VANCOUVER - As the Canadian senior men's national team prepares for an international test fixture at Swangard Stadium this weekend against Georgia, British Columbia's next generation of rugby hopefuls will take to the pitch in a mid-week series against touring side Northern California Youth Rugby Association. The TrueBlue BC Rugby U15 and U17 boys provincial teams will face the NCYRA Junior and Varsity squads in a double header this Tuesday at Brockton Oval followed by a pair of fixtures at UVic's Wallace Field on Vancouver Island this Thursday.
With the creation of these two new programs for the first time in BC Rugby's 123 year history there will be age grade boy's / men's teams operational at every age from U14 to U19.
4:30pm, June 19th: BC U15 Boys vs NCYRA Junior Varsity (at Brockton Oval, Vancouver)
6:00pm, June 19th: BC U17 Men vs NCYRA Junior Varsity (at Brockton Oval, Vancouver)
4:00pm, June 21st: BC U15 Boys vs NCYRA Junior Varsity (at Wallace Field, UVic, Victoria)
5:30pm, June 21st: BC U17 Men vs NCYRA Varsity (at Wallace Field, UVic, Victoria)
Much of the U17 activity for the 2012 summer season is centred around a partnership with the Northern California Youth Rugby Association, a perennial powerhouse at all USA Rugby National Championship youth events. The NCYRA is comprised of more than 90 clubs, 200 teams, 4,000 players (boys and girls) all playing in 13 youth divisions.
The BC U17s will contest for the TrueBlue BC NorCal Cup in a three games series against the NCYRA. The first two matches are in BC this week with the third and final leg hosted in San Francisco on July 27th. While on tour in San Francisco, The BC U17 squad will also be divided into teams where they will compete in the NCYRA Sevens Championship Tournament set for Sunday, July 29th at Northwest Park in Dixon, California.
The BC U17 selections are made up of BC Rugby Academy members who have been training alongside one another since lifting the U16 national championship last August in Calgary. Captaining the side on Tuesday evening is Capilano RFC standout Marshall Fuller. A member of the Canadian Under-17 national team that toured England this past Spring, Fuller has also tasted success in the sevens code, recently winning the Last Vegas High School Invitational this past February with the BC U17 team.
Thursday's U17 roster will be made up of Vancouver Island selects and the selections will be announced later in the week.
BC U17 Roster
Name (Club / School)
Sina Alavi (Capilano RFC / West Vancouver SS)
Joey Campbell (Abbotsford RFC / Sardis SS)
Thomas Choi (Abbotsford RFC / Yale SS)
Will Foss (Langley RFC / Aldergrove SS)
Marshall Fuller (Capilano RFC / Collingwood SS) - Capt.
Harjun Gill (Richmond RFC / St George’s SS)
Winston Jin (Ravens RFC / St George’s SS)
Caleb Lee (Capilano RFC / Rockridge SS)
Karsten Leitner (UBCOB Ravens RFC / St George’s SS)
Spencer Loughlin (Abbotsford RFC / Yale SS)
Connor McRae (Capilano RFC / Collngwood SS)
Anton Metalinikov (Richmond RFC / Hugh McRoberts SS)
Spencer Miller (Abbotsford RFC / Yale SS)
Christian Nonni (Capilano RFC / Rockridge SS)
James Oswald (Capilano RFC / West Vancouver SS)
Rupert Peers (Bayside RFC / Elgin Park SS)
James Porter (Capilano RFC / Rockridge SS)
Jack Rainer (Capilano RFC / Rockridge SS)
Louis Retief (Abbotsford RFC / Sardis SS)
Ollie Smith (Capilano RFC / Seycove SS)
Tobin Sydney-Smith (Capilano RFC / Sentinel SS)
Tomasi Vataiki (Bayside RFC / Hugh McRoberts SS)
BC U17 Staff:
Provincial Coach and Development Manager: Dave Brown
Fraser Valley Regional Coach: Jason Young
Coach: Curry Hitchborn
Therapist: Monique Charbonneau
Referee for Tuesday: Michael Jones
RA: Kyle Ferguson and Toby Mustill
#4: Scott Lebus
Coached by Mike Stiles and Daniel Weidner, the U15 squad for Tuesday evening features a number of recent graduates from the BC U14 provincial program. Captaining the side will be Jake Thiel, a member of Abbotsford RFC's junior program. Both Jake and his brother Josh were standouts for BC's U14 national championship winning side in 2011 and will look to continue their rise up the rugby ranks together on Tuesday. Capilano's Liam Doll has been selected as alternate captain.
As a result of the capacity established through the U14 provincial program, a youth elite player base exists for both a BC Island and BC Mainland U15 rosters. Each team will take on the NCYRA's Junior Varsity team as a curtain raiser to the U17 fixtures in Vancouver and Victoria.
BC U15 Roster:
Jayden Bloom (Vancouver Rowing Club)
Callum Botchar (Meraloma Rugby Club)
Ryan Brown (Richmond RFC)
Mitchell Cameron (Rockridge SS)*
Jackson Claridge (Capilano RFC)
Liam Doll - Alt. Capt. (Capilano RFC)
Sam Engstrom (Handsworth)*
Mati Gordon (Richmond RFC)
Ryan Gray (Capilano RFC)
Connor Hughes (Mulgrave)*
MJ Mayo (U14 provincial team grad)*
Liam Moore (Bayside Athletic Association)
Thomas Rodriguez Bowen (Capilano RFC)
Connor Sampson (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club)
Logan Smith (Bayside Athletic Association)
Joe Sourisseau (UBCBO Ravens)
Dion Struwig (Abbotsford RFC)
Jake Thiel (Abbotsford RFC) - Capt.
Josh Thiel (Abbotsford RFC)
Miller Thind (Ridge Meadows Bruins)
Tyler Toth (Bayside Athletic Association)
*Unattached to club
None dressing reserves:
David Garret (Ridge Meadows Bruins)
Andrew Jones (Capilano RFC)
Panaishe Kadzirange (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club)
Robert Kershaw (Capilano RFC)
Kyrill Metalnikov (Richmond RFC)
Alexander Popoff (Capilano RFC)
Ben Stothers (Meraloma Rugby Club)
Tamar Tucker-Harrison (Capilano RFC)
Taitusi Vikilani (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club)
Coach: Mike Stiles
Coach: Daniel Weidner
Manager: Don Brown
Therapist: Walter Johnston
Referee for Tuesday: Toby Mustill
RA: Kyle Ferguson and Scott Lebus
In addition to the title sponsorship of the TrueBlue Mini Rugby program and the creation of these Provincial teams, TrueBlue and BC Rugby will be announcing details later this summer on the third pillar of this partnership; TrueBlue International Development Exchange Agreement.
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