TORONTO — The Canadian men's rugby team will host Belgium and the French Barbarians this summer.
The 21st-ranked Canadians will play No. 27 Belgium on July 2 at the Wanderers Grounds in Halifax and the French Barbarians, an all-star squad, on July 10 at TD Place in Ottawa.
The third-ranked Canadian women will host No. 6 Italy on July 24 at Starlight Stadium in Langford, B.C., and ninth-ranked Wales Aug. 27 at the Wanderers Grounds in Halifax.
The matches, the first on home soil for the Canadian women in seven years, are part of Canada's preparations for the World Cup in New Zealand in October-November.
The Canadian men have not played since November, when they beat Belgium 24-0 in Brussels and lost 20-17 to Portugal in Lisbon.
KIngsley Jones' team is 3-5-0 since the 2019 World Cup in Japan. It failed to to qualify for the 2023 World Cup in France.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 6, 2022.
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