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The Canadian men's rugby team, which last played in October 2019 at the World Cup in Japan, will return to action in July against tough opposition in Wales and England. The 23rd-ranked Canadians will face No. 6 Wales on July 3 at Principality Stadium in Cardiff and No. 3 England on July 10 at Twickenham. It's rare that Canada gets to play Tier 1 nations outside of the World Cup these days. Wales is the defending Six Nations champion while England was runner-up at the 2019 World Cup. Both sides will be missing top players who will be touring South Africa with the British and Irish Lions. England has 11 players on the 37-man Lions squad while Wales has 10. "It's an exciting challenge to have the opportunity to play against two of the best teams in the world," Canada coach Kingsley Jones said Monday from Seattle, part of a U.S. trip scouting Canadian talent in Major League Rugby. "You're right, they'll have players missing but the depth Wales has produced over the last 12 months ... They discovered a lot of players. And England are going to be very very hard to beat. (Coach) Eddie Jones didn't have the Six Nations he wanted and he's a fantastic coach." England ran in 12 tries, blanking Canada 70-0 when the two met at Twickenham in November 2004. The Welsh scored nine tries en route to a 61-26 win over the Canadians in Cardiff in November 2006 But Canada scored a historic 26-24 upset of Wales in November 1993 at Cardiff Arms Park thanks to a last-ditch try by Al Charron and conversion by Gareth Rees. The Canadian men lost 37-6 to England A in the 2011 Churchill Cup. The upcoming Wales match will mark 632 days since Canada closed out its World Cup campaign in a 66-7 loss to eventual World Cup champion South Africa on Oct. 8, 2019, in Kobe, Japan. A subsequent World Cup match against Namibia was cancelled due to typhoon Hagibis. The summer fixtures were part of World Rugby's revised men’s July test schedule announced Monday. Twenty-five of the top 30 teams will be in action. Canada was originally set to host England in Toronto this summer but pandemic-related travel restrictions have shifted the game and others to Europe. Kingsley Jones hopes to take 30 or 32 players to the U.K. for the June tests, art of Canada's preparations for World Cup qualifying matches in the fall. Jones is a former Wales captain. Canada senior assistant coach Rob Howley won 59 caps for Wales as a player and was part of the Wales coaching staff between 2008 and 2019. Jones, whose CV includes a stint in the Russia national team coaching setup, has never coach against his homeland. He coached against England at Twickenham in 2010, when he and France's Philippe Saint-Andre served as co-coaches of the Barbarians. The Canadian men have held one high-performance camp, last November in Langford, B.C., since closing out the World Cup. The good news for Jones is that most of his players are currently active, with 66 eligible Canadians plying their trade in Major League Rugby. The revised July schedule sees Argentina, Japan and the U.S. join Canada in travelling to the U.K. and Ireland. England will play the U.S. Eagles on July 4 prior to facing Canada. 'The summer series will give us the chance to look at a lot of players and see how they step up, and it’s an important part of our World Cup preparation," England coach Eddie Jones said in a statement. “For younger players, it’s a chance to show what they can do at international level and how they are in the team environment. “There aren’t too many opportunities to lead at international level, so for the more experienced players it’s a chance to take further leadership roles and grow their game in that area. Eddie Jones called Canada a "tough, physical side." At least 10,000 supporters will be allowed to attend the match at Twickenham Stadium. --- Follow @NeilMDavidson on Twitter This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 10, 2021. Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press
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GLENDALE, Ariz. — Arizona general manager Bill Armstrong opted to stand pat at the NHL trade deadline, believing the Coyotes had the right roster to make the playoffs. When they came up short yet again, the Coyotes made a big change, firing coach Rick Tocchet a day after the season ended. It could be the first of many changes for a franchise that's missed the post-season seven of the past eight seasons. “There’s going to be change," Coyotes forward Christian Fischer said. "When you don’t make playoffs, it’s expected in the NHL.” The Coyotes entered the 2020-21 season loaded with expectations after reaching the post-season last year for the first time since 2012. They had a solid roster mixed with veterans and talented young players, one of the NHL's best goalie duos and Tocchet at the helm. Arizona got off to an uneven start but pulled itself into playoff contention with a solid stretch in March, so Armstrong opted to not make any moves at the trade deadline. Then things fell apart. Goalies Darcy Kuemper and Antti Raanta both suffered injuries and the Coyotes went into a funk at the wrong time, losing 12 of 15 games to fall behind St. Louis for the final playoff spot in the West Division. Arizona swept San Jose in its final two games, but ended up three points behind the Blues to come up short for the third time in four seasons under Tocchet. An overhaul could follow. Arizona has numerous players who are unrestricted free agents, including Raanta, centre Derick Brassard and defencemen Niklas Hjalmarsson, Alex Goligoski, Jason Demers and Jordan Oesterle. Right wing Conor Garland, the team's third-leading scorer, centre John Hayden and left wing Michael Bunting also are unrestricted free agents. “We're close, but obviously it's going to be a long road at the same time,” Coyotes captain Oliver Ekman-Larsson said. “It's going to be a lot of hard work and guys willing to put in that work because it's not easy. If it was easy, everyone would know what to do to get into a playoff spot.” PHIL THE THRILL Phil Kessel had an uneven first season in the desert, his production down as he battled injuries. Healthy again, Kessel was back to being a consistent playmaker this season, leading the Coyotes with 20 goals and 43 points in 56 games. He also notched his 900th career point late in the season and stretched his consecutive games-played streak to 900 games, fifth-longest in NHL history. Kessel was named the Coyotes' nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded to the player who most exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. “I had a bad season last year,” he said. “I was injured at times last year and I was just off. I just tried to work hard, train hard during the summer and get back to where I was. I had an OK year and hope to have better years coming up.” CHYCHRUN RISES Defenceman Jakob Chychrun took a big step forward during his fifth NHL season. The 23-year-old had been a steady player since being taken with the 16th overall pick in the 2016 draft, but this season he became one of the team's best. The son of former NHL player Jeff Chychrun led all NHL defencemen with 18 goals heading into the final stretch of the season and was Arizona's second-leading scorer with 42 points. He also was a physical presence and became a leader on and off the ice. “I think my game took a good step,” Chychrun said. “I really benefitted from a good summer of training, just working on my game and being healthy. This was my first season playing every game and that's something I'm proud of, something I've been wanting to do.” ___ More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/hub/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports John Marshall, The Associated Press
Winnipeg Jets winger Andrew Copp is envious. Edmonton Oilers defenceman Tyson Barrie, meanwhile, described the situation as "awesome" for the teams in question. And Toronto Maple goalie Jack Campbell is simply glad to see life shifting back to normal — just not for NHL players in Canada. The league eased some of its tight COVID-19 health and safety protocols over the weekend for clubs that have been fully vaccinated. But because of the decidedly slower rollout to get shots in arms north of the border, Canadian franchises won't be enjoying the same freedoms as some of their U.S.-based counterparts any time soon. "Very jealous," said Copp, who was born and raised in Michigan. "If you look at my social media, Instagram and Twitter, I see my family and my friends living a normal life right now. Very jealous of that. "Happy for the guys in the States that are playing hockey to be able to live their lives as much as possible." Barrie said even though teams in Canada are still bound by the same directives they've been adhering to since training camp — daily testing, physical distancing and limited contact with teammates outside the rink — that were beefed up further amid a rash of coronavirus outbreaks in February, the league's move is a good sign. "There's a lot of teams down there that are vaccinated," he said. "We've been in these protocols for a long time, so if it's safe and everyone's able to do it, then absolutely it's an exciting time to be able to get back out there and support some businesses and try to get this thing back on track." The relaxing of NHL protocols announced Saturday takes effect once 85 per cent or more of a team's travelling party has been fully vaccinated. The changes include loosened restrictions on indoor and outdoor dining, testing frequency, mask-wearing and quarantine requirements. "It's nice to see them doing some normal things," said Campbell, who's also from Michigan. "Whatever we're able to do, we're fortunate to have a great group. We have a lot of fun. We've done things the right way all season, but we still have fun in the right circumstances. "Just fortunate to be healthy." All members of the Leafs were eligible to be vaccinated starting Sunday because the team's practice facility is located in one of Ontario's designated COVID-19 hot spots. The Montreal Canadiens, meanwhile, are expected to begin getting their shots Thursday after Quebec lowered age restrictions. "There's more and more shots readily available," Toronto forward Jason Spezza added. "It shows signs of us healing as a community and getting closer to a return to normalcy." But only teams that have had a second dose will be deemed fully vaccinated in the eyes of the NHL, so players in Canada, where daily life remains far from normal due to wide-ranging restrictions, are still a long way from meeting for meals at restaurants or hanging out inside each other's houses. But despite the protocols remaining the same in the Canadian-based North Division — a one-time-only circuit created because of pandemic-related border restrictions — Montreal winger Paul Byron doesn't take issue with U.S. teams having more freedoms with the playoffs just over the horizon. "The rules are different, the government rules are different," said Byron, the Canadiens' NHL Players' Association representative. "Life is just different for us. I don't think it's an unfair advantage or anything like that, it just is what it is. "You've got to make the most of it." Winnipeg head coach Paul Maurice added it would be pointless for players and coaches in the U.S. to continue with protocols like masking for no reason. "In a perfect world we'd all be on the same circumstances," he said. Under the NHL's new regulations, fully vaccinated individuals can dine outdoors or inside — in a private area with masked servers — visit a teammate or coach's hotel room, play golf and have other social gatherings without masking or distancing requirements. Team staff also won't have to quarantine for potential exposure or be subject to testing on off days. Roughly one-third of Americans have been fully vaccinated compared to about three per cent in Canada. "It's the way the world is right now," Oilers bench boss Dave Tippett said. "A lot of parts of the U.S. are wide open, and Canada is still closed down. You just have to deal with where you're at. "Hopefully as the (age) regulations of who gets vaccinated in Canada continues to go down ... teams can catch up on that, but time will tell." The NHL was the last of the major four North American pro sports leagues to announce relaxed virus protocols for teams based on individual vaccination levels. "I'm happy for the teams down south," Copp said. "It's been tough." This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 10, 2021. ___ Follow @JClipperton_CP on Twitter Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press