Canada book their spot at stadium:mk

Canada beat USA
Canada beat USA

Canada will play France at stadium:mk in 2015 after they booked their spot in the Rugby World Cup with victory over USA.

The Canadian side beat their neighbours in both legs of the Americas 1 play-off game to book their place in Pool D, setting themselves up with a mouth-watering tie with Les Bleus in Milton Keynes.

The Canadians put themselves firmly in the driving seat after the first leg by recording a 27–9 victory in South Carolina.

And after Saturday evening’s 13 - 11 victory in front of a packed home crowd in Alberta they sealed their place at RWC 2015, winning 40–20 on aggregate.

Canadian captain Aaron Carpenter said: “It is an amazing feeling to know that we will be there proudly representing Canada at Rugby World Cup.

“It caps an incredible year with more Test matches and Pacific Nations Cup inclusion and I am sure it will boost Rugby interest here.

“I am really proud of the guys.”

This means that Canada, who made it to the quarter final stage in the 1991 World Cup held in this country, will now feature as the only non-European side in Pool D alongside France, Ireland, Italy, and the eventual Europe 2 qualifier.

Milton Keynes was unveiled as one of the host cities of the 2015 World Cup back in May, with three matches set to be played at stadium:mk.

The tournament schedule continues to take shape and Canada’s confirmed pool-phase match schedule will take them to four different cities across England and Wales, including Milton Keynes.

Canada against France will take place on October 1, 2015, though the other two matches to be played in the city are yet to be decided.

On October 3, Milton Keynes will play host to Samoa , who will take on the qualifier from Asia 1 in Pool B.

The final game to be played at stadium:mk on October 6 with the winner of Oceana 1 taking on a play-off winner in Pool A.