BC Win Men's Next Gen; UBC Women's NextGen; Rugby Canada Girls' U18; Washington Boys' U18; BC U16 Boys' & Girls' - 8 Hours of Video from Day 2
There's 8 hours of video below courtesy of the BCRU, all the games from Field #2 on Day 2.
In the men's final it was an epic rematch from last year, BC vs Fiji Blond, also won by BC last year. It took an interception in overtime to claim the win as Fiji Blond fought back in the second half to tie it up in regular time. In the boys' U18 Washington Loggers upset the home team BC in the final 30-28. in the boys' U16 it was all BC in the final with a 22-0 win over Edmonton.
In the women's final UBC handled BC in the final for gold, in U18 girls' it was the Rugby Canada Development Academy with the win over BC and in U16 girls' it was BC finishing 1st, 2nd and 3rd.
Day 1 Results: Fiji Blond and BC NextGen on Path for Cup Rematch in Men's Division; UBC Look Strong in Women's Division; BC and Edmonton Undefeated in U18; BC Rep Teams Dominating in U16
In the men's NextGen competition it looks like BC and Fiji Blond are set for a rematch of last year's final with both teams undefeated and securing a place in the Cup semis. Also undefeated on Day 1 is Vancouver Island University (VIU) from Nanaimo, they are in the Cup QF vs UBC Okanagan, the other Cup QF will see Thunder Rugby vs MacDowell Rugby. The winners of those matches will move up to the Cup semis. The losers will battle it out for 5th spot. The 6th to 10th place teams play a round robin to determine final ranking, that includes Carney Army, UBC, Toronto Varsity Blues and Langley.
In the women's NextGen UBC and BC move straight to the semis with Central Alberta vs Thunder Rugby in one QF and UVic vs UBC Okanagan in the other.
In U18 girls BC Fraser Valley and Edmonton Gold are the top two teams that go straight to the Cup semis, surprisingly the Rugby Canada Academy have to go the QF route as they lost to the Valley. They'll face Thunder Rugby in one QF and Alberta will play BC Island Selects in the other QF.
In U18 boys there are 4 QF matches Edmonton Gold were undefeated on Day 1 they face BC Gold who were 0-3 on Day 1. Washington Loggers 2-1 face Manitoba 1-2. BC Blue 3-0 face Thunder Rugby 0-3 and BC White 2-1 face Alberta 1-2.
In U16 girls it's all BC with White and Blue teams into the semis awaiting the winner of Edmonton vs Thunder and Manitoba v BC Gold.
In U16 boys it's BC Gold with a spot in the semis and the other 6 teams battling it out for the other 3 semi spots, Edmonton v Manitoba, Langley v BC Blue, Thunder Rugby v BC White.
Vancouver 7s Invitational Starts Thursday: A Look at Divisions and Rosters
The Vancouver Invitational 7s starts Thursday, the 2 day event will bring together some of the top development teams from across western Canada.
There are 6 divisions, men and women NextGen, U18 and U16 for boys and girls.
We'll look at some of the teams and rosters as we get them. The Friday matches are supposed to be live streamed, the schedules are here.
NextGen Men's Teams
Last year it was BC and Fiji Blond who were the finalists and they head up their respective pools this year. BC came 3rd in the men's Aces division in Vegas while Fiji Blond participated in the Elite division, they made the Cup round ranked #6 but lost in the QF to eventual winners USA Falcons. Those two teams will go in as early favourites but they may have some stiff competition.
Not to be taken lightly and coached by Aaron Frisby who coached BC last year. It features a number of talented individuals from Abbotsford, Bayside, Burnaby, Capilano and Westshore. They could be the sleeper in the competition, they certainly have the talent.
1 Taitusi Vikilani - BLRC 2 Siaki Vikilani -BLRC 3 Ben Rokodiva -Bayside 4 Kimi Vunituraga - BLRC 5 Ben Brill - Westshore 6 Conrad Newell - Westshore 7 Darwin Guevara - Abbotsford 8 Foster Dewitt - Westshore 9 Quinn Ngawati - Westshore 10 Cole Mosychuk - Westshore 11 Aaron Hersant - Westshore 12 Malcolm Klaver - Capilano 13 Jeremy Simon - Capilano 14 Darren McCrory - BLRC
VIU came 3rd in the Vegas Open division, again some young talent there and they've added Jared Stephens to the mix so they may cause a few upsets.
1 Matthew Wier 2 Tye Woodruff 3 Taylor de Souza 4 Antonio Corbin 5 Nicholas Crossen 6 Cooper Kendra 7 Cathal Long 8 Sawyer Barth 9 Jared Stephens 10 Tyler Hume 11 Spencer Baker 12 TBA
The Thunder Indigenous program entered teams in all 6 divisions, an ambitious feat only duplicated by BC. It may be a tall order for the team in some divisions as they have players spread out across several of the competition sides.
1. Wade Lavallee 2. Peter Massimo 3. Jordan Reid Harvey 4. Darius Towers 5. Cooper Powell 6. Etienne Roberts 7. John Franklin 8. Mitch Sorra 9. Sean Park 10. Noah Bain 11. Crosby Stewart 12. Von Richardson
Robin has put together a young side with some current U20 players like Kevin Vertkas and some U19 players like Reece Tudor-Jones. Lockie Kratz the standout centre for UVic captains the side. A couple of well known names as assistant coaches, Neil Meechan and Mark Wyatt. They'll be a well drilled team playing an expansive and fast game.
BC NextGen came 3rd in the Aces division in Vegas, one down from Elite. They've made significant changes to the squad bringing in a number of UBC and UVic players, there only appears to be four players from the Vegas group Schellenberger, Robinson, Owen, Findlay.
1 Fraser Hurst UBC Thunderbirds 2 Michael Smith UBC Thunderbirds 3 Brandon Schellenberger Castaway Wanderers RFC 4 Brennig Prevost University of Victoria 5 Evan Norris UBC Thunderbirds 6 Elias Ergas UBC Thunderbirds 7 Jonas Robinson University of Victoria 8 Gabriel Casey University of Victoria 9 Logan Martin-Feek University of Victoria 10 Karsten Leitner University of Victoria 11 Walsham Owen Castaway Wanderers RFC 12 Mostyn Findlay University of Victoria
BC NextGen Toronto Varsity Blues University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) MacDowell Rugby Thunder Rugby
Defcon Fiji Blond University of British Columbia (UBC) VIU Mariners Carney Army Langley RFC