Canada U18 2017

December 31 2017


Canada U18 in Arizona for 2 games vs USA
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Canada Lose Two to USA 48-14 and 21-19


The Canada U18 matches have been close to this point, Canada winning two earlier matches by 3 points and 1 point respectively and today losing one by 2 points. The loss by Canada White by 34 points is an anomaly and one that deserves some explanation from coaching staff. The two Canadian sides will compete on Jan 2nd before returning home.







Canada White vs. High School All American Red

1. Brock McCartney – Robert Bateman Secondary (Abbotsford, BC)
2. Austin Creighton – Strathcona Druids RFC (Edmonton, AB)
3. Myles Maloney – Brantford Harlequinns RFC (St. George, ON)
4. Brayden Gray – Ottawa Beavers RFC (Orleans, ON)
5. Izzak Kelly -
6. Liam Casey – KL Saracens (Kuala Lumpur, ON)
7. Piers Von Dadelszen – Old Caterhamians RFC (Merstham, NL)
8. Dean Mason – Regina Highlanders RFC (Regina, SK)
9. Oscar Holbrough – Bow Valley Rugby Club (Calgary, AB)
10. Nathan Pinder – Regiopolis-Notre Dame CSS (Elginburg, ON)
11. Josh Barss – Cobourg Saxons (Cobourg, ON)
12. Sam Sirlin – Rowers RFC (Vancouver, BC)
13. Glenn Butler – Grimsby Gentlemen RFC (Grimsby, ON)
14. EJ Rerri – Oakville Crusaders RFC (Oakville, ON)
15. Alexander Brundage – Richmond RFC London (ON)
16. Cameron Farnell – Enfield RFC (Elmsdale, NS)
17. Jared Augustin – Oshawa Vikings RFC (Newcastle, ON)
18. Brent Weir-Dean – Enfield RFC (North Salem, NS)
19. Tom Abercrombie – Castaway Wanderers RFC (Victoria, BC)
20. Zephyr Melnyk – Cowichan RFC (Gabriola Island, BC)
21. Ciaran Breen – Cowichan Rugby Club (Mill Bay, BC)
22. Daniel Clement – Edmonton Clansmen RFC (Edmonton, AB)
23. Kevin Oh – Waterloo County RFC (Waterloo, ON)
24. Ryan Agyagos – Capilano RFC (North Vancouver, BC)
25. Alexander Hickman – Swilers RFC (St. John’s, NL)
26. Nicholas Holmes – Mississauga Blues RFC (Mississauga, ON)
27. Liam McLaughlin – Ajax Wanderers RFC (Pickering, ON)

Canada Red vs. High School All Americans Blue

1. Ryan Perkins – Beaconsfield RFC (Kirkland, QC)
2. Isaiah Andrews – Kingston Panthers RFC (Kingston, ON)
3. Cameron Davey – Ajax Wanderers RFC (Pickering, ON)
4. Daniel Mitchell – Calgary Canucks RFC (Calgary, AB)
5. Sebastian Eyre – Old Caterhamians RFC (NL)
6. Michael Reid – Druids RFC (Edmonton, AB)
7. Matthew Terry – UBCOB Ravens RFC (Vancouver, BC)
8. Nicholas Carson – Castaways Wanderers RFC (Victoria, BC)
9. Carson Young – Oshawa Vikings RFC (Courtice, ON)
10. Brock Webster – Oshawa Vikings RFC (Uxbridge, ON)
11. Pierre-Hardy Gouombas – Ottawa Beavers RFC (Ottawa, ON)
12. Alex Clark – Fredericton Loyalist RFC (Fredericton, NB)
13. Ian Maclean – Cobourg Saxons RFC (Port Hope, ON)
14. Keagan Read – Cobourg Saxons (Port Hope, ON)
15. James Macdonald – Cowichan Rugby Club (Surrey, BC)
16. Clay Guthrie – Red Deer Titans RFC (Ponoka, AB)
17. Daniel Jacobs – Capilano Rugby Club (West Vancouver, BC
18. Tyler Duguid – NorWesters RFC (Edmonton, AB)
19. Cameron Hurst – Mississauga Blues RFC (Mississauga, ON)
20. Ben Burnside – Cobourg Saxons RFC (Port Hope, ON)
21. Caleb Gerth – Surrey Beavers RFC (Langley, BC)
22. William Matthews – Beaconsfield RFC (Montreal, QC)
23. Matthew Percillier McDougall – Cowichan RFC (Mill Bay, BC)
24. Thomas Isherwood – Foothills Lions RFC (Okotoks, AB)
25. Evan Mackenzie – Swilers RFC (St. John’s, NL)
26. Kevin Mwamba – Edmonton Clansmen RFC (Edmonton, AB)
27. Cooper Powell – Capilano RFC (North Vancouver, BC)

Coaches

Michael Curran – Head Coach
Jack Hanratty – Attack Coach – Canada Red
Jebb Sinclair – Defence Coach – Canada Red
Scott Manning – Attack Coach – Canada White
Dave Butcher – Defence Coach – Canada White
Sean McDonaugh – Program Line-out Coach
Tyler Hawes – Program Scrum Coach
Jessica Salt – Athletic Therapist
Helen Holubec – Athletic Therapist
Shelby MacDonald – Tour Manager


Canada Defeat USA in Two Development Matches: Next Games Sunday


As expected the U18 development teams of Canada and USA are close in playing level, over two games yesterday there was only a difference of 3 points with Canada coming out ahead in both matches. On the European tour in April Canada also beat USA by one point.

Both programs are behind Europe however as Canada lost to Belgium by 18 points and to Georgia by 40 points on the April tour.

Canada White defeated USA Red 32-29
Canada Red defeated USA White 25-24

The teams meet again on Sunday the 31st.

7:30am PT - Canada Red vs. High School All-Americans Red
9:00am PT - Canada White vs. High School All-Americans Blue





Canada U18 Teams Named for Matches Against USA Today in Arizona


There are two matches happening today at the Grande Sports World complex in Arizona, matches are at 1pm and 2:30pm PT. Canada have sent two U18 teams (red and white) and the Americans have just completed their camp and picked two teams (red and blue). Games today are Canada White vs USA Red and Canada Red vs USA Blue. The teams switch partners on Sunday and then Canada have an inter-squad match on Tuesday before returning home.

Unfortunately there's no live coverage provided by Rugby Canada or USA Rugby, an annoying oversight with these age grade tours. Rugby Canada are sending 10 staff but none have been assigned at least a social media update role. There are likely parents attending, this is where reaching out to volunteers to assist in the tour communication would have been advantageous. If you know of any social media accounts covering the matches, please share and we'll post the information here.

from Rugby Canada

ARIZONA – Canada Under-18 head coach Mike Curran has announced his Canada Red & Canada White starting rosters to open the Under-18 North America 4 Series in Arizona.

The two sides will play three games between December 28 to January 2nd as part of Rugby Canada’s High Performance Pathway program for men’s rugby. All games will be played at Grande Sports World (Casa Grande, Arizona).

"Participation in the 2017 Rugby Europe U18 Championship showed us that we have a responsibility to build the game at the age-grade level in North America," said Curran.

"Working with the U.S to create meaningful competition for our top athletes is imperative to their preparation in order to challenge for positions at the U20 and Senior Mens levels. The NA4 as a concept is a no brainer. These 56 athletes will get three top quality games and an opportunity to develop under international caliber pressure," he added.

“Out of this tour, we will select 28 players to tour the United Kingdom in March to play Northampton Saints U18, Saracens U18 and a third side to be confirmed.”

The games will not be streamed live. Updates will be made available via @USARugby on Twitter.

Canada White vs. High School All American Red

1. Cameron Farnell – Enfield RFC (Elmsdale, NS)
2. Austin Creighton – Strathcona Druids RFC (Edmonton, AB)
3. Myles Maloney – Brantford Harlequinns RFC (St. George, ON)
4. Brayden Gray – Ottawa Beavers RFC (Orleans, ON)
5. Tom Abercrombie – Castaway Wanderers RFC (Victoria, BC)
6. Zephyr Melnyk – Cowichan RFC (Gabriola Island, BC)
7. Ciaran Breen – Cowichan Rugby Club (Mill Bay, BC)
8. Dean Mason – Regina Highlanders RFC (Regina, SK)
9. Kevin Oh – Waterloo County RFC (Waterloo, ON)
10. Nathan Pinder – Regiopolis-Notre Dame CSS (Elginburg, ON)
11. EJ Rerri – Oakville Crusaders RFC (Oakville, ON)
12. Liam McLaughlin – Ajax Wanderers RFC (Pickering, ON)
13. Glenn Butler – Grimsby Gentlemen RFC (Grimsby, ON)
14. Sam Sirlin – Rowers RFC (Vancouver, BC)
15. Alexander Brundage – Richmond RFC London (ON)
16. Brock McCartney – Robert Bateman Secondary (Abbotsford, BC)
17. Jared Augustin – Oshawa Vikings RFC (Newcastle, ON)
18. Brent Weir-Dean – Enfield RFC (North Salem, NS)
19. Liam Casey – KL Saracens (Kuala Lumpur, ON)
20. Piers Von Dadelszen – Old Caterhamians RFC (Merstham, NL)
21. Daniel Clement – Edmonton Clansmen RFC (Edmonton, AB)
22. Oscar Holbrough – Bow Valley Rugby Club (Calgary, AB)
23. Ryan Agyagos – Capilano RFC (North Vancouver, BC)
24. Alexander Hickman – Swilers RFC (St. John’s, NL)
25. Nicholas Holmes – Mississauga Blues RFC (Mississauga, ON)
26. Josh Barss – Cobourg Saxons (Cobourg, ON)

Canada Red vs. High School All Americans Blue

1. Clay Guthrie – Red Deer Titans RFC (Ponoka, AB)
2. Daniel Jacobs – Capilano Rugby Club (West Vancouver, BC)
3. Tyler Duguid – NorWesters RFC (Edmonton, AB)
4. Cameron Hurst – Mississauga Blues RFC (Mississauga, ON)
5. Sebastian Eyre – Old Caterhamians RFC (NL)
6. Caleb Gerth – Surrey Beavers RFC (Langley, BC)
7. William Matthews – Beaconsfield RFC (Montreal, QC)
8. Nicholas Carson – Castaways Wanderers RFC (Victoria, BC)
9. Matthew Percillier McDougall – Cowichan RFC (Mill Bay, BC)
10. Brock Webster – Oshawa Vikings RFC (Uxbridge, ON)
11. Pierre-Hardy Gouombas – Ottawa Beavers RFC (Ottawa, ON)
12. Ian Maclean – Cobourg Saxons RFC (Port Hope, ON)
13. Evan Mackenzie – Swilers RFC (St. John’s, NL)
14. Kevin Mwamba – Edmonton Clansmen RFC (Edmonton, AB)
15. James Macdonald – Cowichan Rugby Club (Surrey, BC)
16. Ryan Perkins – Beaconsfield RFC (Kirkland, QC)
17. Isaiah Andrews – Kingston Panthers RFC (Kingston, ON)
18. Cameron Davey – Ajax Wanderers RFC (Pickering, ON)
19. Daniel Mitchell – Calgary Canucks RFC (Calgary, AB)
20. Ben Burnside – Cobourg Saxons RFC (Port Hope, ON)
21. Michael Reid – Druids RFC (Edmonton, AB)
22. Matthew Terry – UBCOB Ravens RFC (Vancouver, BC)
23. Carson Young – Oshawa Vikings RFC (Courtice, ON)
24. Thomas Isherwood – Foothills Lions RFC (Okotoks, AB)
25. Alex Clark – Fredericton Loyalist RFC (Fredericton, NB)
26. Keagan Read – Cobourg Saxons (Port Hope, ON)
27. Cooper Powell – Capilano RFC (North Vancouver, BC)

Coaches

Michael Curran – Head Coach
Jack Hanratty – Attack Coach – Canada Red
Jebb Sinclair – Defence Coach – Canada Red
Scott Manning – Attack Coach – Canada White
Dave Butcher – Defence Coach – Canada White
Sean McDonaugh – Program Line-out Coach
Tyler Hawes – Program Scrum Coach
Jessica Salt – Athletic Therapist
Helen Holubec – Athletic Therapist
Shelby MacDonald – Tour Manager

December 28th, 2017

3:00pm - Canada White vs. High School All-Americans Red
4:30pm - Canada Red vs. High School All-Americans Blue

December 31st, 2017

8:30am - Canada Red vs. High School All-Americans Red
10:00am - Canada White vs. High School All-Americans Blue

January 2nd, 2018

3:00pm - Canada Red vs. Canada White

from USA Rugby

LAFAYETTE, CO. - The USA Rugby Boys High School All-Americans are gearing up for the annual Winter Camp to be held at Casa Grande Sports World in Arizona from December 27th through December 31st of 2017. Held during the school calendar winter break, the event is used to develop, evaluate and test the best boys high school players in the country along with the next generation. This year's camp is the largest in years with 184 athletes, 33 coaches, trainers and other staff; including appearances by Men's Eagles' Ryan Matyas and Brett Thompson.

Camp, which is split into Varsity (1999s and 2000s) and Junior Varsity (2001s, 2002-03s) teams, will feature Rugby Canada's U18 squad of 50 players and coaches, providing an element of international play that furthers the development of the players. Boys HSAA Head Coach Salty Thompson shares the same philosophy as Rugby Canada U18 Head Coach Mike Curran, applauding Curran's participation in the program.

"I want to thank Mike Curran and Rugby Canada for joining us in camp," said Thompson. "The collaboration between us has been great and we both share the desire to improve and test ourselves."

The Boys High School All-American varsity squad will play a four game series against Canada, with two games on December 28th (2 PM and 3:30 PM MST); along with two matches on December 31st with early starts (8:30 AM and 10 AM MST).

While playing Canada adds a bonus to camp, the focus will still remain on prioritizing individual player advancement as opposed to only highlighting team performance. Though arriving late on the first day (Dec. 27) and playing the following afternoon may present competitive challenges, the opportunity to sample international competition is tremendously exciting for those involved.

The Junior Varsity U16 and U17 teams will train to develop core skills, units and teams to play inter-squad games with the overall goal of providing a valuable and fully-engaging learning experience.

Head Coach Salty Thompson understands how this dynamic is especially important to his athletes and their future progression in the rugby world.

"The earlier the boys are introduced to a high performance environment the better," says Thompson. "It gives them a taste of the lifestyle and standards needed to excel at a competitive level."

In addition to physical training, Camp will also involve classroom sessions devoted to college preparation with guest Karen Fong Donoghue from Ruggers Edge; as well as Strength and Conditioning work and mental skills training.

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