Canada national rugby league team

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Canada
Badge of Canada team
Nickname Wolverines
Governing body Canada Rugby League
Region The Americas
Head coach Richie Moore
Captain Jamie Lester
Home stadium Lamport Stadium
RLIF ranking 16th
Colours
First international
 Canada 23–10 United States 
(1987)
Biggest win
 Canada 40-10 Jamaica 
(2011)
Biggest defeat
 England 68–4 Canada 
(2012)

The Canada national rugby league team represents Canada in international rugby league football tournaments.

History[edit]

1987-2000[edit]

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.[1]

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.

2010 onwards[edit]

The briefly used "Mounties" 2010 logo

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".[2] Rugby League Review, one of the leading rugby league magazines in the world, became the main shirt sponsor of the team.[3] The Mounties competed at the American National Rugby League's 2010 War at the Shore tournament.[4] There, Canada played New England Immortals, a New England representative team, and the New York Knights AMNRL club team, losing both games.[5] 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.[6] 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.

Overall record[edit]

Official Rankings as of December 2013[7]
Rank Change Team Points
1 Steady  Australia 1,108.00
2  New Zealand 742.00
3  England 570.00
4  France 233.00
5 Increase  Fiji 201.00
6 Decrease  Wales 173.00
7  Papua New Guinea 166.00
8  Samoa 145.00
9 Steady  Ireland 128.00
10  United States 127.00
11 Decrease  Scotland 101.00
12 Increase  Italy 84.00
13 Decrease  Tonga 54.00
14  Cook Islands 48.00
15  Russia 42.00
16 Steady  Canada 40.00
17 Decrease  Serbia 38.00
18  Germany 30.00
19  Norway 28.00
20  Lebanon 23.00
21 Increase  Ukraine 19.00
22 Decrease  Malta 19.00
23  Jamaica 15.00
24 Increase  Netherlands 10.00
25 Decrease  South Africa 8.00
26  Denmark 6.00
27  Czech Republic 5.00
28 Increase New  Greece 5.00
29 Decrease  Belgium 4.00
30  Latvia 4.00
31  Sweden 1.00
32 Steady New  Hungary 1.00
33 Steady New  Morocco 0.00
Against Played Won Lost Drawn  % Won
 France 1 0 1 0 0%
 Italy 1 0 1 0 0%
 Jamaica 4 3 1 0 75%
 Japan 2 1 1 0 50%
 United States 18 3 15 0 17%
 South Africa 1 0 1 0 0%
 Lebanon 1 1 0 0 100%
Total 27 7 20 0 26%

Results[edit]

Year Date Result Venue City Crowd
2013 24 September USA def. Canada 30-22 Lamport Stadium Toronto, Ontario 5,176 Colonial Cup[8]
2013 7 September USA def. Canada 28-20 Lamport Stadium Toronto, Ontario 3,128 Colonial Cup[9]
2013 24 August USA def. Canada 44-16 Garthwaite Stadium Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 175 Caribbean Carnival Cup[10]
2013 20 July Canada def. Jamaica 38-14 Lamport Stadium Toronto, Ontario 5,700 Caribbean Carnival Cup[11]
2013 6 July Canada def. USA 36-20 Lamport Stadium Toronto, Ontario 7,200 Colonial Cup[12]
2012 6 October England 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[13]
2012 21 July Canada def. Jamaica 18-12 Lamport Stadium Toronto, Ontario 4,630 Caribbean Carnival Cup[14]
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[15]
2011 18 September Canada def. USA 18-16 Fletcher's Fields Markham, Ontario Not known Colonial Cup[15]
2011 27 August USA def. Canada 18-2 - Philadelphia Not known Colonial Cup[16]
2011 31 July Canada def. Jamaica 40-10 Fletcher's Fields Markham, Ontario 1,500 Caribbean Carnival Cup[17]
2010 20 November USA def. Canada 46-12 Hodges Field Jacksonville 2800 2010 Atlantic Cup[18]
2010 18 November Jamaica def. Canada 32-12 Hodges Field Jacksonville 800 2010 Atlantic Cup[19]
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[edit]

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[edit]

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.

Qualifying tournament[edit]

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1  United States 2 2 0 0 122 0 +122 4
2  Japan 2 1 0 1 14 54 -30 2
3  Canada 2 0 0 2 0 82 -82 0

Finals tournament[edit]

  • United States def. Canada 52-10 Oxford United Kingdom
    • Tries: Whale, Van Der Hoek. Goal: De Snayer.
Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1  Italy 2 2 0 0 106 22 +84 4
2  United States 2 1 0 1 68 50 +18 2
3  Canada 2 0 0 2 16 118 -102 0
  • Canada def. Japan 28-12 Wigan United Kingdom, 5th and 6th place playoff
    • Tries: Demetriou 3, Whale, McKenzie. Goals: Weiler 2, De Snayer 2.

2011 squad[edit]

Canada Wolverines Squad
First team squad Interchange Coaching staff




Legend:
  • (c) Captain
  • (vc) Vice captain

Updated: 28 June 2011
Source(s): European Shield 2011


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.canadarugbyleague.com/history/index.php?pageid=100001
  2. ^ O'Neill, Matthew (25 April 2010). [http://www.webcitation.org /query?id=1284834693297265 "Canada's national team to be known as 'Mounties'"]. rleague.com. Archived from the original on 18 September 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-18. 
  3. ^ CRL (2010). "Rugby League Review come on as major sponsor". Canada Rugby League. Archived from the original on 18 September 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-18. 
  4. ^ Lester, Jamie (5 April 2010). "Canadian team to play in AMNRL 'War at the Shore'". rleague.com. Archived from the original on 18 September 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-18. 
  5. ^ CRL (2010). "National Team Fixtures - 2010 / 2011". Canada Rugby League. Archived from the original on 18 September 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-18. 
  6. ^ O'Neill, Matthew (16 August 2010). "Canada to host USA in inaugural Colonial Cup". rleague.com. Archived from the original on 18 September 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-18. 
  7. ^ RLIF; RLIF Rankings
  8. ^ http://www.canadarugbyleague.com/site/eng/news/article.php?id=10243
  9. ^ http://www.canadarugbyleague.com/site/eng/news/article.php?id=10239
  10. ^ http://www.canadarugbyleague.com/site/eng/news/article.php?id=10236
  11. ^ http://www.canadarugbyleague.com/site/eng/news/article.php?id=10232
  12. ^ http://www.canadarugbyleague.com/site/eng/news/article.php?id=10228
  13. ^ http://www.canadarugbyleague.com/site/eng/news/article.php?id=10189
  14. ^ http://www.canadarugbyleague.com/site/eng/news/article.php?id=10186
  15. ^ a b http://www.rlef.eu.com/other/report?RLE00000205
  16. ^ http://www.rlef.eu.com/other/report?RLE00000207
  17. ^ http://www.rlef.eu.com/other/report?RLE00000204
  18. ^ http://www.rlef.eu.com/atlantic_cup/report?RLE00000085
  19. ^ http://www.rlef.eu.com/atlantic_cup/report?RLE00000087

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