LEICESTER, 28 Sept – Patrick Parfrey has been called up to Canada 's 31-man Rugby World Cup squad in place of injured fly-half Connor Braid.
Braid (pictured above, right) was forced off during the opening stages of his side’s 23-18 Pool D defeat against Italy at Elland Road on Saturday after suffering a broken jaw and concussion. The 25-year-old underwent surgery but his tournament has come to an end.
“It’s an unfortunate situation for Connor to have to end his Rugby World Cup early, but these things happen in rugby and we know he’ll be back in no time,” said coach Kieran Crowley.
“Pat was a logical choice for us because he brings a lot the team. He can play a number of positions in the backfield and has played for us on a number of tours over the last three years, including the Pacific Rugby Championship earlier this year in Fiji.”
Parfrey has flown in to join the 31-man squad having previously been used by Crowley as both a fly-half and a centre in his seven test caps while also appearing for Canada’s Sevens side.
He last featured for the national team in November 2014 against Romania, Canada’s final Pool D opponents.
“It’s a dream come true for me to be called in to Canada’s 31-man squad for the Rugby World Cup. It’s tough that it comes due to an injury to Connor, and I wish him a speedy recovery,” said Parfrey.
Parfrey found out about his selection while in action for the Swilers Rugby Club, midway through the second half against The Dogs in Newfoundland.
He added: “We had just scored a try against The Dogs when one of the facility staff members interrupted the game to get me off the field.
“At first my teammates were upset, but then both teams cheered me on when they found out I was off to England to meet the team.”
Canada face France in their next Pool D match on Thursday at Stadiummk in Milton Keynes and are due to announce their team for that clash on Tuesday afternoon.