BURNABY, BC – Ahead of Saturdays Pacific Nations Cup (PNC) opener at Swangard Stadium, Canada head coach Kieran Crowley has released his starting roster to face Japan. The international test match, which will be LIVE on TSN and streamed at www.irb.com at 6pm pt/9pm et, will be the first game of the year for Canadas Mens Fifteens Team. Having won their last sevens games, including last weekend against 8th ranked Samoa, the Brave Blossoms pose a stiff challenge for Canada. Japan has had Canadas number on recent occasions, including a 16-13 victory last year in Nagoya which was Canadas only loss of the PNC. Newly appointed Captain Tyler Ardron will lead the team from the number 8 position, with Jebb Sinclair and John Moonlight also in the back-row. Canadas tight-five includes the experienced front-row of Hubert Buydens, Ray Barkwill and Jason Marshall with Tyler Hotson and Jamie Cudmore in the engine room. Calgary, Albertas Gordron McRorie is set to receive his first cap after being announced as starting scrumhalf and Harry Jones will lead the backline from flyhalf. "Its a huge honour for me to be selected for my first cap against Japan this weekend and I look forward to the challenge," said McRorie after the announcement. The centre pairing of Nick Blevins and Ciaran Hearn, who started side-by-side on six occasions last year for Canada including against Japan, slot in outside of Jones. Canadas back-three includes an exciting blend of speed, power and experience with the announcement of Taylor Paris and Jeff Hassler on the wing and James Pritchard at fullback. Canadas substitutions consist of Andrew Tiedemann, Aaron Carpenter, Jake Ilnicki, John Phelan and Adam Kleeberger in the forwards with Phil Mack, Connor Braid and DTH van der Merwe in the backs. Unavailable for selection for Canada due to injuries were Liam Underwood and Nanyak Dala. Added to Canadas training roster was Albertas Kyle Gilmour after a strong showing in last weekends BC Invitational versus Canada Selects game at Klahanie Park in West Vancouver. "I think theres some really good depth in this group, and theres a lot of good competition amongst the roster," said Crowley. "Japan are a strong, well-coached side and they will be a difficult game for us. We narrowly lost last year in Nagoya and I know our guys will be keen to take them on again on Saturday." CANADAS ROSTER TO FACE JAPAN: 1. Hubert Buydens – (Manawatu Turbos/Prairie Wolf Pack) Saskatoon, SK 2. Ray Barkwill – (Niagara Wasps RFC/Ontario Blues) Niagara Falls, ON 3. Jason Marshall – (Atlantique Stade Rochelais) Vancouver, BC 4. Tyler Hotson – (London Scottish RFC) Vancouver, BC 5. Jamie Cudmore – (ASM Clermont Auvergne) Squamish, BC 6. Jebb Sinclair – (London Irish/Atlantic Rock) Fredericton, NB 7. John Moonlight – (James Bay AA/Ontario Blues) Pickering, ON 8. Tyler Ardron – Captain (Ospreys/Ontario Blues) Lakefield, ON 9. Gordon McRorie – (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB 10. Harry Jones – (UBCOB Ravens/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC 11. Taylor Paris – (SU Agen Lot-et-Garonne) Barrie, ON 12. Nick Blevins – (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB 13. Ciaran Hearn – (Castaway Wanderers/Atlantic Rock) Conception Bay South, NL 14. Jeff Hassler – (Ospreys/Prairie Wolf Pack) Okotoks, AB 15. James Pritchard – (Bedford Blues) Parkes, NSW, Australia 16. Andrew Tiedemann – (Castaway Wanderers/Prairie Wolf Pack) St. Albert, AB 17. Aaron Carpenter – (Cornish Pirates RFC) Brantford, ON 18. Jake Ilnicki – (Castaway Wanderers/BC Bears) Williams Lake, BC 19. Jon Phelan – (Castaway Wanderers/Atlantic Rock) Montreal, QC 20. Adam Kleeberger – (Castaway Wanderers/BC Bears) White Rock, BC 21. Phil Mack – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC 22. Connor Braid – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC 23. DTH van der Merwe – (Glasgow Warriors) Regina, SK Unavailable due to Injury: Nanyak Dala – (Castaway Wanderers/Saskatoon Wild Oats) Saskatoon, SKLiam Underwood – (Ontario Blues) Toronto, ON CANADAS MENS STAFF: Kieran Crowley – Head CoachGareth Rees – ManagerNeil Barnes – Assistant CoachBen Herring – Assistant CoachMike Shelley – Assistant CoachCalum Ramsay – Performance AnalystDanielle Mah - PhysiotherapistCarla Brash, Mike Cook – Athletic TherapistsAndy Evans – Strength and Conditioning CoachTodd Silverthorn – Assistant ManagerJames Kent – Logistics and Assistant AnalystMark Winokur – Assistant ManagerPete Du Toit – Team DoctorBryan Kelly – Media Manager Custom Detroit Tigers Jerseys . -- Tony Finau won the Stonebrae Classic on Sunday for his first Web. Cheap Tigers Jerseys . 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