Canada U19 Face Ireland U18 Clubs and Schools Team: Starting Lineups
There's no doubt the Irish team will be more rugby savvy, they start rugby earlier and live in a culture where rugby is more revered. They would be expected to have the technical edge in this matchup. What Canada will have to counter with is physicality while keeping their error count down. Canada have a one year age advantage in the matchup which may be a key factor. Canada's errors will be punished however and they have to play a smart game. Some of these players will be pushing for national U20 positions this year and next.
Coach Dean Murten established the game plan, "The focus for tomorrow’s game is to be direct and physical in order to win the collisions up front."
There are a number of BC connections on the team, the Thunder Indigenous program have four players in the starting roster, Brandon Schellenberger (#9), Hunter Grant (#4), Peyton Eagar (#7), and Siaki Vikalani (#6). Quentin James at second row, guessing that's Mike James son, currently studying at Perpignan Academy in France. Nick Carson, one of the Carson clan from CW at #8. Myles Donoghue from UBC at #10, another UBC player at #12 Conor Byron, and Evan Norris at wing. Kyle Tremblay from Surrey at #15 rounds out the BC contingent.
The game starts at 5am PT on Saturday (noon in Ireland) so results will be known when most in BC arise.
The Irish Rugby Union also has a write up on the match with their rosters which we've appended below. There's no indication there will be any live streaming but hopefully Rugby Canada will get the game tape up on Youtube or at least the highlights. from Rugby Canada
Dean Murten has announced Canada's U19 Men's starting line-up to face Ireland Clubs & Schools tomorrow.
The 17-day tour includes two fixtures against the Ireland Clubs & Schools Team, as well as games against Leinster, Ulster and Munster.
"The boys have settled in after a long day of traveling and we've had three good training sessions. The goal of training has been to integrate all the players that didn’t attend the Ulster tour with those that did. The focus for tomorrow’s game is to be direct and physical in order to win the collisions up front. Then we'll play what’s in front of us." - Dean Murten
Starting Line-up vs Ireland Clubs & Schools:
1. Guerschom Mukendi
2. David Stolz
3. Tyler Rowlands (C)
4. Hunter Grant
5. Quentin James
6. Siaki Vikalani
7. Peyton Eagar
8. Nicholas Carsen
9. Brandon Schellenberger
10. Myles Donoghue
11. John Buck
12. Connor Byron
13. Dalton Campbell
14. Evan Norris
15. Kyle Tremblay
16. Nathan Lake
17. Jackson Scott
18. Reid Davis
19. Tyler Wong
20. Thomas Hagan
21. Jim Newman
22. Campbell Clarke
Head coach Dean Murten will be leading the tour along with Tony LaCarte (assistant coach), Conan Cooper (strength and conditioning coach), Ben Motum (Therapist) and Des Lynch (manager and mental skills coach).
Canada’s Under-19 Squad:
John Buck - Calgary Canucks RFC (Calgary, AB)
Connor Byron - University of British Columbia (Abbotsford, BC)
Dalton Campbell - Calgary Hornets RFC (Calgary, AB)
Nicholas Carson - Castaway Wanderers RFC (Victoria, BC)
Gabriel Casey - Bytown Blues RFC (Ottawa, ON)
Campbell Clarke - Swilers RFC (St. John's, NL)
Reid Davis - Bayside RFC (Surrey, BC)
Myles Donoghue - University of British Columbia (Vancouver, BC)
Kaden Duguid - NOR'WESTERS (Edmonton, AB)
Peyton Eagar - Nanaimo Hornets RFC (Nanaimo, BC)
Sief El Din Sanad - TARS RFC (Bedford, NS)
Hunter Grant - Westshore Valhallians RFC (Victoria, BC)
Thomas Hagan - Swilers RFC (St. John's, NL)
Harrison Hooke - Castaway Wanderers RFC (Fort St. James, BC)
Quentin James - Perpignan Academy France (Vancouver, BC)
Samuel Kahn - Castaway Wanderers RFC (Victoria, BC)
Nathan Lake - Windsor Machine RFC (Windsor, ON)
Guerschom Mukendi - Stoney Creek Camels (Stoney Creek, ON)
Aurélien Muller - Beaconfeild RFC (Montreal, QC)
Jim Newman - University of British Columbia (Victoria, BC)
Evan Norris - University of British Columbia (Vancouver, BC)
Cameron Pope - James Bay RFC (Belleisle Creek, NB)
Max Radcliffe - Bayside RFC (Surrey, BC)
Tyler Rowland - Toronto Nomads (Vancouver, BC)
Gui Sala De Melo Costa - Shawnigan Lake School (Shawnigan Lake, BC)
Brandon Schellenberger - Castaway Wanderers RFC (Victoria, BC)
Jackson Scott - Norfolk Harvesters RFC (Toronto, ON)
David Stoltz - Barrhaven Scottish RFC (Stittsville, ON)
Kyle Tremblay - Bayside RFC (Surrey, BC)
Lucas Tuffin - Castaway Wanderers RFC (Victoria, BC)
Siaki Vikalani - Burnaby Lake RFC (Burnaby, B)
Tyler Wong - University of Victoria (Vancouver, BC)
Dean Murten – Head Coach
Tony LaCarte – Assistant Coach
Conan Cooper – Strength and Conditioning Coach
Ben Motum – Therapist
Des Lynch – Manager and Mental skills coach
March 24 – Canada U19 vs Ireland Clubs & Schools - 12:00pm Local Time (8:00am ET/5:00am PT)
March 28 – Canada U19 vs Ireland Clubs & Schools - 12:00pm Local Time (8:00am ET/5:00am PT)
March 30 – Canada U19 vs Leinster
April 02 – Canada U19 vs Ulster
April 05 – Canada U19 vs Munster from Ireland Rugby
The Ireland Under-18 Clubs and Schools team, sponsored by PwC, has been selected for their first of two matches against the Canada Under-19s at Templeville Road on Saturday (kick-off 12pm).
Head coach Mark Butler, who is assisted by Colm Tucker and Adrian Flavin, has selected Paddy McAlpine, who is fresh from winning the Ulster Schools Senior Cup with Campbell College, Bruff loosehead Fionn Flanagan and Wicklow hooker Mark Nicholson as the starting front row.
Newbridge College's Cian Prendergast captains the Ireland team from the second row where he is partnered by Eoin O'Connor from Waterpark. O'Connor's Munster team-mate Evan Murphy, who captained the province to an Under-18 Clubs Interprovincial title earlier in the season, is joined by Exiles pair Chris Moore and Joshua Dunne in the back row.
Sedbergh School's Michael Cooke and Charlie O'Doherty, who has come up through the minis and youth ranks at Newcastle West RFC, will lead the Irish back-line from half-back, with another Exiles-Munster pairing at centre where Hayden Hyde from the Harlequins Academy combines with Tommy Downes, who played for CBC Cork in last Sunday's Munster Schools Senior Cup final defeat to Glenstal Abbey.
Bath Academy's Oran McNulty, who was a try scorer for the Ireland U-18 Clubs team against Portugal in November, returns for a second year at this age-grade. He starts at full-back with Jack Hunt from Rockwell College and Wasps talent Tom Bacon filling the wing berths.
There is a strong Connacht representation on the replacements bench with four players from the west included - the Buccaneers trio of Liam Winnett, Darragh Murray and Saul O'Carroll as well as O'Carroll's Garbally College team-mate Shane Jennings. Full-back Jennings was a try scorer in Garbally's Connacht Schools Senior Cup final victory over Coláiste Iognáid on Tuesday.
Saturday afternoon's fixture is the first of two matches between the Ireland and Canada sides, with the second encounter set for next Wednesday at Donnybrook.
With the Leinster Schools Senior Cup final between Blackrock College and Belvedere College taking place today due to last weekend's postponement, players involved in that game who have been selected will join up with the Ireland U-18 squads next week.
IRELAND UNDER-18 CLUBS & SCHOOLS Team & Replacements (v Canada Under-19s, Underage International Match, St. Mary's College RFC, Templeville Road, Saturday, March 24, kick-off 12pm):
15. Oran McNulty (Bath Academy/Millfield - IQ Rugby)
14. Jack Hunt (Rockwell College)
13. Hayden Hyde (Harlequins Academy/Cranleigh School - IQ Rugby)
12. Tommy Downes (CBC Cork)
11. Tom Bacon (Henley College/Wasps - IQ Rugby)
10. Michael Cooke (Sedbergh School - IQ Rugby)
9. Charlie O'Doherty (Newcastle West/Ard Scoil na Mhuire)
1. Fionn Flanagan (Bruff RFC)
2. Mark Nicholson (Wicklow/Colaiste Chill Mhantain)
3. Paddy McAlpine (Campbell College)
4. Eoin O'Connor (Waterpark/Gaelcholaiste Phortlairge)
5. Cian Prendergast (Newbridge College) (capt)
6. Chris Moore (Beechen Cliff School - IQ Rugby)
7. Evan Murphy (Nenagh Ormond/Nenagh CBS)
8. Joshua Dunne (Nottingham Academy/Denstone College - IQ Rugby)
16. Aaron Hennessy (The Alfa Project, Scariff/Ennis)
17. Mark Donnelly (CBC Cork)
18. Liam Winnett (Buccaneers/Marist College)
19. Darragh Murray (Buccaneers/Coláiste Chíaráin)
20. Kieran Booth (St. Ambrose College/Sale Sharks -IQ Rugby)
21. Shane Murphy (Skerries/St. Joseph's Rush)
22. Saul O'Carroll (Buccaneers/Garbally College)
23. Shane Jennings (Ballinasloe/Garbally College)
IRELAND UNDER-18 CLUBS & SCHOOLS FIXTURES:
IRELAND U-18 CLUBS & SCHOOLS v CANADA U-19s
Saturday, March 24, 12pm, Templeville Road
IRELAND U18 CLUBS & SCHOOLS v CANADA U-19s
Wednesday, March 28, 12pm, Donnybrook