World Rugby is coming back to the rock.
Rugby Canada has announced that two matches between Canada and the United States will be played at the Swilers Rugby field in September.
Those games will serve as qualifiers for the 2023 Rugby World Cup, which will be held in France.
The games will be the first time international rugby will be played on Canadian soil since the HSBC Canada Sevens in Vancouver in March 2020. As well, this will be the first time international rugby will be played in Newfoundland and Labrador in 15 years.
Dr. Pat Parfrey, Vice President of the Swilers Rugby Club, explains that if team Canada can pull out a win they will punch their ticket to the world cup, calling it “more than a million dollar game” and something that could be big financially for Canada.
He hopes that there are “1,000 lunatics” that come out to support the team in September. He hopes they go “berserk,” and says that level of support is why the Canadian rugby team chose Newfoundland to host the games.