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Rugby Canada – Canada’s Men’s Rugby Team dropped their 2017 Americas Rugby Championship opener 20-6 to Argentina XV on Saturday evening; Canada returns to Westhills Stadium next Saturday to face Chile

LANGFORD, B.C. – Canada’s Men’s Rugby Team lost its 2017 Americas Rugby Championship opener 20-6 to Argentina XV Saturday evening at Westhills Stadium. 

Gordon McRorie kicked two penalties for Canada while Santiago Medrano and Segundo Tuclet had tries for the visitors.

“They looked a little more organised than us,” Canada’s head coach Mark Anscombe said. “It was anyone’s game at half time but I thought we played a poor second half and they started playing a bit more and put us under pressure.”

As teams adjusted to the harsh conditions — a field covered with snow while rain fell — it meant for a sloppy first half that was filled with turnovers as the two sides could only muster a penalty each. 

Domingo Miotti had given Argentina a 3-0 lead in the second minute before Lucas Rumball was shown a yellow card on the restart for an illegal hit in the air. Gordon McRorie tied things up with an 11th minute penalty.

However, Argentina struck first in the second half as Medrano gathered Miotti’s grubber kick to touch down in the 50th minute for a 10-3 lead. After McRorie cut the deficit to 10-6 in the 62nd minute, Tuclet scored on a wonderful solo effort five minutes later to extend the Argentina lead to 17-6. 

“We win the ball, kick it into open space and he’s beats four guys down the sideline. You’re not going to win games like that,” Anscombe said.

Miotti sealed victory in the 75th minute with his second penalty of the game.

“We weren’t patient and went away from doing anything with the ball we had,” Anscombe said. “It was individuals doing their own thing rather sticking to our structures.

“We just made some poor decisions and that played into their hands.”

Canada returns to action next Saturday at Westhills Stadium as they host Chile at 8pm ET/5pm PT. Tickets are still available at

Canada’s Men’s Team to face Argentina – Name, (Club/CRC) Hometown


1. Rob Brouwer – (Lindsay RFC/Ontario Blues) Lindsay, ON

2. Eric Howard – (Brantford Harlequins/Ontario Blues) Ottawa, ON

3. Matt Tierney – (Section Paloise/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON

4. Conor Keys – (UVic Vikes/Atlantic Rock) Stittsville, ON

5. Liam Chisholm – (UVIC Vikes/BC Bears) Kenora, ON

6. Admir Cejvanovic – (Burnaby Lake RFC/BC Bears) Burnaby, BC

7. Lucas Rumball – (Balmy Beach RFC/Ontario Blues) Scarborough, ON

8. Clay Panga – (Westshore RFC/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB

9. Gordon McRorie – Captain (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB

10. Robbie Povey – (Bedford Athletic/Prairie Wolf Pack) Northampton, England

11. Taylor Paris – (Agen) Barrie, ON

12. Nick Blevins – (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB

13. Brock Staller – (UBC Thunderbirds/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC

14. Dan Moor – (Balmy Beach RFC/Ontario Blues) Toronto, ON

15. Carl Pocock – (Calgary Rams/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB

16. Benoit Piffero – (Blagnac Sporting Rugby Club/Atlantic Rock) Montreal, QC

17. Djustice Sears -Duru – (Glasgow Warriors/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON

18. Cole Keith – (James Bay AA/Atlantic Rock) Sussex, NB

19. Reegan O’Gorman – (Marist Albion) Vancouver, BC

20. Matt Beukeboom – (Section Paloise) Lindsay, ON

21. Phil Mack – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC

22. Guiseppe Du Toit – (UVIC Vikes/BC Bears) Maple Ridge, BC

23. George Barton – (Clermont Espoirs) Duncan, BC

Scoring Details:


Penalties: Gordon McRorie (2)


Tries: Santiago Medrano, Segundo Tuclet

Conversions: Domingo Miotti (2)

Penalties: Domingo Miotti (2)

Canada’s 2017 Americas Rugby Championship Schedule:

Canada 6-20 Argentina — Feb. 4

Canada vs. Chile — Feb. 11, Westhills Stadium, 8pm ET/5pm PT

Canada vs. USA — Feb. 18, Swangard Stadium, 8pm ET/5pm PT

Uruguay vs. Canada — Feb. 25, Estadio Domingo Burgueno

Brazil vs. Canada — March 3, Pacaembu Stadium

About Rugby Canada

Rugby Canada is the national governing body of the sport of rugby union in Canada.  Rugby Union has a long history in Canada dating back to its initial appearance in the 1860s.  Since 1974, Rugby Canada has been a permanent fixture    on the global rugby scene, including trips to each of the eight Men’s Rugby World Cups and seven Women’s Rugby World Cups.  As a regular on the Men’s and Women’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, Canada continues to climb the world rankings and challenge the dominant rugby nations in both versions of the game.  Canada’s Women’s Rugby Sevens Team also made history in 2016, capturing the first-ever Bronze Medal at the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Rugby Canada has also put a renewed emphasis on developing its junior programs to support the growth of rugby at the grass-roots level and to ensure there are elite programs for prospering young rugby players to become involved.  Our goal is to develop and train competitive teams for the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup in Ireland, the 2018 Sevens World Cup in San Francisco, the 2019 Men’s Rugby World Cup in Japan and 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo.


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