Tom Dolezel

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Tom Dolezel
Date of birth (1984-08-13) August 13, 1984 (age 34)
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight253 lb (115 kg; 18 st 1 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Prop
Senior career
Ontario Blues
Toronto Arrows


Correct as of 6 April 2019
National team(s)
2009-2016 Canada 16 (5)

Tom Dolezel (born August 13, 1984) is a Canadian rugby union player. Dolezel played internationally for Canada and formerly played Canadian football. He made his debut for Canada in 2009 in a test match against Russia.

Rugby union Team sport, code of rugby football

Rugby union, commonly known in most of the world simply as rugby, is a contact team sport which originated in England in the first half of the 19th century. One of the two codes of rugby football, it is based on running with the ball in hand. In its most common form, a game is between two teams of 15 players using an oval-shaped ball on a rectangular field with H-shaped goalposts at each end.

Canada national rugby union team rugby union team

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Canadian football Canadian sport in which opposing teams of twelve players attempt to score by advancing a ball by running, passing and kicking

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Dolezel played briefly for the Calgary Stampeders in the CFL. [1] He played in the qualifiers for the 2015 Rugby World Cup against the United States but did not make the cut for the World Cup squad due to injury. [2] [3]

Calgary Stampeders Canadian football team

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2015 Rugby World Cup 8th Rugby World Cup

The 2015 Rugby World Cup was the eighth Rugby World Cup, the quadrennial rugby union world championship. The tournament was hosted by England from 18 September to 31 October. Of the 20 countries competing in the World Cup in 2011, there was only one change: Uruguay replaced Russia. This was the first World Cup with no new teams to the tournament.

In 2016, Tom became the head coach of the University of Western Ontario's Men's Rugby team following a season spent as Assistant Coach. [4]

University of Western Ontario public research university located in London, Ontario, Canada

The University of Western Ontario (UWO), corporately branded as Western University as of 2012 and commonly shortened to Western, is a public research university in London, Ontario, Canada. The main campus is located on 455 hectares of land, surrounded by residential neighbourhoods and the Thames River bisecting the campus' eastern portion. The university operates twelve academic faculties and schools. It is a member of the U15, a group of research-intensive universities in Canada.

Western Mustangs athletic program of the University of Western Ontario

The Western Mustangs are the athletic teams that represent Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. The school colours are purple and white. The university's varsity teams compete in the Ontario University Athletics conference of the U Sports and, where applicable, in the west division.

In 2018, Tom debuted with the Ontario Arrows in their first game of the season against the Houston SaberCats. [5]

The Houston SaberCats are an American professional rugby union team based in Houston, Texas. The team was founded in 2017 and competes in Major League Rugby, the top-level rugby competition in the United States that played its first season in 2018.

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  1. "Dolezel Turns Focus to Coaching". Americas Rugby News. 2016-01-15. Retrieved 2016-07-05.
  2. Montanini, Chris. "Dolezel chosen for Canada's rugby qualifiers". The Retrieved 2016-07-05.
  3. Davidson, Neil. "Canadians in tough at Rugby World Cup as gap grows with rival countries". Retrieved 2016-07-05.
  4. Weisfeld, Oren. "Tom Dolezel bringing analytics to Western rugby in program revamp". The Gazette • Western University's Student Newspaper. Retrieved 2018-05-08.
  5. "Ontario Arrows Announce Squad for 2018 Opener Against Houston SaberCats". Ontario Arrows Rugby Club. 2018-02-26. Retrieved 2018-05-08.