Canada vs BC All Stars

July 19 2019


Phil Mack and Tony Healy celebrating with BC Bears
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Canada to Play BC All Star Team at Westhills on Aug 30th as Part of RWC Preparation - Throwback to the 2007 Rosters BC v Canada



It's a bit of a tradition, the RWC prep game versus a BC rep side. We went back to the 2007 match to look at some of the names involved. In August 2007 Canada beat a BC XV 38-3 in preparation for their 2007 World Cup. The game was played at UBC Thunderbird stadium and about 2,000 showed up to watch. This time the game will be played at the renovated Westhills Stadium on Friday evening. The following day the Langford 7s takes place with divisions for U19 and senior men and women. It's a great opportunity to bring a U19 side over to watch Canada play on Friday evening, take in the BBQ afterwards and then play in the same stadium the next day. Contact John Lyall at jlyall@thunderrugby.ca for more info on the Langford 7s.

It will be interesting to see the team BC can put out against Canada and will Canada use the same squad announced for the PNC or will they give some of the fringe players a run out. For BC will the likes of George Barton, Brock Staller, Nakai Penny, Travis and Josh Larsen, Noah Barker, Doug Fraser suit up or will it be a team similar to the one they put out against the Wolfpack a few weeks ago. It will make a big difference in how competitive they could be. Interesting to note that none of those players showed up for the Bears but Gordon McRorie and Nick Blevins showed up for the Wolfpack and then were selected by Jones.

Aaron Takel is in charge of putting together the BC team with assistance from BC club coaches James Thompson, Jebb Sinclair, Sean White and Curry Hitchborn. The Bears take on the Wolfpack in the return match next Saturday, the 27th, in Kelowna. We'll see who puts their hand up for that match.

The BC v Canada Rosters from August 11th 2007

Canada

1. Tkachuk, Kevin Glasgow Warriors (SCO)
2. Riordan, Pat Burnaby Lake
3. Thiel, Jon Bayside
4. James, Mike Stade Francais
5. Cudmore, Jamie Clermont-Auvernge
6. Yukes, Colin Agen
7. McKeen, Stan Cornish Pirates
8. Stephen, Sean-Michael Beziers
9. Williams, Morgan (c) Albi
10. Smith, Ryan Montauban
11. Pritchard, James Bedford
12. Spicer, David University of Victoria
13. Culpan, Craig Meraloma
14. Mensah-Coker, Justin Albi
15. Pyke, Mike Montauban
RESERVES:
16. Carpenter, Aaron Brantford
17. Franklin, Scott Castaway Wanderers
18 Pletch, Dan Oakville Crusaders
19. Burak, Mike Pau
20. Webb, Mike Vancouver Rowing Club
21. Fairhurst, Ed Cornish Pirates
22. Trenkel, Nick Capilano

BC

1. LOOSE HEAD EMIL CHRISTENSEN
2. HOOKER (C) MARK LAWSON
3. TIGHT HEAD MAURO PERIZOLLO
4. LOCK TYLER HOTSON
5. LOCK AIDAN BUAN
6. FLANKER ADAM VAN STAVEREN
7. FLANKER NEIL MEECHAN
8. NO 8 TOM MCKEEN
9. SCRUM HALF PAT FLECK
10. OUTSIDE HALF JEFF WILLIAMS
11. WING KRIS WITKOWSKI
12. CENTRE BRYN KEYS
13. CENTRE AKIO TYLER
14. WING TONY LA CARTE
15. FULLBACK PHIL MACK
16. RESERVE JOE SCALE
17. RESERVE MIKE MACKAY
18. RESERVE SEAMUS GAY
19. RESERVE CHRISTOPHE STRUBIN
20. RESERVE SEAN WHITE
21. RESERVE MATT EVANS
22. RESERVE JAMES POTTER
23 RESERVE BEN TREVORROW
24 RESERVE SEAN MERCIER

If you're interested in reading more about that 2007 match, Ben Buan did a good preview which can be viewed here.

from Rugby Canada

RUGBY CANADA ANNOUNCES EXHIBITION MATCH OF CANADA VS BC ALL-STARS SET FOR AUGUST 30TH

July 17, 2019, Langford, BC: Rugby Canada in conjunction with BC Rugby announced today the final fixture in preparation for Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan. Canada’s Men’s Rugby Team will face a BC All-Stars team on Friday, August 30th at 6:30pm PT at Westhills Stadium in Langford, B.C.

The match takes place in between Canada’s August 24th game in Hamilton, Ontario versus Leinster Rugby, and Canada’s September 7th game in Vancouver, BC versus USA Rugby, and will serve as an important final addition to RWC preparations as it will allow head coach Kingsley Jones to provide all players with valuable game time against a quality opponent prior to the team departing for Japan.

“The match versus the BC All-Stars completes our warm-up schedule for Rugby World Cup,” said head Coach Kingsley Jones. “It’s an important fixture in the calendar that will give us a chance to ensure all players will get a good run before we leave for Japan. We’ll return from Hamilton for valuable preparation time at our centralized training facility and it’s great to be able to host our valued partners at BC Rugby here in Langford.”

The BC All-Stars side will consist of top amateur players based within BC and will be selected by a diverse coaching panel, led by Aaron Takel, Rugby Growth & Development Manager (Men & Boys) for BC Rugby.

“We’re excited to support Canada with their final Rugby World Cup preparations and will be working with several BC coaches to field a competitive side,” said Annabel Kehoe, BC Rugby’s CEO. “Selection is wide open with many of BC’s top players taking the field in National and Provincial sides, including the BC Bears meeting the Prairie Wolfpack next Saturday.”

Canada versus BC All-Stars will be the first rugby match played at the fully renovated Westhills Stadium in Langford, B.C. Tickets will be just $10 for adults and $5 for youth (plus service fees) with an on-sale date to be announced shortly. Fans can expect a great evening of rugby and festivities:

Preceding the Canada vs BC All-Stars match there will be a special ‘sneak peek’ of the Rugby Canada Pacific Pride Development Academy who will play an intrasquad game at 4:30pm PT.

Following the Canada vs BC All-Stars match there will be a post-game BBQ and beer garden at the stadium from 8pm – 10pm PT where fans can meet and mingle with players from both teams. Families are welcome.

Canada vs BC All-Stars
August 30, 2019 – Westhills Stadium, Langford, BC
Kick-off: 9:30pm ET / 6:30pm PT

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