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Canada U20 2016

JWRT 2016 Wraps Up with Spain and Samoa in Promotion Final


posted April 27 2016

Canada were so close, an improbable 54 metre kick at the whistle knocking them out of the tournament qualifier in February. They lost to USA in front of a partisan American crowd in Texas on the last play of the game after an act of youthful impatience was punished and Cima slotted the long range penalty. USA went on to represent North America at the JWRT.

The tournament being hosted in Zimbabwe is almost over and Spain and Samoa will play the final to determine who goes up to Tier 1 next year. Samoa have been there before, it would be a major milestone for Spanish rugby if they made it. The USA were unfortunate not to be in the final, they will play for 5th after losing two games by 2 points. They lost to Spain 18-16 and Namibia 46-44. Canada would have been right in the battle as well if they had made the tournament, but there's always next year when the qualifier should be back in Canada.

The tournament page is at: www.worldrugby.org/tournament/1656



Canada Lose Heartbreaker 19-18 on 54 Metre Kick at the Whistle


posted Feb 13 2016
Rugby Canada media release

An 80th minute penalty by Ben Cima sent the USA to the World Rugby U20 Trophy as they edged past Canada 19-18 Saturday night in Austin, Texas.

Canada had taken the lead in 76th minute when fly half Robbie Povey’s penalty flew between the sticks but Cima converted from inside his own half, having missed a penalty a mere 90 seconds earlier, to give the USA a one-point victory.

Povey’s penalty looked to have given Canada the win after they had been shutout the entire second half until that point while managing to stay in check despite Trenton Cooper’s yellow card, which came from a kickoff after Lorenzo Thomas’ try had given the USA a 16-15 lead in the 50th minute.

Cima opened the scoring in the third minute with a penalty but Canada grabbed the first try of the game as Cooper went over in the corner after Povey’s stretch pass in the 10th minute.

Cima converted on two penalties in as many minutes to push the USA ahead 9-5 before Povey kicked his first penalty of the night in the 32nd minute to cut the lead to 9-8.

Canada struck right on half time though as Peter Milazzo, who had replaced an injured Conor Keys earlier in the half, powered through the USA line after taking a pop pass from lock Reegan O’Gorman.

Canada’s Roster for the World Junior Trophy qualifier vs. USA (Name, club, hometown)

1. Cali Martinez (UBC Rugby Club), Vancouver, BC
2. Andrew Quattrin (Aurora Barbarians), Holland Landing, ON
3. Matt Tierney (Pau), Oakville, ON
4. Reegan O’Gorman (Marist Albion), Vancouver, BC
5. Conor Keys (UVic), Stittsville, ON
6. Adrian Wadden (Oakville Crusaders), Oakville, ON
7. Nakai Penny (UBC Thunderbirds), Courtenay, BC
8. Luke Bradley (UVic), Port Alberni, BC
9. Cole Keffer (UBC Thunderbirds), North Vancouver, BC
10. Robbie Povey (Lutton RFC), England
11. Theo Sauder (UBC Thunderbirds), Vancouver, BC
12. George Barton (Clermont Espoirs), Duncan, BC
13. Phil Berna (UBC Thunderbirds), Vancouver, BC
14. Trenton Cooper (Oshawa Vikings), Zephyr, ON
15. Andrew Coe, captain (UBC Thunderbirds), Toronto, ON
16. Conor Sampson (UBC Thunderbirds), Vancouver, BC
17. Brendan Blaikie (Queen’s University), Toronto, ON
18. Curtis Delmonico (UBCOB Ravens), Vancouver, BC
19. Matt Beukeboom (Queen’s University), Lindsay, ON
20. Peter Milazzo (Toronto Saracens), Toronto, ON
21. Keaton Porter (Aurora Barbarians), Barrie, ON
22. Mitch Richardson (Stoney Creek Camels), Stoney Creek, ON
23. Aaron Evison (James Bay), Golden, BC

U20 Coaching Staff:

Head Coach - Jeff Williams
Assistant Coach - Kenny Goodland
Strength and Conditioning coach - Gareth Lynch
Manager - Jack Hanratty
Video Analyst - Aaron Takle
Head Therapist - Jessica Smith

USA’s Roster for the World Junior Trophy qualifier vs. Canada

1. Connor Cudeback
2. Steven Branham
3. Nick Kwasniewski
4. Sean Coleman
5. Malon Al-Jiboori
6. Uki Taumoefolau
7. Brennan Falcon
8. Hanco Germishuys (C)
9. Louis Mulholland
10. Ben Cima
11. Deion Mikesell
12. Brian Hannon
13. Lorenzo Thomas
14. Tyler Sousley
15. Mitchell Wilson
16. Zachary Haley
17. Chance Wenglewski
18. Mason Pedersen
19. Joshua Warnock
20. George Fotu
21. Ruben de Haas
22. Rodney Giles
23. Devin Lim

Scoring Summary:

Canada

Tries: Trenton Cooper, Peter Milazzo
Penalties: Robbie Povey (2)
Conversions: Robbie Povey

USA

Tries: Lorenzo Thomas
Penalties: Ben Cima (4)
Conversions: Ben Cima



Watch Online Now Canada v USA


updated Feb 13 2016





Match Day 23 Announced for Saturday vs USA


from Rugby Canada
posted Feb 12 2018

AUSTIN, TEXAS – Canada’s Men’s U20 Head Coach Jeff Williams has named eight returnees in his starting team for Saturday’s World Rugby U20 Trophy qualifier against the USA in Austin Texas.

Captained by Andrew Coe, 2015 standouts Phil Berna, Matt Tierney, Theo Sauder, Cali Martinez, Adrian Wadden, Reegan O’Gorman and Luke Bradley are all named to the starting XV. Brendan Blaikie is on the bench.

“With nine returning players, six in the forwards and three in the backs, it is very balanced,” Williams said. “The preparations thus far have been good. We have had two camps and within the last camp a more focused approach to our set pieces and nine play.

“It is always good to see what players are able to apply the skills and game plan that we have tried to implement.”

Canada’s 23-man squad also features international sevens experience as Trenton Cooper and Aaron Evison have recently competed for Canada’s developmental side, the Maple Leafs.

Cali Martinez, Andrew Quattrin and Matt Tierney form a strong front row with Conor Keys and Reegan O’Gorman getting the start at lock. Courtenay, BC, native Nakai Penny joins returnees Wadden and Bradley in the back row.

North Vancouver’s Cole Keffer starts at scrum half with Robbie Povey getting the nod at fly half.

Canada’s back line is full of exceptional talent as Sauder and Trenton Cooper man the wings with George Barton and Berna lining up at centre. Captain Coe starts at fullback.

Thirty-nine players were brought to two camps before a final squad of 25 was selected for the qualifier. Both camps were held at Shawnigan Lake School and the second camp concluded with a 44-7 win over Castaway Wanderers at Westhills Stadium in Langford, BC.

Last year, Canada beat the USA over a two-leg qualification series by scores of 24-23 and 45-6 to seal their spot at the 2015 World Junior Trophy where they’d go on to record their best ever finish of second place.

However, this time around it’s a one-game qualification match in Austin, Texas, with the winner advancing to the tournament in Zimbabwe in April.

“The USA will be tough,” Williams said. “They are playing at home with lots of momentum on their side. New coaches bring new energy and new ideas. I expect a physical encounter Saturday night.”

Saturday’s game kicks off at 9:45pm ET / 6:45pm PT and will be streamed LIVE at www.usarugby.org

Canada’s Roster for the World Junior Trophy qualifier vs. USA (Name, club, hometown)

1. Cali Martinez (UBC Rugby Club), Vancouver, BC
2. Andrew Quattrin (Aurora Barbarians), Holland Landing, ON
3. Matt Tierney (Pau), Oakville, ON
4. Reegan O’Gorman (Marist Albion), Vancouver, BC
5. Conor Keys (UVic), Stittsville, ON
6. Adrian Wadden (Oakville Crusaders), Oakville, ON
7. Nakai Penny (UBC Thunderbirds), Courtenay, BC
8. Luke Bradley (UVic), Port Alberni, BC
9. Cole Keffer (UBC Thunderbirds), North Vancouver, BC
10. Robbie Povey (Lutton RFC), England
11. Theo Sauder (UBC Thunderbirds), Vancouver, BC
12. George Barton (Clermont Espoirs), Duncan, BC
13. Phil Berna (UBC Thunderbirds), Vancouver, BC
14. Trenton Cooper (Oshawa Vikings), Zephyr, ON
15. Andrew Coe, captain (UBC Thunderbirds), Toronto, ON
16. Conor Sampson (UBC Thunderbirds), Vancouver, BC
17. Brendan Blaikie (Queen’s University), Toronto, ON
18. Curtis Delmonico (UBCOB Ravens), Vancouver, BC
19. Matt Beukeboom (Queen’s University), Lindsay, ON
20. Peter Milazzo (Toronto Saracens), Toronto, ON
21. Keaton Porter (Aurora Barbarians), Barrie, ON
22. Mitch Richardson (Stoney Creek Camels), Stoney Creek, ON
23. Aaron Evison (James Bay), Golden, BC

U20 Coaching Staff:

Head Coach - Jeff Williams
Assistant Coach - Kenny Goodland
Strength and Conditioning coach - Gareth Lynch
Manager - Jack Hanratty
Video Analyst - Aaron Takle
Head Therapist - Jessica Smith


Canada Selects 25 for JWRT Qualifier vs USA on Feb 13th


posted Feb 8 2016
Rugby Canada media release

Twenty-five players have been selected for Canada’s men’s U20 World Junior Trophy qualifier against the USA on Feb. 13 in Austin, Texas.

Thirty-nine players were invited to a week-long training camp at Shawnigan Lake School on Vancouver Island that concluded last Friday with a comprehensive 44-7 win over Castaway Wanderers.

“There was incredible depth this year which meant some excellent players were going to miss out,” head coach Jeff Williams said. “We had a forwards camp for three days to focus on our set pieces and we looked at our technique in different facets of the game.”

The team features nine returnees from last year’s side that finished second in Phil Berna, Andrew Coe, Matt Tierney, Theo Sauder, Brendan Blaikie, Cali Martinez, Adrian Wadden, Reegan O’Gorman and Luke Bradley.

“They understand what we are trying to do and they are responsible for making sure we set our goals and the standards for the team are high,” Williams said.

Canada enjoyed a standout 2015 season as they went 7-1. They defeated Romania in two exhibition games before beating the USA twice in their qualifier. At the World Junior Trophy, Canada knocked off Namibia, Hong Kong and Tonga in the pool stages before losing to Georgia in the final, matching their best ever finish at the tournament. They achieved the same result in 2013.

Canada will tackle the USA in a one-game qualifier to seal their spot at the 2016 World Junior Trophy that is being held in Zimbabwe. The game kicks off at 9:45pm ET / 6:45pm PT and will be broadcast LIVE with details to follow.

“It's tough having to play a one-game qualifier but it is out of our hands,” Williams said. “We can only control what we do. I have told the boys this will only make us stronger.

“Our total mindset is to win. That's our first goal.”

Canada’s Roster for the World Junior Trophy Qualifier vs. USA (Name, position, hometown):

Matt Tierney (prop), Oakville, ON
Curtis Delmonico (prop), Vancouver, BC
Brendan Blaikie (prop), Toronto, ON
Cali Martinez (prop), Vancouver, BC

Conor Sampson (hooker), Vancouver, BC
Andrew Quattrin (hooker), Holland Landing, ON

Reegan O’Gorman (lock), Vancouver, BC
Matt Beukeboom (lock), Lindsay, ON
Conor Keys (lock), Stittsville, ON

Luke Bradley (back row), Port Alberni, BC
Peter Milazzo (back row), Toronto, ON
Nakai Penny (back row), Courtenay, BC
Adrian Wadden (lock), Oakville, ON

Keaton Porter (scrum-half), Barrie, ON
Gavin Rowell (scrum-half), Langley, BC
Cole Keffer (scrum-half), North Vancouver, BC

Robbie Povey (fly-half), England
Mitch Richardson (fly-half), Stoney Creek, ON

Phil Berna (midfield), Vancouver, BC
Trenton Cooper (midfield), Zephyr, ON
George Barton (midfield), Duncan, BC
Will Manhire (midfield), England

Aaron Evison (outside backs), Golden, NC
Andrew Coe (outside backs), Toronto, ON
Theo Sauder (outside backs), Vancouver, BC

Non-travelling reserves:

Cooper Coates (fly-half), Halifax, NS
Foster Dewitt (hooker), Courtenay, BC
Marcello Wainwright (back row), Toronto, ON
Liam O’Hallahan (outside backs), Grande Prairie, AB
Justin Alyward (prop), Conception Bay South, NL
Kyle Lagasca (midfield), Toronto, ON
Charlie McMickan (fly-half), Athlone, Ireland
Sean Hase (outside backs), Vancouver, BC
Matt Gallagher (scrum-half), White Rock, BC

U20 Coaching Staff:

Head Coach - Jeff Williams
Assistant Coach - Kenny Goodland
Manager - Jack Hanratty
Video Analyst - Aaron Takle
Strength and Conditioning - Gareth Lynch
Head Therapist - Jessica Smith





 
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