This is what BC Rugby News wrote about the squad, honestly, it is hard to argue with any of it.
If anyone thought there would be decisive action taken after Rugby Canada failed to qualify for the World Cup, think again. Rugby Canada is operating as normal, some might say in a state of denial. We'll cover this in more detail later in the week, including the video by Kingsley Jones where he basically says, "I plan on being here for the next four years".
Whether he lasts the next four years, the next two years, or this year is another question but for now let's look at the selections for these tests.
The first question to ask is, "who will be our next flyhalf", such an important role to fill. Some have already pointed out, where is Will Kelly? He's not on the roster or on the list of those injured or unavailable. No offence to Peter Nelson, but the 29 year old is not the future for Canada at the #10 position. He's got a nice boot but in terms of game management and execution, defence, running threat, it's not there. Chile's #10, Rodrigo Fernandez, who was the standout player for them, was with the Chile 7s program from 2017-2020. Who is Canada's next #10, isn't now the time to start searching? Will Kelly, Brock Webster, Brennig Prevost, Cooper Coats, Thomas Isherwood, Pat Kay, Will Percillier, Grady Bowd, a lot of potential there. Shane O'Leary was Canada U20's #10 when they came second in the JWRT. Rob Povey, Brock Webster and Spencer Jones have all played #10 at the club level, maybe they'll get a shot this tour. That's one of the knocks against Kingsley Jones, he's stuck in his ways when it comes to selection, it will be Peter Nelson, even after it's too late.
Canada need to start searching for the tight five who will get them to the next level. There's no one new in the selections.
Who is new? Matthew Oworu, he's been playing #8 for the Pride. David Richards from the 7s program has been playing wing with the Pride. Isaac Olson has been playing wing with the Pride.
Then you have the European pros, who seem reluctant to play for Canada under the current leadership, Ardron, Olmstead, Duguid, Percillier. Can you blame them, work on a pro career, or play for a national program that has treated its former stars with disdain.
The young players Kratz and Ngawati were brought along as spectators for the qualifiers, hopefully they'll get starting roles on this tour.
It's difficult to get excited about the tour after the major disappointment of the World Cup Qualifiers, it's also difficult to see Rugby Canada have taken no steps to correct the leadership issues. The players no doubt will want to finish the year off on a high. Belgium should be an emphatic win for Canada, ranked lower (28) than Canada (23), they're not even in the European World Cup qualifying tournament that includes Georgia, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Netherlands. Portugal should be a close match, Portugal are neck and neck with Romania to qualify as Europe 2, they defeated Russia 49-26 in July of this year.