Piggies alumni ready for Rugby World Cup

Matt Evans will lead a group of four former Piggies playing for Canada as the Rugby World Cup gets underway in England this weekend.

The Cowichan Valley’s own Matt Evans will head up a group of four former Cowichan Piggies playing for Team Canada as the 2015 Rugby World Cup gets underway in England this weekend.

Evans, who grew up in Maple Bay and attended Shawnigan Lake School, will be joined by Ontario products Aaron Carpenter, Doug Wooldridge and Brett Beukeboom, all of whom have donned the green and black hoops at one point or another in their respective careers.

Evans, Carpenter and Beukeboom all currently play professional rugby for the Cornish Pirates in the RFU Championship in England.

This will be Carpenter’s third World Cup, and the second appearance for both Evans and Wooldridge.

Canada will play Ireland in their tournament opener on Saturday, then face Italy on Sept. 26, France on Oct. 1, and Romania on Oct. 6 to wrap up pool play.