Rugby League Americas Championship – Canada 62 Chile – Report

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CANADA THIRD IN AMERICAS CHAMPIONSHIP – CANADA 62 CHILE 12 – Report

Canada finished third in the Americas Championship, running in eleven tries to down Chile 62-12 at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, in a world rankings game.

The Wolverines were indebted to stand off Ash Calvert who claimed 26 points from two tries and nine goals, and a superb start which saw them 22 points up in almost as many minutes.

But Chile earned enormous credit for their display in perfect conditions, James Horvat – moved from loose forward to scrum half – outstanding, and full back Thomas Garrido claiming their first tries against non Latin American opposition, with a double.

“Ash ran the show, and three tries in four minutes in the second half put the game to bed,” said Canada head coach Benjamin Fleming.

“We defended with some intent, which was pleasing and we now need to continue to build for the future.”

Canada moved the ball wide and often from the start, catching out the inexperienced Weichafe’s, Rick Shouten across in the seventh minute on the overlap.

Christian Miller, who along with Ruairi McGoff off the bench, were handfuls throughout, strolled over and skipper Rhys Jacks stepped to the line.

Abbotsford Griffins’ Shaun McKenzie went through a gaping hole and Canada were 22-0 up and seemingly unstoppable.

But Horvat sent Garrido over to stop the rot and his high kick caused problems, but Canada finished the half with a fifth try, Calvert stepping clear after a fine offload from Scyler Dumas.

Chile captain Nick Doberer couldn’t hold on to the ball when clear, debutant Michael Mastroianni failing to reel in Jacks’ pass at the other end.

Horvat’s 40/20 put the Chileans in prime position, Miller pulling off a terrific tackle on Brandon Tobar, Miller then spilling Sean McInroy’s offload with the line begging.

Horvat’s clever reverse kick on the last into midfield was gathered by Garrido who shrugged off one challenge, beat another and bounced off the post protector to claim his second try, but the next five minutes belonged to Toronto City Saints’ Mastroianni who claimed a try double as Jacks swept the ball wide, Calvert the link for the first, and wonderful handling from Joel Hulett setting up the second.

In between, Calvert was held up and Brad Austin sent McInroy to the posts, Wes Black with two rampaging runs in midfield to wrest the initiative.

Louis Robinson was held up as Canadian pressure mounted, Austin sending in McInroy for his second, Calvert’s seventh goal bringing up the half century.

As the Chileans tired, Calvert gathered a dropped high kick for his brace and, following a huge Eddie Bilborough break, Hullett deservedly crossed.

Chile head coach Roderigo Miller commented: “They played quicker than us, they have a different calibre of player.

“We struggled to stop the momentum when they got on the front foot. We’ve enjoyed the experience and need to take that into the next few years.”

CANADA 62

Jordan Drew, Michael Mastroianni, Shaun McKenzie, Eddie Bilborough, Rick Schouten, Ash Calvert, Brad Austin, Wes Black, Rhys Jacks, Joel Hulett, Scyler Dumas, Christian Miller, Louis Robinson

Substitutes: Ruairi McGoff, Sean McInroy Jason Park, Jack Couzens

Tries: Schouten (7), Miller (12), Jacks (20), McKenzie (24), Calvert (37, 74), Mastroianni (55, 59), McInroy (57, 73), Hullett (79)

Goals: Calvert 9/11

CHILE 12

Thomas Garrido, Ferec Cavezas, Mana Castillo-Sioni, Taylor Salas, Zecil Yao, Bradley Millar, James Horvat, Eduardo Wegener, Christian Sancoval, Piero Diaz, Nick Doberer, Brandon Tobar

Substitutes: Iziah Esera Catrileo, Jonathan Espinoza, Juan Araya Garcia, Jose Nitor-Alvear

Tries: Garrido (31, 50)

Goals: Horvat 2/2

Referee: Geoffrey Poumes (France)

Half time: 28-6

Man of the match: Ash Calvert

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Rugby League World Cup Qualifier – USA 10 Jamaica 16 – Report

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JAMAICA WIN AMERICAS CHAMPIONSHIP & WORLD CUP PLACE – USA 10 JAMAICA 16 – Report

Jamaica made history with their first-ever win over USA, 16-10, bringing them the 2018 Americas Championship and automatic qualification for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup in England, the eleventh nation to book their place.

The Reggae Warriors’ heroic, stoic, goal line defence – particularly in a scoreless second half – saw them become the inaugural Caribbean nation to make a World Cup, sparking wild celebrations as the final whistle went at the Hodges Stadium, University of North Florida, Jacksonville.

“We handled them better than they did us,” said euphoric Jamaica head coach Romeo Monteith, mobbed by his players.

“We capitalised on their poor discipline, we had a plan and it worked. At half time we said we needed to maintain our focus, we saw off what they threw at us and held our nerve.”

Monteith added: “This is massive for the Jamaican nation, to reach a World Cup is something extra special, it feels like there is one love.”

He sprang a surprise by playing Leeds Rhinos full back Ashton Golding at hooker from the start and although Golding suffered a neck injury during the second half, bravely playing on, his running and distribution out of dummy half was key.

Magnificently supported by the tireless plunges of Lamont Bryan, backed up by Ross Peltier, midfield guile of Joel Farrell and threat of Ben Jones-Bishop from the back, the visitors were 16 points up after half an hour and look set for victory.

But two tries in four minutes at the end of the opening period brought the home crowd to their feet, the second half becoming a monumental slug-fest, ended only when Ryan Burrows was held out by the swarming Jamaican cover defence on a power play in the 79th minute.

Jamaica found touch from the initial kick off, Jy-Mel Coleman’s kicking excellent throughout, and made the most of three penalties in the opening ten minutes.

Coleman kicked one after Haveatama Luani had gone high, Cory Makelim producing a superb tackle to deny Aaron Jones-Bishop after a Keenan Tomlinson ball steal.

Another late shot by Luani saw Coleman double the lead and, on the back of a double penalty after dissent, on a last tackle play, Golding shot out of dummy half and James Woodburn-Hall, called into the side for Danny Thomas, slipped the ball in to Farrell who went over; Coleman adding the extras.

The Hawks sent the re-start out on the full, Coleman missing the penalty from half way and on their first concerted attack, Luani’s grubber forced a drop out.

Skipper Mark Offerdahl, as he did throughout sucked the defence in, but Jerome Veve’s kick was too long and, with the pressure released, Farrell and Peltier made significant ground on the back of another penalty, Farrell’s pass out wide along the ground gathered by Jacob Ogden, a late call up, and he grounded in the corner.

Coleman converted from the touch line, but few would have thought that would be the end of the Jamaican scoring.

Farrell again prompted but his grubber to the in goal was long and USA finished the opening forty on top.

Bureta Faraimo’s last tackle kick ricocheted back to him and he fed Connor Donehue who twisted over through two tackles, Faraimo converting.

Danny Howard then sent Makelim through a gap, Offerdahl charged and, on the last tackle, Luani’s kick was fed on to Burroughs who stepped over in the corner, Faraimo’s conversion attempt hitting a post.

Makelim has held up over the line at the start of the second period and Mo Agoro was stopped a metre out in response.

Luani’s swinging arm brought another penalty but Coleman was wide with the shot at goal, Luani forcing a drop out from which Donehue was just denied when going solo.

Golding’s offload teased Ben Jones-Bishop into space, Woodburn-Hall forcing a drop out, Chris Wiggins releasing the pressure as the tension mounted.

David Washington’s runs were increasingly telling and a Luani chip just went over the winger’s fingers.

With seven minutes remaining, Coleman had a field goal attempt blocked, Burroughs knocked on and the ball was shipped to Ogden who was superbly bundled into touch by Jamil Robinson, who made a huge impact for the Hawks off the bench.

In the closing stages, Jamaica were caught accidently offside from a kick in their own quarter, Kristian Freed knocking on, Bryan doing likewise as fatigue set in to give Jamaica a final set to defend.

Offerdahl and Faraimo powered forward and, on the last, Donehue tried to get Burrows over out wide but the green wall stood firm.

Distraught USA head coach Sean Rutgerson commented: “Our discipline was awful and let us down badly.

“We got back in the game by half time when we stopped giving penalties away. They ran down the clock at scrums and drop outs and made it difficult to build any pressure.

“We’ve made it very hard for ourselves now.”

The USA now enter a repecharge world group in late 2019 in an effort to pick up one of the remaining qualifying places in 2021.

USA 10

Cory Makelim, Ryan Burroughs, Brandon Anderson, Bureta Faraimo, David Washington, Danny Howard, Connor Donehue, Mark Offerdahl, Kristian Freed, Andrew Kneisly, Joe Eichner, Jerome Veve, Haveatama Luani

Substitutes: Jamil Robinson, Nick Newlin, Kyle Denham, Chris Wiggins

Tries: Donehue (35), Burroughs (38),

Goal: Faraimo 1/2

JAMAICA 16

Ashton Golding, Aaron Jones-Bishop, Ben Jones-Bishop, Joseph Brown, Alex Brown, James Woodburn-Hall, Jy-Mel Coleman, Jonathan Magrin, Lamont Bryan, Omari Caro, Mo Agoro, Joel Farrell, Keenen Tomlinson

Substitutes: Renaldo Wade, Ross Peltier, Jacob Ogden Khamisi McKain

Tries: Farrell (21), Ogden (29)

Goals: Coleman 4/6

Referee: Ben Thaler (England)

Penalty count: 7-12

GLDO: 2-1

Half time: 10-16

Man of the Match: USA – Corey Makelim JAMAICA – Ashton Golding

Scoring sequence: 0-2, 0-4, 0-10, 0-16, 6-16, 10-16

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USA and Jamaica name 19-man squads for Rugby League World Cup qualifier showdown

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USA AND JAMAICA NAME SQUADS FOR WORLD CUP QUALIFIER SHOWDOWN

USA and Jamaica have named 19-man squads for their clash at the Hodges Stadium, University of North Florida, Jacksonville tomorrow (Saturday, kick off time 4pm local), which will decide the eleventh nation to qualify for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup in England.

The hosts are unchanged after defeating Chile 62-0, on Tuesday and Hawks’ head coach Sean Rutgerson is taking nothing for granted.

“It’s never an easy game against Jamaica and this time looks to be even more difficult given their impressive first-up win against Canada,” he said. “Even so, I’m very confident we can get the job done. They’re pretty sharp and we’re going to have to really take it up about another three levels from where we were in our last game to get on top of them.”

Rutgerson added: “It’s going to be a challenge and it should be a real good game. Our guys have got plenty of spirit and the guys are ready to go that final 80 minutes and put the hard work in.”

Opposite number Romeo Monteith, who saw the Reggae Warriors overcome Canada 38-8, added: “It will be a tough game, we’ve got a lot of history between us. Our defence won us the tie against Canada and we will need a similar mind-set to stop a very potent USA attack. Having a game under our belt should hopefully help us in the decider.”

“Our preparation has gone well this week, there’s been a few injury concerns but our physio Ben Harper is working hard to get the boys ready. Obviously it would mean a lot to us to get the win and the boys are in high spirits as we chase history.”

Jamaica skipper, Newcastle Thunder’s Joe Brown, confirmed: “It’s a massive opportunity for us to qualify. We are the underdogs but I’m confident, if we stick to our game plan and process, we will be there. The spirit in camp is really high, we’ve gelled as a group and we hoping this journey will continue to 2021."

English referee Ben Thaler will be in charge with the fixture going to golden point extra time in the event of a draw. The winners gain automatic qualification, the losers will go into a repechage World Group in 2019.

The second match of a doubleheader, Chile facing Canada in the opener, both games will be live-streamed on the national federation’s and Toronto Wolfpack’s Facebook sites.

USA 19-MAN SQUAD:

Nick Newlin (Atlanta Rhinos), Ryan Burroughs (Barrow Raiders), Brandon Anderson, Jamil Robinson (Brooklyn Kings), Jerome Veve (Burleigh Bears), Haveatama Luani (Canterbury-Bankstown

Bulldogs), Chris Wiggins (Delaware Black Foxes), Bureta Faraimo (Hull FC), Kyle Grinold, David Washington (Jacksonville Axemen), Chris Frazier (NOVA Eagles), Kyle Denham (Philadelphia Fight), Andrew Kneisly (Philadelphia Fight), Cory Makelim, Mark Offerdahl (Sheffield Eagles), Connor Donehue (Sunshine Coast Falcons), Joe Eichner (Junee Diesels), Danny Howard (Wentworth Magpies), Kristian Freed (Wests Mitchelton)

JAMAICA 19-MAN SQUAD

Joel Farrell, Keenen Tomlinson, (Batley Bulldogs), Jonathan Magrin, Ross Peltier (Bradford Bulls) Aaron Jones-Bishop (Doncaster) Andrae McFarlane, Khamisi McKain, Marvin Thompson, Renaldo Wade (Duhaney Park), James Woodburn-Hall (Halifax) Ashton Golding (Leeds Rhinos), Joseph Brown, Mo Agoro (Newcastle) Jy-Mel Coleman, Lamont Bryan, Omari Caro (London Skolars) Ben Jones-Bishop (Wakefield), Alex Brown (Unattached)

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USA and Jamaica meet to decide next qualifier for Rugby League World Cup

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USA AND JAMAICA TO DECIDE 11TH WORLD CUP QUALIFIER

USA and Jamaica will meet at the Hodges Stadium, University of North Florida, Jacksonville on Saturday (kick off time 4pm local) to decide the eleventh nation to qualify for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup in England.

In torrential rain, the host Hawks were comfortable 62-0 winners over newcomers Chile in the opening round, seven of their tries claimed by their unstoppable right-hand side combination of Ryan Burrows, with a hat trick, and debutant Brooklyn’s Brandon Anderson who grabbed four; Bureta Faraimo also finishing with 16 points from a try double and four goals.

“In the early stages we weren’t sure what to expect from the opposition,” said USA head coach Sean Rutgerson of the first South American nation to play in the qualifiers.

“We still had to defend because they ran hard, but we just had a bit more experience. It was a good chance to give some of the guys plenty of game time, just so they can get used to playing internationals, and they went well.”

Hawks skipper Mark Offerdahl also grabbed a brace of touchdowns and Jacksonville winger David Washington impressed.

Chile played with heart but were outclassed, loose forward James Horvat their best.

Jamaica eased clear of the Canada in the second half of the preceding game, two second half tries from Wakefield’s Super League star Ben Jones-Bishop, playing at full back, the turning point in their 38-8 triumph.

Leeds Rhinos’ Ashton Golding also crossed, the Wolverines pegging the score back to 12-8 at the start of the second period when Ruairi McGoff claimed their second try.

Reggae Warriors head coach Romeo Monteith commented: “Canada threw everything at us and I’m proud of our boys who stuck to the task and didn’t panic.

“Our defence won us the game, the turning point was when we kept them out on four consecutive sets just before halftime.

“The second half was even more pleasing as our attack really got into motion and the finishes were really good.

Looking ahead to the decider, Monteith added: “There were a lot of sore bodies but the lads are really looking forward to the final field session.

“It will be a great game for the fans, both teams are evenly matched and it will come down to who makes the least errors to claim that World Cup spot.”

Chile and Canada meet in a rankings match (kick off 1.30pm). According to Wolverines head coach Ben Fleming: “The effort by the boys (against Jamaica) was fantastic, they were all absolutely devastated afterwards that their World Cup dream was over.

“On top of a true captain’s performance from Rhys Jacks, fullback Jordan Drew impressed on debut. I have some tough decisions to make for Saturday’s game against Chile.

“Team Manager, Paul Buchanan, has pulled together a varied itinerary and team spirit is high. Now everyone’s looking forward to getting on the pitch.”

Both games will be live-streamed on the national federation’s and Toronto Wolfpack’s Facebook sites.

USA 64

Cory Makelim, Ryan Burroughs, Brandon Anderson, Bureta Faraimo, David Washington, Kristian Freed, Connor Donehue, Mark Offerdahl, Danny Howard, Andrew Kneisly, Joe Eichner, Jerome Veve, Haveatama Luani

Substitutes: Nick Newlin, Jamil Robinson, Chris Frazier, Chris Wiggins

Tries: Howard (10), Burroughs (15, 17, 76), Offerdahl (23, 25), Anderson (31, 39, 56, 79), Donehue (42), Faraimo (59, 65)

Goals: Faraimo 5/13

CHILE 0

Thomas Garrido, Jose Nitor-Alvear, Mana Castillo-Sioni, Patrick Caamano, Zecil Yao, Trent Millar, Bradley Millar, Eduardo Wegener, Junior Sandoval, Jaden Laing, Nick Doberer, Brandon Tobar, James Horvat

Substitutes: Piero Diaz, Iziah Esera Catrileo, Jonathan Espinoza, Taylor Salas

Half time: 34-0

Referee: Geoffrey Poumes (France)

CANADA 8

Jordan Drew, Emil Borggren, Shaun McKenzie, Eddie Bilborough, Rick Schouten, Brad Austin, Wes Black, Louis Robinson, Rhys Jacks, Joel Hulett, Jack Couzens, Ash Calvert, Christian Miller

Substitutes: Sean McInroy, Scyler Dumas, Ruairi McGoff

Tries: Borggren (9), McGoff (43)

JAMAICA 38

Ashton Golding, Aaron Jones-Bishop, Ben Jones-Bishop, Joseph Brown, Alex Brown, Daniel Thomas, Jy-Mel Coleman, Jonathan Magrin, Joel Farrell, Lamont Bryan, Omari Caro, Mo Agoro, Keenen Tomlinson,

Substitutes: Renaldo Wade, Marvin Thompson, Ross Peltier, Khamisi McKain

Tries: Magrin (6), Golding (21), Ben Jones-Bishop (54, 71), Bryan (61), Thomas 73), Alex Brown (77)

Goals: Jy-Mel Coleman 5/7

Referee: Ben Thaler

Half time: 4-12

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Lebanon Rugby League post record figures at AGM

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LEBANESE RUGBY LEAGUE FEDERATION POST RECORD FIGURES AT AGM AND ARE SET REVEAL NEW BOARD

Following their recent AGM, the Lebanese Rugby League Federation has announced record, audited turnover of $618K AUD for the last financial year – which does not include their participation in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup – posted their first positive balance sheet in 16 years, and reported on improved domestic standards.

The current board has stepped down, leaving future nominees with an ideal platform from which to take the sport forward in the country.

LRLF president Mohamad Habbous, whose final official act will be to preside over the electoral assembly, said: “The AGM was very positive. Signing off two sets of audited accounts, in Lebanon and Australia, which show the LRLF in the black was very satisfying, and a further sign of the good practices within the organisation. I am very pleased that we will be handing the federation over to the new board with money in the bank and debt free.

“It was great meeting the new board candidates who are all keen on embarking upon the next era of Lebanese rugby league’s journey.”

The AGM followed 12 months of governance reforms by the federation with the adoption of a new membership policy, participation agreements for clubs and operational rules.

Lawyer Anthony Letayf, an original Liban Espoir tourist in 2003, was appointed chairman of the judiciary for the 2018-19 domestic season, the Collegiate Rugby League (CRL) for universities currently underway.

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Red Star retain Serbian rugby league title

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RED STAR RETAIN TITLE

Belgrade’s Red Star successfully defended the Serbian Rugby League championship, defeating arch rivals Partizan 36-16 in the Grand Final held at the SC Inge Stadium, Zvezdara. Red Star end the domestic season unbeaten, registering a treble with the Challenge Cup and Super Cup previously claimed.

In a tense first half, the opening score came just before the half hour, Nikola Đurić crossing, a further Rajko Trifunović try and Miloš Zogović goal making it 10-0 to the holders at the break. Sam Herron extended the lead but Partizan enjoyed their best spell with two tries in six minutes from Vlado Kušić and Vladimir Milutinović, both converted by Džavid Jašari to narrow the gap to four points.

Red Star’s Ilja Krstića and Milutinović traded touchdowns, but the red and white’s finished the game strongly with three unanswered tries to complete their sixth successive domestic win over their derby neighbours.

The match finished with passions boiling over, two yellow cards and two red cards shown.

Red Star head coach, Phil Economidis, commented: “This a great result for us but behind the scenes the pursuit of becoming the best we can is what drives us, we intend to showcase the talent of Serbian Rugby League.”

Red Star have now won the domestic title three times but the teams meet again at the same venue on Sunday in the Balkan Super League Grand Final, a repeat of last year’s inaugural decider, in a competition that in 2018 has attracted 15 teams from seven nations; with Red Star looking for revenge.

“I am hopeful that the Balkan Super League final can be played in the same spirit that the first 65 minutes,” said Red Star managing director, Colin Kleyweg. “The loss last year in the Balkan Super League Grand Final left a bitter taste over the winter months. Our job is not finished, we will be ready.”

RED STAR 36

Miloš Zogović, Ilija Krstić, Aleksandar Đorđević, Petar Milanović, Rajko Trifunović, Stefan Nedečjković, Vojislav Dedić, Slobodan Milenković, Vladislav Dedić, Marko Janković, Predrag Keglić, Nikola Đurić, Sem Heron.

Substitutes (all used): Vuk Štrbac, Denis Čengaj, Matej Bajić, Stefan Nikolić.

Tries: Nikola Đurić (27), Rajko Trifunović (36, 67), Sam Herron (42), Ilija Krstić (58), Predrag Keglić (71), Stefan Nikolić (78’)

Goals: Miloš Zogović 4/6, Vojislav Dedić 0/1.

Sent off: Stefan Nikolić 78’

PARTIZAN 16

Dragan Janković, Ronaldo Bitići, Vladimir Milutinović, Nikola Srbljanin, Boban Janković, Branko Čarapić, Džavid Jašari, Dušan Milutinović, Mihailo Ilić, Mihailo Stoiljković, Benis Bajrami, Stefan Ilić, Vlado Kušić.

Substitues (used): Nemanja Manojlović, Stevan Ivanović.

Tries: Vlado Kušić 46’, Vladimir Milutinović 51’, 61’.

Goals Džavid Jašari 2/3.

Sin bin: Džavid Jašari 71’, Boban Janković 79’.

Sent off: Stefan Ilić 78’.

Half time: 10-0

Referee: Vladan Kikanović.

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Canada and Jamaica name 19-man squads for live-streamed Rugby League World Cup qualifier

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DATE: 12 November, 2018

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CANADA AND JAMAICA NAME 19-MAN SQUADS FOR WORLD CUP QUALIFIER

Canada and Jamaica have named 19-man squads for their clash in the Americas Championship at the University of North Florida Stadium, Jacksonville, tomorrow (Tuesday, kick off 5pm).

The match is part of a twin-event, with the winners facing USA or Chile in a second double-header at the same venue on Saturday; the victors in that game gaining automatic qualification to the 2021 Rugby League World Cup in England.

Canada’s head coach, Benjamin Fleming, commented: “The first training session after arriving here was very impressive. It seems like everyone has done their own preparation and it was somewhat seamless.

“Now the pressure, intensity and expectation becomes greater on and off the field, but a solid foundation is set. Players are bonding and building combinations really positively.”

Fleming added: “We understand how important it is for the side and for the nation to perform well and try to reach the World Cup for the first time.”

Reggae Warriors’ head coach Romeo Monteith has been happy with the way his men are looking in readiness.

“The squad has come together nicely since we got into Jacksonville on Saturday,” he said. “Our physio Ben Harper has done a good job working with the boys to get over their travel fatigue and niggles.

“Lead coach Jermaine Coleman put them through their paces and I was really happy with what I saw, they understand the playing system and the skill level was high.”

Monteith remarked: “We have a very positive vibe in the camp and the boys are just raring to go out there and make Jamaica proud.

“We have had many great battles with the Wolverines over the years; a free, open style of rugby league has characterized games between our nations.

“They are always high scoring affairs and I believe it will be the same on Tuesday. It’s a pity one of us will be out of contention for the 2021 World Cup, but that’s even more reason both squads will give it their all.”

The matches will be live streamed through various Facebook channels which has given the tournament and players a boost going into it, according to Rugby League International Federation official and tournament director, Danny Kazandjian.

“It is really pleasing that the City of Jacksonville and Toronto Wolfpack have combined to provide additional visibility through a network of online broadcasters,” he said. “North America is a strategically important territory and this innovative approach will further every stakeholders’ interests.

“Furthermore, the RLIF has confirmed a multi-annual investment package into the Americas Championship to increase its status and scope, and in recognition of the growing number of eligible nations.”

CANADA 19-MAN SQUAD

Shaun McKenzie, Rick Schouten (Abbotsford Griffins, Canada); Christian Miller (Brantford Broncos, Canada); Ash Calvert (Berowra Wallabies, Australia); Josh Kelly (Calgary Cowboys, Canada); Jack Couzens (Coastal Cougars, Canada); Brad Austin (Halswell Hornets, New Zealand); Louis Robinson (London Skolars, UK); Wes Black, Joel Hulett (Ourimbah Magpies, Australia); Rhys Jacks (Sunshine Coast Falcons, Australia); Eddie Bilborough, Antoine Blanc, Emil Borggren, Michael Mastroianni (Toronto City Saints, Canada); Jordan Drew (Townsville Blackhawks, Australia); Ruairi McGoff (Ulverston RL, UK); Sean McInroy (Unattached); Scyler Dumas (Vancouver Dragons, Canada)

JAMAICA 19-MAN SQUAD

Joel Farrell, Keenen Tomlinson, (Batley Bulldogs), Jonathan Magrin, Ross Peltier (Bradford Bulls) Daniel Thomas (Dewsbury Celtics) Aaron Jones-Bishop (Doncaster) Andrae McFarlane, Khamisi McKain, Marvin Thompson, Renaldo Wade (Duhaney Park), James Woodburn-Hall (Halifax ) Ashton Golding (Leeds Rhinos), Joseph Brown, Mo Agoro (Newcastle) Jy-Mel Coleman, Lamont Bryan, Omari Caro (London Skolars) Ben Jones-Bishop (Wakefield) Alex Brown (Unattached)

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