Vancouver, BC – July 11, 2018: BC Rugby is delighted to announce the 2018 U19 Men’s XV squad. The team will compete in the Canadian Rugby Championships (CRCs), to be held in Saskatoon, SK, on July 16-22. This tournament will mark a high point of competition for these young men and offer an opportunity to catch the eye of national level selectors. BC has seen some great results at this age level, winning it the past three years.
This year's team boasts a strong core of five players who went on the highly successful tour of Ireland last year with BC. That team went a perfect 3-0, beating Mullingar RFC, the Bective Rangers, and Leinster U17, all quite handily. The fierce competition at the breakdown during this tour was a steep learning curve for the BC boys, so hopefully, they will take those lessons into the CRCs and win tons of possession for the rest of their teammates.
The team will benefit from the experience of Corben Bowden of Chilliwack and Jack Scher of Vancouver, who played in the Men's U18 Rugby Europe Open Championships last year in France. The squad is rounded out by three players who played on last year's BC U17 team.
Head Coach Curry Hitchborn was quick to acknowledge the level of commitment these players have put forward, "We're very pleased with the amount of work these guys have put in not just in these sessions but during their respective seasons. This upcoming competition will hopefully showcase the work that local clubs and schools put into developing these athletes over the course of the season."
The Canadian Rugby Championships U19 Men’s tournament will take place between July 16-22 at the Saskatoon Rugby Club. The BC U19s start their CRCs against Quebec on July 16th followed by a match against the Prairie Wolfpack on the 17th. For more details on the CRC, check out their website.
BC U19 Men’s Canadian Rugby Championship Schedule:
July 16, 2pm CST/1pm PT – BC vs Quebec
July 17, 2pm CST/1pm PT – BC vs Prairie Wolfpack
July 20, 2pm CST/1pm PT - Semi-Final
July 22, 12:00pm CST/11am PT - Final
BC Rugby U19 Men’s XV Team Roster:
Jared Andrews-Almack - Capilano RFC (North Vancouver, BC)
Corben Bowen - UVic Vikes (Chilliwack, BC)
Scott Bowers - United Rugby Club (New Westminster, BC)
Michael Caldecott - Vancouver Rowing Club (North Vancouver, BC)
Frank Carson - UBC Thunderbirds (Tsawwassen, BC)
David Carson - UBC Thunderbirds (Victoria, BC)
Nick Carson - Castaway Wanderers RFC (Victoria, BC)
Jack Carson - Castaway Wanderers RFC (Victoria, BC)
Henry Davitt - UBC Thunderbirds (North Vancouver, BC)
Max Freund - Castaway Wanderers RFC (Victoria, BC)
Ethan Gottschalk - Capilano RFC (West Vancouver, BC)
Dane Hopkins - UBC Thunderbirds (North Vancouver, BC)
Sam Kahn - Castaway Wanderers RFC (Victoria, BC)
Brenner Kalava - Shawnigan Lake (West Vancouver, BC)
Lachlan Kratz - Castaway Wanderers RFC (Victoria, BC)
Carter Macdonald - UBC Thunderbirds (Surrey, BC)
Rowan Megale - Kamloops Rugby Club (Kamloops, BC)
Max Radcliffe - Bayside Sharks RFC (Surrey, BC)
Jack Scher - UBC Thunderbirds (Vancouver, BC)
Kyle Tremblay - UBCO Heat (Surrey, BC)
Josh Tweed - Bayside Sharks RFC (Surrey, BC)
Josh Wang - Brock University (Lions Bay, BC)
Tyler Wong - UVic Vikes (North Vancouver, BC)
Head Coach – Curry Hitchborn
Assistant Coach – Bruce Rainer
Assistant Coach – Ken Erikson
Manager – Brock Turner
Medical Staff – Kiyomi Thompson