National U19 Men's Championship 2017

July 22 2017

BC U19 Three-Peat in 2017 Nationals

The Taste of Gold: BC Defeat Ontario 29-17

posted July 22 2017

BC three-peat as National U19 champions defeating archrivals Ontario.

Curry Hitchborn the UBC forwards coach runs the program, he's definitely a coach who gets results although his philosophies on coaching may not fit the traditonal mould. When asking for a starting roster I would get answers like, "We're not "starting" or "sitting guys". Our rotation changes constantly". Infuriating for media and announcers perhaps and the tradionalists who like the 1 to 15 jerseys to be neatly trotted out onto the field at the starting whistle but Curry is a very player-centric coach which is probably why he's so successful. I remember a note on his coaching philosophy from another article, "His philosophy during his rugby coaching career has remained the same, care about the people you coach and try to listen more than you talk, pay attention to the process and the results will come." And the results keep coming, congrats to Curry, the coaching team and the players. Below we've posted some social media reaction from the BC Rugby Community, including Curry.

Stats (from CRC site)

Tries Spencer Cooper , Payton Gibson , Nicolas Mouret , Will Sauder , Matias Suez
Conversions Nicolas Mouret , Will Sauder

Tries Aiden Foley , James Hammond , Jack McRodgers
Conversions Ethan Hager

Report from Ontario Blues
In the finals, the Blues ran into some troubles early against a strong British Columbia side. The BC Bears used their fast-paced offense to their advantage, scoring points early and often. In the Blues’ only try of the first half, Josh Engelbrecht had a strong run into the right corner, followed by a late offload to Aidan Foley for the score. At half, the Blues were down 19-5. Ontario came out flying in the second half, scoring ten minutes in with a beautiful team try finished by captain Jack McRogers, but BC’s momentum also continued, as they added another try. In a last-ditch effort to tie the game up, Gabe Casey made a tremendous play at the touch line, just saving the ball from going out of bounds. He corralled the ball and passed it right into the hands of a streaking James Hammond who completed the play. Unfortunately, it was not enough to win the game and the Ontario U19 Blues would have to settle for a Silver medal win after a tough 29-17 loss to British Columbia.

Report from BCRU

BC and Ontario Book Spot in Gold Medal Match on Saturday

posted July 20 2017

BC defeated Voyageurs 36-14 today to book a spot in Saturday's Gold medal match. Ontario dispatched the Rock 38-26 to claim their spot in the final.

BC were down to 13 men at one point in the second half but managed to hold their own and see the match out.

Tries: Wesley Foss , Payton Gibson , Kyle Joe , Michael Smith , Kristof Stangl
Conversions: Will Sauder 4
Penalties: Will Sauder

Tries Thomas Patel , Alex Sewchuck
Conversions Stan Blazkowski 2

BC U19 Men Claim 2nd Win 48-3 Over Blizzard: Face Voyageurs in Quarter-Finals

posted July 19 2017

BC go to 2-0 with a point differential of +70, they face the Voyageurs on Thursday. Ontario face the Rock in the other QF with the winners to face off on Saturday for Gold.

Tries: Brandon Schellenberger 2, Matias Suez , Wesley Foss , Kyle Joe , Nicolas Mouret , Evan Norris
Conversions: Will Sauder 3, Nicolas Mouret 2
Penalties: Will Sauder

Penalties: Tyler Hume

BC U19 Men Open Tournament with 37-12 Win Over Altantic Rock

posted July 18 2017

BC outscored the Rock 5 tries to 2 and added 2 penalties and 3 conversions.

BC and Ontario are tied top of the standings with 5 points each. BC's next game is tomorrow against the Prairie Blizzard while Ontario face the Alberta Wolf Pack.

Tries: Wesley Foss , Jake Lan , Nicolas Mouret , Brandon Schellenberger , Kristof Stangl
Conversions: Will Sauder 3
Penalties: Nicolas Mouret , Will Sauder

Tries: Saul Bryant , John Simms
Conversions: Angus Porter

BC U19 Men Start Quest for Title Tomorrow vs Atlantic Rock @ 10am: Streaming Link

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posted July 17, 2017

BC looks to defend its national title at the U19 level when they kick off against the Atlantic Rock tomorrow.

In today's action Ontario defeated the Voyageurs (Quebec + Eastern Ontario) 36-14 and the Prairie team lost a close match to the Atlantic Rock 24-21.

This year the Prairie Wolf Pack team has divided into two, the Alberta Wolf Pack and the Prairie Blizzard. Just to prepare readers when we refer to the Blizzard in future articles we're talking about the new Prairie rugby team not the Dairy Queen treat... although they're good as well.

The other pool includes Ontario, Voyageurs and the Wolf Pack.

The link for live streaming is:


BC vs. Atlantic Rock July 18 2pm ADT/10am PDT
BC vs. Prairie Blizzard July 19 4pm ADT/12pm PDT
Semi Final 1 July 20 12pm ADT/8am PDT
Semi Final 2 July 20 2pm ADT/10am PDT
5th Place Playoff July 22 9am ADT/5am PDT
3rd Place Playoff July 22 9am ADT/5am PDT
Final July 22 11am ADT/7am PDT

Roster (based on CRC website)

Aidan Cole - Victoria
Spencer Cooper - Vancouver
Taylor de Souza - Ladysmith
Lucas De Vries - Nanaimo
Wesley Foss - Langley
Payton Gibson - Abbotsford
Flynn Heyes - North Vancouver
Kyle Joe - Ladysmith
Gavin Kratz - Victoria
Jake Lan - North Vancouver
Reese McMartin - West Vancouver
Nicolas Mouret - North Sannich
Evan Norris - Victoria
Owen Pitblado - Vancouver
Jonas Robinson - Victoria
Will Sauder - Vancouver
Brandon Schellenberger - Victoria
Harrison Smith - North Vancouver
Michael Smith - Surrey
Kristof Stangl - North Vancouver
Matias Suez - Vancouver
David Thompson - Vancouver
Samuel Turner - Vancouver
Cam Waddell - West Vancouver
Emerzon Zuniga - Vancouver

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