VICTORIA - Rugby Canada has appointed Tim Murdy as the Head Coach of the U20 Men's national program.
Murdy has a vast background within age grade rugby. Beginning his coaching career volunteering at his alma mater, Carson Graham Secondary School, Murdy would also go onto coach at West Vancouver Secondary School and Rockridge Secondary in West Vancouver.
Murdy currently holds the position of Head of the Physical Education department and the Head of Rugby at Shawnigan Lake School, an institution with a long and storied rugby history. Murdy's experience coaching at the high school level, as well as proven skills and accomplishments, made him a ideal candidate to take over the coaching role for the U20 Men's program.
"Tim brings a wealth of experience coaching age grade players, and is very passionate about Canadian Rugby," said General Manager of Rugby Operations and High Performance, Mike Chu. "I believe he will work well with National Senior Men's Team Head Coach Kieran Crowley who will take a far more hands on role with this team than he did previously. I believe we are building a very strong coaching team to help develop these young players for future senior honours."
The rationale of having Murdy and National Senior Men's team Head Coach Kieran Crowley work so closely together is to help drive the team culture and tactics, integrating more closely with how the National Senior Men's team is operating. Along with working closely with Crowley, Murdy will also work with National Academy Manager, Mike Shelley, who will manage the daily training environment and lead the talent ID and player development process for the U20 program.
"I am really excited and honored with this opportunity. I look forward to working closely with Mike Shelley and Kieran Crowley as we prepare this group for the Junior World Trophy being held in Chile," said Murdy. "There are a number of very talented young players right now, and it should be a lot of fun working with them in preparation for this competition."
With Murdy now in the role of Head Coach of the U20 Men's program, working closely with the Rugby Canada High Performance department, Rugby Canada feels that the squad will be a solid pipeline for the National Senior Men's squad in the future.
Rugby Canada wishes to acknowledge the International Rugby Board for their support with these High Performance programs.