Canada Finish 0-3 on Tour with 36-3 Loss to Ulster U19
Canada finish up the tour with a 36-3 loss to Ulster U19, they previously lost to Campbell College and Ards U19.
Paul Horne points out in the comments section below that Campbell College toured BC in the mid-90s and played a BC U19 team he coached in a "very competitive match". Have the national age-grade programs slipped and if so, how far? It's rare now to see a win even against second tier (or third) teams like Belgium.
The BC U18 team won all three of its games in Ireland this summer including a 30-19 win over Leinster. Adam Roberts was coach. Perhaps it's time to reward winning coaches and programs with more responsibility and more involvement with future tours.
There's not much information on the match from Canadian sources but this tweet from Irish sources indicates the weather conditions were "difficult" which may have kept the scoreline down.
An interesting side note on this tweet. Friends' School, presumably the school the student player attends, is one of two Quaker schools in Ireland. Put that in your fact sheet, Irish Quakers play some decent rugby.
Canada Lose Second Match of Tour to Ards U19 Selects 17-7
A disappointing loss for Canada to a County Down club U19 side 17-7. It's good development for the young players going overseas but it also highlights the disparity in playing levels when a national side loses to a youth selects side from a club playing in Division 3 of the All Ireland league. In order to get better Canadian national youth teams are going to have to start preparing well enough to win these lower level games. Canada face the Ulster U19 Development team on Tuesday.
Canada U19 Lose First Match of Northern Ireland Tour: 23-19 to Campbell College: PHOTOS ADDED
There's not much information on the match at this time except for the final result posted by Rugby Canada on Twitter: 23-19 to Campbell College.
Campbell College would be Northern Ireland's equivalent to Shawnigan Lake School, a prestigious boarding school with a strong rugby program. Except they're several times larger in rugby capacity. They have 400 students playing rugby, they have a 1st XV; 2nd XV; 3 XV; 4 XV; Medallion A,B,C sides; U14 A,B,C sides; U13 A,B,C sides; and U12 team. They have 12 rugby pitches, 2 to 3 rugby coaches per team plus a "Master" in charge of all the rugby programs. It's a scale of rugby even Shawnigan Lake School would be envious of. It's a shame such a program couldn't tour BC and play Shawnigan and perhaps a combined High School All star team. from Rugby Canada
BELFAST, IRELAND – Canada Under-19 Head Coach Dean Murten has announced his starting roster for tomorrow’s tour opener against Campbell College in Belfast, Ireland.
Thoughts from Coach Murten:
After a long day of travel, several team meetings, around building a culture, principles of attack and defence, and some unit meetings the team final got some rest before tomorrow’s game against CCB.
“CCB is one of the top rugby schools in Northern Ireland, they have produced some outstanding national age grade players, that have gone on to play for Ireland.
“We’re expecting Campbell College Belfast to play a well-structured fast-open rugby, depending on the Ulster weather. If the weather is poor I am sure all they will have a great kicking game. Something that our athletes don’t come across too often.
“We have some powerful ball carrying forwards that will get us over the gain line, after that we will be looking to move the ball to the speed we have out wide.“
Unfortunately, the game will not be streamed live. Updates will be provided by @RugbyCanada on Twitter.
Canada U19 Team to face Campbell College
1. Kris Uschold – U of M Wombats (Winnipeg, MB)
2. David Stoltz – Barrhaven Scottish (Stittsville, ON)
3. Jackson Scott – Norfolk Harvesters RFC
4. Kaden Duguid – Nor’Westers (Edmonton AB)
5. Sief El Din Sanad – Tars RFC (Halifax NS)
6. Harrison Hooke – Unattached (Fort St. James, BC)
7. Tyler Wong – UVIC Vikes (North Vancouver, BC)
8. Reid Davis – Bayside RFC (Surrey, BC)
9. Cameron Pope – Belleisle Rovers (Belleisle Creek, NB)
10. Max Radcliffe – Bayside RFC (Surrey, BC)
11. John Buck – Calgary Canucks (Calgary, AB)
12. Lachlan Kratz – Castaway Wanderers (Victoria, BC)
13. Reece Tudor-Jones – Cowichan RFC (Shawnigan Lake, BC)
14. Jared Andrews Almack – Capilano RFC (North Vancouver, BC)
15. Gabriel Casey – Bytown Blues RFC (Ottawa, ON)
Dean Murten – Head Coach
Tony LaCarte – Assistant Coach
John Lavery – Assistant Coach
Dan Meikle – Assistant Coach
Conan Cooper – Strength and Conditioning Coach
Ben Motum – Therapist
Des Lynch – Manager and Mental skills coach
Canada Under-19 Tour schedule:
Canada U19 vs. Campbell College
December 29, 2017
2pm local time
Canada U19 vs. Ards RFC Select
December 30, 2018
5pm local time
Canada U19 vs. Ulster 19 Development
January 2, 2018
7pm local time