Vancouver, BC – January 14, 2019: The BC Rugby Elite Youth Sevens Boys’ Program has just completed a busy and successful weekend of trials to kick off the year. Head Coach Adam Roberts provided a digest of the action that took place at St George’s School, UBC’s Gerald McGavin Rugby Centre and Bayside RFC’s fields in South Surrey.
“What a fantastic weekend! The Boys’ Elite Youth 7’s program had its final trial camp for the 2019 campaign. Hosted graciously by St. George’s School, UBC and Bayside, very much appreciate all the efforts to make the weekend run smoothly.
The camp started on a gorgeous morning Saturday on the campus of St. George’s with 92 players eager to make their mark. The players were put through various skill stations with excellent support from many different coaches from across the province. The coaching support of Gregor Dixon, Bryn Johnson, Greg Byron, Andy Evans, Didier Banse, Pose Samelifia, and Mike Stiles was greatly appreciated.
The day was filled with tons of various rugby opportunities. Particular highlights included having National 7’s coach Damien McGrath, UBC Head Coach Curry Hitchborn, TWU coach Andy Evans and UVIC Head Coach Doug Tate all come and speak with the group. Each individual spoke about the pathway and opportunities that lay before these young players and imposed on the boys the importance of hard work and commitment on and off the field. It was a great way for the players to see their future and where they could be progressing to.
Sunday was hosted by Bayside RFC and the little town of White Rock didn’t disappoint. Always a halo around White Rock, the beautiful weather made for an even better day on the pitch. The boys were put into teams and just had a massive play day of 7’s. Rowan Bridger out of Abbotsford was arguably the most impressive player on the day, the tall and lanky outside back was fantastic on restarts and showed great speed and attack out wide. Logan Weidner from Capilano also impressed, a very mobile big man that is tough to bring down one on one.
The BC Elite Youth 7’s program is very grateful for the support from the rugby community. St. George’s, UBC and Bayside RFC were all fantastic in helping make a great weekend. We cannot thank the coaching staff enough for their time and passion to make this all work.”
The tough work of selection now awaits Roberts and his team as they look to craft teams ahead of tournaments in Edmonton, Las Vegas and Vancouver. Further updates on final selections and matches will follow in the coming weeks.