Vancouver Highlanders vs Germany – July 2024

Vancouver Highlanders vs Germany on July 20: Press releases from the Highlanders and German Rugby

Tickets for the Highlanders vs Germany game are on sale, the link can be found below in the Highlanders press release. German Rugby has also issued a press release (attached below) announcing the players who will travel to Canada with the Black Eagles.

The German Embassy in Ottawa and the German Consulates General in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver have also listed the match on their website with the request: “We look forward to your visit and cheering on both teams! Experience rugby at the highest level and support the German team on their way to the World Cup!

by Vancouver Highlanders

Vancouver Highlanders face experienced German team in next rugby duel

The team wants to build on the success of the strong opening games

The Vancouver Highlanders, Canada's only professional rugby team, have announced preparations to play Rugby Germany XV – the Black Eagles – at the Burnaby Lake Rugby Club on Saturday, July 20. The Highlanders played an impressive doubleheader at the BLRC last Friday, with clear victories over the Canada Selects and the Barbados national team.

“We are delighted to start our first season on such a positive note,” said Highlanders co-founder Curry Hitchborn. “Both teams were ready to play and each game provided fans with plenty of opportunities to see fast-paced, high-quality rugby in action. We look to build on that experience in our game against Germany.”

The official attendance for the opening games was 1,025 and tickets went quickly. Capacity is limited for the July 20 game, so fans are encouraged to secure tickets early.

While the Highlanders are represented by talented players from 8 countries, the team also includes some top players from clubs across the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. “With food trucks, a beer garden and a lively crowd, our game against Germany is an opportunity to come out and support a number of local players,” Curry added.

“There is a strong German presence here in Vancouver,” said Highlanders head coach Tom Larisch, “and we hope their passion for the sport will help attract a large crowd to our next game. The Highlanders play solid team rugby and we look forward to our next big test.”

Tickets for the 5:00 p.m. game are now available at

From German Rugby (translated)

Black Eagles train and test in Canada

For the German men's national rugby team in the 15-a-side format, preparations for the new season, which includes the Rugby European Championship and the World Cup qualification, begin in Canada from July 16 to 22. After a long time, the Black Eagles, led by national coach Mark Kuhlmann, will once again play a friendly match in the international summer international window. On July 20, the German selection will then face the new professional team Vancouver Highlanders in Vancouver. At the same time, the German rugby squad will use the trip for an intensive training camp and a lot of training time together.

“For us, this is a great opportunity to start preparing for the 2025 European Championship now, especially since we will be spending several days together on the pitch. And we already saw how important and valuable such measures are for the team last year with the trip to Hong Kong,” said coach Mark Kuhlmann. “And we want to go into the next European Championship season with more international match practice at a high level.” Until then, further tests are planned, such as one against the Czech Bohemian Rugby Warriors from the Rugby Europe Super Cup.

Of course you want to win the game in Vancouver, but the result is actually secondary. It's more about trying out a few things, getting into the swing of things. As I said, it's about gaining important match practice and making the competition for places in the squad even more intense. “We need to improve the breadth of our squad in particular to fuel the internal competition, and also because we noticed that our guys were running out of energy a little at the end of last season,” Kuhlmann continued.

And so the coaching team of the “Black Eagles” has a number of well-known names in mind who could imagine a return to the national team. First and foremost, the French professional Julius Nostadt, who wants to lace up his football boots for the “Eagles” again after a break of several years and will be there in Canada.

Rugby Germany will travel to Canada for a training camp with a friendly match with this squad:

SC Frankfurt 1880: Daniel Wolf, Cosmo Zymvragos, Christopher Edene, Hassan Rayan, Marcel Henn, Leo Wolf, Edoardo Stella
SC Neuenheim: Markus Bachofer, Henning Brockmann, Robert Lehmann, Felix Lammers
Hanover 78: Jan Piosik, Jarrod Saul
RC Leipzig: Southern Siberia
Berlin RC: Mathis Blume
Heidelberg RK: Andrew Reintges
Police Baden-Württemberg/RG Heidelberg: Bastian van der Bosch
TSV Handschuhsheim: Tim Frauenfeld
Munich RFC: Oliver Stein
Provence Rugby (FRA): Julius Nostadt
Watsonians RFC (SCO): Luis Ball
University of Bristol (UK): Henry Smeed
Rugby Sao Miguel (POR): Bader-Werner Pretorius
British Army: Cameron McDonald

For the Canada season, the coaching team will have to do without a number of active players who are not available this time due to injury or other reasons. These include captain Jörn Schröder, Sebastian Rodwell, Nikolai Klewinghaus and Zinzan Hees. In addition, returning player Marcel Coetzee or the South African Mondli Nkosi, who is now eligible to play for Germany, are unlikely to be there yet.

“Of course we will miss these guys, but right now it is good if some players who are younger or who have not yet been in the front row get a chance to present themselves and recommend themselves as a good alternative for the European Championship,” says Mark Kuhlmann.

In return, the German head coach can get an idea of ​​some of the new players in the Adler squad. Bader-Werner Pretorius, for example, is a South African with a German passport who, in his mid-20s, has already gained some international experience as a liaison player. He has already played professionally at a high level in South Africa, was in England and is now active in Portugal. Pule Sibiya, a super-fast winger who has been active in Germany for several years, also comes from South Africa. In addition, Neuenheim's Henning Brockmann, a tall and powerful second-row striker, has recommended himself for the national team through his performances in the Bundesliga and is now getting his chance in Canada.