Canada national rugby league team
|Governing body||Canada Rugby League|
|Head coach||Benjamin Fleming|
|Home stadium||Lamport Stadium|
| Canada 23–10 United States
| Canada 52-14 United States
|England Lions 68–4 Canada
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.
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
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.. The teams international comeback was later in the year in September in the inaugural Colonial Cup. 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. 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.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.
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."
- 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.
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The following tournaments is a list of notable international competitions that Canada has been competing in since their existence in 1987.
|World Cup Record|
|1954||Did not enter|
|2000||Did not qualify|
|Colonial Cup record|
Caribbean Carnival Cup
- The Caribbean Carnival Cup is annual series that has been played between Canada and Jamaica since 2011.
|Caribbean Cup record|
|Atlantic Cup record|
|Official Rankings as of December 2017|
|10||Papua New Guinea|
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- O'Neill, Matthew (16 August 2010). "Canada to host USA in inaugural Colonial Cup". rleague.com. Archived from the original on 20 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-18.
- Stuart Donlan named head coach of Canada Wolverines
- "Canada announces Aaron Zimmerle as head coach for Qualifiers". CRL. 2015-09-11. Retrieved 2015-09-12.
- "Canada name their squad to face the USA". rlif.com. 2015-09-11. Retrieved 2015-09-13.