The Canada Selects development team will play the Seattle Seawolves in Major League Rugby on February 21.
The game will be held at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Washington, home of the two-time American League champions just south of Seattle.
Rugby Canada says the Selects program will feature national team prospects and emerging players from universities and Pacific Pride. The pride of place is the Rugby Academy Canada team.
The game is the first between the Selects and an MLR team, although the team played the Ontario Arrows in 2018. The Arrows became the Toronto Arrows, who folded in November after five seasons from the MLR.
The Selects game is part of the Seawolves' preseason preparations.
“This is a good competition opportunity and an opportunity for our coaching staff to watch and work with some up-and-coming Canadian players in a high-performance environment,” Canada men's coach Kingsley Jones said in a statement.
“Having more frequent opportunities like this to come together in games against opponents like the Seawolves is important for the continued growth and development of our men's program. This is something we want to build on, and we are excited to work with this group.”
The Pacific Pride and Seawolves will meet in a practice game on February 16.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 8, 2024