Canada national rugby union team

The Canadian rugby union team represents Canada at international level in the sport of Rugby Union. It is classified by the World Association International Rugby Board (IRB ) in the second class strength ( second tier ). The first international match was played in 1932 against Japan. To date, the team could always qualify for the World Cup, and reached in 1991 with the quarter-finals their best result. She takes since 2003 part of the annual Churchill Cup. The responsible organization is called Rugby Canada.


1874 took place in Cambridge (Massachusetts ) between the universities McGill and Harvard the first international rugby match in North America instead. Still occur both universities each other every November and play by the original rules of rugby to the Covo Cup. As the oldest non-university club in the country, founded in 1876 Westmount Rugby Football Club is valid from Montreal.

1884 saw the establishment of the Association of Canadian Rugby Football Union. 1909 donated the Fourth Earl Grey to the Grey Cup for the best rugby team in Canada. During this time, Canadian rugby but clearly started from the traditional British rugby to distinguish and developed according to various rule changes gradually to Canadian football. Today, the Grey Cup is the champion trophy of the Canadian Football League.

During the First and Second World Wars of the rugby game mode was set, but in the inter-war period witnessed this sport a kind of renaissance. 1919 played a selection of the Canadian Army to the King's Cup against selections of various British armed forces, as well as the Expenditionskorps the Dominons New Zealand, Union of South Africa and Australia. 1929, the Association was re-established under the name Rugby Union of Canada and in 1932 the first international match took place, in which the Canadians away almost lost to Japan.

Canada was one of the 16 countries that were invited by the IRB in 1987 to the first Rugby Union World Cup. In their first ever World Cup match, the Canadians beat Tonga with 37:4, but lost the other group matches against Ireland and Wales. At the 1991 World Cup they reached with victories against Fiji and Romania, and a defeat against France the quarterfinals. There they were, however, defeated by the New Zealanders.

In November 1993, the Canadians won sensationally against Wales and, in June 1994 against France. In the 1995 World Cup but only Romania was defeated four years later Namibia. Also at the 2003 World Cup they could win only once, against Tonga. In the 2007 World Cup, held to a draw against Japan.

Canada was the first national team, which was able to qualify in addition to the pre-qualified teams for the World Cup 2011. This was achieved by a victory over the United States two years before the start of the tournament. At the World Cup in New Zealand was only the fourth place in Group A achieved despite a 25:20 victory over Tonga and a draw against Japan. Thus, Canada needs to re- qualify for the World Cup 2015.


The national team currently has no permanent home stadium and therefore bear its games from different places, which are distributed over the whole country. The BMO Field in Toronto has been proposed as National Stadium. However, there is the intention in the future to use the still in the planning phase Whitecaps Waterfront Stadium in Vancouver. Thus, the national team would have their base in the rugby stronghold of British Columbia.



As of November 22, 2008

Results at World Championships

  • World Cup 1987: Preliminary Round ( 1 win )
  • World Cup 1991: Quarter- finalist (2 preliminary round wins)
  • World Cup 1995: Preliminary Round ( 1 win )
  • World Cup 1999: Preliminary Round ( 1 win )
  • World Cup 2003: Preliminary Round ( 1 win )
  • World Cup 2007: Preliminary Round ( 1 draw)
  • World Cup 2011: Preliminary Round ( 1 win, 1 draw)

Known player

  • Dan Baugh
  • Mark Cardinal
  • Al Charron
  • Glen Ennis
  • Mike James
  • Dave Lougheed
  • Gordon MacKinnon
  • Gareth Rees
  • Rod Snow
  • Winston Stanley
  • John Tait
  • Colin Yukes
  • Morgan Williams
  • Nikyta Witkowski