Canada U19 in California Preparing for Two Matches: Article on Owain Rutten from Northumberland News
posted Dec 27 2016
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The players and coaches are now in California preparing for Friday's match against their USA counterparts. There's a second match scheduled for Monday January 2nd.
The article below highlights one player from Cobourg, Ontario, Owain Ruttan. Owain is now at UBC and as the article states, "Now, thanks to Ruttan experiencing British Columbia-style rugby, which is widely considered the best in Canada, he is focused on turning more goals into reality." You're welcome Owain, you're welcome and thanks to Northumberland News, obviously an area in Ontario populated by wise and insightful folk ;)
We wish Owain and the rest of the U19 team all the best on Friday and Monday.
We'll keep an eye out for streaming details if they're available.
from Northumberland News
by Todd McEwen
COBOURG — Owain Ruttan, 18, continues to cross items off his bucket list of rugby dreams.
The St. Mary Catholic Secondary School and Cobourg Saxon graduate recently enrolled with University of British Columbia, earned a spot on their team, and was also named to Canada’s national men’s U19 team.
“I was obviously happy,” he said when he found out about making the national team. “I texted my mom first.”
And mom’s reaction?
“I was thrilled,” she said.
And why wouldn’t she be?
Her son is now considered one of the best U19 players in the nation. The team was produced to face off against the United States in California in the new year.
If all goes well, the squad will compete in a tour in Wales come the spring.
“We’ll play some European countries,” Ruttan said.
Now, thanks to Ruttan experiencing British Columbia-style rugby, which is widely considered the best in Canada, he is focused on turning more goals into reality.
But first, he is simply enjoying the British Columbia rugby experience.
“The quality of rugby out there is incredible,” he said.
“It’s the best in Canada,” his mother’s boyfriend and Cobourg Saxon president Don Maillet added.
“It’s an honour to play out there,” Ruttan said.
The rugby rivalry between British Columbia and Ontario has raged on for years.
As an Ontario-born player, Ruttan has now seen firsthand, from both sides of the score sheet, the difference in intensity between his home province and its west coast rivals.
“I’ve played against most the guys I’m playing with now,” Ruttan said.
Last year, Ruttan was selected to join the U17 Canadian east regional men’s team where he played in a test series against British Columbia.
The B.C. squad edged out Ontario in both games, winning the first 32-24 and 14-12 in the second.
“The main difference is being able to play almost year-round,” Ruttan said about British Columbia. “Secondly, the intensity and general level of play — it’s just a step up.”
Ruttan said his school’s first game is scheduled for mid-January.
In Ontario, rugby seasons start in the spring.
“Ontario’s made huge strides to catch up to them,” Maillet noted.
“But we’re still way behind. We have a ways to go.”
With Ruttan’s name solidified on the national men’s team roster, he is now “on the radar” for the 2020 Summer Olympics and the Rugby World Cup, Maillet noted.
Much like the World Cup of Soccer, the Rugby World Cup takes place every four years.
“The goal for a lot of players at this point in my age group is the 2019 Rugby World Cup,” he said.
“That’s the end goal.”
Canada’s Men’s U19 Roster for USA Tour (Name, club, hometown):
Damon Adams, (Castaway Wanderers) Victoria BC
Marco Cazza, (Ormstown Saracens) Saint-anicet QC
Peyton Eagar, (Cowichan) Duncan, BC
Mostyn Findlay, (UVic) Regina, SK
Aidan Foley, (Western University) Oakville, ON
Jeremy Gamm, (Markham Irish) Markham, ON
Ethan Hager, (Harlequins) Brantford, ON
James Hammond, (United RFC) Vancouver, BC
Kyle Joe, (Cowichan) Ladysmith, BC
John Jubenvill, (UBC) Surrey, BC
Gavin Kratz, (UVic) Victoria, BC
Jake Lan, (UBC) Vancouver, BC
Josh Long, (Abbotsford) Abbotsford, BC
Logan Martin-Feek, (West Shore) Victoria, BC
Jackson Matthews, (Beaconsfield RFC) Beaconsfield, QC
Jack McRogers, (Aurora Barbarians) Newmarket, ON
Jordon Montgomery, (PEI Mudmen) Kensington, PEI
Quinn Ngawati, (Westshore / St Michaels University School) Victoria, BC
Evan Norris, (Shawnigan Lake School) Victoria, BC
Miguel Palij, (Markham Irish) Markham, ON
Brennig Prevost, (UVic) Victoria, BC
Emerson Prior, (Trent University Varsity Club) Gananoque, ON
Seth Purdy, (Shawnigan Lake School) Mill Bay, BC
Owain Ruttan, (UBC) Precious Corners, ON
Michael Smith, (UBC) Surrey, BC
Christoph Stangl, (UBC) Vancouver, BC
Brandon Schellenberger, (Castaway Wanderers) Victoria, BC
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