Australia

Australia enters the Canada Cup ranked 1st in the world and as the reigning World and Paralympic champions. The Steelers bring an experienced side to the Canada Cup with 8 of their Rio Paralympians in the squad led by the powerful 3.5 duo of Ryley Batt and Chris Bond. They’ll be looking to solidify their #1 ranking and win a third Canada Cup ahead of hosting the World Championships in Sydney.

History at the Canada Cup

Australia has participated in six of the seven previous Canada Cups. The Steelers won the competition in 2010 and 2014. They have finished on the podium four times.

2016: 2nd 2014: 1st
2012: 3rd 2010: 1st
2008: 5th 2006: 4th


Team Highlights

2017: 1st - Asia/Oceania Championships, Auckland, New Zealand
2016: 1st - Paralympic Games, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2014: 1st - World Championships, Odense, Denmark
2012: 1st - Paralympic Games, London, Great Britain
2010: 2nd - World Championships, Richmond, Canada
2008: 2nd - Paralympic Games, Beijing, China
2000: 2nd - Paralympic Games, Sydney, Australia

Team Staff

Brad Dubberly – Head Coach
Greg Smith – Assistant Coach
Team Manager: Sam Allan
Team Staff (Equipment): Bill Roberts
Team Staff (Medical): David Sculac
Team Staff (Medical): Scott Curtis
Team Staff (Support): Lewis Quinn

Team Roster

#3: Ryley Batt

Age: 28
Class: 3.5
Hometown: Port Macquarie
On National Team Since: 2003
Club Team: New South Wales Gladiators
Favorite Rugby Memory:
Winning gold at the 2012 and 2016 Paralympics

#10: Chris Bond

Age: 31
Class: 3.5
Hometown: Sunshine Coast
Club Team: Queensland Cyclones
Favorite Rugby Memory:
Winning gold at the 2012 and 2016 Paralympics.

#14: Andrew Edmondson

Age: 27
Class: 2.0
Hometown: Port Macquarie
On National Team Since: 2014
Club Team: New South Wales Gladiators
Favorite Rugby Memory:
Winning the gold medal at the 2016 Paralympics

#8: Ben Fawcett

Age: 27
Class: 0.5
Hometown: Melbourne
Club Team: Victoria Thunder
Favorite Rugby Memory:
Winning the Gold medal at the 2016 Paralympics

#15: Andrew Harrison

Age: 31
Class: 2.0
Hometown: Baywaters North
On National Team Since: 2009
Club Team: Victoria Thunder
Favorite Rugby Memory:
Winning gold medals at the 2012 and 2016 Paralympics

#4: Jake Howe

Age: 26
Class: 1.0
Hometown: Perth
On National Team Since: 2017
Favorite Rugby Memory:
2017 Asia-Oceania Zonal Champions

#7: Jason Lees

Age: 41
Class: 1.0
Hometown: Lara
Club Team: Victoria Thunder
Favorite Rugby Memory:
Winning gold at the 2016 and 2012 Paralympics

#21: Josh Nicholson

Age: 22
Class: 2.0
Hometown: Brisbane
On National Team Since: 2017
Club Team: Queensland Cyclones

Michael Ozanne

Age: 30
Hometown: Caboolture
Club Team: Queensland Cyclones
Favorite Rugby Memory:
2014 World Championships

#11: Ryan Scott

Age: 36
Class: 0.5
Hometown: Brisbane
Club Team: Queensland Cyclones
Favorite Rugby Memory:
Winning gold medals at the 2012 and 2016 Paralympics.