BC Reps Have Strong Showing In Canadian Classics Win Over Classic USA Misfits in Alaska
by Darrin Chaplin
Founded over 20 years ago by former Canadian International Tom Woods (22 Caps) the Canadian Classics Rugby Society competes in 2 events annually: The Classic Can Am Summer Series (North America), and The World Rugby Classic (Bermuda). These events provide a platform for former Canadian Internationals, and deserving domestic players, another chance to represent Canada together on a world stage.
This year the Classic Can Am was held at the prestigious “Field of Dreams” at the Alaska Mountain Rugby Grounds in Anchorage, Alaska, USA over the July 13 weekend.
The World-famous Alaska Mountain Rugby Grounds, Anchorage, Alaska, USA. Photo courtesy of Daniella Beukema
The 2019 Classics selected 34 players, from 5 provinces, with approximately 75 x 15’s caps and 40 x 7’s Caps in addition to NA4, Canadian Rugby Championship, Rugby Canada Super League, and Provincial Union experience. BC Rugby featured prominently in this Classics side providing 20 of 36 tourists who contributed equally in the staff, off the bench, and in the 1st XV.
The Classics have returned home safely following a hard fought 43-27 win vs the Classic USA Misfits, making that back-to-back Can Am wins after also beating the USA in Regina last year.
The 2019 Canadian Classics at the Can Am Summer Series. Photo courtesy of Daniella Beukema - click for larger image
Capilano RFC’s Brady Carpenter was selected by both USA and Canada staff as Back of the Match after a scintillating performance at fullback that saw him score a wonderful try, set up another, and tackle absolutely any and everything that made it through the outstanding Canadian defence (including 2007 RWC Try of the Year winner Zee Ngwenya of the USA).
It is our intention for players like Brady to share their Classics experiences within their local communities to continue to build and improve positive rugby cultures across Canada.
Congratulations to all the BC players, and Coaches selected to the Classic Can Am Summer Series this year. Your contributions in securing a rare away win on USA soil have set the stage for a successful campaign at this fall’s World Rugby Classic in Bermuda!
BC Players on the 2019 Classic Can Am Summer Series, Anchorage, Alaska, USA:
Ullie Krack - Abbotsford RFC
Matt Plant - Capilano RFC
Andy Plant - Capilano RFC
Ty Brackett - Capilano RFC
Tim Van Vliet - Brentwood College (Forwards Coach)
Mike Pajic - Bayside RFC
Tim Rhone - Capilano RFC
Craig McLaren - Capilano RFC
Gary Cartwright - Capilano RFC
Pat Bickerton - Bayside RFC
Steve Williams - Capilano RFC
Frazer McGaw - Squamish RFC
Ian Smortchevsky- Capilano RFC
Neil Irwin - Squamish RFC
Ryan McWhinney - Abbotsford RFC
Nanyak Dala - Westshore RFC
Galen Potash-Kooyman - Westshore RFC
Matt Kehler - Abbotsford RFC
Jordan Tait - Westshore RFC
Brady Carpenter - Capilano RFC
The 2020 Classic Can Am will see Canada’s turn to host and Calgary, Alberta, has already been confirmed as the venue. For more information on Classics Rugby, or the World Rugby Classic, please email Canadian Classics founder Tom Woods at firstname.lastname@example.org, interim Classic Can Am Tour Coordinator Darrin Chaplin at email@example.com, or visit https://www.worldrugby.bm to learn more.