It doesn’t seem that long ago that Newfoundlander Ciaran Hearn was a rookie with Canada’s men’s rugby team, so perhaps it’s a little jarring to Hearn talk about the possibility of the upcoming Rugby World Cup being his last.
That’s one of the things the 33-year-old native of Conception Bay South discusses in a recent interview on the online site of World Rugby, the sport’s international governing body.
That Hearn is profiled in the piece, called Centre Stage for Canada, is certainly an indication of his veteran status with the Canadian team, which will be in a very tough pool with New Zealand, South Africa, Italy and Namibia when the World Cup begins in Japan in September.
Hearn, a centre/fullback who has played professionally with London Irish in England’s premier rugby league since 2015, made his international debut with Canada in 2008. He played at the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand and the 2015 event in England and has 66 international caps to his credit, 56 as a starter.
In the interview, Hearn talks at length about his first World Cup experiences and about Canada’s path to this World Cup, which saw the team earn its berth through the repechage, or second-chance, qualifying process.