Pat Riordan will captain the Canada rugby team from hooker at the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. New Zealander, 1987 Rugby World Cup winner and Canada coach Kieran Crowley will be able to offer all sorts of insight and advise to the already experienced Canada squad. Riordan as well as six others in the squad play professionally in Europe, and the squad boasts around 450 test caps between them.
The Canada squad features a wide spread ages, starting with 19 year old winger Taylor Paris and finishing with 35 year old prop Frank Walsh.
Canada are in pool A along with hosts New Zealand, France, Japan and Tonga. Canada start their World Cup campaign in Whangarei, playing Tonga on 14 September. Tonga will have played the opening game against New Zealand five days earlier, on Friday September the 9th.
Canada Rugby World Cup 2011 Squad:
Forwards: Ryan Hamilton, Pat Riordan (captain), Hubert Buydens, Scott Franklin, Jason Marshall, Andrew Tiedemann, Frank Walsh, Jamie Cudmore, Brian Erichsen, Tyler Hotson, Aaron Carpenter, Nanyak Dala, Adam Kleeberger, Jeremy Kyne, Chauncey O’Toole, Jebb Sinclair.
Backs: Ed Fairhurst, Jamie Mackenzie, Sean White, Nathan Hirayama, Ander Monro, Ryan Smith, Conor Trainor, Phil Mackenzie, Mike Scholz, DTH van der Merwe, Ciaran Hearn, Taylor Paris, Matt Evans, James Pritchard.