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
- 1 History
- 2 Current squad
- 3 Other Representative Match
- 4 Emerging Nations tournament
- 5 Overall Tournament History
- 6 All-time records
- 7 Results and fixtures
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
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 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 Queensland Cup team Tweed Heads Seagulls, took over the main coaching role at the Wolverines helm in 2015 to coach Canada in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup qualifying campaign.
In 2017 the Canada Rugby League Board appointed Benjamin Fleming for 3 seasons.
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.
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.
- Italy def. Canada 66-6 Cougar Park, Keighley United Kingdom
- Try: Coussons. Goal: Weiler.
- Canada def. Japan 28-12 Wigan United Kingdom, 5th and 6th place playoff
- Tries: Demetriou 3, Whale, McKenzie. Goals: Weiler 2, De Snayer 2.
Overall Tournament History
|Official Rankings as of November 2016|
|15||Papua New Guinea|
The following tournaments is a list of notable international competitions that Canada has been competing in since their existence in 1987.
A red box around the year indicates tournaments played within Canada
|World Cup record|
|2000||Failed to Qualify|
|2008||Not involved in qualifying|
|2013||Not involved in qualifying|
|2017||Failed to 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|
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Results and fixtures
- Below are the previous 5 matches of the national team. For all past match results, see the team's results page.
- O'Neill, Matthew (25 April 2010). "Canada's national team to be known as 'Mounties'". rleague.com. Archived from the original on 8 December 2015. Retrieved 2010-09-18.
- CRL (2010). "Rugby League Review come on as major sponsor". Canada Rugby League. Archived from the original on 8 July 2011. Retrieved 2010-09-18.
- Lester, Jamie (5 April 2010). "Canadian team to play in AMNRL 'War at the Shore'". rleague.com. Archived from the original on 9 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-18.
- CRL (2010). "National Team Fixtures - 2010 / 2011". Canada Rugby League. Archived from the original on 28 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-18.
- 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.