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Big boost for Rock; Parfrey to suit up Saturday

National team member Patrick Parfrey will be suiting up for the Newfoundland Rock in its Eastern Canadian Super League rugby game Saturday at the Swilers Rugby Complex.
National team member Patrick Parfrey will be suiting up for the Newfoundland Rock in its Eastern Canadian Super League rugby game Saturday at the Swilers Rugby Complex. - Contributed

Arrows pro player and World Cup hopeful to join Newfoundland Rock for tilt against Nova Scotia

The Newfoundland Rock will be bolstered with the addition of outside half Patrick Parfrey into its lineup today for an Eastern Canadian Super League rugby game at the Swilers Rugby Complex.

The 2-1 Rock and Nova Scotia Keltics are scheduled to play at 3 p.m.

Parfrey has been playing Major League Rugby pro with the Toronto Arrows, and is vying for a spot on the Canadian team that will be competing in the 2019 World Cup of Rugby in Japan.

The national 15s squad will play three games against the U.S. and a pair of matches against Fiji in July before the final roster is pared down.

Parfrey, 28, has 27 international caps for Canada in 15s and 7s play.

Today’s appearance in a Rock jersey could be the only time he plays for the provincial squad this season.

The Rock split a pair of games last weekend in Halifax and Fredericton, N.B.

Friday, Angus Porter made good on a 45-metre penalty kick on the last play of the game as Newfoundland got past Nova Scotia 27-25. The following day, the Rock lost in similar fashion when the Black Spruce won on the last play of the game on a kick from 35 metres for a 49-48 victory.

The Rock opened its Super League season two weeks ago with a 48-16 win over New Brunswick.

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