BK – Can you please tell me about the importance of this tour?
MC – The NA4 Tour is a critical first step in identifying talent for the next U20 cycle and potentially for the National Senior Men’s 7s and 15s programs. Beyond the talent ID component, the NA4 allows our emerging players to test themselves against a standard of rugby we cannot find in domestic competitions. In order for players to develop and thrive in an international game, they must begin playing at the level required before their U20 campaign.
BK – Please tell me about selections. How did you & your staff view & select the roster?
MC – Selection for this program was difficult and challenging. The U18 program held four regional ID camps across the country in Vancouver, Saskatoon, Kingston, and Halifax. With close to 180 athletes engaged through the process, coaches narrowed the group down to 60. Attempting to balance performance and potential is a difficult task at best but the staff are aware that players will develop and enter the pathway at different points and ages.
BK – What’s the goal of this tour?
MC – By the end of the tour, we hope that these 60 players have a better understanding of what is required of them to play rugby at an international standard. They will then be tasked to return to their training environments and further their individual development.
More information from the tour, including potential live stream, will be made closer to the tour.
Dec 28th 2018 @ Chula Vista Elite Training Centre (afternoon KO times)
Match 1: Canada Red vs USA White
Match 2: Canada White vs USA Blue
Dec 31st 2018 @ Chula Vista Elite Training Centre (morning KO times)
Match 1: Canada White vs USA White
Match 2: Canada Red vs USA Blue
Jan 4th 2019 @ TBD
Match 1: Canada Red vs Canada White