BC Elite Youth Sevens graduates set to shine at Victoria Sevens
Published Friday, September 6, 2013

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:

Pool A
Canada Blue
Langara Selects
University Selects

Pool B
Serevi Selects
Canada Black
South Seas
Crimson Tide

Canada Sevens Players in Camp at Shawnigan Lake School:
Jonas Blomberg
Connor Braid
Andrew Coe
Justin Douglas
Sean Ferguson
Harjun Gill
Fergus Hall
Lucas Hammond
Caleb Jordan
Frederis Kacou
Pat Kay
Tommy Kirkham
Adam Kleeberger
Karsten Leitner
Kainoa Lloyd
Jeff MacDonald
Dan Mathie
Brandon McLeod
Clayton Meeres
Ollie Nott
Patrick Parfrey
James Pitblado
Mozac Samson
Jorden Sandover-Best
Theod Sauder
Jack Smith
Max Van Dijk
Jake Webster
Sean White
Jordan Wilson-Ross
Nathan Yanagiya
Adam Zaruba
Players Not Taking Part in Training
Mike Fuailefau
Conor Trainor
Mike Scholz
Nanyak Dala
Ciaran Hearn
Sean Duke
Nathan Hirayama
Harry Jones
John Moonlight
Phil Mack


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