Canada hopes to move up World Rugby rankings in World Cup qualifiers
The winner of the North American Playoffs will meet Uruguay No.17 in early October to determine the Americas 1 qualifiers for France 2023. The loser will face Chile No.28 to determine who qualifies for the Americas Playoff 2 against the loser of the Americas 1 series.
Canada leads the all-time series against the United States with a 38-23-2 record, including an 8-3-0 lead in the World Cup playoffs. But the Americans are undefeated in their last 12 meetings (11-0-1) with Canada dating back to a 13-11 loss to Toronto in August 2013 which booked Canada’s ticket to the 2015 World Cup.
The 2013 win was Canada’s seventh in a row against the Eagles.
However, both teams are mired in long defeats.
As the Americans lead a six-game winning streak against Canada, they have lost their last six tryouts against all opposition dating back to a 20-15 victory over the Canadiens in September 2019 in Vancouver, a warm-up for the Cup. world in Japan. This game at BC Place Stadium marked the last time the Canadiens played at home.
Canada, meanwhile, have lost 10 straight games since beating Chile 56-0 in February 2019.
Due to schedule cancellations linked to the pandemic, the two teams have only played twice – during the July testing window – since the 2019 World Cup in Japan.
Canada lost 68-12 to Wales (9th) and 70-14 to England (3rd) in their only game since losing 66-7 to the eventual World Cup champion , South Africa, October 8, 2019.
The Americans were beaten 43-29 by England and 71-10 by No. 4 Ireland in July.
“It was obviously a tough time, on and off the pitch for us,” said US coach Gary Gold. “But at the end of the day, we are delighted to be back to test rugby matches of this nature.”
Canada coach Kingsley Jones said while the Americans could be “slight favorites” it will come as no surprise given that most Canadians play alongside or against the Americans in the Major League. Rugby.
“They know what to expect and they can’t wait to take on the challenge,” he said.
The Canadian men have never missed a World Cup despite having to advance through a draft tournament the last time around after losing the playoffs to the United States and Uruguay. The Americans missed the 1995 World Cup in South Africa.
Former Scottish Sevens player Mike Adamson will referee Saturday’s game at Swilers Rugby Park as well as the rematch at Colorado.
Canada beat the United States 56-7 in their only other meeting in St. John’s – qualifying for the 2007 World Cup.
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This report by The Canadian Press was first published on September 3, 2021
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press