Canada U20 2017

June 18 2017

Canada Lose Game Two - Win Series by +32 and Advance to JWRT in Uruguay: FULL MATCH VIDEO


posted June 18 2017
[ed. comments below]

Disappointing that the team couldn't sweep the USA but mentally there may have been a relaxing factor with a +34 lead going into Game 2. Canada can now prepare for the tournament in Uruguay in August, hopefully with more funds being made available for preparation. Joining Canada will be host Uruguay, Japan who were relegated from the Tier 1 competition last year, Hong Kong, Namibia, Chile, Portugal, Fiji.

The full match video is below and Rugby Canada's match report.



from Rugby Canada

EDMONTON — Despite a 27-25 defeat in Game 2, Canada advanced to the Junior World Rugby Trophy after a 71-39 win over USA.

After winning Game 1 46-12, Canada had one foot into the Junior World Trophy, knowing the USA had to beat them by 35 points to advance.

Canada got tries from Aidan McMullan, Dewald Kotze, James O'Neill and Cole Keith but were undone by a last gasp Daemon Torres try.

"It was a tough fought game," Anton Ngongo said. "Obviously we didn't get the score that we wanted but we now know what the taste of defeat feels like and we'll make sure not to taste it again down in Uruguay.

The USA struck first as Ruben de Haas’ penalty gave the visitors an early 3-0 lead but Canada came roaring back in the 19th minute as Keith smashed over for a 7-3 lead.

Canada extended its lead only four minutes later as McMullan scored a wonderful solo try to push the advantage to 12-5 before a Will Kelly penalty pushed the lead to 15-3.

After George Barton and Harley Wheeler were both yellow carded in the 34th minute, USA got its first try through Christian Dyer but again Canada rebounded, hooker Kotze going over right before the half time whistle for a 20-8 lead.

USA got off to a fast second half start as Peter Howard found his way over before O’Neill replied to push Canada’s lead to 25-15.

But Torres stole the show late, going over in the 59th minute, he scored the game winner two minutes from time to steal a late win.

"Qualifying was our goal and now we need to keep on working hard,” McMullan said. “It’s a dream for all of our players so it’s going to be awesome.”

The 2017 Junior World Rugby Trophy will take place in Uruguay from August 30 – September 10.

Canada’s Men’s U20 Roster vs. USA (Name, club, hometown):

1. Liam Murray (Langley) Langley, BC
2. Dewald Kotze (UBCOB Ravens) Edmonton, AB
3. Cole Keith (James Bay AA) Sussex, NB
4. Liam Doll (UBC Thunderbirds) North Vancouver, BC
5. Matt Beukeboom (Section Paloise) Lindsay, ON
6. Lachlan Currie (Bond University) Gold Coast, Australia
7. James O’Neill (UVic Vikes) Cochrane, AB
8. Jake Thiel (Abbotsford RFC) Abbotsford, BC
9. Fraser Hurst (UBC Thunderbirds) Vancouver, BC
10. Will Kelly (Brantford Harlequins) Ancaster, ON
11. Elias Ergas (UBC Thunderbirds) Vancouver, BC
12. Josh Thiel (Bishop Burton College) Abbotsford, BC
13. George Barton, captain (Clermont) Duncan, BC
14. Anton Ngongo (Castaway Wanderers) Victoria, BC
15. Aidan McMullan (Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue RFC), Montreal, QC
16. Steven Ng (Capilano RFC) Ottawa, ON
17. Connor Sampson (UBC Thunderbirds) Vancouver, BC
18. Nicholas Frost (UBC Thunderbirds) Vancouver, BC
19. Jamie McNaughton Carleton Place, ON
20. Jack McRogers (Aurora Barbarians) Newmarket, ON
21. William McDougall-Percillier (Cowichan Piggies) Mill Bay, Victoria
22. Brennig Prevost (UVic Vikes) Victoria, BC
23. Cole Davis (Canberra Royals) Calgary, AB

U20 Canada Coaching Staff:

Jeff Williams – Head Coach
Dave Butcher – Assistant Coach
Sean McDonaugh – Assistant Coach
Kiyomi Thompson – Athletic Therapist
Jeff Watson – S&C Coach
Derek Pue – Analyst
Alana Gattinger – Team Manager

Canada’s Men’s U20 Schedule:

Canada 46-12 USA — June 13 — Ellerslie Rugby Park
Canada 25-27 USA — June 17 — Ellerslie Rugby Park



Canada Face USA in Game Two with 34-Point Lead in Series: Unchanged Starting Lineup: Live Stream on Facebook at 11am PT


from Rugby Canada
posted June 16 2017

EDMONTON — Canada’s men’s head coach Jeff Williams has named an unchanged squad for Game 2 of the Junior World Rugby Trophy qualifier vs. USA Saturday.

Canada takes a 34-point advantage into Game 2 after a dominating 46-12 win in Game 1 Tuesday at Ellerslie Rugby Park.

Liam Murray, Dewald Kotze and Cole Keith will form Canada’s front row with Liam Doll alongside Matt Beukeboom at lock.

Lachlan Currie is partnered by James O’Neill at flanker with Abbotsford’s Jake Thiel at No. 8.

Fraser Hurst, who was named Man of the Match in Game 1, starts at scrum-half with Will Kelly, who kicked 11 points Tuesday, at fly-half.

Elias Ergas and Anton Ngongo start on the wings with Josh Thiel and captain George Barton forming the centre combination. Montreal’s Aidan McMullan starts at fullback.

Canada got tries from Beukeboom, Ngongo, Josh Thiel, McMullan, Hurst, Jamie McNaughton and Cole Davis in Game 1 as they outscored their opponents 27-0 in the second half.

Saturday’s game kicks off at 2pm ET/11am PT and can be seen LIVE on www.facebook.com/rugbycanada. A ticket must be purchased for Canada’s test match against Romania to gain entry. Tickets are available by clicking here.

Canada’s Men’s U20 Roster vs. USA (Name, club, hometown):

1. Liam Murray (Langley) Langley, BC
2. Dewald Kotze (UBCOB Ravens) Edmonton, AB
3. Cole Keith (James Bay AA) Sussex, NB
4. Liam Doll (UBC Thunderbirds) North Vancouver, BC
5. Matt Beukeboom (Section Paloise) Lindsay, ON
6. Lachlan Currie (Bond University) Gold Coast, Australia
7. James O’Neill (UVic Vikes) Cochrane, AB
8. Jake Thiel (Abbotsford RFC) Abbotsford, BC
9. Fraser Hurst (UBC Thunderbirds) Vancouver, BC
10. Will Kelly (Brantford Harlequins) Ancaster, ON
11. Elias Ergas (UBC Thunderbirds) Vancouver, BC
12. Josh Thiel (Bishop Burton College) Abbotsford, BC
13. George Barton, captain (Clermont) Duncan, BC
14. Anton Ngongo (Castaway Wanderers) Victoria, BC
15. Aidan McMullan (Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue RFC), Montreal, QC
16. Steven Ng (Capilano RFC) Ottawa, ON
17. Connor Sampson (UBC Thunderbirds) Vancouver, BC
18. Nicholas Frost (UBC Thunderbirds) Vancouver, BC
19. Jamie McNaughton Carleton Place, ON
20. Jack McRogers (Aurora Barbarians) Newmarket, ON
21. William McDougall-Percillier (Cowichan Piggies) Mill Bay, Victoria
22. Brennig Prevost (UVic Vikes) Victoria, BC
23. Cole Davis (Canberra Royals) Calgary, AB

U20 Canada Coaching Staff:

Jeff Williams – Head Coach
Dave Butcher – Assistant Coach
Sean McDonaugh – Assistant Coach
Kiyomi Thompson – Athletic Therapist
Jeff Watson – S&C Coach
Derek Pue – Analyst
Alana Gattinger – Team Manager

Canada’s Men’s U20 Schedule:

Canada 46-12 USA — June 13 — Ellerslie Rugby Park
Canada vs. USA — June 17 — Ellerslie Rugby Park, 2pm ET/11am PT

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