Victoria has four players representing Canada at the Rugby World Cup

Victoria has four players representing Canada at the Rugby World Cup

Team Canada will be led out by Victorias DTH van Der Merwe

Canadian Rugby fans will have to burn the midnight oil if they want to watch the Rugby World Cup live. The event which takes place every four years is being hosted in Japan.

In spite of this, there will almost certainly be some local families staying up late as Victoria is tied with Calgary for the most representatives on the team with four.

READ MORE: Team Canada set to compete at 2019 Rugby World Cup and Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Team captain, DTH van der Merwe calls Victoria home. He will be hard to miss as he is sporting bleach blonde hair for the tournament and happens to be Canada’s most electrifying player.

Van der Merwe hails from South Africa and moved to Victoria in 2005, at which point he joined the James Bay Athletic Association who play in the British Columbia Premier League. James Bay would go on to win three straight provincial championships and a national championship in 2007.

In an email to Black Press, van der Merwe said he hopes Canada’s role in the World Cup will go on to inspire other young Canadians to follow in his footsteps as well as those he’s playing in front of.

“It’s a humbling experience to see how excited everyone is for the World Cup and hopefully we can take that into our game. And on the opposite side, some of these young kids can look up to us and to this tournament and they can someday run out for Japan in a World Cup.”

This will be the fourth world cup van der Merwe has played in but that isn’t something he’s focusing on.

“It’s something special and hopefully I can give my bit on the field. I don’t want to take the personal accolades out of the game because it’s all for me about the team.”

READ MORE: Esquimalt High rugby stars to compete at Paris World Games

The other Victorian players on the team include World Cup debutantes, Luke Cambell, and Will Percillier along with seasoned scrum-half Phil Mack.

Canada faces a tough group that includes New Zealand, Italy, South Africa, and Namibia. They can punch their ticket to the next World Cup in 2023 by finishing in the top three of their group, which will prove difficult as they come into the tournament ranked 22nd in the world meaning they are only higher than one other team in the group, Namibia (23rd).

They dropped their opening match to Italy early this morning by a 48-7 margin.

evan.taylor@vicnews.com


@evanrtaylor
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Victoria police are looking for a 38-year-old man after he allegedly assaulted and choked a missing 15-year-old victim in Beacon Hill Park Tuesday night. (Black Press Media file photo)
15-year-old choked in Beacon Hill tent, Victoria police assaulted while intervening

Police searching for 38-year-old suspect, two officers injured in altercation with park residents

Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district teachers’ union, and its counterparts from Mount Arrowsmith district, seek stricter COVID-19 rules. (News Bulletin file)
Nanaimo-Ladysmith teachers’ union asks for stricter COVID-19 measures

Teachers ask for vaccine, more online learning, mask mandate for primary students

Some Saanich firefighters have expressed concerns about first responders in the Island Health Region not being prioritized to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as an outbreak at a fire station would make service delivery a challenge. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Saanich firefighters not prioritized for COVID-19 vaccine despite working on frontlines

Saanich members express frustration, department calls on Island Health to take action

A total of 10 flight exposures have affected the Victoria International Airport in April so far, making it the highest monthly total since the start of the pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria hits record-breaking number of monthly COVID-19 flight exposures

As of April 21, 10 flight exposures reported for the month

Former University of Victoria rowing coach Barney Williams is photographed in the stands during the Greater Victoria Invitational at CARSA Performance Gym at the University of Victoria in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, November 29, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Rowing Canada sanctions former head coach of UVic varsity women’s team

Suspension of Barney Williams would be reversed if he complies with certain terms

A large crowd protested against COVID-19 measures at Sunset Beach in Vancouver on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. (Snapchat)
VIDEO: Large, police-patrolled crowds gather at Vancouver beach for COVID protests

Vancouver police said they patrolled the area and monitored all gatherings

Police road checks are coming for people travelling between regions while COVID-19 travel restrictions are in place. (Black Press file photo)
B.C. clarifies COVID-19 travel restrictions, Lower Mainland a single zone

Vehicle checks on highways, at ferry terminals to start Friday

(Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich calls for non-police security for mental health patients at hospitals

Saanich police spent nearly 1,200 hours waiting with patients at hospitals in 2020

The Esquimalt Fire Department was called to a residence on Glengarry Place Tuesday afternoon for a fire that has displaced two families. There were no injuries and damage is being assessed. (Black Press Media file photo)
Esquimalt fire displaces two families

Fire damage at residence on Glengarry Place still being assessed

Janitors at Uptown Shopping Centre voted to strike April 20, citing increased risk from the pandemic, minimum wage pay and no paid sick days. (Black Press Media file photo)
Janitors at Uptown Shopping Centre in Saanich vote to strike

Workers say they’re working in high-risk conditions with near-minimum wage pay

Someone used this counterfeit $50 to pay for items at the Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Store in downtown Duncan in April 2021. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Duncan businesses warned of counterfeit cash

Fake $50 passed at Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Store

Canadian driver Paul Tracy pulls out of the pits during the morning session at the Molson Indy in Vancouver, B.C., Saturday, July 26, 2003 (CP/Richard Lam)
Vancouver is considering hosting a Formula E race using electric cars

The race would be part of a three-day event focused on climate and sustainability

Chart from the April 20 B.C. budget shows sharp dip in real estate sales early in the COVID-19 pandemic and the even steeper climb since late 2020. (B.C. government)
Hot B.C. housing market drives property transfer tax gains

B.C. budget boosts tobacco, sweet drinks, carbon taxes

Most Read