01/26/2016 11:57 EST | Updated 01/26/2017 00:12 EST

Veteran prop Hubert Buydens to captain Canada at Americas Rugby Championship

TORONTO — Veteran prop Hubert Buydens will captain Canada at next month's Americas Rugby Championship.

Francois Ratier, head coach of the Canadian women's team, will serve as interim coach while the search for a successor to the recently departed Kieran Crowley continues.

The 28-man squad of largely domestic-based players features Canadian internationals Ray Barkwill, Nick Blevins, Jake Ilnicki, Phil Mackenzie, Gordon McRorie, Callum Morrison, Evan Olmstead, Pat Parfrey, Djustice Sears-Duru and Buydens.

There are 18 uncapped players.

The Canadian squad will gather Jan. 31 at Shawnigan Lake for a pre-tournament camp. Canada opens against Uruguay on Feb. 6 at Westhills Stadium in Langford, B.C.

The ARC, which runs through March 6, also features Argentina, Brazil, Chile, the U.S., and Uruguay. Canada will host Brazil on Feb. 20 while playing its other three matches away from home.


Canada's Americas Rugby Championship Roster

Kyle Baillie, St. Albert RFC, Summerside, P.E.I.; Ray Barkwill, Castaway Wanderers, Niagara Falls, Ont.; Nick Blevins, Calgary Hornets, Calgary; Gradyn Bowd, UVIC Vikes, Calgary; Rob Brouwer, Lindsay RFC, Lindsay, Ont.; Hubert Buydens (capt.), Castaway Wanderers, Saskatoon; Liam Chisholm, UVIC Vikes, Kenora, Ont.; Alistair Clark, Bay Street Pigs, Oakville, Ont.; Paul Ciulini, Aurora Barbarians, Vaughan, Ont.; Andrew Ferguson, Oakville Crusaders, Mississauga, Ont.; Michael Hamson, Halifax Tars, Halifax; Eric Howard, Brantford Harlequins, Ottawa; Jake Ilnicki, Castaway Wanderers, Williams Lake, B.C.; Brett Johnson, Truro Saints, Truro, N.S.; Ryan Kotlewski, Calgary Saints, Calgary; Phil Mackenzie, Sale Sharks (England), Oakville, Ont.; Duncan Maguire, St. Albert RFCC, St. Albert, Alta.; Alex Mascott, UBC Thunderbirds, Langley, B.C.; Gordon McRorie, Calgary Hornets, Calgary; Dan Moor, Balmy Beach RFC, Toronto; Callum Morrison, UBCOB Ravens, Victoria; Evan Olmstead, Parramatta Two Blues (Australia), Vancouver; Clay Panga, Castaway Wanderers, Calgary; Pat Parfrey, Swilers RFC, St. John's, N.L.; Jacob Robinson, (St. Albert RFC, St. Albert, Alta.; Lucas Rumball, Balmy Beach RFC, Toronto; Mozac Samson, Calgary Saints, Calgary; Djustice Sears-Duru, Oakville Crusaders, Oakville, Ont.

The Canadian Press