Canada v Chile Preview: Americas Rugby Championship

February 9, 2017

Canada v Chile Preview: Americas Rugby Championship


Doug Coil

The second round of the Americas Rugby Championship will take place on Saturday February 11 with Argentina XV playing Uruguay at Estadio Villa Mitre, Bahía Blanca at 7.10pm (local time). The other matches have USA facing Brazil at Dell Diamond, Round Rock, (Austin) Texasat 6.10pm CT and Canada facing Chile at Westhills Stadium, Langford, BC. at 5.10pm PT.

In the first round, Argentina XV beat Canada 20-6, the USA won 29-23 over Uruguay and Brazil beat Chile 17-3. For a recap of the matches read Recap Round 1

The standings after round one find Argentina, the USA and Brazil with 4 points, Uruguay 1 point, and Canada and Chile with 0 points.

Canada v Chile

Canada head coach Mark Anscombe has made five changes to his starting XV for Saturday’s Americas Rugby Championship match against Chile and hope’s to gain Canada’s 100th test win.

Djustice Sears-Duru, Benoit Piffero, Ollie Nott, Gradyn Bowd and Guiseppe du Toit will enter the starting XV Gordon McRorie, who scored the only points in Canada’s 20-3 loss last week against Argentina, will captain the side again.

Du Toit and Nott, and Conor Keys will make their test debuts for Canada on Saturday. Cole Keith, Reegan O’Gorman, Matt Beukeboom, Robbie Povey and George Barton can also, if they come on as replacements.

Saturday’s game kicks off at 8pm ET/5pm PT and can be seen LIVE on TSN GO.


Chile will miss three Cóndores due to injuries sustained against Brazil. They are center Matías Nordenflycht, lock Nicanor Machuca and hooker Tomás Dussaillant. Matías Nordenflycht boot will be particularly missed, as he is a very accurate kicker. Americas Rugby News has reported that Nordenflycht and Machuca will miss three weeks, while Dussaillant broke his thumb and is out of the remainder of the Americas Rugby Championship.

Chile traveled with 28 players to Canada and will be looking to improve upon their 17-3 loss to Brazil in the rain. The weather conditions won’t improve in Canada, as their have been freezing conditions and snow has covered the pitch. Matías Nordenflycht, who is injured, scored the only points for Chile.

Flanker Arturo Seeman will earn his first cap, while reserve hooker Martín Mendoza, and flyhalf Jorge Castillo will also earn caps should they enter the match.
Head Coach Bernard Charreyre has made ten changes from the side that faced Brazil in round one. Four of these changes are in the forwards and six in the backs plus Franco Velarde has switched from outside center to wing.
In the forwards, Vittorio Lastra and Rodrigo Moya willl  play loosehead prop and hooker, respectively. Arturo Seeman earns his first cap at flanker and Benjamín Soto will captain the side at eight-man.
The backs have undergone wholesale changes with Jan Hasenlechner at scrumhalf, Francisco Cruz at flyhalf, Simón Pardakhty and José Ignacio Larenas the centers as Franco Velarde moves to wing. He is joined at wing by Tomás Ianiszewski, while Pedro Verschae will be at fullback.
Canada v Chile: 1. Djustice Sears -Duru 2. Benoit Piffero 3. Matt Tierney 4. Conor Keys 5. Liam Chisholm 6. Lucas Rumball 7. Ollie Nott 8. Admir Cejvanovic 9. Gordon McRorie 10. Gradyn Bowd 11. Taylor Paris 12. Guiseppe Du Toit 13. Nick Blevins 14. Dan Moor 15. Brock Staller 16. Eric Howard 17. Rob Brouwer 18. Cole Keith 19. Reegan O’Gorman 20. Matt Beukeboom 21. Phil Mack 22. Robbie Povey 23. George Barton
Chile v Canada: 1 Vittorio Lastra, 2 Rodrigo Moya, 3 José Tomás Munita, 4 Nikola Bursic, 5 Mario Mayol, 6 Arturo Seeman, 7 Anton Petrowitsch, 8 Benjamín Soto (capt.), 9 Jan Hasenlechner, 10 Francisco Cruz, 11 Tomás Ianiszewski, 12 Simón Pardakhty, 13 José Ignacio Larenas, 14 Franco Velarde, 15 Pedro Verschae 16 Martín Mendoza, 17 Claudio Zamorano, 18 Gonzalo Martínez, 19 Manuel Dagnino 20 Eduardo Orpis, 21 Juan Pablo Larenas, 22 Jorge Castillo, 23 Rodrigo Fernández

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