London
  England  19  
  England  6
20 October - Stadium Lille-Metropole, Villeneuve d'Ascq
    Australia  12
  New Zealand  29
27 October - Lansdowne Road, Dublin
  Canada  13  
  New Zealand  6 Third place
20 October - Lansdowne Road, Dublin
    Australia  16  
  Australia  19   Scotland  6
 Ireland  18     New Zealand  13
30 October - Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff
1991-10-20
Canada  13 – 29  New Zealand
Tries: Tynan, Charron
Con: Rees
Pen: Wyatt
Tries: Timu (2), McCahill, Brooke, Kirwan
Con: Fox (3)
Pen: Fox

1995 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Pool A games -

Team Won Drawn Lost For Against Points
 South Africa 3 0 0 68 26 9
 Australia 2 0 1 87 41 7
 Canada 1 0 2 45 50 5
 Romania 0 0 3 14 97 3
1995-05-26
Canada  34 – 3  Romania
Tries: Al Charron, Colin McKenzie, Rod Snow
Con: Gareth Rees (2)
Pen: Gareth Rees (4)
Pen: Neculai Nichitean
Boet Erasmus Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Attendance: 18 000
Referee: Colin Hawke New Zealand

1995-05-31
Australia  27 – 11  Canada
Tries: Michael Lynagh, Tabua Tamanivalu, Joe Roff
Con: Michael Lynagh (3)
Pen: Michael Lynagh (2)
Tries: Al Charron
Pen: Gareth Rees (2)
Boet Erasmus Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Attendance: 15 000
Referee: Patrick Robin France

1995-06-03
South Africa  20 – 0  Canada
Tries: Adriaan Richter (2)
Con: Joel Stransky (2)
Pen: Joel Stransky (2)
Boet Erasmus Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Attendance: 31 000
Referee: David McHugh (Ireland)

1999 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Pool 3 games -

Team Won Drawn Lost For Against Points
 France 3 0 0 108 52 6
 Fiji 2 0 1 124 68 4
 Canada 1 0 2 114 82 2
 Namibia 0 0 3 28 186 0

1999-10-09
Fiji  38 – 22  Canada
Tries: Viliame Satala (2), Marika Vunibaka, Fero Lasagavibau
Con: Nicky Little (3)
Pen: Nicky Little (3)
Drop: Nicky Little
Tries: Mike James
Con: Gareth Rees
Pen: Gareth Rees (4)
Drop: Gareth Rees
Parc Lescure, Bordeaux
Referee: Ed Morrison England

1999-10-14
Canada  72 – 11  Namibia
Tries: Winston Stanley (2), Rod Snow (2), Kyle Nichols (2), Al Charron, Robert Ross, Morgan Williams
Con: Gareth Rees (9)
Pen: Gareth Rees (3)
Tries: Quinton Hough
Pen: Leandre Van Dyk (2)
Stade de Toulouse
Referee: Andrew Cole Australia

2003 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Group D games -

Team Won Drawn Lost For123 Against BP Points
 New Zealand 4 0 0 282 57 4 20
 Wales 3 0 1 132 98 2 14
 Italy 2 0 2 77 123 0 8
 Canada 1 0 3 54 135 1 5
 Tonga 0 0 4 46 178 1 1
2003-10-12
Wales  41 – 10  Canada
Tries: Parker, Cooper, M. Jones, Charvis, Thomas
Con: Harris (5)
Pen: Harris (2)
Tries: Tkachuk
Con: Pritchard
Drop: Ross
Telstra Dome, Melbourne
Attendance: 24,874
Referee: Chris White England

2003-10-17
New Zealand  68 – 6  Canada
Tries: Ralph (2), So'oialo (2), Muliaina (4), Meeuws, Nonu
Con: Carter (9)
Pen: Barker (2)
Telstra Dome, Melbourne
Attendance: 38,899
Referee: Tony Spreadbury England

2003-10-21
Italy  19 – 14  Canada
Tries: Parisse
Con: Wakarua
Pen: Wakarua (4)
Tries: Fyffe
Pen: Barker (3)
Canberra Stadium
Attendance: 20,515
Referee: Paddy O'Brien New Zealand

2003-10-29
Canada  24 – 7  Tonga
Tries: Fauth, Abrams
Con: Pritchard
Pen: Ross (4)
Tries: Kivalu
Con: Hola
WIN Stadium, Wollongong
Attendance: 15,630
Referee: Alain Rolland Republic of Ireland

2007 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Pool B games -

Team Pld W D L TF PF PA +/- BP Pts
 Australia 4 4 0 0 30 215 41 +174 4 20
 Fiji 4 3 0 1 14 114 136 −22 3 15
 Wales 4 2 0 2 23 168 105 +63 4 12
 Japan 4 0 1 3 7 64 210 −146 1 3
 Canada 4 0 1 3 6 51 120 −69 0 2
  AUS CAN FJI JPN WAL
Australia 37 – 6 55 – 12 91 – 3 32 – 20
Canada 16 – 29 12 – 12 17 – 42
Fiji 35 – 31 38 – 34
Japan 18 – 72
Wales

2011 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Pool A games

Team Won Drawn Lost For Against BP Points
 New Zealand 4 0 0 282 57 4 20
 France 2 0 2 132 98 1 11
 Tonga 2 0 2 77 123 0 9
 Canada 1 1 2 54 135 1 6
 Japan 0 1 3 46 178 1 2
2011-09-14 17:00
Tonga  20 – 25  Canada
Tries: Piutau (2) 40', 52'
Con: Morath (2) 41', 53'
Pen: Morath (2) 42', 64'
Report Tries: Sinclair 13'
Carpenter 67'
Mackenzie 73'


Con: Pritchard (2)
Pen: Pritchard (2) 26', 45'

Northland Events Centre, Whangarei
Attendance: 24,874
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan South Africa

2011-09-18 20:30
France  46 – 19  Canada
Tries: Clerc (3) 4', 78', 80+'
Traille 64'


Con: Parra (4) 5', 64', 80', 80+'
Pen: Parra (5) 16', 36', 38', 41', 47'

Report Tries: Smith 7'
Con: Pritchard 7;
Pen: Pritchard (2) 2', 60'
McLean Park, Napier
Attendance: 38,899
Referee: Craig Joubert South Africa

2003-10-21
Canada  23 – 23  Japan
Tries: van der Merwe 6'
Mackenzie 74'
Con: Pritchard 7'
Pen: Monro (2) 63', 78'
Report Tries: Horie 9'
Endo 39'
Con: Arlidge (2) 10', 40' Pen: Arlidge (3) 23', 65', 72'
Canberra Stadium
Attendance: 20,515
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan South Africa

2011-10-02
New Zealand  79 – 15  Canada
Tries: Guildford (4) 7', 24', 35', 76',
Vito (2) 11', 80',
Dagg 20',
Muliaina 29',
Cowan 44',
Kaino (2) 51', 67',
Williams 59'
Con:Slade (4) 8', 30', 45', 52'
Weepu (4) 61', 68', 78', 80'
Pen: Slade (1/1) 15'
Report Tries: Trainor (2) 40', 42'
Con: Monro 42'
Pen: Monro 2'
Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Attendance: 37,665
Referee: Romain Poite France

World Cup Records[edit]

Overall record[edit]

CANADA vs Played Win Draw Lost Win %
 Ireland 1 0 0 1 0%
 Wales 3 0 0 3 0%
 Tonga 3 3 0 0 100%
 Fiji 3 1 0 2 66%
 France 3 0 0 3 0%
 Romania 2 2 0 0 100%
 South Africa 1 0 0 1 0%
 Australia 2 0 0 2 0%
 Namibia 1 1 0 0 100%
 New Zealand 3 0 0 3 0%
 Italy 1 0 0 1 0%
 Japan 2 0 2 0 0%
Overall 25 7 2 16 29%

Team Records[edit]

Most Points in a Game
Biggest Winning Margin
Highest Score Against
Biggest Losing Margin
Most Tries in a Game

Individual Records[edit]

Most World Cup Matches
Most Points Overall
Most Points in a Game
Most Tries Overall
Most Tries in a Game
Most Penalty Goals Overall
Most Penalty Goals in a Game
Most Drop Goals in a Game

Hosting[edit]

So far Canada has not hosted any World Cup games, and no World Cups have been held in the Americas. Canada however may join the United States in a joint bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup.[1]

References[edit]