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Rock defeat Canada Selects in Victoria

May Friday 13th - Rock defeat Canada Selects side 19-13 in Victoria

The Rock defeated a Canada Selects team 19-13 in Victoria Friday night. The Canadian squad was comprised of domestic players, mostly carded by Sport Canada.

The Rock team was preparing for their Argentina Canada Challenge game in St. John's this Thursday, May 19 at the Swilers Rugby Complex.

In a very physical encounter the Rock came from behind to win in the last 5 minutes through an outstanding try following a 50 yard run by Chauncey O'Toole and a drop goal by Dean Blanks.

The game opened with a beautiful try by Robert Wilson following a half break by Tyler Wish, the captain.

Two penalties by Dean Blanks completed the scoring for The Rock.

Canada Selects scored 2 penalties and a conversion by Ander Monro and a well worked try from a three man line-out by Brett Beukeboom.

"This was a wonderful victory for us" commented Rock Coach Simon Blanks. "The scrums were a battle throughout as the front rows were battling for Rugby World Cup positions.

"The Canadian team dominated the line-out but our defence was stern  particularly the centres (Tyler) Wish and (Geoff) Warden and our backrow of Chauncey O'Toole, Jebb Sinclair, Ken Goodland, Kevin Parfrey and Toni Wodzicki was excellent throughout."

The Rock play James Bay AA -  celebrating 125 years as a club, at the Royal Athletic Park in Victoria on Saturday afternoon.

Canada Selects
Try: Brett Beukeboom
Conversion: Ander Monro
Penalties: Ander Monro (2)

The Rock
Tries: Robert Wilson, Chauncey O'Toole
Penalties: Dean Blanks (2)
Drop-Goal: Dean Blanks

Canada Selects
1. Hubert Buydens (Prairie Wolf Pack)
2. Ryan Hamilton (British Columbia)
3. Scott Franklin (Prairie Wolf Pack)
4. Brett Beukeboom (Ontario Blues)
5. Brian Erichsen (BC Bears)
6. Mark Macsween (Ontario Blues)
7. Dustin Dobravksy (Prairie Wolf Pack)
8. Jeremy Kyne (Prairie Wolf Pack)
9. Jamie Mackenzie (Ontario Blues)
10. Ander Monro (Ontario Blues)
11. Beau Parker (British Columbia)
12. Ryan Smith (Prairie Wolf Pack)
13. Nick Blevins (Prairie Wolf Pack)
14. Matt Buckley (British Columbia)
15. Connor Braid (British Columbia)

16. Doug Wooldridge (Ontario Blues)
17. Andrew Tiedemann (Prairie Wolf Pack)
18. Pat Riordan (British Columbia)
19. Shea Wakefield (British Columbia)
20. Conor McCann (Shawnigan Lake School)
21. Shawn Mercier (British Columbia)

Coach Kieran Crowley

Rock Team
1. Frank Walsh
2. Owen Parfrey
3. Rod Snow (Phil Alcock -55 mins)
4. Brad Lester (Sean O'Leary - 67 mins)
5.Jebb Sinclair (back row at 30 mins)
6. Chauncey O’Toole
7. Kevin Parfrey (Toni Wodzicki -50 mins)
8. Ken Goodland (Jon Phelan - 30 mins)
9. Sean White
10. Dean Blanks
11. Tyler Wish
12. Robert Wilson
13. Rob Turk (Simon Pacey - Half)
14. Geoff Warden
15. Morgan Lovell

Coach Simon Blanks

The Rock Travel to Victoria BC

May 9, 2011 – In preparation for the Argentina Canada Provincial Challenge game against Salta Province (Argentina ) on Thursday May 19 The Rock will travel to Victoria, BC for a 5 day camp. They will stay at Shawnigan Lake School, Rugby Canada’s domestic training centre, and play Canada Selects on Friday May 13 in Shawnigan, followed by James Bay on Saturday May 14 in Victoria.

“The Salta game is a very important game for us because, as National Champions, we are representing Canada in the inaugural Argentina Canada Challenge. In addition to preparation for this game the game against Canada Selects will provide a venue for some of our players to make a case for their selection for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. The game against James Bay is attractive because they are celebrating their 125th anniversary and have traditionally been one of the top clubs in the country,” commented Pat Parfrey, Director of the Rock Program.

The starting team for the Canada Selects game will be:

Front Row: Frank Walsh, Owen Parfrey, Rod Snow
Second row: Brad Lester, Jebb Sinclair
Back row:  Chauncey O’Toole, Kevin Parfrey, Ken Goodland
Half backs: Sean White, Dean Blanks
Centres: Tyler Wish, Geoff Warden
Wings:  Robert Wilson, An other
Full back: Morgan Lovell.

The remaining members of the squad will all start against James Bay
Front row: Phil Alcock, Chris Sayler, Steve Cutliffe
Second row: Sean O’Leary, Jon Phelan
Back row: Toni Wodzicki, Andy Nyenhuis, Justin Meyers
Half backs: Adam Paul, Simon Pacey
Backs: Jason Picco, Brent Rowney, Hosam Mobarak, Rob Turk.

Peter Densmore is injured as are scrum halves Morgan Williams and Rich O’Malley. Consequently Sean White, the BC scrumhalf, has agreed to be a guest player for The Rock. Also missing are Ciaran Hearn (Canada Sevens), Chris Burt (work), Patrick Parfrey (with Canada u20 team), and Zac Coughlan (with Atlantic u21 team).

Newfoundland Rugby players selected for National teams.

Newfoundland Rugby players selected for National teams.

May 5, 2011 -  Robert Wilson, the speedy Rock wing, has been invited to play for Canada Sevens for the first time, and will feature in the Edinburgh Seven-a-Side Tournament May 27-29. He will accompany the Canadian Sevens stalwart Ciaran Hearn who was a star at the World Championships in Hong Kong recently. Ciaran will also play in the London Sevens May 20-22, and consequently will not be available for the Argentina Canada Provincial Challenge game between The Rock and Salta Province on Thursday May 19 in St John’s.

“I am disappointed Ciaran is not available for the Salta game as this is perhaps the biggest game we have played, as it identifies the inaugural winner of the Amerigo Vespucci Trophy, the first provincial competition between teams from both American continents. However Rob will be available. As one of Rugby Canada’s 4 High Performance Centres, conflicts between Province and Country must be resolved in favour of the country,” commented Pat Parfrey, Director of The Rock Rugby Program.

Three u20 players have been selected to play in the World Rugby Trophy competition in Georgia May 22-June 6, where Canada juniors will play against Georgia, Japan and Zimbabwe, prior to a final play-off game. These players include Patrick Parfrey (outhalf/centre), Bob Rogers (prop) and Jordan Power (hooker).They are now in BC for an 18 day camp in preparation for the tournament.

“This is the first time we have had more than one player from Newfoundland play for Canada u20 in international tournaments and reflects the recent success of our team,” said Rock coach Simon Blanks.

Matthew Whittle, the young Baymen flanker, has just returned from England, where he played for Canada at u17 level.

The Rock 2011 Season

The Rock 2011 Season

April 19, 2011 - The Rock schedule for the 2011 season is outstanding. The first major home game is on Thursday May 19 against Salta, Argentina for the Amerigo Vespucci Trophy, inaugurated this year as a Challenge competition between the Canadian and Argentinian Provincial Champions or their designates. The Rock won the Canadian Rugby Championship in 2010 and Salta, semi-finalists in the Argentina Provincial Championships, will represent Argentina.

As preparation for this game the Rock will travel to Victoria and play Canada Selects on Friday May 13, providing the Rock players an opportunity to stake their claims for the Rugby World Cup, to be played in New Zealand in September and October 2011. On Saturday May 14 The Rock will be hosted by the famous James Bay club, who will celebrate their 125th anniversary. A squad of 30 players will travel.  

Cross Keys, a Division one Wales team, will tour Newfoundland, and play the Swilers on Tuesday May 31 and The Rock on Friday June 3. This famous club have hosted The Rock each of the last 2 years and won in excellent games. In June and July an Atlantic league at senior and U20 levels will be initiated, with Newfoundland hosting Nova Scotia on June 11, Quebec on July 1 and New Brunswick on July 15. Away games will be against Nova Scotia on June17, New Brunswick on June 19 and Quebec on June 25. At U20 level an Eastern Final between the Atlantic winners will be away to the Ontario winners on July 23.

The format of the Canadian Rugby Championships has been altered to provide more games, and will be a 6 Nations league format, without a final. Each team will play 5 games, up from 3, with The Rock playing at home to Ontario on Sat August 20 and BC on Saturday August 27. Away games will be against BC on July 30, Prairies on August 2 and Ontario on September 3.


Ten Women invited to National Rugby Camp

Ten Women invited to National Rugby Camp

Rugby Canada held its first regional National Sevens and Fifteens Women’s identification camp Saturday April 16th at Saint Mary's University Husky Stadium in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Of the 55 women invited from the four Atlantic Provinces Newfoundland sent ten athletes; four senior and six under twenty.

The senior:  Janelle Taylor, Andria Cantwell, Leah Downton and Ann Jennings.

The U20:  Deidre Rees, Chelsea Sellers, Gillian Forward, Kelly Moores, Marley Bowen and Stacey Maddox.

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