Canada vs Germany Repechage Preview
Canada will face Germany in the second round of World Rugby Repechage matches against Germany in Marseille, France on Saturday. The kick-off on Saturday is 10 am ET/7am PT and the match will be live on TSN in Canada, on NBC Gold Rugby in the U.S.or on World Rugby for other countries. In the other match of the tournament, Kenya will face Hong Kong at 7 am ET/4am PT.
In round one of the Repechage, Canada beat Kenya 65-19 and Germany won 26-9 over Hong Kong. Canada tops the standings with five points, while Germany has 4. The match could decide who wins the World Rugby Repechage and advances to the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan into Pool B at RWC 2019 alongside defending champions New Zealand, South Africa, Italy, and Namibia.
Canada Head Coach Kingsley Jones has made four changes in the starters that beat Kenya 65-19 last Sunday.
The 23-man roster remains unchanged, but Matt Tierney, Mike Sheppard, who scored on his international debut last weekend, Lucas Rumball and Ciaran Hearn move into the starting 15 with Jake Ilnicki, Brett Beukeboom, Matt Heaton and Nick Blevins as reserves.
Jones said that “Germany showed last weekend that they are an excellent side with a big pack. They are marshaled very well buy their experienced halfbacks and have an excellent coaching team. In order to be successful on Saturday, we need to match the physical challenge that we know they’re going to bring; It’s cup rugby, we are expecting a tough battle for the full 80 minutes.”
Saskatchewan’s Hubert Buydens is set to win his 49th cap on Saturday, while British Columbia’s Phil Mack will once again captain the side at scrum-half.
Head Coach Mike Ford has made one change to his starters from the 26-9 win over Hong Kong last Sunday. Carlos Soteras-Merz moves from the reserves to start at wing with Mathieu Ducau, not on the 23 man squad. In the reserves, Hagen Schulte replaces John Dawe and Harris Aounallah rounds out the squad.
Germany gained confidence against Hong Kong and into the second half, the forwards wore Hong Kong down. Germany expects to match up well against Canada in the forwards. Raynor Parkinson will punish any errors with the boot. The key to the match will be containing wide ball to DTH Van der Merwe, although other players are very capable of adding tries.
Head Coach Mike Ford, said that Canada is also a very physical and experienced team and plays similar to Hong Kong. “We will be very prepared to go into this game. The boys are very confident and will throw in everything that they have. We will play the best rugby we can.”
Germany will need to maintain their physical style of play, kick for territory, and utilize set pieces as a platform to score.
Canada: 1. Hubert Buydens – NOLA Gold/Prairie Wolf Pack (Saskatoon, SK) 2. Ray Barkwill – Seattle Seawolves/Ontario Blues (Niagara Falls, ON) 3. Matt Tierney – Pau/Ontario Blues (Oakville, ON) 4. Mike Sheppard – Stoney Creek Camels/Ontario Blues (Brampton, ON) 5. Evan Olmstead – Auckland/Prairie Wolf Pack (Vancouver, BC) 6. Kyle Baillie –Westshore RFC/Atlantic Rock (Summerside, PEI) 7. Lucas Rumball – Balmy Beach RFC/Ontario Blues (Mississauga, ON) 8. Tyler Ardron – Chiefs/Ontario Blues (Lakefield, ON)
9. Phil Mack – Captain,Seattle Seawolves/BC Bears (Victoria, BC) 10. Gordon McRorie – Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack (Calgary, AB) 11. DTH van der Merwe – Glasgow Warriors (Victoria, BC) 12. Ciaran Hearn – London Irish/Atlantic Rock (Conception Bay South, NL) 13. Ben LeSage – UBC Thunderbirds/Prairie Wolf Pack (Calgary, AB) 14. Matt Evans – Cornish Pirates (Maple Bay, BC) 15. Theo Sauder – UBC Thunderbirds/BC Bears (Vancouver, BC) 16. Eric Howard – NOLA Gold/Ontario Blues (Ottawa, ON) 17. Djustice Sears-Duru – Unattached/Ontario Blues (Oakville, ON) 18. Jake Ilnicki – Yorkshire Carnegie/BC Bears (Williams Lake, BC) 19. Brett Beukeboom – Cornish Pirates/Ontario Blues (Lindsay, ON) 20. Matt Heaton – Darlington Mowden Park/Atlantic Rock (Godmanchester, QC) 21. Jamie Mackenzie – Balmy Beach/Atlantic Rock (Oakville, ON) 22. Nick Blevins – Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack (Calgary, AB) 23. Conor Trainor – USON Nevers/BC Bears (Vancouver, BC)
Germany: 1 Julius Nostadt, 2 Kurt Haupt, 3 Samy Füchsel, 4 Michael Poppmeier (capt.), 5 Eric Marks, 6 Sebastian Ferreira, 7 Jaco Otto, 8 Jarrid Els, 9 Sean Armstrong, 10 Raynor Parkinson, 11 Carlos Soteras-Merz 12 Jamie Murphy, 13 Wynston Cameron-Dow, 14 Marcel Coetzee, 15 Christopher Hilsenbeck 16 Dasch Barber, 17 Jörn Schröder 18 Matthias Schösser, 19 Timo Vollenkemper, 20 Ayron Schramm, 21 Tim Menzel, 22 Hagen Schulte 23 Harris Aounallah
2019 Repechage Matches
November 11 (Sunday)
November 17 (Saturday)
- Hong Kong vs Kenya 13:00 local (7 a.m. ET) Preview
- Canada vs Germany 16:00 local (10 a.m. ET) Preview
November 23 (Friday)
- Kenya vs Germany 18:00 local (12:00 p.m. ET)
- Hong Kong vs Canada 21:00 local (15:00 ET)