Canada national rugby league team

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Badge of Canada team
Team information
Nickname Wolverines
Governing body Canada Rugby League
Region Americas
Head coach Benjamin Fleming
Captain Matt Wyles
Home stadium Lamport Stadium
RLIF ranking 17th
First colours
Second colours
Team results
First international
 Canada 23–10 United States 
Biggest win
 Canada 52-14 United States 
Biggest defeat
England Lions 68–4 Canada 

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


1987-2000: Origins[edit]

Rugby league was first introduced to Canada in the 1900s but was quiclky outlawed by Rugby Union officials and thus became Canadian Football. It wasnt until the late 1980s that rugby league was re-introduced to Canada at an amateur level, 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 Canadian national team played their first game in 1987 against the USA. They then played sporadically throughout the 1990s and participated in the 1995 and '96 World Sevens and Emerging Nations World Cup in 2000. Following the 2000 Emerging Nations World Cup, the Canadian Rugby League Federation folded. As a result, the national team was disbanded and the sport remained dormant for 10 years.

2010 onwards: Revival[edit]

The briefly used "Mounties" 2010 logo

In 2010, a new governing body, Canada Rugby League, was formed. Their first comeback game was in 2010 in the War at the Shore tournament, where they played New England Immortals, a New England representative team, and the New York Knights AMNRL club team, losing both games..[2] The teams international comeback was later in the year in September in the inaugural Colonial Cup.[3] Later that year they competed in the Rugby League Atlantic Cup in Jacksonville, Florida.

Canadas first win since they were reformed came the following year in 2011 against Jamaica. They collected their second win in September, against the USA in the second game of the Colonial Cup. However, due to an earlier loss to the USA and the resulting aggregate scores ment Canada were unable to win the Cup. Canada's international season finished up with a defeat against South Africa, for a warm up game before their 2013 World Cup qualifiers campaign.

In 2014, Stuart Donlan was appointed as head coach.[4] Donlan's first game was the 2014 Colonial Cup's only fixture. He coached Canada to a famous victory which made them the Colonial Cup champions for the very first time.[5]Despite Donlan's success, Aaron Zimmerle, the head coach of the Tweed Heads Seagulls, took over the main coaching role in 2015 in their 2017 World Cup qualifying campaign.[6]

After failing to qualify for the 2017 World Cup, the Canada Rugby League Board appointed Benjamin Fleming as coach on a three year deal. Canada Rugby League Association Vice President David Graham said “the board’s decision to appoint Fleming as Head Coach was based on the hard work and passion he has shown since returning to the association last year."

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up to play for the Canada national team for the 2015 Colonial Cup first test against the United States.[7]

  • Eric Moyer of the Brantford Broncos was named as the 18th man and will provide as backup for any injuries or suspensions that might occur before the first game begins.
Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Pts. Club
FB Robin Legault Canada Toronto Centurions
WG Billy Gemmell Canada Brantford Broncos
CE Christian Miller Canada Brantford Broncos
CE Denny McCarthy Canada Oakville Crusaders
SO Matt Wyles Canada Toronto Centurions
SH Steve Piatek Canada Brantford Broncos
PR Antoine Blanc Canada Toronto City Saints
HK Trent Bourke Australia Jamberoo Superoos
SR Erick Alverado Canada Brantford Broncos
SR Enoch Wamalwa Canada Toronto City Saints
LF Joey Murphy Australia Jamberoo Superoos
CE Jonathan Cregg Canada Toronto Centurions
PR Jason Locke Canada Toronto Centurions
SO Alan Lafferty Canada Brantford Broncos
Eddie Bilborough Canada Toronto City Saints
JT Robothaham Canada Toronto Centurions
Max Smillie Canada Toronto Centurions

Competative Record[edit]

Results overview[edit]

Against Played Won Lost Drawn % Won
 France 1 0 1 0 0%
 Italy 1 0 1 0 0%
 Jamaica 5 4 1 0 80%
 Japan 2 1 1 0 50%
 United States 22 5 17 0 23%
 South Africa 1 0 1 0 0%
 Lebanon 1 1 0 0 100%
 England Lionhearts 2 0 2 0 0%
 Royal Air Force 2 0 2 0 0%
Total 37 11 26 0 31%

The following tournaments is a list of notable international competitions that Canada has been competing in since their existence in 1987.

World Cup[edit]

World Cup Record
Year Round Position Pld Win Draw Loss
France 1954 Did not enter
Australia 1957
England 1960
Australia New Zealand 1968
England 1970
France 1972
United Nations 1975
Australia New Zealand 1977
United Nations 1985-88
United Nations 1989-92
England 1995
United Kingdom Ireland France 2000 Did not qualify
Australia 2008
England Wales 2013
Australia New Zealand Papua New Guinea 2017
England 2021 TBD
United States Canada 2025 Qualified

Colonial Cup[edit]

Colonial Cup record
Year Round Position GP W L D
Canada 2010 Second place 2/2 1 0 1 0
Canada United States 2011 Second place 2/2 2 1 1 0
United States Canada 2012 Second place 2/2 2 0 2 0
Canada United States 2013 Second place 2/2 4 1 3 0
Canada 2014 Champions 1/2 1 1 0 0
United States 2015 Champions 1/2 3 2 1 0
Total 2 Titles 6/6 13 5 8 0

Caribbean Carnival Cup[edit]

  • The Caribbean Carnival Cup is annual series that has been played between Canada and Jamaica since 2011.
Caribbean Cup record
Year Round Position GP W L D
Canada 2011 Champions 1/2 1 1 0 0
Canada 2012 Champions 1/2 1 1 0 0
Canada 2013 Champions 1/2 1 1 0 0
Canada 2014 Champions 1/2 1 1 0 0
Total 4 Titles 4/4 4 4 0 0

Atlantic Cup[edit]

Atlantic Cup record
Year Round Position GP W L D
United States 2009 Not Invited
United States 2010 Second place 2/3 2 1 1 0
Total 0 Titles 1/2 2 1 1 0


Official Rankings as of December 2017
Rank Change Team Points
1 Same position  Australia
2  New Zealand
3  England
4 Rise  Tonga
5  Fiji
6 Fall  Samoa
7  Scotland
8  France
9 Rise  Lebanon
10  Papua New Guinea
11 Fall  Ireland
12  Wales
13  Italy
14  United States
15  Jamaica
16  Serbia
17  Canada
18  Malta
19 Same position  Russia
20  Belgium
21  Spain
22  Norway
23  Greece
24 Rise  Philippines
25 Same position  Ukraine
26  Czech Republic
27  Netherlands
28  Germany
29  Hungary
30 Fall  Cook Islands
31  Sweden
32 Rise  Chile
33 Fall  Niue
34  Denmark
35  South Africa
36  Vanuatu
37 Rise  El Salvador
38 Fall  Thailand
39 New entry  Argentina
40  Colombia
41  Japan
42 Fall  Solomon Islands
43 New entry  Brazil
44 Fall  Uruguay
45 New entry  Hong Kong
46 Fall  Bulgaria
47  Latvia
48  Morocco

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