Adam Zaruba of Capilano RFC
VANCOUVER - BC Bears head coach Jim Dixon has released a 27-man player pool ahead of the program's August 10th Canadian Rugby Championship opener against the Prairie Wolf Pack.
The senior men's provincial program were in camp this past weekend at Capilano RFC's Klahanie Park and held a trial match on Sunday afternoon. Kicking off at 1:00pm with warm temperatures, Dixon was impressed by the level rugby on display and the overall conditioning of the players who have been out of (club) season since early May.
"The guys are looking very fit and we were pleased with what we saw especially since we kicked off in the middle of the day," Dixon said. "These past few weeks have been about giving the players the best opportunity to put their hands up for selection to the squad and they have really demonstrated how strong they are as a group."
The 27-man short list has a mix of veterans and emerging national team talent including Canada under-20 captain Pat Kay of Duncan, BC.
"This is a very skillful group and they are very dynamic," added Dixon. "We've got a blend of pace and powerful athletes and I think we can play a number of different styles and will be able to adapt our game plan accordingly depending on our opponents."
The coaching staff have drawn on seven different Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League clubs as well as from the UBC Thunderbirds program.
Key players in the forwards include Micha Govorchin and Scott Plummer of Burnaby Lake Rugby Club. Meraloma back rower and Vancouver Wave captain Callum Morrison is also a standout in the pack.
The back line includes Canada-capped fly half Connor Braid of James Bay as well as Canada sevens capped speedster Sean Ferguson of UBC. Castaway Wanderers vets Matt Buckley and Jon Morris will also bolster the back line.
Dixon and his assistant Ken Goodland will be holding a final training session on Friday, August 2nd before announcing the match day 22 for the Wolf Pack fixture.
Sat. August 10th - Prairie Wolf Pack at BC Bears (UBC Wolfson Fields, Vancouver) 7:00pm
Alex Boyd (Meraloma Rugby Club)
Luke Campbell (James Bay AA)
Admir Cejvanovic (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club)
Chris Chalmers (Abbotsford RFC)
Dustin Dobravsky (UVic Vikes)
Aaron Flagg (Abbotsford RFC)
Micha Govorchin (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club)
Andrew Lackner (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club)
Anthony Luca (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club)
Scott MacKay (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club)
Callum Morrison (Meraloma Rugby Club)
Scott Plummer (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club)
Clayton Thornber (Castaway Wanderers RFC)
Shea Wakefield (UVic Vikes)
Steve Battie (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club)
Connor Braid (Doncaster Knights RFC / James Bay AA)
Matt Buckley (Castaway Wanderers RFC)
Joe Dolesau (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club)
Sean Ferguson (UBC Thunderbirds)
Pat Kay (UVic Vikes)
Luke McCloskey (UVic VIkes)
Clayton Meeres (James Bay AA)
Shawn Mercier (Meraloma Rugby Club)
Jon Morris (Castaway Wanderers RFC)
Henry Recinos (Vancouver Rowing Club)
Evan Thomas (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club)
Adam Zaruba (Capilano RFC)
Head coach - Jim Dixon
Assistant coach - Ken Goodland
Manager - Hans de Goede