Meet Canada’s Men’s Rugby Team: Centres and Wings

— September 29, 2015

The action and drama from the RUGBY WORLD CUP 2015 continues live on TSN with complete coverage of the competition, including Canada’s men’s rugby team taking on France on Thursday, Oct. 1 at 2:45 p.m. ET on TSN1, TSN3, and TSN4. In this edition of #REDNATIONRoster, we meet Canada’s centres and wings.   CENTRE                           Name: Nick Blevins Nickname: Smokey Hometown: Calgary, AB My worst-ever rugby injury is: Broken face My pre-game ritual is: Drinking beet juice My words to live by: “Stay in the moment, focus on the process, and smile.” Watch video vignette: http://bit.ly/1MJ1toP Download photo: http://bit.ly/1F6lLWY                             Name: Connor Braid Nickname: Rouge, Red, Braido, Unicorn Twitter/Instagram handle: @connorbraid / @rougio Hometown: Victoria, BC My worst-ever rugby injury is: Broken thumb If I were to die and come back as a person or a thing, it would be: Jebb Sinclair The best piece of advice I’ve ever received is: “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” Watch video vignette: http://bit.ly/1LNZpq0 Download photo: http://bit.ly/1LCdvdT                           Name: Ciaran Hearn Nickname: Hearnie Twitter/Instagram handle: @hearnia9 Hometown: Conception Bay, NL My worst-ever rugby injury is: Concussion When I step off the field after a big game I immediately: Think about how sore I am I think the Canadian athlete who would make the best rugby player is: Andre De Grasse Watch video vignette: http://bit.ly/1jaAW7q Download photo: http://bit.ly/1Lm0ERi                             Name: Conor Trainor Nickname: CTrain Twitter/Instagram handle: @conort22 Hometown: Vancouver, BC My worst-ever rugby injury is: two broken legs (at different times) My go-to jam before game time is: TSwift When I step off the field after a big game I immediately: Chug litres of Gatorade and water. Watch video vignette: http://bit.ly/1LNZpq0 Download photo: http://bit.ly/1Lm0Z6s     WING                           Name: Jeff Hassler Nickname: Hass, Hassnasty Twitter/Instagram handle: @jeff_hassler / @jeffhassler Hometown: Okotoks, AB My worst-ever rugby injury is: Ruptured knee (MCL, patella, meniscus) My hidden talent is: Baking I want to be remembered for: My great hair The best piece of advice I’ve ever received is: “Be the hammer, not the nail.” Watch video vignette: http://bit.ly/1KBaZot Download photo: http://bit.ly/1W7OXRu                             Name: Phil Mackenzie Nickname: Dragon Twitter/Instagram handle: @phister13 / @phil_mackenzie11 Hometown: Oakville, ON My worst-ever rugby injury is: Bulging disc My go-to jam before game time is: “Lean On” by Major Lazer In my hometown, you must visit: The Firehall, best wings in the world! Watch video vignette: http://bit.ly/1Kv0bdB Download photo: http://bit.ly/1NIdF9A                             Name: DTH van der Merwe Nickname: Sweet D Twitter/Instagram handle: @DTHVDM Hometown: Victoria, BC My worst-ever rugby injury is: Shoulder dislocation and surgery If I were to die and come back as a person or a thing, it would be: A Pro Golfer I want to be remembered for: Being a great father and family man who is gave 100% on the rugby field. Watch video vignette: http://bit.ly/1L68C2o Download photo: http://bit.ly/1Fl5VY5  

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