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5 new caps for Canada tests vs. Japan, Russia

5 new caps for Canada tests vs. Japan, Russia

There are five new caps in the Canada rugby squad for two tests in Japan next month and a visit by Russia.
Canada takes on Japan in Sendai on Nov. 14 and Tokyo on Nov. 22, and hosts Russia in Vancouver on Nov 28.
"We are taking the best players available and we want to win our two test matches in Japan and that is the only way we are approaching it," coach Kieran Crowley said in a statement on Tuesday.
Canada has won only two of its six matches this year, one against the United States to qualify for the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand.
The newcomers are centers Nick Blevins and Mike Scholz, lock Brian Erichsen, prop Tom Dolezel and loose forward Mark MacSween.
Crowley summoned eight of his overseas professionals: Aaron Carpenter (Coventry), Adam Kleeberger (Rotherham), Tyler Hotson (Plymouth Albion), Bryn Keys and Justin Mensah-Coker (Moseley), James Pritchard (Bedford), Kevin Tkachuk (Glasgow Warriors) and Josh Jackson (Bordeaux).
Rugby Canada said Jamie Cudmore (Clermont), DTH van der Merwe (Glasgow Warriors), Luke Tait (Stade Montois), Mike Burak (UBC Old Boy Ravens), Ed Fairhurst and Stan McKeen (Oxford University) were unavailable for selection.
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Canada:
Forwards: Aaron Carpenter, Nanyak Dala, Tom Dolezel, Brian Erichsen, Tyler Hotson, Josh Jackson, Adam Kleeberger, Mark MacSween, Chauncey O'Toole, Dan Pletch,. Mike Pletch, Pat Riordan, Kevin Tkachuk, Doug Wooldridge. Backs: Nick Blevins, Sean Duke, Matt Evans, Ciaran Hearn, Nathan Hirayama, Bryn Keys, Phil Mack, Justin Mensah-Coker, Ander Monro, James Pritchard, Michael Scholz, Sean White.


Updated : 2021-01-19 01:52 GMT+08:00