Update on Pacific Pride - Will Cudmore Take the Coaching Job? Canada U20 Board the Plane to Brazil; University Teams in Italy; Men's 7s in Caymans
There's a lot of rugby action happening this week and next even though it's the off season for BC Clubs, the MLR is wrapped up and the World Cup is still on the horizon.
First question, who will coach the new version of the Pacific Pride. The original CCSD/Pacific Pride was dismantled in 2005 after a run of 9 years. A lot great players went through the academy program and then went on to represent Canada in XVs and 7s. The Pride is coming back for the 2019/2020 season but under whose direction? One name mentioned may surprise a few, Jamie Cudmore. Is he ready to return home to the west coast of Canada to continue the next phase of his rugby career? We should find out within the next couple of weeks. He's in Canada now and was seen at the Eastern Canadian championships last week congratulating Francois Ratier and the Quebec team on their title. It would be a big boost for Canadian rugby to have him in the coaching pathway starting with the Pride. Stay tuned for developments.
The Pride roster will be announced once the coaching decision is finalized but we've already heard several names, some will be coming from the U20 team that flies out today to Brazil. Canada's first match will be July 9th, Tuesday, against Tonga. We wish the team all the best, and we'll post streaming details when they're available.
Another team on the move is the men's Canada 7s side already in the Cayman Islands awaiting their first match against Barbados on Saturday. The tournament winner, and Canada are heavily favoured, will book their spot at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
One more group to mention this week are the University 7s teams in Napoli, Italy. The FISU Summer Universiade has kicked off, the Rugby 7s starts tomorrow, July 5th. Both the men and women will face France, Japan, Italy in their pool on the first two days. Good luck to the teams, if we find a video stream we'll post on social media.
1 FLEMMING James 24 University Of Ottawa
2 MCTIGHE Michael19 University Of Lethbridge
3 KNOPP Andrew 22 Mcgill University
4 POMROY Anthony 24 Memorial University Of Newfoundland
5 BAIN Noah 21 University Of Victoria
6 RUDY Mitchell 23 University Of Calgary
7 STEWART Crosby 24 University Of Victoria
8 HAGER Ethan 20 University Of Victoria
9 ROBINSON Jonas 8 20 University Of Victoria
10 KRYCZKA Harry 20 University Of Western Ontario
11 TAYLOR Nick 21 Lindenwood University
12 FINDLAY Mostyn 21 University Of Victoria
Average age 21.6
1 GONZALEZ Renee 20 University Of Victoria
2 BRAYTON Shawna 22 Concordia University
3 HOGAN-ROCHESTER Asia 20 York University
4 EDWARDS-CHALLENGER Chanelle 22 University Of Victoria
5 SCHELL Julia 21 University Of Guelph
6 BAZIAN Brooke 20 University Of Victoria
7 AIKENS Laney 19 The University Of British Columbia
8 SCOTT Erika 25 Bischop'S University
9 HOFFMAN Talia 19 University Of Guelph
10 DRISCOLL Hailey 22 University Of Lethbridge
11 JOSEPH Tatiana 24 University Of Montreal
12 MCCALLAN Rachel 21 University Of Ottawa
Average age 21.3
Also the women's XVs team continue their Super Series in San Diego, they face England on Saturday. Good luck again to all teams, may the ball bounce your way and the 50/50 calls go your way.