Canada may not be considered one of the powerhouses of international Rugby League in 2014, but they certainly grabbed a few headlines over the weekend, as they won the 5th Colonial Cup tournament by defeating the United States of America – in front of over 7,000 fans.
7,356 people packed into the Lamport Stadium in Toronto to watch the Canadians upset the odds, and defeat the team ranked 9th in the RLIF World Rankings with an outstanding 52-14 win. And although the scoreline was a huge story, there can be little doubting that the biggest story out of the game was the crowd, with many now certain to keep a keen eye on proceedings in Canada from now on.
Coached by former Huddersfield and Castleford man Stuart Donlan, the Canadians blitzed one of last year’s World Cup quarter-finalists, and pick up their first ever Colonial Cup success.
Speaking after the victory, Donlan said: “A brilliant result from the lads, our progression over the 9 weeks I’ve been here is nothing short of phenomenal. The future for Rugby League in Canada is looking bright as the sun.”