Canada U18 Updates - April 2019

April 10 2019


Canada U18 in Arizona for 2 games
vs USA - December 2017
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Canada U18 Team Announced for July Fixtures vs USA at Brentwood College



Last December Canada sent two U18 teams down to California to play the USA Blue and Red teams. Canada went in as Canada Red and White. USA Blue were the dominant team, winning both matches against Canada with an overall 73-13 differential. Canada White lost both matches while Canada Red managed a tie and a loss, drawing even with USA Red.

This summer 24 are selected from that group of 60 to play three matches against the best from USA. The first two are trial matches and the third match on July 14th will be streamed and considered an international.

The coaches remain the same Mike Curran, John Lavery and Scott Manning. Gethin Watts is introduced as "Rugby Canada’s Performance Director for Age Grade Programs". Last summer his title was "Program Leader" of the Canada U20 men's program and the year before he was, "Age Grade Manager of the Welsh Rugby Union". There's been no official announcement by Rugby Canada on the new position and hiring. The last update from May 23, 2018 stated, "Rugby Canada is also delighted to announce that Welshman, Gethin Watts will be consulting our age-grade and talent identification departments on a short-term contract."

from Rugby Canada

LANGFORD, BC – Canada Under-18 men’s team head coach Mike Curran has announced his long list for an upcoming Summer Series against USA on Vancouver Island July 3-15.

The 24-man squad has been selected following the recent North American 4 series at the end of December and the beginning of January against their Southern rivals. 60 players took part in the tour and this announcement is a further selection from that group as well as continual discussion with key selectors from around the country.

"Selection decisions are always difficult. Rugby Canada understands that players develop at different times and within varying environments. The age-grade staff continue to ensure that the pathway has multiple entry points to reflect those realities," said Curran.

Brentwood College, located 30km North of downtown Victoria, BC, will host three game days on July 7, 10 and 14 between Canada and USA. The first two will act as warm-up matches with the entire roster getting a chance to start one or both fixtures, while the final game will be seen as a full international and streamed on Rugby Canada’s Facebook page.

"The ultimate goal is to identify the correct players for the Canada Under-20s and eventually the Senior Men’s 15s and 7s programs. Moving beyond the July Series, athletes will again be evaluated through the U19 Canadian Rugby Championship as well as various regional school, club, and provincial competitions," added Curran.

“We are delighted that the program will be headed by Mike Curran (Head Coach) and supported by John Lavery (Québec) and Scott Manning (BC). It’s great to have three coaches involved who have great experience at this level but also have to have a great spread of coaches from across the country and from different provinces,” said Gethin Watts, Rugby Canada’s Performance Director for Age Grade Programs.

“The main objectives associated with the event continues to be talent identification as we look to find the next generation of players that can be developed further via the programs being put in place for the future. There is a lot of work being done in order to ensure that identified players are given the opportunity to fulfil their potential and represent Canada in both XVs and 7’s. This program represents the start of their international journey and represents only one part of the bigger picture,” he added.

Canada’s U-18 Long List:

Thomas Artman Sherren – Beaconsfield RFC, QC
Hudson Barnaby – NB Spruce, NB
Jacob Bossi – Cowichan Rugby Club, BC
Jacob Bourne – UBCOB Ravens, BC
Liam Bowman – Oakville Crusaders, ON
Ciaran Breen – Cowichan Rugby Club, BC
Braden Bruce – Peterborough Pagans, ON
Storm Buck – Tora RFC, BC
Daniel Clement – Clansmen RFC, AB
Willem Denouden – Hornets RFC, AB
Ryan Goodyear – Baymen RFC, NL
Alex Hickman – Swilers RFC, NL
Brenner Kelava – Shawnigan Lake School, BC
Deklan Williamson – Oakville Crusaders, ON
Talon McMullin – Earl Marriott Secondary School, BC
Ben Mowbray – Ajax Wanderers, ON
Kevin Mwamba – Clansmen RFC, AB
Connor Paivarinta – Abbotsford RFC, BC
George Piper – Abbotsford RFC, BC
Michael Reid – Strathcona Druids RFC, AB
Siaki Seumanutafa – Bayside RFC, BC
Sean Snyman – Oakville Crusaders, ON
Mikko Vorster – University of WO, MB
Logan Weidner – Carson Graham Secondary School, BC

U18 Summer Series at Brentwood College

July 7
Canada vs. USA
Kick-off: 8pm ET/5pm PT
No live stream

July 10
Canada vs. USA
Kick-off: 8pm ET/5pm PT
No live stream

July 14
Canada vs. USA
Kick-off: 8pm ET/5pm PT
Streamed LIVE on www.facebook.com/RugbyCanada/

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