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Written by Doug Crosse    Friday, 15 June 2012 19:08    PDF Print Write e-mail
Sinclair Making his Mark
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Everything Jebb Sinclair has done in his rugby career has been of a trailblazing nature lately in terms of the journey he has taken from the parochial trappings of club rugby in tiny New Brunswick to that of playing in South Africa in one of rugby’s toughest club competitions.

Sinclair, with his 2011 beard. Numina photoWhile wing Simon Pacey holds the mantle as the first player from the Atlantic province, certainly what Sinclair has achieved since his first cap vs Portugal in 2008 has been stunning. 

With 21 Test appearances for Canada, as well as five other non-cap appearances, it has been a great ride for the former Fredericton Loyalist.

Following an outstanding World Cup campaign that also saw the 26-year-old as part of the dynamic trio of Beardos, Sinclair got the call he was looking for from professional rugby. The London Irish of the Aviva Premiership in England brought the multi-faceted forward into their fold, only to have him suffer a thumb injury after only a handful of games.

Sinclair waited patiently  - staying fit - and got back into the Irish lineup in late February against Northampton, playing a total of eight games in his first season. But in May the Stormers of the Super 15 competition in the southern hemisphere were having a bad injury run, and they made a call to the Irish for a loan of the fiery back row player  looking to resolve a dearth at the No. 8 spot.

What started out as a band-aid solution has turned into Sinclair landing a starting role on a team that normally features the likes of super star Schalk Burger - whom Sinclair has been replacing during his time in Cape Town, where the Stormers are based.

"Obviously I have landed on my feet down there for sure at the last minute," understates Sinclair of his move to what is arguably the top club competition in the world.  "There was only one thing I could say and that was yes for an opportunity like that.

"Right now I am enjoying the ride, play good rugby and give it all to whatever team I am playing for for the best opportunity to win every Saturday."

But for three weeks Sinclair is back in the familiar role of being on the Canadian team. He came on as a sub in last weekend's 28-25 win over the USA in Kingston, and will start in the second row against Italy on Friday night in Toronto at BMO Field.

He says that he has learned a lot about himself playing with the Stormers, but he also has to be mindful of the different styles of play that take place from a week-in, week-out club setup to that of a tightly planned test rugby series that sees Canada play three games in three weeks.

"The speed is different, but I guess the planning is not as intense at the Super 15 level" he explains. "The Stormers let players express themselves from anywhere on the pitch. There view is a three on two behind your own 22 is just as good as a three on two in the opposition end and you don't want to be wasting opportunities like that where ever they happen.

"Manipulating defense is not just an offensive zone strategy," Sinclair continues. "With the pace and wheels of most of the back three in this league, if they get a half break, [they have] the ability to finish it from 60, 80, 100 yards out. You see it week-in and week-out on the highlight videos. It seems there are always one or two 80-meter tries."

That being said, Sinclair and his Canadian mates have developed a taste for scoring in the past few seasons.

"Canada - especially since the World Cup - we've really been learning to score tries and been an exciting team and learned to attack off of turnovers," he says.

He harkens back to when he first made the team - in non test appearances in the 2008 Churchill Cup - and how much the team has grown since then.

"I have been with the team four years now and it is really a 180 since (Kieran) Crowley showed up just how much more confidence the guys have," he says. "For me, coming back here there is a game plan I have to fit in with the team but any sort of experience I can offer or confidence I can give to the boys to show acting calm in situations and knowing that we can win tight games is probably the only thing I am really bringing back."

Despite such heroics as scoring the first try against Tonga during that important World Cup victory, Sinclair does not necessarily view himself as a pillar of the team just yet, though most of his teammates would likely diagree.

"It seems so long ago with my first cap in November 2008 (vs Portugal), so almost four years ago, but I almost don't view myself as the go to guy yet," he says matter-of-factly. "My style isn't very flashy. I'm just a hard worker that does the graft.  The things I have to say are more work rate related pushing every play and doing the little things right over and over again as opposed to one big play once or twice a game.

"It's been weird to think of myself as possibly a leader or a go-to guy."

 

 

 
Written by Press Release    Thursday, 14 June 2012 00:24    PDF Print Write e-mail
Canada Names Squad to Face Italy
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Canada has made six changes to the side which defeated the USA Eagles on Saturday for the blockbuster clash with Six Nations side Italy at BMO Field in Toronto on Friday night.

Try-scorer Ciaran Hearn to the bench. KLC PhotosFour of those changes have made to the forward pack, with hooker Mike Pletch coming in for the injured Ryan Hamilton and incumbent tighthead prop Jason Marshall returning to the starting side. 

Lock Jebb Sinclair is handed his first start since returning from a stint with South African Super 15 side the Stormers, and young blindside flanker Tyler Adron gets an opportunity after impressing at training.

Coach Kieran Crowley said the while it was good to get the win against the USA, there is plenty of room for improvement.

“We were happy with the result, but we squandered a lot of opportunities through not seeing the space and through our own mistakes. We attacked the areas that we wanted to attack, but didn’t do so well with our continuity after that,” Coach Crowley said.

“Italy will be a lot stronger than the USA, so we won’t get away with the mistakes we made last week. Cutting out the errors in our game is the big focus for us, and if we can improve our continuity then the points will come.” 

Along with the changes to the forward pack, two new wingers have been included in the starting side with Phil MacKenzie and Conor Trainor coming in to an otherwise unchanged backline.

Coach Crowley said the changes weren’t made to combat Italy’s strengths but rather were about picking the best side available.

“The Italians have a very good scrum and very good set piece generally, and the physical battle is an area they pride themselves on. We will have to step up to try and disrupt their drive and their scrum, and focus on putting them on the ground so we can attack from there,” added Coach Crowley.

“But our concentration is on what we can bring to the game. We can only worry about what we can control.”

Andrew Tieldmann, Nanyak Dala and Ciaran Hearn drop back to the bench after starting against the USA last week, while Liam Underwood, Edward Fairhurst and Jon Phelan are the new faces in the reserves. 

Underwood has been handed his first appearance for the national side after also impressing at training since being called into the squad as a late injury replacement, while Montreal based lock Phelan is also being given another opportunity at the international level.

“These guys need more games at this level, because if there is an injury and they are called upon they will realise it”s a whole new ball game at this level.” Coach Crowley said.

The match against Italy at BMO Field in Toronto kicks off at 7:00pm EST.

Canada (Name - club team, home town)

1. Hubert Buydens – Prairie Wolf Pack (Saskatoon, SK)
2. Mike Pletch – Ontario Blues (Lucan,ON)
3. Jason Marshall - Stade Aurillacois (North Vancouver, BC)
4. Jebb Sinclair - London Irish / Stormers (Charters Settlement, NB)
5. Tyler Hotson – London Scottish RFC (Vancouver, BC)
6. Tyler Ardron - Ontario Blues (Lakefield ON)
7. Chauncey O”Toole – The Rock (Belleisle, NB)
8. Aaron Carpenter (C) - Plymouth Albion (Brantford, ON)
9. Sean White – Unattached (Victoria, BC)
10. Matt Evans - Cornish Pirates (Duncan, BC)
11. Phil Mackenzie - London Welsh RFC (Oakville, Ontario)
12. Mike Scholz - Ontario Blues (Oakville, ON)
13. D.T.H. van der Merwe - Glasgow Warriors (Victoria, BC)
14. Conor Trainor – British Columbia (Vancouver, BC)
15. James Pritchard - Bedford Blues (Parkes, Australia, NSW)

Reserves

16. Andrew Tiedemann – Prairie Wolf Pack (St. Albert, AB)
17. Tom Dolezel – Ontario Blues (London, ON)
18. Jon Phelan – The Rock (Montreal, QC)
19. Nanyak Dala - Prairie Wolf Pack (Saskatoon, SK)
20. ED Fairhurst – British Columbia (Vancouver, BC)
21. Liam Underwood – Ontario Blues (Toronto, ON)
22. Ciaran Hearn - The Rock (Conception Bay South, NL)

Head Coach: Kieran Crowley
Assistant Coaches: Geraint John, Neil Barnes, Clive Griffiths
Strength and Conditioning: Matt Barr
Athletic Therapists: Carla Brash, Carrie Smith
Doctor: Dr. Joe Lemoine
Performance Analyst: Peter Huigenbois
Manager: Gareth Rees
Assistant Manager: Mark Winokur

 
Written by RUGBYMag Staff    Friday, 08 June 2012 16:19    PDF Print Write e-mail
Canada Names Lineup to Face USA
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Canada will run out a relatively experienced team to face the USA Saturday in Kingston, with captain Aaron Carpenter anchoring a formidable back row that includes Nanyak Dala and Chauncey O'Toole. 

Center Mike Scholz gets a nice birthday present (he turns 24 Friday) as he jins a season backline that includes DTH Van der Merwe, Sean Duke, James Pritchard, and Ciaran Hearn.

Canada
1 Hubert Buydens – Prairie Wolf Pack (Saskatoon, SK)
2 Ryan Hamilton – BC CRC Team (West Vancouver, BC)
3 Andrew Tiedemann – Prairie Wolf Pack (St.Albert, AB)
4 Brett Beukeboom – Ontario Blues (Lindsay, ON)
5 Tyler Hotson – London Scottish RFC (Vancouver, BC)
6 Nanyak Dala - Prairie Wolf Pack (Saskatoon, SK)
7 Chauncey O'Toole – The Rock (Belleisle, NB)
8 Aaron Carpenter (C) - Plymouth Albion (Brantford, ON)
9 Sean White – Unattached (Victoria, BC)
10 Matt Evans - Cornish Pirates (Duncan, BC)
11 Ciaran Hearn - The Rock (Conception Bay South, NL)
12 Mike Scholz - Ontario Blues (Oakville, ON)
13 DTH Van der Merwe - Glasgow Warriors (Victoria, BC)
14 Sean Duke - BC CRC Team (Vancouver, BC)
15 James Pritchard - Bedford Blues (Parkes, Australia, NSW)

Reserves
Jason Marshall - Stade  Aurillacois (North Vancouver, BC)
Tom Dolezels - Ontario Blues (London, ON)
Jebb Sinclair - London Irish /DHL Stormers (Charters Settlement, NB)
Tyler Ardron -  Ontario Blues (Lakefield ON)
Kyle Armstrong - Ontario Blues  (Whitby, ON)
Phil Mackenzie - London Welsh RFC (Oakville, Ontario)
Jeff Hassler - Prairie Wolf Pack (Okotoks, AB)

Head Coach: Kieran Crowley
Assistant Coaches: Geraint John, Neil Barnes, Clive Griffiths
Strength and Conditioning: Matt Barr
Athletic Therapists: Carla Brash, Carrie Smith
Doctor: Dr. Joe Lemoine
Performance Analyst:  Peter Huigenbois
Manager: Gareth Rees
Assistant Manager: Mark Winokur

 
Written by Press Release    Tuesday, 05 June 2012 22:41    PDF Print Write e-mail
Canada U20s Name JWRT Squad
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Rugby Canada's Men's U20 Team Coach Mike Shelley has today unveiled the 26 players who will represent Canada at the IRB's Junior World Rugby Trophy 2012, which takes place in Salt Lake City, Utah, from June 18 through June 30.

This year will be the third time Canada has taken place in the tournament, and the prize up for grabs for the first and second placed teams is promotion to the elite Junior World Cup next year. It is without doubt the highlight of the U20 season and will present a huge challenge to the young Rugby Canada athletes representing their country. "For the players, the JWRT represents a first opportunity to compete on the global stage against their peers. It's going to be demanding, first of all physically with games every four days, but it will also represent a huge test of character," Coach Shelley told Rugby Canada.

The tournament marks the culmination of age-group rugby and is of huge importance for the high performance development of Rugby Canada athletes, with planning in place to ensure players are ready to step up to senior level seamlessly. "From a development perspective, it’s our job to be tracking these players as well as possible. Senior men’s head coach Kieran Crowley will be attending the games and the tournament is a key part of our plans for the future leading up to Rugby World Cup 2015 and for the Sevens team for the 2016 Olympic Games," he said.

While significant work will be done identifying players capable of making that step up, Shelley also said he will be looking for those capable of giving their all as part of a group. "The JWRT will is hugely important as an indicator not only as a way to grade how individuals perform, but also for the team as whole. The key to it is we want to win together as a team," he said

Canada will be up against familiar opponents in Pool Play, being drawn against Zimbabwe and runners-up for the past two years Japan for the third straight tournament, and last year's hosts Georgia for the second time in a row, meaning the coaching team goes into the competition knowing just how tough the task will be. "I have a huge amount of respect for all these teams," Shelley said. "At last year's tournament in Tbilisi  we came up against them all. We noted how enthusiastically and how well they groom their players in Georgia. We know the physicality of their game and the preparation they put into it, and the same applies to Japan."

Four players return from that tournament to the 2012 roster – Sean Ferguson, Mike Fuailefau, Clayton Meeres and Cam Stones, and Shelley said he would be looking for them to use that experience to help the team. "We have a group of leaders within the team, but it's not only the guys coming back from last year. Jake Ilnicki as tight head prop plays one of the most important positions on the team, and he has shown over the past few months that he has good leadership qualities as well."

"We also have someone in Taylor Paris with great experience; he's been on two Sevens Circuits and to a Rugby World Cup with the senior guys." Paris may be an anomaly in going to the RWC before the JWRT, but there is plenty of incentive for his teammates, who will know that by putting their hands up in this tournament, they'll be taking a big first step toward playing on the sport's greatest stage themselves.

Roster

1.         Jake Ilnicki  - UVic Vikes/ Williams Lake Rustlers (Williams Lake, BC)
2.         Noah Barker - Vancouver Rowers ( Courtenay, B.C)
3.         Alex Marshall -Vandals RFC/The Rock (St. John's, NL)
4.         Lucas Hoppe – Lindsey RFC/ Ontario Blues (Omemee, ON)
5.         Casey Reed -Moosejaw Nads (Airdrie, AB)
6.         Eric Selvaggi - Aurura Barbarians (Woodbridge, ON)
7.         Jacob Rumball - Balmy Beach Rugby Club (Toronto ON)
8.         Andrew McGinn – JBAA (Victoria, BC)
9.         Ryan Monahan - Baymen Rugby Club, The Rock (CBS, NL)
10.       Cam Stones – Ajax Wanderers (Witby, ON)
11.       Matthew Heaton - St-Anne-de-Bellevue RFC (Godmanchester, QC)
12.       Fuku Vikilani - Burnaby Lake Club (Vancouver, BC)
13.       Chase Kelliher - Capilano RFC (North Vancouver, BC)
14.       Lukas Balkovec – Waterloo Country (Kitchener, ON)
15.       Andrew Ferguson - Oakville Crusaders (Mississauga ON)
16.       Mike Dalsin – Castaway Wanderers (Victoria, BC)
17.       Conor McCann – Balmy Beach RFC (Toronto, ON)
18.       Doug Crowe – Rowing Club (Courtenay, BC)
19.       Clayton Meeres - Abbotsford RFU (Chilliwack BC)
20.       Taylor Paris – Ontario Blues (Barrie, ON)
21.       Michael Fuailefau -UVIC Vikes (Victoria, BC)
22.       Gradyn Bowd - Red Deer Titans (Red Deer, AB)
23.       Jon West - Markham Irish RFC (Scarborough, ON)
24.       Patrick Kay -UVIC Vikes (Duncan, BC)
25.       Josh Hart - Cowichan RFC (Minitonas, MB)
26.       Lucas Hammond – Toronto Nomads (Toronto, ON)

u20 upcoming schedule
Warm up matches
May 23 vs. USA U20 at Shawnigan School – lost 22-27
May 26 vs. USA U20 at Bear Mountain – lost 34-28
June 9 vs. St. Andrews U20 at Bear Mountain

IRB Junior Rugby World Trophy
June 18 vs. Georgia U20 at Utah
June 22 vs. Japan U20 at Utah
June 26 vs. Zimbabwe U20 at Utah
June 30 Finals at Utah

 
Written by Press Release    Friday, 25 May 2012 21:28    PDF Print Write e-mail
Canada U20s Name Lineup to Face USA
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Rugby Canada's Men's U20 Team Coach Mike Shelley has made wholesale changes to his side for this Saturday's return match against USA U20s. Captain Jake Ilnicki is the only forward to retain his place, while Lucas Hammond is the sole remaining back, although he moves to the wing from outside centre.

The Canadian U20s lost the first game in a tight 27-22 contest, and the players now have one last chance to impress against international opposition before next month's IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy – the highlight of the U20 annual program.

"This is quite a different team from Wednesday, Coach Shelley said. "We are looking at these two games to see who will be on the starting line-up for the first game of the JWRT against Georgia."

Shelley and his coaching team have been working hard on ironing out issues identified in analysis of the first game, and are confident the players will step up against an American side which proved itself skilful and stubborn. "I am looking for this group to have a better performance, as they have learned something from Wednesday in terms of what the Americans bring to the table and what we didn’t take with us. Some of the boys who didn’t play last game can put right to some of that."

Shelley said the changes would allow every one of this talented group of athletes their chance to stake their claim to a starting place against the Georgians on June 18. "If you look at our roster most of the players are completely different. This isn't a continuation of Wednesday, it is another group of players I am looking at."

The game will be played at Bear Mountain Stadium at the new Canadian Rugby Centre of Excellence in Langford, BC, and it promises to be a great occasion for the Canadian players and fans alike. "This is the second time we have had an international game at the COE after we hosted Romania earlier in the year and it's always a great atmosphere.

"It's the end of a cycle for this group of players, and to be able to go out and play an international test match against our neighbours and old enemy at this venue will be a great moment for them."

Weather forecasts are predicting a warm dry conditions perfect for running rugby and Shelley said the team are looking forward to running out in front of their home fans. "It's promising to be a very pleasant evening and we're looking forward to welcoming a lot of people coming out to see us," he said.

Shelley promised the team will be going all out to give those fans something to cheer about and to show just how much they have  moved on under Rugby Canada's High Performance Program in this cycle. "For us this is a combination of five months of work, it is a  great chance to measure what we have accomplished."

Canada U20s to Face USA Junior All Americas May 26
1.     Noah Barker - Vancouver Rowers (Courtenay, B.C)
2.     Casey Reed -Moosejaw Nads (Airdrie, AB)
3.     Jake Ilnicki (Capt.) - Uvic Vikes/ Williams Lake Rustlers (Williams Lake, BC)
4.     Jacob Rumball - Balmy Beach Rugby Club (Toronto ON)
5.     Andrew McGinn – JBAA (Victoria, BC)
6.     Matthew Heaton - St-Anne-de-Bellevue RFC (Godmanchester, QC)
7.     Chase Kelliher - Capilano RFC (North Vancouver, BC)
8.     Cam Stones – Ajax Wanderers (Witby, ON)
9.     Andrew Ferguson - Oakville Crusaders (Mississauga ON)
10.  Conor McCann – Balmy Beach RFC (Toronto, ON)
11. Josh Hart - Cowichan RFC (Minitonas, MB)
12. Clayton Meeres - Abbotsford RFU (Chilliwack BC)
13. Michael Fuilefau (UVIC Vikes) (Victoria, BC)
14. Lucas Hammond – Toronto Nomads (Toronto, ON)
15. Patrick Kay (UVIC Vikes) (Duncan, BC)
16. Eric Selvaggi - Aurura Barbarians (Woodbridge, ON)
17.  Alex Marshall -Vandals RFC/The Rock (St. John's, NL)
18.  Ryan Monahan (Baymen Rugby Club, The Rock) (CBS, NL
19.  Fuku Vikilani - Burnaby Lake Club (Vancouver, BC)
20. Mike Dalsin – Castaway Wanderers (Victoria, BC)
21. Doug Crowe – Rowing Club (Courtenay, BC)
22. Caleb Hanson – Rowing Club (Courtenay, BC)

 


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