U18 Tour to Ireland

August 19 2017

BC U18 Girls vs Munster
© Cian Ryan

BC Teams Finish Tour with Wins Over Munster and Leinster

The BC U18 teams finished their Ireland tour on a high note, the Girls defeated Munster 26-17 and the Boys defeated Leinster 30-19.

Congratulations to the coaches and players.

Boys Defeat Bective Rangers U20 26-5; Girls Split Matches Against Leinster and Launguedoc of France

The BC Boys U18 team defeated a U20 side from Bective Rangers at Donnybrook, Ireland. Head coach Adam Roberts indicated the physicality at the breakdown was immense and likely something the boys hadn't experienced before. They did well in attack and their lineout work was a key to victory. He remarked how proud he was of the boys and looking forward to the challenge of Leinster on Saturday.

The Girls U18 team had a mini-tournament with two games against Leinster and one against Launguedoc of France. The girls won both games against Leinster but lost the one to Launguedoc. They will play Munster on Saturday.

Starting Roster for Wednesday's BC U18 Boys vs Bective Rangers at Donnybrook

The coaching staff of the Boys U18 had to scramble when they arrived on the ground in Ireland finding both their game against Munster and Corinthians had been cancelled. Head Coach Adam Roberts used his gift of the blarney to find two good fixtures to replace them. They won their first match over Mullingar 34-0 and now head to Donnybrook to face Bective Rangers. Saturday they face Leinster.

BC U18 Roster

1. Nick Gray (Carson Graham)
2. Tyler Wong (Carson Graham)
3. Petro Chontolous (South Delta)
4. Reid Davis Captain (Earl Marriott)
5. Josh Radons (Yale)
6. Von Richardson (GW Graham)
7. Ed Down (Oak Bay)
8. Harrison Hooke (Brentwood)
9. Sam Kuhn (SMUS)
10. Max Radcliffe (Earl Marriott)
11. Jared Andrew (Southerland)
12. Kyle Tremblay (Earl Marriott)
13. Connor Byron (Yale)
14. Julian Foggit (Belmont)
15. Ben Cameron (Carson Graham)
16. Jordy Mekala (royal oak)
17. Aidan Cottrill (Argyle)
18. Lesean Berg (Robert Bateman)
19. Mac James (Yale)
20. Lewis Hinton (Glenlyon Norfolk)
21. Austin Zimfindal (Yale)
22. Sammy Stringer (Kelowna)
23. Ari Stan (Southerland)
24. Rowan Megale (LV Rogers)

The term Donnybrook which means "a scene of uproar and disorder; a heated argument" got its origin from the Donnybrook Fair, a notoriously disorderly event, held annually in Donnybrook from 1204 until the middle of the 19th century.

Update on BC U18 Tour: Girls Defeat Munster 22-10; Boys Match vs Munster Cancelled: Boys Beat Mullingar RFC U18 34-0 in Monday Fixture

The BC U18 teams had games scheduled for Munster on Saturday, the Girls defeated Munster 22-10. The Boys match was cancelled and we're trying to find out more from the BCRU. The answer was apparently a mix up in dates Munster was available; someone, somewhere dropped the ball on that one. The Munster U18 Clubs team was in London on Saturday playing the Irish Exiles, report here.

Coaches managed to scramble and find a match with Mullingar RFC U18 team on Monday evening, BC won that match 34-0. The game Wednesday against Corinthians RFC is cancelled as well but a fixture with Bective Rangers at Donnybrook has been arranged.

The Saturday match vs Leinster is still a go.

A correction on the Girls game, scoring was as follows. Valerie Wideski, Shoshanah Seumanutaf & Faith Fitzpatrick with 2 tries (we had taken the original information from a Tweet by hosts Railway Union RFC)

BC Announce U18 Teams to Tour Ireland in August

posted July 27 2017

BC U18 are touring Ireland in August in part helped by a grant by the Canadian Rugby Foundation's Bridge the Gap Fund. The American EIRA Academy team are in Ireland now, their U16 and U17 teams were in BC a couple of weeks ago. They're playing Ulster and Leinster, BC are playing Munster and Lienster. EIRA won their Ulster match but lost the Leinster match. They sent a U17 team while BC is sending a U18 team.

The teams fly out August 10th and return August 21 and get a chance to take in one of Canada's world cup games as well.

Boys Team photos
Girls Team photos

BCRU press release

BC Rugby has announced the U18 Boys’ and Girls’ XVs Teams that will be travelling to Ireland in August 2017. As part of the Tour, the teams will test themselves against top international programs, including Leinster and Munster Academies.

The Tour is part of BC Rugby’s new approach to seek out challenging and valuable competitions to ensure optimum athlete development. In turn, this should help in the process of developing more BC players to lead National Teams to success.

While in Ireland, the players will also have the exciting opportunity to watch the Women’s Rugby World Cup match between Canada and New Zealand in Dublin. Doubtless the sight of BC athletes like Carolyn McEwan, Andrea Burk, Chelsey Minter and Brittany Waters playing for their country on the biggest international platform in the game will prove inspirational.

BC Rugby U18 Girls’ XV Tour Team

Lyric Atchison, North Vancouver
Madeline Avery, Kamloops
Kate Bagshaw, White Rock
Kristianna Bouwers, Black Creek
Mackenzie Braun, Abbotsford
Grace Campbell, Kamloops
Hannah Edward, Surrey
Louise Eriksson, Denman Island
Faith Fitzpatrick, Maple Ridge
Erin Geddie, Victoria
Lizzy Gotuaco, Kamloops
Vivianna Johnson, Mission
Sarah Klok, Abbotsford
Natalie Moreland, Mill Bay
Alex Motoc, Abbotsford
Caleb Pope, Kelowna
Carrie Rojas, Williams Lake
Berlyn Seselja, Surrey
Shoshanah Seumanutafa, Surrey
Ashlynn Smith, Abbotsford
Madison Smith, Surrey
Chrissa Tromp, Victoria
Shalaya Valenzuela, Abbotsford
Valerie Wideski, Richmond

BC Rugby U18 Boys’ XV Tour Team

Jared Andrews Almack, North Vancouver
LaShawn Berg, Abbotsford
Connor Byron, Abbotsford
Ben Cameron, North Vancouver
Petro Chountalas, Tsawwassen
Aidan Cottrell, North Vancouver
Reid Davis, Surrey
Edward Down, Victoria
Julian Foggitt, Victoria
Nicholas Gray, North Vancouver
Lewis Hinton, Victoria
Harrison Hooke, Fort St. James
Mac James, Abbotsford
Sam Kahn, Victoria
Jordy Makela-Chouinard, Victoria
Rowan Megale, Nelson
Max Radcliffe, Surrey
Josh Radons, Abbotsford
Von Richardson, Chilliwack
Ari Stan, North Vancouver
Sammy Stringer, Kelowna
Kyle Tremblay, Surrey
Tyler Wong, North Vancouver
Austin Zimmer, Abbotsford

2017 U18 Ireland Tour Itinerary

Aug 10 - Flight to Dublin, IRE
Aug 12 - BC U18 Boys vs. Munster; BC U18 Girls vs. Munster
Aug 15 - Visit Rugby Canada Women’s XVs Team training session (TBC)
Aug 16 - BC U18 Boys vs. Corinthians RFC; BC U18 Girls tournament vs. Launguedoc (FRA) & Leinster (IRE)
Aug 17 - WRWC Pool Match 3/3, Canada vs. New Zealand (Dublin)
Aug 19 - BC U18 Boys vs. Leinster; BC U18 Girls vs. Munster
Aug 21 - Flight to Vancouver, BC

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