Canada U20 - April 2019

April 19 2019

Canada U20 Long List Announced: 32 Players to Attend Camp in Preparation for June Matches vs USA at Shawnigan Lake

At first the plan was to hold one of the matches during the BC High School finals at Abbotsford, that didn't pan out so now both matches are at Shawnigan Lake. It's a friendly environment for the home side and where they hold camp.

It will be interesting to compare this year's team to the 2018 version. Last year the loose forwards were one of the highlights with Michael Smith, James O'Neill and Owain Ruttan. This year it's too early to tell where the strengths and weaknesses will be. Nick Carson at #8 will be one of the strengths, the return of big Tyler Duguid in the second row is a plus. The halfback pairing of Will Percillier and Brock Webster should work well. There's plenty of pace and power in the backline with Isherwood, Kratz, Richard, Oiteman, Ngawati and Vertkas.

Canada recently went on a 4 game tour to Portugal where they went 1-3 but they were missing some key players like Percillier and Carson.

The winner of the Canada v USA two game series will travel to Brazil in July to represent North America. They'll be joined by host Brazil, Japan, Hong Kong, Kenya, Uruguay, Portugal, Tonga.

from Rugby Canada

LANGFORD, BC – Canada U-20 Head Coach Jeff Williams has announced a squad of 32 players to attend camp at Shawnigan Lake School from May 18 – June 3, in preparation for Junior World Trophy Qualifiers against USA U-20.

The team has trained together on multiple occasions this year, including playing four games in Portugal and Spain. Mylan Clairmont has supervised individualized strength and conditioning programs for each player so the team should be better prepared than in previous years.

“Our objective is of course to qualify for the Junior World Rugby Trophy this year, but we take our role of developing players for National 15s and 7s very seriously,” commented Gethin Watts, Rugby Canada’s Performance Director for Age Grade Programs

“In choosing the squad we have had on-going and extensive discussions with the regional coaches following identification of players at the Canadian Rugby Championship U-19 competition in Saskatoon last year. In addition, we have made contacts with Canadian exiles in Britain who have been very supportive. As a result, Alistair Bulman played with us in Portugal, (but is unavailable for the qualifiers because of A level exams) and James Biss will join us in camp from Saracens Academy and Eltham College, Kent,” he added.

Of interest this squad has players from all across Canada, including BC, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and Newfoundland. Two players are in academies in France: Will Percillier, who was capped for the senior national team this year, and Quentin James. Guerschom Mukendi and Glenn Butler are unavailable because of work commitments.

The 2019 World Rugby Junior World Trophy will be played at the Estádio Martins Pereira in São José dos Campos, the heartland of Brazilian rugby. The tournament will take place from July 9-21 in 2019.

Canada will look to book their ticket to Brazil when they host USA U-20 in a two-game aggregate series at Shawnigan Lake School on June 4 & 8 on Vancouver Island. Both matches will be streamed live on Rugby Canada’s Facebook page and are free to attend.

Canada U-20 Long List:

Jared Augustin – Queen’s University, ON
James Biss – Saracens, England
David Carson – UBC Thunderbirds, BC
Frank Carson – UBC Thunderbirds, BC
Nick Carson – University of Victoria, BC
Gabriel Casey – University of Victoria, ON
Campbell Clarke – Swilers RFC, NL
Jarvis Dashkewytch – UVIC Vikes, BC
Reid Davis – James Bay AA, BC
Tyler Duguid – Edmonton Nor’Westers, AB
Mason Flesch – Coburg Saxons, ON
Antoine de la Fontaine – Sherbrooke, QC
Brandon Hebert – St. Anne de Bellevue, QC
Thomas Isherwood – Westshore RFC, AB
Quentin James – Perpignan, BC
Lachlan Kratz – University of Victoria, BC
Will Matthews – Beaconsfield RFC, QC
Michael McCarthy – Swilers RFC, NL
Brock McCartney – Abbotsford RFC, BC
Connor McKinney – Swilers RFC, NL
Quinn Ngawati – Westshore RFC, BC
Kevin Oh – Waterloo County RFC, ON
Avery Oiteman – Toronto Arrows, ON
Will Percillier – Stade Francais, BC
David Richard – Mississauga Blues, ON
Tyler Rowland – UBC Thunderbirds, BC
Reese Tudor-Jones – University of Victoria, BC
Joshua Tweed – UBC Thunderbirds, BC
Kevin Vertkas – Westshore RFC, ON
Siaki Vilalani – Burnaby Lake RFC, BC
Brock Webster – Oshawa Vikings, ON
Stefan Zuliani – Queen’s University, ON

Junior World Rugby Trophy Qualifying Series

Canada U-20 vs. USA U-20
June 4 – Shawnigan Lake School
Kick-off: 8pm ET/5pm PT
Live stream:

Canada U-20 vs. USA U-20
June 8 – Shawnigan Lake School
Kick-off: 8pm ET/5pm PT
Live stream:

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