VICTORIA, BC - Over 30 young rugby players are in camp this weekend ahead of Saturday's Victoria International Sevens event at UVic's Wallace Field. The field of up-and-comers include several BC senior reps and graduates of the BC Elite Youth Sevens program as the players are putting their hands up for selection to the Canadian Maple Leaf development sides competing in the tournament.
Head coach of the Canada Black team will be Morgan Williams, while BCEY7s head coach Shane Thompson will be at the helm of the Canada Blue side. The camp is for the younger players looking to crack the national team and won't include stalwarts of the IRB Sevens World Series like Nathan Hirayama, Sean Duke and Harry Jones.
"It's awesome to see the guys who are now making the next step to this age grade," said Thompson. "It's a great opportunity for younger Canadian players to get noticed by national selectors. This is creating a platform for guys who will make the Maple Leafs that will then head to Vegas in January."
A number of recent BC Elite Youth Sevens grads are in the mix including 2013 Victoria Youth Sevens champs Harjun Gill (Richmond), Ollie Nott (Shawnigan), Karsten Leitner (Vancouver) and Theo Sauder (Vancouver). Also in the mix are former BCEY7s grads Pat Kay (Duncan), Nathan Yanagiya (Vancouver), James Pitblado (Vancouver), Justin Douglas (Abbotsford), Jonas Blomberg and Jorden Best (Abbotsford).
Douglas has already featured for the senior men's national team while Best was on the Maple Leafs squad that took home bronze from the World Games in Colombia this past August.
BC reps on the squad also include Mike Fuailefau (Victoria), Conor Trainor (Vancouver), Connor Braid (Victoria), Sean White (Victoria), Adam Zaruba (North Vancouver), Clayton Meeres (Victoria) and Adam Kleeberger (White Rock).
VICTORIA SEVENS - September 7, 2013:
Canada Sevens Players in Camp at Shawnigan Lake School:
Max Van Dijk
Players Not Taking Part in Training