Dubai 7s Invitational 2017

December 03 2017

Final Results North American Lions U19 Claim Bronze; North American Barbarians U19 8th; Maple Leafs 13th (Shield) in Senior Tournament: PHOTOS ADDED


The North American Lions finished a respectable 3rd in the International U19 tournament in Dubai, that's the team Tyler Leggatt and Upright Rugby out of Ontario are associated with. The North American Barbarians finished 8th, that team was associated with Cam Wilton and the Celtic Barbarians out of Alberta. The finalists were both South African teams, North West Barbarians defeating Westville Gryphons 24-19.

The Maple Leafs rebounded a bit on Day 2 and went 2-1 to finish 13th in the Senior Invitational tournament, the equivalent to winning the Shield Final. They lost to Germany 26-7 in the Bowl QF, then won the Shield semi-final 26-12 over the German Development team. They finished on a high in the Shield final 17-7 over the Zambian national team. Germany went on to win the Bowl, Froggies the Plate and Speranza the Cup over the South African Academy side. Speranza are a Barbarians style team with players from New Zealand, Ireland, England, Samoa and Australia.

PHOTOS - Courtesy of Stephen MacNeil



Tevaughn Campbell




Jared Stephens




Aaron McLelland


Josiah Morra


Luke McCloskey


Maple Leaf 7s Dubai

1. Luke Bradley (7s program)
2. Josiah Morra (7s program)
3. Jake Thiel (7s program)
4. Clayton Meeres (James Bay)
5. James Hammond (Toronto Nomads)
6. Jared Douglas (7s program)
7. Tevaughn Campbell (7s program)
8. Luke McCloskey (Capt) (7s program)
9. Aiden McMullan (UVic Vikes)
10. James Pitblado (UVic Vikes)
11. Jared Stephens (Nanaimo Hornets)
12. Aaron McClelland (UBCOB Ravens)


Mixed Results for Canadian Teams: Maple Leafs 0-3; North American Barbarians U19 and North American Lions U19 Advance to Cup Round


The Maple Leafs struggled on Day 1 without a win and face Germany in the Challenge Trophy quarter-finals. The Day 1 results for the Maple Leafs were:

Samurai International RFC 29 vs Maple Leafs 7
SA 7s Academy 33 vs Maple Leafs 5
Monaco IMPIS 22 vs Maple Leafs 19

Two North American U19 sides with Canadian content advanced to the Cup round in the International U19 tournament, the North American Barbarians got knocked out in the Quarter-Finals to a South African side, Westville Gryphons. They play for 5th place now against another South African team, Central SA Invitational. The North American Lions have made it to the Cup semi-final where they face the North West Barbarians.

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