Match Schedule for Canada U20: Support Group Chaired by Karl Fix
This year's crop of young Canadian rugby players vying for a place on the u-20 squad trying to get to the World Trophy in Romania have been given a welcome boost by a small group of committed supporters who have mobilized to immediately eliminate the 'pay to play' model and to engineer the optimal preparation for the upcoming campaign. Chaired by Karl Fix, the group is separate from Rugby Canada but has the blessing and co-operation of the national body. Fix is joined by Pat Parfrey, Mike Holmes, Bill Webb, Andrew Purdey and David Robertson, all of whom have committed to the success of this age-group.
The Group has already supported the under-20 coaching staff in crafting and facilitating the training camps, matches and team-building activities that will ultimately give these young players the best chance of success in the two Test match qualifiers against the USA in June and, of course, thereafter in Romania. The players will be in camp at Shawnigan Lake School from the 16th May until the 7th of June with matches as follows :
Saturday, 26th May v Crimson Tide U-23 (Langford)
Friday, 1st June v BC U-23 (Abbotsford)
Tuesday, 12th June v USA (Houston)
Saturday, 16th June v USA ( Houston)
More news will be forthcoming shortly on this exciting new initiative as the group is also working on a long-term, sustainable strategic plan. The future starts now - Young, Red and Ready - Go Canada!
Long List for Canada U20 Announced: Selection Match May 19th
April 9, 2018
Amidst all the controversy about the senior men's XVs, let's concentrate on what's important. The Canada U20 men. If there was a poll about which is more important for the future of the men's XVs program, the senior men's XVs making the World Cup or the U20 men making it to the Tier 1 tournament, I wonder which would win? I would choose the latter, it may not bring the World Rugby money benefits right away but if we could achieve Tier 1 at U20 and stay there, it wouldn't take long before we would be fighting for a top 12 ranking in the world and World Cups would come as a consequence.
We have some talent, so much talent that here are a couple of examples of players missing out on the long list. Taylor de Souza wasn't getting the national selector's love even though he was right under their nose on the North Island, plus there's a lot of competition for those spots and a lot of talented players. Selectors tend to look for the low hanging fruit. He went to NZ and is playing in the Bay of Plenty Premier development league. We hope to see him in Canada colours one day, his BC coach Curry Hitchborn had high praise for him, "Guy was an absolute freak at Nationals for U19. Can't give him room." The video below shows Taylor scoring two tries in his NZ debut last weekend.
Quinn Ngawati, the 18 year old sensation from Victoria, decided to go pro in another code, Rugby League. I'm sure he would be invited to the U20 camp in a flash but he's weighed his options and decided League and Toronto Wolfpack were the path he wanted to follow. He may return to Union in the future a la Sonny Bill Williams. Here is his first try in pro rugby league from the weekend. You can see why both Union and League are interested.
It will be exciting to watch the team this year and it all starts May 19th at the Probables v Possibles match.from Rugby Canada
The athletes will arrive at Shawnigan Lake School on May 15 for a selection camp, which will include a “Probables vs. Possibles” trial match on May 19th, following which the squad that will travel to USA for the qualifiers will be selected. The 26-man roster, along with four non-travelling reserves, will remain in camp at Shawnigan Lake until June 7th and play a game against a senior representative team on May 26th and June 1st (details TBD).
“I’m pleased with the list of athletes named today. The group has a blend of inexperienced players but players playing at a premier or university level and wanting to prove themselves,” said Williams. “And of course age grade players or returning players that will need to be on top of their game to make the squad. What we wanted from day one was competition for spots,” he added.
The two-match qualifying series, which is decided on based on aggregate points, will be held in USA (details TBA) on June 12th and 16th.
“The next few months is going to be a tough grind but it will allow the boys to play and train together for a length of time that will benefit them on and off the field. Creating the right culture is of the utmost importance,” added Williams.
“We also have an inter-squad game, that will provide all the boys an opportunity to make this team. We have a blue collar mentality with character at the core of what we are looking for. If we are able to do the basics, we’ll we have a chance and that’s our goal going into camp. Do the little things well!
“USA are tough, athletic and well coached. It is a great battle and it is going to be a difficult task,” added Willliams.
If Canada qualifies for the World Rugby Trophy it will be played in Bucharest, Romania August 24 to Sept 10 and will be preceded by a camp in Shawnigan Lake School Aug 15-23.
Canada’s Under-20 Men’s Team long list:
Damon Adams – Castaway Wanderers (Victoria, BC)
Hammad Babatunde – Assassins RFC (Winnipeg, MB)
Stanislaus Blazkowski – Racing Club Narbonne (Montreal, QC)
Steven Commerford – Brock University (Toronto, ON)
Spencer Cooper – UVIC Vikes (Vancouver, BC)
Reid Davis – Bayside RFC (Surrey, BC)
Peyton Eagar – Nanaimo Hornets (Nanaimo, BC)
Joshua Engelbrecht – Queen’s University (Toronto, ON)
Elias Ergas – UBC Thunderbirds (Vancouver, BC)
Mostyn Findley – UVIC Vikes (Regina, SK)
Aidan Foley – Western University (Toronto, ON)
Brock Gallagher – James Bay AA (Edmonton, AB)
Ethan Hagar – UVIC Vikes (Victoria, BC)
James Hammond – Toronto Nomads (Toronto, ON)
Peter Ingoldsby – Exmouth RFC (England)
Quentin James – Perpignan (Vancouver, BC)
John Jubenvil – UBC Thunderbirds (Vancouver, BC)
Gavin Kratz – UVIC Vikes (Victoria, BC)
John Lan – UBC Thunderbirds (Vancouver, BC)
Stephen Mallard – Swiler’s RFC (St. John’s, NL)
Jackson Marquardt – Concordia University (Montreal, QC)
Logan Martin-Feek – UVIC Vikes (Victoria, BC)
Jackson Matthews – UVIC Vikes (Montreal, QC)
Jack McCarthy – Vandals RFC (St, John’s, NL)
Jack McRogers – McMaster University (Toronto, ON)
Jordon Montgomery – Castaway Wanderers (Charlottetown, PEI)
Ben Newhook – Vandals RFC (St, John’s, NL)
Evan Norris – UBC Thunderbirds (Victoria, BC)
James O’Neill – UVIC Vikes (Cochrane, AB)
Will Percillier – UBC Thunderbirds (Victoria, BC)
Alex Pipchuk – Queen’s University (Toronto, ON)
Emerson Prior – Trent University (Toronto, ON)
Brennig Prevost – UVIC Vikes (Victoria, BC)
Seth Purdey – UCal at Berkeley (Shawnigan Lake, BC)
Tyler Rowland – UBC Thunderbirds (Toronto, ON)
Owain Ruttan – UBC Thunderbirds (Toronto, ON)
Brandon Schellenberger – Castaway Wanderers (Victoria, BC)
Harrison Smith – UBC Thunderbirds (Vancouver, BC)
Michael Smith – UBC Thunderbirds (Vancouver, BC)
Henry Stevenson – Toronto Nomads (Toronto, ON)
David Stoltz – Barrhaven Scottish (Ottawa, ON)
Sam Turner - UBC Thunderbirds (Vancouver, BC)
Kevin Vertgas – UBC Thunderbirds (Toronto, ON)
Tyler Wong – UVIC Vikes (Vancouver, BC)
Canada’s Under-20 Men’s Team Staff:
Jeff Williams – Head Coach
Adam Roberts – Assistant Coach
Adam Kleeberger – Strength and Conditioning Coach
Pat Parfrey – Manager
Mike Flynn – Co-Manager
Derrick Pue – Video analyst
Kiyomi Thompson – Physiotherapist
This extensive preparation period has been facilitated by the Canada Under-20 Support Group comprised of:
Karl Fix (Chair)
The objective of this group is to ensure optimal selection and preparation for the Under-20 team, so that ultimately it can challenge for the World Rugby Trophy. The intent is to raise enough capital as to ensure that players do not have to pay to play for their country.