The Canada Rugby team will face the Rugby World Cup for the first time after a historic loss to Chile during a qualifier match on Saturday. (Photo Credit – Rugby Canada)
Chile defeated Canada by a score of 33-24 in the second leg of the Americas 2 Qualifier for Rugby World Cup 2023, giving them an aggregate 54-46 victory in the two-match series, the Rugby Canada said in a statement.
Rugby Canada CEO, Allen Vansen, quoted in the statement, said “First off, I must congratulate the Chilean Rugby Union and wish them the best of luck as they move forward in the qualifying rounds.”
Vansen further added “This is a hugely disappointing result – although we remain proud of the staff and players and the efforts they made over the past months, we all know the expectations for Canadian rugby are rightfully higher.”
“We are excited about the young players that made their debuts this year and those that are coming through our performance pathways. We will do everything possible to ensure their development continues over the coming seasons,” Vansen said, adding that Rugby Canada is currently undergoing a review of our High Performance programs – the Men’s 15s program, and recent results, will be a focus.”
Canada’s Men’s Rugby Team now shifts their preparation to Europe in November, as they are scheduled to play world #19 Portugal on November 6th and then a week later versus #27 Belgium on November 13th, the Rugby Canada said.