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Rugby Canada – 18th ranked Canada’s Men’s Rugby Team set to face 19th seeded Russia on Saturday afternoon at Calgary Rugby Park as part of #RISEAsOne Summer Series

CALGARY, AB (June 13, 2016) – Canada’s Men’s Rugby Team will be hosting a press conference on Tuesday, June 14th in advance of the Rugby Canada #RiseAsOne Summer Series featuring Canada vs Russia on Saturday, June 16th at the Calgary Rugby Park.   

Calgary last held a test match on July 2, 2005, when Canada beat Argentina 22-15. June’s test match will mark the first time Russia has played a test match in Canada as the home side will look to ‘Tame the Bear’. In three previous contests, Canada has never lost to Russia. The two sides first met in Burnaby in 2009 with Canada winning 22-3 before picking up a 34-18 win in Esher, England, as part of the 2011 Churchill Cup. Their most recent match-up came in 2012 when Canada won 35-3 in Wales as part of their November tour where Okotoks, AB., native Jeff Hassler had a pair of tries and Calgary’s Nick Blevins touching down too. 

What:                     Rugby Canada Press Conference

When:                   Tuesday, June 16, 2016 at 11:30am to 12pm
   Coffee, tea, water, pop, sandwiches will be served

Who:                      Jamie Cudmore – Captain of Canada’s Men’s Rugby Team

    Mark Anscombe – Head Coach Canada’s Men’s Rugby Team

    Head Coach & Captain of Russian Men’s Rugby Team

Where:                   Calgary Tower – arrive through main entrance 11:15am to 11:30am

Where:                   Media can apply for accreditation through under the “Media> Media Relations” tab for Saturday’s test match

Additional media opportunities:

Please find below a list of media availabilities with Canada’s Men’s Rugby Team in Calgary throughout the week of June 13th in advance of the match on Saturday, June 16th.

Training Schedule







2:30pm to 4:30pm

Calgary Rugby Union

Last 30 minutes, interviews after

Interviews on-field


2:30pm to 3:30pm

Calgary Rugby Union

Last 30 minutes, interviews after

Interviews on-field


11:30am to 12pm

Calgary Tower

Press Conference with CAN & RUS





Media by request


10am to 11:00am

Calgary Rugby Union

Last 30 minutes, interviews after

Interviews on-field


11am to 12pm

Calgary Rugby Union

Last 20 minutes

Interviews on-field


3pm kick off

BC Place

Post-match media scrum

Details TBD


Rugby Canada is the national governing body of the sport of rugby union in Canada.  Rugby Football 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.

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 with, Rugby Canada has put an emphasis on developing its junior programs.  Our goal is to develop and train competitive teams for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup in Ireland and 2019 Men’s Rugby World Cup in Japan.


Bryan Kelly                                                                                  
Media Relations, Rugby Canada                                                                                        
Phone: 250.216.5272