July 06, 2017

A 12 strong team has been selected for the Youth Commonwealth Games later this month in Nassau, Bahamas.

It’ll be the first time Canada goes for gold at the Youth Commonwealth Games after rugby sevens was only included in the games’ schedule for the first time in 2015 where Canada’s male youth didn’t compete. Canada’s women won a silver medal that year.

"We are very excited about the once in a lifetime opportunity to compete at the Youth Commonwealth Games," Douglas said. "It's a great platform for some of the best up and coming Canadian players to showcase their talents against other strong commonwealth rugby countries such as England and Fiji.

"The team we have selected has been identified over the last year as potential sevens players of the future and being able to bring them together and play internationally is key to their development in becoming future players for Canada.

"We are extremely excited to see them pull on the jersey, represent their country and play some great rugby."

The squad, which will be coached by Canada’s men’s sevens assistant coach Lee Douglas, features six Ontarians in Kaleb Delaney, Avery Oitomen, EJ Rerri, David Richards, Kevin Vertkas and Brock Webster. BC’s Corben Bowen, Jarvis Dashkewytch, Lachlan Kratz and Reece Tudor-Jones are joined by Alberta’s Marcus Douglas and Austin Pinnell.

The sevens competition runs from July 19-21. Streaming details, as well as pools and kickoff times, will be announced in the coming weeks.

Canada’s U18 Boys Youth Commonwealth Games Roster:

Corben Bowen (British Columbia)

Jarvis Dashkewytch (British Columbia) 

Kaleb Delaney (Ontario) 

Marcus Douglas (Alberta) 

Lachlan Kratz (British Columbia) 

Austin Pinnell (Alberta) 

Avery Oitomen (Ontario) 

EJ Rerri (Ontario) 

David Richards (Ontario) 

Reece Tudor-Jones (British Columbia) 

Kevin Vertkas (Ontario) 

Brock Webster (Ontario)

Original Article by Matt Tidcombe, Rugby Canada.  Image courtesy of Rugby Canada.