Canada A thumped 31-15 by Tonga A at Pacific Challenge rugby tournament

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — Canada A was thumped for a second time at the 2017 Americas Pacific Challenge rugby tournament after losing 31-15 by Tonga A on Wednesday.

Patrick Parfrey and Kyle Gilmour scored tries for Canada A, which opened the developmental tournament with a 71-17 defeat to Argentina XV on Saturday. Robbie Povey added a conversion and a penalty.

Paki Afu led Tonga A with two tries. Sione Lolohea, Sione Ika and Fetuli Paea had the team's other tries.

The Canadians play their final game of the tournament against the USA Selects on Sunday in Montevideo.

The developmental tournament is intended to expose up-and-coming players to the international game.

The Canadian senior team, currently ranked 24th in the world, is due to play the New Zealand Maori All Blacks in Vancouver on Nov. 3 before heading to Europe to face No. 12 Georgia on Nov. 11 in Tbilisi, No. 19 Spain on Nov. 18 in Madrid and No. 9 Fiji on Nov. 25 in Montpellier, France.


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