- Canada national rugby league team
Infobox rugby league nation
Name = Canada
Badge = Canada rugby league
Association = Canada Rugby League Association
Phil Jackson (rugby league)
Marc Simon (rugby league)
rank = 39
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First game = Canada def. USA 23-10 (1987)
Largest win = Canada def. Japan 28-12 (2000)
Largest loss = France def. Canada 72-32 (1995)
Home Stadium =
Commonwealth Stadium (Edmonton) Rugby leaguehas been played in Canadain the past at an amateurlevel, but competitionshave since disbanded and the sport is dormant. Rugby league has gained little recognition in face of the more popular sportof Rugby union.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, a 4-team domestic competition, known as the 'Tri-Country Rugby League', was established with 3 Canadian clubs and one US club competing - Kingston, Ontario, Montreal (Ontario), Montreal, Quebec, and Adirondacks (USA). 
There were two regional nines tournaments as recently as
2003, one in Ontarioand one in Manitoba.
The national rugby league team has won two games, against
USAin 1987 and Japanin 2000. While the Canadian Rugby Football League who organized these tournaments has long since folded; a new organization called Rugby League in Canada has been founded with an aim of restoring competition.
The Canada rugby league team has been participating in international competition since 1987, and last played as a national team on April 7, 2001 when they were defeated 56-24 by the Glen Mills Bulls at Jack Pearson Oval, Glen Mills.
Canada has participated in the
World Sevens(1995, 1996) and Emerging Nations World Cup (2000) competitions. However, rugby league remains a largely unknown code in Canada and the national team remains uncompetitive as a result. In fact, the word rugby is usually used without qualification in Canada and refers to rugby union.
While the Canadian Rugby Football League has folded and the game with it a new organization called
Rugby League in Canadahas founded with an aim to recreate the national team and the game in Canada
International Test Results (1987-2000)
*Canada def. Japan 28-12 (2000)
*Italy def. Canada 66-6 (15 November 2000)
*USA def. Canada 52-10 (13 November 2000)
*Japan def. Canada 14-0 (1999)
*USA def. Canada 68-0 (1999)
*USA def. Canada 32-6 (1998)
*USA def. Canada 50-10 (1997)
*France def. Canada 72-32 (1995)
*USA def. Canada 44-0 (1995)
*USA def. Canada 22-10 (1994)
*USA def. Canada 22-0 (1994)
*USA def. Canada 32-2 (1993)
*USA def. Canada 54-14 (1993)
*Canada def. USA 23-10 (1987)
Other Representative Match
Tri-County XIII def. Maracaibo Oilers Sports Club (Venezuela) 24-16 at Montreal (1986) (Maracaibo Oilers Sports Club were Venezuelan Rugby Union side on tour to Canada in 1986, and included a Rugby League 13-a-side match on their tour itinerary. The Tri-County XIII was a representative team made up mainly of Canadians and some Americans from the 4-team Tri-County competition that was played at the time).
Emerging Nations Tournament
In 2000 the Canada Cougars took part in the Emerging Nations Rugby League Championship which was held in the
United Kingdom. The Canadians qualified for this tournament by finishing third in Group B of the Emerging Nations qualifying tournament which was held in the United States. The Canadians put up some credible performances against group rivals the United States and Japan, but lost to both nations which earned them a third place finish. In the Emerging Nations tournament the Canadians again put up some credible performances, against the United States and another newcomer to the competition Italy, but again finished on the losing side, this earned them another third place finish and a wooden spoon play-off against Japan. The Canadians tipped to finish last in the tournament proved everyone wrong by beating Japan in the match 28-12 at Wigan.
*United States def. Canada 68-0
Orlando, FloridaUnited States
*Japan def. Canada 14-0
Orlando, FloridaUnited States
*United States def. Canada 52-10
**Tries: Whale, Van Der Hoek. Goal: De Snayer.
*Italy def. Canada 66-6
**Try: Coussons. Goal: Weiler.
*Canada def. Japan 28-12
WiganUnited Kingdom, 5th and 6th place playoff
**Tries: Demetriou 3, Whale, McKenzie. Goals: Weiler 2, De Snayer 2.
Emerging Nations TournamentTeam Andy Bradley Wigan St Patricks Mike Brown(capt) S.W. Ontario Steve KeithS.W. Ontario Dave KnowlesS.W. Ontario Darrin LandoniS.W.Ontario Andy MinaS.W. Ontario Greg SwinfordS.W. Ontario Steve WeilerS.W. Ontario Korb WhaleS.W. Ontario Phil CoussonsS.W. Ontario Jason Demetriou (rugby league) Widnes Vikings Kevin De SnayerE. Ontario Dan GauthierE. Ontario Dave McKenzieQuebec Jeff OliverE. Ontario Marc Simon Hemel Hempstead Simon Tillyer Ross Van der HoekGlasgow Bulls Rob VerrelliBritish Columbia Kit WarrenBritish Columbia Devin GomezE. Ontario Adam GordonE. Ontario Christian LeblancE. Ontario Shaun CushingS.W. Ontario Ben TrevanoS.W. Ontario
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