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Canadian National Rugby Team

Get to know the players representing Canada at the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand

Hubert Buydens

2011 NHL Draft
Bio
DOB: Jan. 4, 1982 Hometown: Saskatoon, SK
Height: 193 cm Weight: 125 kg
Position: Prop Club team: Prairie Wolf Pack
Caps: 3(debut -2006) Points: 0
2011 Stats
MP TOT TR PK C DG YC RC Caps NCaps
5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2
Personal:
Buydens is a former university football player who enjoyed success as an offensive lineman, ultimately earning a tryout with the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League. Rugby eventually won out, with the 125-kilogram player going on to represent Canada three times, including his debut against Barbados in the 2006 Rugby World Cup qualifier. Buydens has a total of eight Canada appearances, including non-cap Churchill Cup matches.

Aaron Carpenter

Bio
DOB: Jan. 9, 1983 Hometown: Brantford, ON
Height: 183 cm Weight: 109 kg
Position: Number 8 Club team: Plymouth Albion
Caps:37 (debut 2005) Career Points:40(8T)
2011 Stats
MP TOT TR PK C DG YC RC Caps NCaps
5 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 2
Personal:
Carpenter's story is one of success found through Canada's development ranks starting with Ontario under-16s. He also played under-21 for his province and represented his country in the under-18 and under-21 sides, with tours to Italy and England. He first toured with Canada's senior national team to the Super Powers Cup in 2004 and returned to Japan for the 2005 Super Cup to win his first international cap against the USA with an impressive display. His outstanding play in his first season won him rookie of the year honours for Canada. Carpenter made the move to professional rugby in 2009 with Coventry before signing with Plymouth Albion in the RFU Championship for the 2010 and 2011 seasons.

Jamie Cudmore

Bio
DOB: Sept. 6, 1978 Hometown: Squamish, B.C.
Height: 196 cm Weight: 118 kg
Position: Lock Club team: ASM Clermont Auvergne
Caps:22 (debut-2002) Career Points: 10
2011 Stats
MP TOT TR PK C DG YC RC Caps NCaps
4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 1
Personal:
When not playing for Canada's national rugby team, Cudmore plies his trade with ASM Clermont Auvergne and has been with the Top 14 franchise since signing in 2005. Prior to that, he enjoyed time with clubs Llandovery, Llanelli and FC Grenoble. Surprisingly, this former track and field athlete and downhill and slalom skier did not take up rugby until he was 17, where he started with local club Squamish Axemen. Early in his playing career, he spent a season in New Zealand with the East Coast Bays. He also played with the under-23 Pacificsport Rugby Academy during its 2002 tour of Germany.

Nanyak Dala

2011 NHL Draft
Bio
DOB: June 18, 1984 Hometown: Saskatoon, SK(born:Nigeria)
Height: 178 cm Weight: 100 kg
Position: Flanker Club team: Prairie Wolf Pack
Caps: 11 (debut-2007) Career Points:15 (3T)
2011 Stats
MP TOT TR PK C DG YC RC Caps NCaps
3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
Personal:
Born in Nigeria, Dala attended high school in South Africa and later played for the Glenwood Falcons RFC. He actually began his playing days as a back and was fly-half for Natal under-19s where he won the player of the year award in 2002. He was later named MVP for the Natal under-20 team before his family immigrated to Saskatchewan. He quickly established himself and won a place on the Rugby Canada Super League Prairie Fire team, advancing to the national finals in 2005 and 2006. He also played for Canada West in 2008. He plays his winter rugby with the Castaway Wanderers, summer rugby with the Saskatoon Wild Oat and represents his region in the Canadian Rugby Championship.

Brian Erichsen

2011 NHL Draft
Bio
DOB: Aug. 18 , 1977 Hometown: Winnipeg, MB
Height: 193 cm Weight: 112 kg
Position: Lock Club team: BC Bears
Caps: 4 (debut-2009) Career Points: 0
2011 Stats
MP TOT TR PK C DG YC RC Caps NCaps
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
Personal:
Erichsen has been a fixture on the rugby pitch for almost 20 years. Although he found some success as a young ice hockey player in the Manitoba Junior A system, he soon found rugby representation with Canada at the under-19 level, touring to Wales in 1996 and with the under-23s to New Zealand and Germany. In 2009 he won the BC Rounsfell Cup championship with the Meralomas and the Americas Rugby Championship with the BC Bears. He also played three years with the Pacific Pride. He was a member of the domestic Rugby Canada Super League from 1999 to 2005 and has played in representative sides against the likes of Oxford University in 2009, but his fondest rugby memory is beating France A in the Churchill Cup in 2010.

Matt Evans

2011 NHL Draft
Bio
DOB: Jan. 2, 1988 Hometown:Duncan, B.C. (born: England)
Height: 183 cm Weight: 89 kg
Position: Fullback Club team: Unattached
Caps:12 (debut-2008) Career Points:25(5T)
2011 Stats
MP TOT TR PK C DG YC RC Caps NCaps
3 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
Personal:
Evans was born and raised in Salisbury, England. He moved to Canada's West coast to attend Shawnigan Lake School before returning to the United Kingdom to study and play rugby at Hartpury College, England. While at Hartpury he was known for his prowess as a fullback and was instrumental in the school's BUSA championship in 2007. While he was eligible to play rugby for England, Wales and Canada, he chose the latter. He represented BC at the under-18 level and Canada at the under-19, under-19, under-20 and under-21 levels, including at the 2008 IRB Junior World Championships. His test debut was a result of a surprise selection by coach Kieran Crowley to face Ireland in 2008 and he has continued with strong representation.His career highlight would have to be his two try performance in a 42-10 win over Georgia at the 2009 Churchill Cup.

Ed Fairhurst

2011 NHL Draft
Bio
DOB: May 7, 1979 Hometown: Vancouver, B.C.
Height: 183 cm Weight: 92 kg
Position: Scrumhalf Club team: UBC Old Boy Ravens
Caps:51(debut-2001) Career Points: 46 (4T, 6PG, 4C)
2011 Stats
MP TOT TR PK C DG YC RC Caps NCaps
3 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 1
Personal:
A product of St. Michael's University School in Victoria and the under-23 PacificSport Rugby Academy, Fairhurst played on Canada's under-19 team which finished fourth at the World Youth Championships in France in 1998. He spent a season with the famous Brothers rugby club in Brisbane and played professionally with Cardiff and the Cornish Pirates. He also represented Canada touring with the national sevens team eight times, including the 2002 Commonwealth Games and 2005 Sevens Rugby World Cup. When not on the rugby field, he is an investment adviser with RBC Dominion Securities since.

Scott Franklin

2011 NHL Draft
Bio
DOB: Aug. 23, 1980 Hometown: Regina, SK
Height: 188 cm Weight: 115 kg
Position: Prop Club team: Prairie Wolf Pack
Caps: 8 (debut-2007) Career Points: 0
2011 Stats
MP TOT TR PK C DG YC RC Caps NCaps
3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
Personal:
Franklin played for his Saskatchewan provincial team at under-17, under-18 and under-19 levels and for Canada at the under-17, under-19 and under-23 levels. He also won awards for his prowess on the gridiron football field and on the hockey rink while at Saskatchewan's Notre Dame College from 1994 to 1998. A graduate of the PacificSport under-23 Academy, Franklin has played for the Regina Prairie Fire and the Victoria Crimson Tide in the Rugby Canada Super League.Converted from a flanker to a tighthead prop, he toured New Zealand with Canada ‘A’ in 2006 andplayed one game of the 2007 Rugby World Cup. He also played professionally with CA Brive in the Top 14 and the Cornish Pirates for one season each.

Ryan Hamilton

2011 NHL Draft
Bio
DOB: April 9, 1988 Hometown: West Vancouver, B.C.
Height: 183 cm Weight: 106 kg
Position: Hooker Club team: BC Bears
Caps: 4 (debut-2010) Career Points: 0
2011 Stats
MP TOT TR PK C DG YC RC Caps NCaps
3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Personal:
Hamilton won three British Columbia high school championships with Rockridge in Vancouver and first represented Canada in England in 2005 with the national under-17 program, along with the under-19 and under-20 programs. He was a member of the Americas Rugby Championship winning BC Bears squad in 2009 and won the BC Rounsfell Cup championship with the University of Victoria Vikes in the same year. His first tour with the Canadian senior men's team was to the 2010 Churchill Cup.

Ciaran Hearn

2011 NHL Draft
Bio
DOB: Jan. 4, 1982 Hometown: Conception Bay South, NL
Height: 191 cm Weight: 100 kg
Position: Wing Club team: The Rock
Caps: 16(debut-2008) Points:2 (1C)
2011 Stats
MP TOT TR PK C DG YC RC Caps NCaps
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
Personal:
Hearn has a long history of development in the Canadian rugby system having represented Canada in the 2004 under-19 Rugby World Cup and played for the Canada Under-21s in 2006. He has played in Canada's joint development system in North Wales and is an active member of both the national men's 15s and 7s side. He also splits his rugby seasons, playing his winter rugby with the Castaway Wanderers on the West Coast.

Nathan Hirayama

2011 NHL Draft
Bio
DOB: Mar. 23, 1988 Hometown: Saskatoon
Height: 183 cm Weight: 90 kg
Position: Flyhalf Club team: BC Bears
Caps: 6 (debut-2008) Points:11 (1T, 3C)
2011 Stats
MP TOT TR PK C DG YC RC Caps NCaps
2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Personal:
Hirayama was the youngest player to ever don the Canadian jersey in a capped appearance when he debuted against the New Zealand Maori in 2007. He played for Canada's sevens team in Dubai as an 18-year-old in 2006 after rising through the ranks of the Canada under-17 and under-19s. As an under-19 Canadian player, he competed in the World Championships in Belfast in 2007. Rugby is in Hirayama's blood, as his father Gary won twelve caps for Canada in the 1980s and played on Canada's first sevens team to travel to Hong Kong in 1980. Hirayama was also selected to Canada's 2007 Rugby World Cup squad but did not play. He continues to be actively involved in both Canada's sevens and 15s programs.

Tyler Hotson

2011 NHL Draft
Bio
DOB: May 30, 1985 Hometown: Vancouver, B.C.
Height: 196 cm Weight: 115 kg
Position: Prop Club team: Plymouth Albion
Caps: 19 Points: 0
2011 Stats
MP TOT TR PK C DG YC RC Caps NCaps
5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2
Personal:
Hotson is a gifted multi-sport athlete, having played hockey for 12 years before focussing on rugby, which he has played for 15 years. He has been a professional rugby player with Plymouth Albion in the RFU Championship for three seasons. He represented BC, at the under-18, under-20 and senior men levels and his country at the under-19 Rugby World Cup in 2004, under-21 tour to the Cayman Islands. He was a member of the Canada West NA4 side from 2006 to 2008 and made a sensational debut for Canada's senior team, scoring a try within 10 minutes of taking the field against USA in 2008. He also played a season of first-grade rugby in Sydney, Australia, with Northern Suburbs in 2008.

Adam Kleeberger

2011 NHL Draft
Bio
DOB: March 2, 1984 Hometown:White Rock, B.C.
Height: 183 cm Weight: 100 kg
Position: Flanker Club team: BC Bears
Caps: 30 Points: 20 (4T)
2011 Stats
MP TOT TR PK C DG YC RC Caps NCaps
2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Personal:
Kleeberger began playing rugby at Semiahmoo High School in White Rock, BC, and in the junior ranks of the Bayside RFC. He won selection to the BC under-19 team before leaving to play a season for the Warringah Rats in Sydney, Australia. He then returned home to play for Canada's under-19 team at the World Championships in France in 2003 and went on to play for two more fixtures of the tournament for the under-21s in 2004 and 2005. He also represented Canada in sevens at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in 2006. He played with Rotherham in the RFU Championship and was named the supporters' player of choice for the year for the 2009-2010 season. He was also a member of Auckland's ITM Cup side in 2010.

Jeremy Kyne

2011 NHL Draft
Bio
DOB: May 2, 1983 Hometown: Edmonton, AB(born:New Zealand)
Height: 190 cm Weight: 112 kg
Position: Number 8 Club team: Prairie Wolf Pack
Caps: 1(debut-2010) Points: 0
2011 Stats
MP TOT TR PK C DG YC RC Caps NCaps
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Personal:
Kyne is relatively new to the national senior men's team program. Originally from New Zealand, Kyne grew up in the rugby-hungry. He has success as a development player with the Wellington under-21 side in 2003-2004 and the Hurricanes under-20 side in 2003. He moved to Canada in 2005 and established himself in Edmonton before first representing Canada A against Argentina in 2009. He has played two seasons with the Canadian Rugby Championships Prairie Wolf Pack and, following a strong season in 2010, toured with the Canada Selects to Argentina for games against the host nation, Tonga and U.S.A. He was then taken on Canada's European tour that year and played in one game as starting Number 8 against Belgium.

Jamie Mackenzie

2011 NHL Draft
Bio
DOB: Feb. 28, 1989 Hometown: Oakville, ON (born: Scotland)
Height: 173 cm Weight: 89 kg
Position: Scrumhalf Club team: Esher RFC
Caps: 3 (debut-2010) Points: 0
2011 Stats
MP TOT TR PK C DG YC RC Caps NCaps
2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Personal:
A scrum-half currently playing his rugby for Esher in the RFU Championship Mackenzie's stock has been on the rise in the past couple of seasons. His debut came against Belgium on Canada's four-game European tour in 2010 which saw him firmly put his hand up for a half-back spot for the Rugby World Cup. Mobile around the back of the ruck this Ontario Blues product saw success with Canada's under-20 team at the 2009 Junior World Trophy. His brother Phil, a wing or centre, has also made the 2011 Rugby World Cup Canada squad.

6. Phil Mackenzie

2011 NHL Draft
Bio
DOB: Feb. 25, 1987 Hometown: Oakville, ON
Height: 185 cm Weight: 96 kg
Position: Centre Club team: Esher RFC
Caps: 8 (debut-2008) Career Points:10 (2T)
2011 Stats
MP TOT TR PK C DG YC RC Caps NCaps
5 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 2
Personal:
A speedy winger for most of his Canada appearances at the under-20 Junior World Trophy, Mackenzie has gone on to make 11 Canada appearances prior to the summer lead-up campaign to the Rugby World Cup. He has played club rugby in the United Kingdom for the past two seasons, with a stop in Coventry before making the move to Esher, where he plays with brother Jamie under the guidance of former Canada International Mike Schmid. Mackenzie also plays Sevens for Canada.

Jason Marshall

2011 NHL Draft
Bio
DOB: Feb. 05, 1985 Hometown: North Vancouver, B.C.
Height: 191 cm Weight: 117 kg
Position: Prop Club team: BC Bears
Caps: 7 (debut-2008) Career Points:10 (2T)
2011 Stats
MP TOT TR PK C DG YC RC Caps NCaps
4 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
Personal:
A gifted gridiron football quarterback with Simon Fraser University in Canada before converting to rugby full time, Marshall has impressed in his short seven-year rugby history. Originally a loose forward, Marshall took on the challenge of converting to a muscular prop and was an asset during his time with Canada West in the NA4. Injury kept him out of the game for most of 2008 but he returned in 2009 to play for the BC Bears in the Americas Rugby Championship. Following a strong performance in that tournament, he answered the call of duty to play for Canada in the 2010 and 2011 Churchill Cup tournaments and joined the team on its November test series in Europe last year.

Ander Monro

2011 NHL Draft
Bio
DOB:Sept. 06, 1981 Hometown:Victoria, B.C.
Height: 178 cm Weight: 82 kg
Position: Flyhalf Club team: Ontario Blues
Caps: 25 (debut- 2006) Career Points:43 (2T, 6C, 1DG, 6PG)
2011 Stats
MP TOT TR PK C DG YC RC Caps NCaps
5 11 1 0 0 2 0 0 3 2
Personal:
Born in North York Hospital when his father, who was in the British Army, was stationed in Canada. Monro returned to Scotland, where he attended Glenalmond College and represented Scotland at the under-15, under-16, under-19 and under-21 levels. He joined Heriots upon graduation from school and, while attending Edinburgh University, won the Scottish Cup with them in 2003-2004. He also played professionally with Edinburgh from 2004 to 2007 and Colorno in Italy from 2007 to 2009. Rugby is a family trait for Monro. His grandfather Hector Monro was president of the Scottish Rugby Union, while his relative Charles Monro introduced rugby to New Zealand in 1870.

Chauncey O'Toole

2011 NHL Draft
Bio
DOB: Feb. 22, 1986
Hometown: Belleisle, NB
Height: 188 cm Weight: 108 kg
Position: Flanker Club team: The Rock
Caps: 12 (debut-2009) Career Points:15 (3T)
2011 Stats
MP TOT TR PK C DG YC RC Caps NCaps
5 5 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 2
Personal:
O'Toole has spent time playing on both the west and east coasts of Canada as well as a stint with the Glasgow Warriors. After strong performances and recognition as a physical flanker in the Americas Rugby Championship and Canadian Rugby Championship, Chauncey had a breakout year at the 2011 Churchill Cup, earning two man of the match nods and being named player of the tournament.

Taylor Paris

2011 NHL Draft
Bio
DOB:Oct. 06, 1992 Hometown: Barrie, ON
Height: 185 cm Weight: 86 kg
Position: Prop Club team: Ontario Blues
Caps: 3 (debut-2010) Career Points: 10 (2T)
2011 Stats
MP TOT TR PK C DG YC RC Caps NCaps
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Personal:
Paris, the youngest member of the squad, has only been playing rugby for five years but has burst onto the Canadian rugby scene after starting as an outside centre with his high school team at Barrie Central Collegiate. Provincially, he played under-15s for Ontario and led the Ontario under-18 with two tries to take the team to its second-straight national squad. He also led that team in scoring with nine tries in five games. Nationally, he was a member of the Canadian under-17 before becoming the youngest player to make his sevens debut when at 17 he was given the run of the field in the IRB Wellington Sevens in 2010. In the same year, he became the youngest Canadian to ever don the senior national jersey when he played on the wing against Belgium as an 18-year-old.

James Pritchard

2011 NHL Draft
Bio
DOB: July 21, 1979 Hometown:Parkes, NSW, Australia
Height: 175 cm Weight: 83 kg
Position: Fullback
Club team: Bedford Blues
Caps: 38 Career Points: 368 (12T, 67C, 58PG)
2011 Stats
MP TOT TR PK C DG YC RC Caps NCaps
5 50 1 9 9 0 0 0 3 2
Personal:
Born in the rural Australian town of Parkes, New South Wales, Pritchard began his professional playing career in the National Rugby League with the Parramatta Eels before switching to rugby union with Randwick, winning the premiership and most improved player award in 2000. His professional rugby union career took him to Bedford in England, where he won the National Division One scoring title in 2002-2003. With a grandfather from Ruthilda, Saskatchewan, Pritchard came to Canada to play for the Rugby Canada Super League Prairie Fire in 2003, to pursue a Rugby World Cup spot. He played in the 2003 Rugby World Cup and was recalled in 2006, where he set and then broke his own Canadian scoring record of points in a single match. His current record is 36 points, against the USA in 2006. He is currently Canada's second highest scorer of all time with 355 points scored in capped appearances. He has been living in England for 10 years with his partner, Jenni, and has an 18-month son Lucas. His only regret of attending the 2011 Rugby World Cup is he will likely miss the birth of his second child, due September 16.

Pat Riordan

2011 NHL Draft
Bio
DOB:Sept. 30, 1979 Hometown:Surrey, B.C.
Height: 184.5 cm Weight: 110 kg
Position: Hooker
Club team: BC Bears
Caps: 38 Career Points: 20 (4T)
2011 Stats
MP TOT TR PK C DG YC RC Caps NCaps
5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2
Personal:
Riordan started playing rugby in Grade 9. He was selected to Canada under-17 tour to England in 1997 and gave up hockey to concentrate on rugby. He played with the Gold Coast Breakers in Brisbane, Australia, for one season and returned to play for BC under-21s before going to Auckland and playing with the College Rifles. He spent a season with Pontypridd in Wales in 2004 and also played for Canada in the Super Powers Cup at the Churchill Cup in 2004 and for Canada West in the NA4 competition in 2008. He has also won the Americas Rugby Championship with the BC Bears. He has been captain of the Canadian men's squad since coach Kieran Crowley took over in 2008.

Mike Scholz

2011 NHL Draft
Bio
DOB: Aug. 06, 1988 Hometown:Oakville, ON
Height: 182 cm Weight: 100 kg
Position: Centre Club team: Ontario Blues
Caps: 4 (debut-2009) Points: 0
2011 Stats
MP TOT TR PK C DG YC RC Caps NCaps
3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Personal:
Scholz has only played rugby seven years but has wracked up some miles on his boots in that short time. A fleet of foot centre, he has been turning heads through the Canada's age-grade rugby programs for his line breaking ability and his off-load from the tackle. He has represented his province of Ontario at the under-17, under-18 and senior men's level and played development for Canada at the under-19 and under-20 side before moving to the senior national team. He has played sevens for Canada at the Hong Kong, London and Edinburgh legs of the international circuit and been on two tours with the 15s team. He considers the biggest achievement of his rugby career to date to be his selection to the 2011 Rugby World Cup squad.

Jebb Sinclair

2011 NHL Draft
Bio
DOB:Aug. 04, 1986 Hometown:Fredericton, NB
Height: 194 cm Weight: 108 kg
Position: Flanker Club team: London Irish
Caps: 16 (debut-2008) Points:5 (1T)
2011 Stats
MP TOT TR PK C DG YC RC Caps NCaps
5 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 2
Personal:
Sinclair played his formative rugby on the pitches of New Brunswick, finally gaining notice of national selectors via the North America Four series which became the Canadian Rugby Championship. A physical and mobile back row player, also able to cover off in the second row, Sinclair made his debut against Portugal in Lisbon in November of 2008. With 16 test caps and 21 over all Canada appearances, his style of play caught the interest of the London Irish at the 2011 Churchill Cup, ultimately netting the 25-year-old a contract with the English Premiership side.

Ryan Smith

2011 NHL Draft
Bio
DOB: Sept. 13, 1979 Hometown: Calgary, AB
Height: 188 cm Weight: 100 kg
Position: Centre Club team: Prairie Wolf Pack
Caps: 46 (debut- 2003) Points: 40 (8T)
2011 Stats
MP TOT TR PK C DG YC RC Caps NCaps
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
Personal:
Smith has risen through the ranks of Canadian rugby. His representative duties include Canada under-23, Canada sevens and Ontario under-21. He toured to Germany with the Pacific Pride in 2002 and played for the Rugby Canada Super League Toronto Renegades and Xtreme in 2002 and 2003, and for Eastern Canada in 2002. He appeared in all Pan-Am games in 2003. While usually a centre, he spent time as a fly half for Canada in 2005 where he played in the position for the first time against USA and again against Japan and Argentina. He was named Canada's player of the year in 2005. He has played both 15s and sevens for Canada and when not on the rugby pitch, likely to be found on the greens, as he is a scratch golfer.

Andrew Tiedemann

2011 NHL Draft
Bio
DOB: July 21, 1988 Hometown: St. Albert, AB
Height: 183 cm Weight: 118 kg
Position: Prop Club team: Prairie Wolf Pack
Caps: 9 (debut-2009) Career Points: 0
2011 Stats
MP TOT TR PK C DG YC RC Caps NCaps
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
Personal:
A native of St Albert, Alberta, just outside Edmonton, Andrew has cemented a spot in the 2011 Rugby World Cup squad with his ability to play on both sides of the front row. A member of the Prairie Wolf Pack of the Canadian Rugby Championship, Tiedemann worked his way through the Canada age-grade ranks, playing at the under-17, under-19 and under-20 levels before gaining his first cap against Ireland in Vancouver in May of 2009. At 23 he is one of the young guns in the Canadian front row. He has a total of nine caps and 14 Canada appearances.

Conor Trainor

2011 NHL Draft
Bio
DOB:Dec. 5, 1989 Hometown:Vancouver, B.C.
Height: 193 cm Weight: 125 kg
Position: Centre Club team: BC Bears
Caps: 1(debut-2011) Points:5 (1T)
2011 Stats
MP TOT TR PK C DG YC RC Caps NCaps
3 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
Personal:
Playing in just his first year of senior test rugby, this speedy centre has made an impact right out of the gate. Trainor came into the 2011 season with several seasons of experience with the Canadian sevens team, but his explosive pace, threatening tackles in defence and nose for the try line make him an obvious choice in the Canadian back line. He learned his rugby while attending St. George's School, a boarding school in Vancouver known for its sports programs. For his province of British Columbia, Trainor has strapped on the boots for the under-16 and under-18 representative sides. At the representative level on a national scope, Trainor played for the under-20s on tours to Wales and Japan. He plays his winter/West coast rugby with the UBC Old Boy Ravens and his summer rugby with the University of Western Ontario Mustangs. In securing a spot in Canada's 2011 Rugby World Cup squad, Trainor has already achieved one of his life-long goals.

D.T.H. Van der Merwe

2011 NHL Draft
Bio
DOB:April 28, 1986 Hometown:Victoria, B.C. (born:RSA)
Height: 183 cm Weight: 98 kg
Position: Wing Club team: Glasgow Warriors
Caps: 16 (debut- 2006) Points: 50 (10T)
2011 Stats
MP TOT TR PK C DG YC RC Caps NCaps
2 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Personal:
Born in South Africa, Daniel Tailliferre Hauman (DTH) Van der Merwe began playing at age five. He later made the Boland under-16 team. In 2003, the Van der Merwe family immigrated to Regina where DTH attended Dr. Martin Le Boldus High School. He made the Saskatchewan under-18, under-21 and Rugby Canada Super League Prairie Fire teams. He also played gridiron football in Regina. In 2005, he moved to Victoria to play for club side James Bay AA, where he won three-straight BC championships in 2006-2008 and a national title in 2007. He has played with the Glasgow Warriors in the Magners League since signing with the team following the 2009 Churchill Cup.

Frank Walsh

2011 NHL Draft
Bio
DOB:Sept. 05, 1976 Hometown:St. John's, NL
Height: 180 cm Weight: 114 kg
Position: Prop Club team: The Rock
Caps: 4 (debut-2008) Points: 0
2011 Stats
MP TOT TR PK C DG YC RC Caps NCaps
5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2
Personal:
A central figure of the three-time national champion Rock squad of the Canadian Rugby Championship, Walsh has been a fixture for East coast rugby for years and at 35 years old will be challenging as among the oldest World Cup debutants in 2011. A long-time member of the Vandals RFC, Walsh made his Canada debut on the 2008 tour to Europe, coming on as a replacement against Ireland at the storied Thomond Park. A butcher for a large grocery chain, Walsh began is ascent to the Canadian team as a member of the Canada East team in the since renamed North America Four competition (now Canadian Rugby Championship).

Sean White

2011 NHL Draft
Bio
DOB:June 28, 1988 Hometown: Victoria, B.C.
Height: 193 cm Weight: 125 kg
Position: Scrumhalf Club team: BC Bears
Caps: 9 (debut-2009) Points: 10 (2T)
2011 Stats
MP TOT TR PK C DG YC RC Caps NCaps
3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
Personal:
White grew up in Victoria, British Columbia playing rugby for James Bay AA and captained Oak Bay High School for two years. He was a member of two undefeated National Championships with BC under-16 and under-18. He also represented Canada with the under-17s at Millfield, under-19s in Belfast and under-20 in Wales. He has represented Canada's sevens team on the IRB World Circuit in Wellington, Vegas and the United Kingdom. He was one of nine Canadian members of the RGC 1404 team in North Wales as part of a joint development program between Rugby Canada and the Welsh Rugby Union.


Statistical Abbreviations' Legend
MP= Matches Played DG= Drop Goals
TOT= Total Points YC= Yellow Cards
TR= Tries RC= Red Cards
PK= Penalty Kicks Caps= Caps Apperances
C= Conversions NCaps= Non-Caps Appearances


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