Canada national rugby league team
|Governing body||Canada Rugby League|
|Head coach||Stuart Donlan|
|Home stadium||Lamport Stadium|
| Canada 23–10 United States
| Canada 52-14 United States
|England Lions 68–4 Canada
For more Canadian stats, news, team results and more visit Canada RL Page and click on 'Wolverines' for the national team.
Rugby league was re-introduced to Canada at an amateur level in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when a short-lived 4-team domestic competition, known as the Tri-Counties Rugby League, was established. Four teams competed in its first year, three in Canada one in the U.S., the New York-based Adirondacks club.
The Canada rugby league team first participated in international competition in 1987. Canada participated in the World Sevens (1995, 1996) and Emerging Nations World Cup (2000) competitions, and competed in regular international matches until 2000, when the Canadian Rugby League Federation folded. As a result, the national team, which was nicknamed the "Cougars", was disbanded and the sport remained dormant for 10 years.
In 2010, a new governing body, known as Canada Rugby League, was formed with the aim of redeveloping the sport amongst the resurgent international rugby league scene. The national team was re-established and briefly nicknamed the 'Mounties', Jamie Lester, the Acting President of Canada Rugby League said, "Like the Kiwis, Kangaroos and Kumuls being identifiable with the New Zealand, Australia and Papua New Guinea rugby league teams, the Mounties nickname has been chosen to create the same effect for the Canadian team". Rugby League Review, one of the leading rugby league magazines in the world, became the main shirt sponsor of the team. The Mounties competed at the American National Rugby League's 2010 War at the Shore tournament. There, Canada played New England Immortals, a New England representative team, and the New York Knights AMNRL club team, losing both games. The team's nickname was changed to 'Wolverines' before the return of international rugby league to Canada in September 2010 with the inaugural Colonial Cup. Later that year the Wolverines competed in the Rugby League Atlantic Cup in Jacksonville, Florida.
The Canadian Wolverines played the Jamaican national team on Sunday 31 July 2011 defeating the Jamaicans to secure Canada's first international victory of the revival era. They collected their second win in September, upsetting the USA in the second game of the Colonial Cup. However, due to an earlier loss to the Tomahawks and the resulting aggregate scores, the Wolverines were unable to capture the cup. Canada's international season finished up with a defeat against South Africa, who were in the Northern Hemisphere for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup qualifiers.
In 2014, the Wolverines named former Super League player, Stuart Donlan, as their new head coach. Stuart's first game was the only game of the 2014 Colonial Cup. He led Canada to a famous victory which made them the Colonial Cup champions for the very first time.
|Official Rankings as of July 2014|
|8||Papua New Guinea||152.00|
|2014||9 August||Canada def. USA 52-14||Lamport Stadium||Toronto, Ontario||7,356||2014 Colonial Cup|
|2013||24 September||USA def. Canada 30-22||Lamport Stadium||Toronto, Ontario||5,176||2013 Colonial Cup|
|2013||7 September||USA def. Canada 28-20||Lamport Stadium||Toronto, Ontario||3,128||2013 Colonial Cup|
|2013||24 August||USA def. Canada 44-16||Garthwaite Stadium||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||175||2013 Colonial Cup|
|2013||20 July||Canada def. Jamaica 38-14||Lamport Stadium||Toronto, Ontario||5,700||Caribbean Carnival Cup|
|2013||6 July||Canada def. USA 36-20||Lamport Stadium||Toronto, Ontario||7,200||2013 Colonial Cup|
|2012||6 October||England Lions def. Canada 68-4||Lamport Stadium||Toronto, Ontario||5,012||Friendly|
|2012||11 August||Canada def. Lebanon 36-18||Lamport Stadium||Toronto, Ontario||2,400||Friendly|
|2012||21 July||Canada def. Jamaica 18-12||Lamport Stadium||Toronto, Ontario||4,630||Caribbean Carnival Cup|
|2012||17 June||Royal Air Force def. Canada 22-16||Fletcher's Fields||Markam, Ontario||Not Known||Friendly|
|2011||9 October||South Africa def. Canada 36-22||Fletcher's Fields||Markham, Ontario||Not known||Friendly|
|2011||18 September||Canada def. USA 18-16||Fletcher's Fields||Markham, Ontario||Not known||Colonial Cup|
|2011||27 August||USA def. Canada 18-2||-||Philadelphia||Not known||Colonial Cup|
|2011||31 July||Canada def. Jamaica 40-10||Fletcher's Fields||Markham, Ontario||1,500||Caribbean Carnival Cup|
|2010||20 November||USA def. Canada 46-12||Hodges Field||Jacksonville||2800||2010 Atlantic Cup|
|2010||18 November||Jamaica def. Canada 32-12||Hodges Field||Jacksonville||800||2010 Atlantic Cup|
|2010||19 September||USA def. Canada 22-16||Richardson Stadium||Ontario||Not known||Colonial Cup|
|2000||20 November||Canada def. Japan 28-12||Robin Park Arena||Wigan||500||2000 Rugby League Emerging Nations Tournament|
|2000||15 November||Italy def. Canada 66-6||Cougar Park||Keighley||1,028||2000 Rugby League Emerging Nations Tournament|
|2000||13 November||USA def. Canada 52-10||Court Place Farm||Oxford||500||
2000 Rugby League Emerging Nations Tournament
|1999||11 November||Japan def. Canada 14-0||Disney's Wide World Of Sports||Orlando||Not known||2000 RLWC Qualifier|
|1999||15 November||USA def. Canada 68-0||Disney's Wide World Of Sports||Orlando||Not known||2000 RLWC Qualifier|
|1998||-||USA def. Canada 32-6||TBC||Glen Mills||Not known|
|1997||-||USA def. Canada 50-10||TBC||Philadelphia||Not known|
|1995||-||France def. Canada 72-32||TBC||Montreal||Not known|
|1995||-||USA def. Canada 44-0||TBC||Baltimore||Not known|
|1994||1 October||USA def. Canada 22-10||TBC||St. Catherines||Not known|
|1994||19 June||USA def. Canada 22-0||John Boyd Stadium||Atlantic City||Not known|
|1993||17 October||USA def. Canada 32-2||TBC||Ottawa||Not known|
|1993||22 August||USA def. Canada 54-14||TBC||Lake Placid||Not known|
|1987||-||Canada def. USA 23-10||TBC||Pittsburgh||Not known|
Other Representative Match
Tri-County XIII defeated Maracaibo Oilers Sports Club (Venezuela) 24-16 at Montreal (1986) (Maracaibo Oilers Sports Club were Venezuelan Rugby Union side on tour to Canada in 1986, and included a Rugby League 13-a-side match on their tour itinerary. The Tri-County XIII was a representative team made up mainly of Canadians and some Americans from the 4-team Tri-County competition that was played at the time).
Emerging Nations tournament
In 2000 the Canada Cougars took part in the Emerging Nations Rugby League Championship which was held in the United Kingdom. The Canadians qualified for this tournament by finishing third in Group B of the Emerging Nations qualifying tournament which was held in the United States. The Canadians put up some credible performances against group rivals the United States and Japan, but lost to both nations which earned them a third place finish. In the Emerging Nations tournament the Canadians again put up some credible performances, against the United States and another newcomer to the competition Italy, but again finished on the losing side, this earned them another third place finish and a wooden spoon play-off against Japan. The Canadians tipped to finish last in the tournament proved everyone wrong by beating Japan in the match 28-12 at Wigan.
- United States def. Canada 68-0 Orlando, Florida United States
- Japan def. Canada 14-0 Orlando, Florida United States
- United States def. Canada 52-10 Oxford United Kingdom
- Tries: Whale, Van Der Hoek. Goal: De Snayer.
- Canada def. Japan 28-12 Wigan United Kingdom, 5th and 6th place playoff
- Tries: Demetriou 3, Whale, McKenzie. Goals: Weiler 2, De Snayer 2.
|Canada Wolverines Squad|
|First team squad||Interchange||Coaching staff|
Updated: 28 June 2011
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- Stuart Donlan named head coach of Canada Wolverines
- RLIF; RLIF Rankings