Canada Rugby League hopes to Hammer out test

Two members of the Hamilton Hammers will be in the lineup for the Canada Wolverines when they face Jamaica on Saturday (July 21).

Returning players Chris Diamond and Christian Miller were named to the Canadian team this week in advance of Saturday’s game at Lamport Stadium in Toronto as the Wolverines begin their test series. And no less than six others will be making their International debuts when the Wolverines take on the Reggae Warriors, including four from the Ottawa Rhinos.

The Hammers and Ottawa compete against each other in the Canada Rugby League’s Ontario Division. The Rhinos have seven players on the squad for Saturday’s game while the Toronto Centurions have four and the Toronto City Saints have three. For the first time ever, a player from CRL’s British Columbia division was named to the team.

There are also some old favourites back in 2012 including captain Jamie Lester, 2011 MVP Robin Legault, 2011 RLIF Canadian player of the year Matt Wyles, and defensive juggernaut Cam Grace. Coach Richard Moore said the team is “a good mix of experience and fresh blood. There is good balance in all areas of the field, and the truth is it is getting harder and harder to pick the team as the overall standard is improving in Canada and some very strong players missed out on selection.”

John and Tony Felix become the first brother combo to represent Canada in Rugby League as Prop John makes his full international debut against the Jamaicans.

“This is by far the strongest side we have ever put together,” CRL chairman Eric Perez noted. “This is a side capable of taking on the world.”