Scottish Visitors to Vancouver Raise Rugby Profile; Canadians in NZ; World U20 Rugby Championship
posted June 4 2017 [ed. comments below]
A mixed bag of stories today from around the world that involve rugby players.
Gordonians RFC in the Community
Kudos to the Gordonians who are from Aberdeen. They got the attention of CBC and the local community by doing some volunteer work while visiting Vancouver. The video is below. They played Burnaby on Friday and lost 33-10, they play Meraloma next. Always good to see when visitors raise the profile of rugby in a positive way. Well done!
Canadians in NZ
We always like to keep an eye on players who have gone to NZ to improve their rugby. NZ no doubt the top rugby country in the world. Rugby Canada sent four players down recently, three of them are in the national team selections this summer (Baillie, Keith, Keys but no mention of Pat Parfrey in selection for Canada). One North Island player, 19 year old Peyton Eagar, went to North Otago for 6 months and the local newspaper picked it up when mentioning the imports to North Otago club rugby. He joins a number of Englishmen and a Tongan in the report.
The annual influx of overseas imports to North Otago club rugby is nearly complete.
Talented English first five-eighth Dan Lewis made his debut for Valley last weekend, and Kurow has welcomed two young Englishmen, five-eighth Isaac McNulty and prop Fred Clark, from the Coventry academy, as well as young Tongan prop Petelo Pouhila.
Yet another Englishman, prop Anthony Kent, is arriving soon to play for Excelsior, while an English No8 is due to arrive but has not been allocated to a club yet.
Other imports, including Maheno forwards Mike Lawrence (England) and Peyton Eagar (Canada) and Excelsior centre Aaron Martin (England) have had a couple of games already.
World U20 Championship
Usually the Tier 2 JWRT takes place first but this year has been moved into August/September in Uruguay. At the Tier 1 championship after two rounds the usual suspects are doing well, it's looking like the top four will be NZ, England, South Africa and either France or Australia but there's still one round left on Thursday before the 1-4, 5-8, 9-12 games take place. Ireland have been the big disappointment so far going 0-2 and facing NZ in their final match. They may end up in the round of 9-12 facing relegation if they lose to NZ. The favourites to be in that 11th/12th match will be Samoa and Georgia, the loser to return to the JWRT.
You can watch all the highlights on the World Rugby youtube channel.