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Canada U20 - Brett Beukeboom
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INJURY TIME PENALTY LIFTS URUGUAY OVER CANADA: CANADA NOW RANKED 18th IN U20 WORLD

[ed. this result means our Men's U20 team is now ranked 18th in the world. I've already received emails from various concerned parties about the state of rugby in Canada in light of this latest result. I'll be writing an editorial next week where I'll incorporate the spirit of these comments, if you would like to add your voice to the issue email editor@bcrugbynews.com, your comments will be anon unless otherwise requested. Where do we go from here?]
Rugby Canada Media Release
posted May 30 2010

MOSCOW - In a tight contest for fifth place at the Junior World Rugby Trophy, Uruguay edged Canada 13-11 with an 81st minute penalty kick. The Canadians had a narrow 11-10 advantage heading into injury time but a penalty at the breakdown was awarded to Uruguay as Agustin Ormaechea kicked three of his total eight points to seal the win.

Ormaechea opened the scoring six minutes into the match with a penalty and it wasn't until the 16th minute that Canada was able to respond. Connor Braid kicked two penalties in the opening frame and gave Canada a 6-3 lead heading into the break.

The second half opened with Canada stealing possession from a kickoff and they fed it wide to see Jeff Hassler barrel through several tacklers to touch down. Hassler came close to recording a brace ten minutes later but a controversial call saw his try disallowed by referee Marius Mitrea.

Los Teros battled back from an 11-3 deficit through a rolling maul that drove twenty-two metres before Guzman Carissimi eventually touched down. Ormaechea kicked the ensuing conversion and 16 minutes later his steady boot lifted Uruguay to victory.

"It was a really close match and there was good tackling on both sides," Canadian Under-20 Captain Andrew Crow said. "I think Canada played the best rugby we played this tournament."

Canadian Head Coach Tim Murdy was impressed with the rugby played out at Fili Stadium.

"I'm obviously very disappointed for the guys," Murdy said. "But credit to Uruguay for showing good composure, and showing a lot of aggression and to go forward with it in the midfield. Their kicker made quite a pressure kick to win the game."

SCORING SUMMARY

Half Time: Canada 6, Uruguay 3
Full Time: Canada 11, Uruguay 13

Canada (11)
Tries: Jeff Hassler (41 mins)
Penalties: Connor Braid (at 16 mins, 36 mins)

Uruguay (13)
Tries: Guzman Carissimi (66 mins)
Conversions: Agustin Ormaechea (66 mins)
Penalties: Agustin Ormaechea (6 mins, 81 mins)

CANADA ROSTER

Starters:
1. Admir Cejvanovic (Burnaby Lake RFC/Burnaby, BC)
2. Casey Cavers (Cowichan RFC/ UVic Vikes/ Ladysmith, BC)
3. Scott MacLeod (Cowichan RFC/ Cowichan, BC)
4. Brett Beukeboom (Lindsay RFC/UVic Vikes/Lindsay, ON)
5. Adam Zaruba (Capilano RFC/North Vancouver, BC)
6. Jeff McKinnon (Capilano RFC/North Vancouver, BC)
7. Liam Murray (Capilano RFC/UVic Vikes/North Vancouver, BC)
8. Andrew Crow - Captain - (Castaway Wanderers/ WesternMustangs/Victoria, BC)
9. Pat Fraser (Cowichan RFC/ Cowichan, BC)
10. Connor Braid (James Bay AA/Victoria, BC)
11. Beau Parker (UVic Vikes/ Victoria, BC)
12. Patrick Parfrey (Swilers RFC/The Rock/St. John's, Nfld)
13. Jeff Hassler (Okotoks Foothill Lions/Okotoks, AB)
14. Kurtis Appeldoorn (Abbotsford RFC/Abbotsford, BC)
15. Keaton Styles (UVic Vikes/ Surrey, BC)

Reserves:
16. Alex Kam (UBC Thunderbirds/ Richmond, BC) not fielded
17. Ryan Fried (McMaster Mauraders/ Wilmot Warthogs/ New Hamburg, ON) for MacLeod at 63 mins
18. Scott MacDonald (Oshawa Vikings/Port Perry, ON) not fielded
19. Matt Kelly (Toronto Nomads/ Toronto, ON) not fielded
20. Matthew Yanagiya (Capilano RFC/North Vancouver, BC)
21. Liam Underwood (Balmy Beach RFC/ Toronto, ON) not fielded
22. Tye Hamblin (Cowichan RFC/ Cowichan, BC) not fielded

Staff:
Head Coach: Tim Murdy
Assistant Coaches: Tony Healy, Quentin Fyffe
Strength and Conditioning: Joe McCullum
Manager: Myles Spencer
Therapist: Ben Suen
Physician: Dr. Anthony Dixon
Communications/Video Analyst: Andrew Smith



CANADA U20s FALL TO JAPAN: FACE URUGUAY FOR 5TH/6TH PLACE

Rugby Canada Media Release
posted May 25 2010

MOSCOW - Led by blindside winger Takaaki Nakazuru's three tries and Hirotomo Ono's eight-point kicking contribution, Japan downed Canada's Under-20 men's rugby team 38-17 in the final match of round robin play at the Junior World Rugby Trophy.

Nakazuru opened the scoring two minutes in pouncing on a chipped kick in the far right corner. The Japanese pack then capitalized on the momentum and pushed their scrums over twice to see Captain and no. 8 Kota Yamashita record the brace.

Canada's attack responded in the 23rd minute with lock Brett Beukeboom running 40 metres for a try and combined with Connor Braid's conversion and penalty to narrow the lead 10-15. Despite some well-crafted phases of rugby, the five point margin was as close as the Canadians came as Nakazuru closed out the half with a converted try to lead 22-10.

"Japan caught us sleeping in the first couple minutes and it's hard to come back from being down 15 points," Canadian Under-20 Captain Andrew Crow said. "We had phases of good rugby but they pinned is in the corners and we were caught off guard by that."

The Japanese scored off the second half kickoff with Nakazuru sprinting into the far corner to record his third try. Ono then took over at full back notching a try, a conversion and two penalties in the final frame.

Canada's attack again had flashes of consistent play and Beau Parker's hard earned converted try down the blindside cut the lead to 35-17 with 14 minutes on the clock. The Japanese never took their foot off the gas, however, and kicked an 83rd minute penalty to seal the win and advance to the competition's final.

"They put us under immense pressure and we battled back to keep the game somewhat close at half time," Canadian head coach Tim Murdy said. "The boys played some good rugby but we came up short and Japan were the better team today."

Canada (1-2) will now compete for fifth place against Uruguay. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:15pm on Sunday, May 30th at Fili Stadium.

SCORING SUMMARY:

Half Time: Japan 22, Canada 10
Full Time: Japan 38, Canada17

Canadian Scoring (17)
Tries: Brett Beukeboom (at 30:00), Beau Parker (at 66:00)
Conversions: Connor Braid x2 (at 30:00, 66:00)
Penalties: Connor Braid (at 23:00)

Japan Scoring (38)
Tries: Takaaki Nakazuru x3 (at 1:00, 34:00, 41:00), Kota Yamashita x2 (at 6:30, 18:30), Hirotomo Ono ( at 60:05)
Conversions: Hirotomo Ono (at 34:00
Penalties: Hirotomo Ono x2 ( at 50:00, 83:00)

CANADA ROSTER

Starters:
1. Admir Cejvanovic (Burnaby Lake RFC/Burnaby, BC)
2. Liam Murray (Capilano RFC/UVic Vikes/North Vancouver, BC)
3. Adam Zaruba (Capilano RFC/North Vancouver, BC)
4. Brett Beukeboom (Lindsay RFC/UVic Vikes/Lindsay, ON)
5. Dakota Poole (Kelowna Crows/Kelowna, BC)
6. Jeff McKinnon (Capilano RFC/North Vancouver, BC)
7. Matt Kelly (Toronto Nomads/ Toronto, ON)
8. Andrew Crow - Captain - (Castaway Wanderers/ WesternMustangs/Victoria, BC)
9. Matthew Yanagiya (Capilano RFC/North Vancouver, BC)
10. Liam Underwood (Balmy Beach RFC/ Toronto, ON)
11. Kurtis Appeldoorn (Abbotsford RFC/Abbotsford, BC)
12. Tye Hamblin (Cowichan RFC/ Cowichan, BC)
13. Jeff Hassler (Okotoks Foothill Lions/Okotoks, AB)
14. Beau Parker (UVic Vikes/ Victoria, BC)
15. Connor Braid (James Bay AA/Victoria, BC)

Reserves:
16. Casey Cavers (Cowichan RFC/ UVic Vikes/ Ladysmith, BC) for Murray at 47 mins
17. Scott MacLeod (Cowichan RFC/ Cowichan, BC) for Cejvanovic at 62 mins
18. Ryan Fried (Wilmot Warthogs/McMaster/New Hamburg, ON) for Kelly at 40 mins
19. Scott MacDonald (Oshawa Vikings/Port Perry, ON) for Poole at 50 mins
20. Pat Fraser (Cowichan RFC/ Cowichan, BC) for Yanagiya at 79 mins
21. Patrick Parfrey (Swilers RFC/The Rock/St. John's, Nfld) for Hamblin at 53 mins
22. Keaton Styles (UVic Vikes/ Surrey, BC) for Underwood at 40 mins

Staff:
Head Coach: Tim Murdy
Assistant Coaches: Tony Healy, Quentin Fyffe
Strength and Conditioning: Joe McCullum
Manager: Myles Spencer
Therapist: Ben Suen
Physician: Dr. Anthony Dixon
Communications/Video Analyst: Andrew Smith



CANADA RING IN CHANGES FOR JAPAN FIXTURE

posted May 25 2010
Rugby Canada Media Release

MOSCOW - Canada's under-20 men's rugby team enters their final round robin match as one of three Pool B sides still in the hunt for a berth to the Junior World Rugby Trophy championship final.

MATCH INFORMATION
Wed. May 26 vs. Japan (Slava Stadium, Moscow) - 6pm

CANADIAN ROSTER
Just one point separates Pool B leaders Japan from Canada and Wednesday's clash will decide who goes through to the Trophy match. Canada's fate is in their own hands and if they were to register a bonus-point victory, Russia's outcome against Zimbabwe would become irrelevant.

Taking no chances after a disappointing 17-15 loss to Russia, Canadian head coach Tim Murdy has rung in the changes with six fresh faces set to start on Wednesday.

"A couple of our changes were forced upon us through injury but we have also been looking at introducing fresh legs to the lineup," Murdy said. "We have done our homework on Japan and have identified areas of their organized attack structure and we have identified areas in their defence that we'll look to exploit with the lineup fielded."

In the front row, 120 kg Capilano stand out Adam Zaruba slots in at tight head to reenforce the pack's point of contact.The engine room duo of Dakota Poole (Kelowna, BC) and Brett Beukeboom (Lindsay, ON) remains the same but the squad's back row will see significant change.

Due to no. 8 Tyler Ardron's (Lakefield, ON) injury sustained against Russia, Canadian Captain Andrew Crow moves to the tail while Jeff McKinnon (North Vancouver, BC) and Matt Kelly (Toronto, ON) will man the flanks. In the backs, just two players from their previous match will start in the same positions.

A fresh 9-10 combination sees Capilano's scrum half Matt Yanigaya take over at half back while Balmy Beach's Liam Underwood will man the pivot at standoff. Cowichan RFC's Tye Hamblin will get his first start in the centres and will combine with Jeff Hassler (Okotoks, AB) to break the Japanese line through the middle. The wings will feature University of Victoria speedster Beau Parker and Abbotsford, BC's Kurtis Appeldoorn. James Bay's Connor Braid slides into full back to replace the sidelined Sean Ferguson.

SCOUTING JAPAN
The no. 3 seed Japan are one of two squads who remain undefeated in the competition. Led by the tournament's fourth highest scorer Hirotomo Ono (18 pts), the Pool B leaders opened their campaign with a tight 31-17 victory over hosts Russia. In their second test, however, their high-octane offence was matched by Zimbabwe in a 20-20 draw. The Japanese attack centres around an expansive style of play stemming from their no. 8 and largest player Leonhard Nilt Ake.

Japan's roster features three players who competed in the 2009 Junior World Championship. Their captain, flanker Kota Yamashita started all five matches in last year's competition and scored a try against both Italy and Uruguay.

JWRT TOURNAMENT INFORMATION
In the first ever international fifteen-a-side tournament on Russian soil, Moscow will play host to 16 matches played out in two venues. Canada will attempt to emerge as Group B winners to contest for the trophy in a single round playoff match. Along with the coveted Trophy, winning the tournament will also grant promotion back into the Junior World Championship (JWC), international rugby's tier one competition for age grade rugby.

CANADA ROSTER

Starters:
1. Admir Cejvanovic (Burnaby Lake RFC/Burnaby, BC)
2. Liam Murray (Capilano RFC/UVic Vikes/North Vancouver, BC)
3. Adam Zaruba (Capilano RFC/North Vancouver, BC)
4. Brett Beukeboom (Lindsay RFC/UVic Vikes/Lindsay, ON)
5. Dakota Poole (Kelowna Crows/Kelowna, BC)
6. Jeff McKinnon (Capilano RFC/North Vancouver, BC)
7. Matt Kelly (Toronto Nomads/ Toronto, ON)
8. Andrew Crow - Captain - (Castaway Wanderers/ WesternMustangs/Victoria, BC)
9. Matthew Yanagiya (Capilano RFC/North Vancouver, BC)
10. Liam Underwood (Balmy Beach RFC/ Toronto, ON)
11. Kurtis Appeldoorn (Abbotsford RFC/Abbotsford, BC)
12. Tye Hamblin (Cowichan RFC/ Cowichan, BC)
13. Jeff Hassler (Okotoks Foothill Lions/Okotoks, AB)
14. Beau Parker (UVic Vikes/ Victoria, BC)
15. Connor Braid (James Bay AA/Victoria, BC)

Reserves:
16. Casey Cavers (Cowichan RFC/ UVic Vikes/ Ladysmith, BC)
17. Scott MacLeod (Cowichan RFC/ Cowichan, BC)
18. Ryan Fried (Wilmot Warthogs/McMaster/New Hamburg, ON)
19. Scott MacDonald (Oshawa Vikings/Port Perry, ON)
20. Pat Fraser (Cowichan RFC/ Cowichan, BC)
21. Patrick Parfrey (Swilers RFC/The Rock/St. John's, Nfld)
22. Keaton Styles (UVic Vikes/ Surrey, BC)

Staff:
Head Coach: Tim Murdy
Assistant Coaches: Tony Healy, Quentin Fyffe
Strength and Conditioning: Joe McCullum
Manager: Myles Spencer
Therapist: Ben Suen
Physician: Dr. Anthony Dixon
Communications/Video Analyst: Andrew Smith



JWRT HOSTS RUSSIA SQUEAK PAST CANADA: CANADA 15 - RUSSIA 17: VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS POSTED

Rugby Canada Media Release
posted May 22 2010
[ed. view video footage at the BCRN Facebook page]
[ed. Canada still have a chance to win the tournament if they defeat Japan and finish on top of the pool. Japan tied with Zimbabwe today so are only 1 point ahead of Canada in Pool B. A reader pointed out if Canada defeat Japan with a bonus point they win the pool, if Canada win without a bonus point and Russia win with a bonus point then Russia win the pool, if both Canada and Russia win without a bonus point then Canada wins the pool, if Japan wins then they win the pool.]

MOSCOW - A relentless Russian side inspired by a boisterous home crowd downed Canada's Under-20 men's rugby team 17-15 in the second match of the Junior World Rugby Trophy on Saturday. Canada scored in injury time but the conversion to draw the match level drifted wide of the posts at Slava Stadium.

The opening half saw both sides fail to register points with both kickers missing a pair of penalty attempts.

"We dominated territory and possession in the first half but failed to convert pressure into points," Canadian Assistant Coach Quentin Fyffe said after the match.

The gridlock wasn't broken until the 43rd minute when Canadian fly half Connor Braid slotted a penalty for a 3-0 lead.

The home side responded with force and in the 46th minute a series of phases eventually saw Russian prop Sergey Krakov barrel through for a try. With the momentum in their favour, the Russian pack drove Canada back towards their own line and four minutes later they spun the ball out wide to Alexander Tolmachev who went over for their second score.

The Canadian side battled back and after grinding out multiple phases flanker Jeff McKinnon capped off a series of pick and drives to notch Canada's first try. Braid slotted the conversion to narrow the lead 12-10.

Russia's attack was in full force, however, and in the 64th minute Slava's own Nikolay Pochechuev crashed through for Russia's third and final try. The 17-10 margin proved too wide for the Canucks and despite substitute Tye Hamblin's 80th minute score, a missed conversion saw the home side squeak past Canada 17-15.

"It was an amazing game and Russia played very hard," Canadian Under-20 Captain Andrew Crow said. "Being down two tries it's not easy to come back like we did and give Russia a big fight. But they really impressed us and played very hard."

Canada will now face off against Japan in their final Pool B Junior World Rugby Trophy match. Kickoff is scheduled for 6pm on Wednesday at Slava Stadium.

SCORING SUMMARY:
Half Time: Russia 0, Canada 0
Full Time: Russia 17, Canada 15

CANADA (15)
Tries: Jeff McKinnon, Tye Hamblin
Conversions: Connor Braid
Penalties: Connor Braid

RUSSIA SCORING(17)
Tries: Sergey Krakov, Alexander Tolmachev, Nikolay Pochechuev
Conversions: Remil Gaisin

CANADA ROSTER

Starters:
1. Admir Cejvanovic (Burnaby Lake RFC/Burnaby, BC)
2. Liam Murray (Capilano RFC/UVic Vikes/North Vancouver, BC)
3. Ryan Fried (Wilmot Warthogs/McMaster/New Hamburg, ON)
4. Brett Beukeboom (Lindsay RFC/UVic Vikes/Lindsay, ON)
5. Dakota Poole (Kelowna Crows/Kelowna, BC)
6. Jeff McKinnon (Capilano RFC/North Vancouver)
7. Andrew Crow - Captain - (Castaway Wanderers/ WesternMustangs/Victoria, BC)
8. Tyler Ardron (Peterborough Pagans/Lakefield, ON)
9. Pat Fraser (Cowichan RFC/ Cowichan, BC)
10. Connor Braid (James Bay AA/Victoria, BC)
11. Keaton Styles (UVic Vikes/ Surrey, BC)
12. Patrick Parfrey (Swilers RFC/The Rock/St. John's, Nfld)
13. Jeff Hassler (Okotoks Foothill Lions/Okotoks, AB)
14. Kurtis Appeldoorn (Abbotsford RFC/Abbotsford, BC)
15. Sean Ferguson (UBC Thunderbirds/ Vancouver, BC)

Reserves:
16. Casey Cavers (Cowichan RFC/ UVic Vikes/ Ladysmith, BC) not fielded
17. Alex Kam (UBC Thunderbirds/ Richmond, BC) for Ryan Fried
18. Adam Zaruba (Capilano RFC/North Vancouver, BC) for Scott MacDonald
19. Scott MacDonald (Oshawa Vikings/Port Perry, ON) for Tyler Ardron
20. Matthew Yanagiya (Capilano RFC/North Vancouver, BC) not fielded
21. Tye Hamblin (Cowichan RFC/ Cowichan, BC) for Patrick Parfrey
22. Josh Dufresne (Nor'westers RFC/Edmonton, AB) for for Sean Ferguson

Staff:
Head Coach: Tim Murdy
Assistant Coaches: Tony Healy, Quentin Fyffe
Strength and Conditioning: Joe McCullum
Manager: Myles Spencer
Therapist: Ben Suen
Physician: Dr. Anthony Dixon
Communications/Video Analyst: Andrew Smith



CANADA SET TO TAKE ON JWRT HOSTS RUSSIA ON SATURDAY: VIDEO PREVIEW OF CANADA V RUSSIA AND INTERVIEWS ADDED

Rugby Canada Media Release
posted May 21 2010
[ed. view video footage at the BCRN Facebook page]

MOSCOW - Canada's under-20 men's rugby team will look to remain leaders of Pool B at the Junior World Rugby Trophy (JWRT) when they face off against hosts Russia on Saturday afternoon.

MATCH INFORMATION
Sat. May 22 vs.Russia (Slava Stadium, Moscow) - 4pm

CANADIAN ROSTER
In the opening match of the JWRT, Canada's staunch defending held Zimbabwe without a try. Led by Connor Braid's 17-point kicking contribution and a try by scrum half Pat Fraser, the young Canucks captured their opener by a score of 22-6. The Canadian pack exhausted Zimbabwe and in the second frame won a third of the Africa Cup champions' scrums.

For Saturday's match-up, the first eight remains unchanged as they look to target Russia's set pieces. National Junior Championship MVP Admir Cejvanovic will lead the pod at tight head with University of Victoria hooker Liam Murray and McMaster's Ryan Fried filling out the front row. Fried, a veteran on the Canada Under-20 squad and the heaviest player last match was dominant at the point of engagement and was a menace in game one.

"I think we outweighed [Zimbabwe] and were able to push them around the park," Canada's no. 8 Tyler Ardron said ahead of Saturday's fixture. "We have a very strong forward pack and hopefully we'll [continue] to use our athleticism and run the ball around."

In the backs, the same seven players will take to the pitch with one switch being made in the centres. Abbotsford Hall of Famer Kurtis Appeldoorn moves onto the wing allowing for Okotoks' native Jeff Hassler to maximize his crash ball abilities at 13. Fly half Braid will again combine with 2009 Junior World Championship veteran scrum half Pat Fraser to orchestrate the forwards and back line.

On the reserves list there is four new faces that could potentially be capped at the Under-20 level with Alex Kam (Richmond, BC), Scott MacDonald (Port Perry, ON), Tye Hamblin (Cowichan, BC) and Josh Dufresne (Edmonton, AB) each named to Saturday's roster.

SCOUTING RUSSIA
The host of the JWRT and no. 6 seed will be looking to get their campaign back on track after falling 17-31 to Japan on Tuesday. Russian scrum half Alexey Shcherban scored with less than two minutes in and combined with tries by Nikolay Pochechuev and Denis Simplikevich to see the home side leading 17-15 at the break.

A lack of discipline saw Russia pinned with two yellow cards which allowed for Japan to register 12 unanswered points and gain their momentum. After an explosive first half, the home side was held scoreless in the second frame and struggled to match Japan's pace. Much of Russia's attack centred around Shcherban and the speedy half back will again be at the forefront running his team's set plays.

JWRT TOURNAMENT INFORMATION
In the first ever international fifteen-a-side tournament on Russian soil, Moscow will play host to 16 matches played out in two venues. Canada will attempt to emerge as Group B winners to contest for the trophy in a single round playoff match. Along with the coveted Trophy, winning the tournament will also grant promotion back into the Junior World Championship (JWC), international rugby's tier one competition for age grade rugby.

CANADA ROSTER

Starters:
1. Admir Cejvanovic (Burnaby Lake RFC/Burnaby, BC)
2. Liam Murray (Capilano RFC/UVic Vikes/North Vancouver, BC)
3. Ryan Fried (Wilmot Warthogs/McMaster/New Hamburg, ON)
4. Brett Beukeboom (Lindsay RFC/UVic Vikes/Lindsay, ON)
5. Dakota Poole (Kelowna Crows/Kelowna, BC)
6. Jeff McKinnon (Capilano RFC/North Vancouver)
7. Andrew Crow - Captain - (Castaway Wanderers/ WesternMustangs/Victoria, BC)
8. Tyler Ardron (Peterborough Pagans/Lakefield, ON)
9. Pat Fraser (Cowichan RFC/ Cowichan, BC)
10. Connor Braid (James Bay AA/Victoria, BC)
11. Keaton Styles (UVic Vikes/ Surrey, BC)
12. Patrick Parfrey (Swilers RFC/The Rock/St. John's, Nfld)
13. Jeff Hassler (Okotoks Foothill Lions/Okotoks, AB)
14. Kurtis Appeldoorn (Abbotsford RFC/Abbotsford, BC)
15. Sean Ferguson (UBC Thunderbirds/ Vancouver, BC)

Reserves:
16. Casey Cavers (Cowichan RFC/ UVic Vikes/ Ladysmith, BC)
17. Alex Kam (UBC Thunderbirds/ Richmond, BC)
18. Adam Zaruba (Capilano RFC/North Vancouver, BC)
19. Scott MacDonald (Oshawa Vikings/Port Perry, ON)
20. Matthew Yanagiya (Capilano RFC/North Vancouver, BC)
21. Tye Hamblin (Cowichan RFC/ Cowichan, BC)
22. Josh Dufresne (Nor'westers RFC/Edmonton, AB)

Staff:
Head Coach: Tim Murdy
Assistant Coaches: Tony Healy, Quentin Fyffe
Strength and Conditioning: Joe McCullum
Manager: Myles Spencer
Therapist: Ben Suen
Physician: Dr. Anthony Dixon
Communications/Video Analyst: Andrew Smith



BRAID KICKS CANADA TO VICTORY OVER ZIMBABWE: 22-6: VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS, TIM MURDY INTERVIEW ADDED

Rugby Canada Media Release
posted May 18 2010
[ed. view video footage at the BCRN Facebook page]

MOSCOW - Connor Braid went six-for-six between the uprights on Tuesday evening to lift Canada's Under-20 men's rugby team to a 22-6 victory over Zimbabwe. Braid's 17-point contribution combined with a try by scrum half Pat Fraser to capture Canada's Junior World Rugby Trophy opener at Fili Stadium.

In the opening stages Zimbabwe were in full flight pressing Canada back towards their own try line and eventually were awarded a penalty directly in front of the posts. Zimbabwean full back Danny Robertson made no mistake and slotted the opening three points of the match.

The two sides traded possession and each were guilty of breakdown infractions resulting in goal attempts. Braid notched three penalties by half time for Canada as Robertson struggled under pressure missing his four remaining attempts.

A more composed Canada emerged from the dressing room and took charge of the set pieces winning multiple defensive scrums. With the momentum in their favour Braid kicked another three points to add to Zimbabwe's frustration.

The only try of the match was scored through fluid ball movement that eventually saw Canadian lock Brett Beukeboom lay off to a sprinting Pat Fraser who went over unscathed in the far corner. Just inches in from the touch line, Braid's consistent boot kicked the conversion down the middle of the posts.

In the dying minutes, Canadian no. 8 Tyler Ardron was sent off triggering an onslaught of Zimbabwean offensive line breaks. Unable to convert the pressure into points, however, Zimbabwe opted for a drop goal and Tafadzwa Chitokwindo registered the final points in the 22-6 match.

"Obviously they were very unfortunate in the first half not to come away with some of the points.," Canadian head coach Tim Murdy said of the opening frame's kicking battle. "It's a difficult thing sometimes for kickers in international rugby and lucky for us Zimbabwe's kicker had an off day. I was very proud of the way our boys played. They were able to scramble back on defences several times and ensure that Zimbabwe weren't able to cross the line."

For the game's top-scorer, the win was a great way to open the 14-day tournament.

"It was a battle out there," Braid said before adding, "Zimbabwe were very physical but we capitalized on our opportunities."

Canada's next game will be against hosts Russia on May 22nd. Kickoff is scheduled for 4pm at Slava Stadium in Moscow.

CANADA SCORING SUMMARY
Tries: Pat Fraser
Conversions: Connor Braid
Penalties: Connor Braid x5

ZIMBABWE SCORING SUMMARY
Penalties: Danny Robertson
Drop Goals: Tafadzwa Chitokwindo

Starters:
1. Admir Cejvanovic (Burnaby Lake RFC/Burnaby, BC)
2. Liam Murray (Capilano RFC/UVic Vikes/North Vancouver, BC)
3. Ryan Fried (Wilmot Warthogs/McMaster/New Hamburg, ON)
4. Brett Beukeboom (Lindsay RFC/UVic Vikes/Lindsay, ON)
5. Dakota Poole (Kelowna Crows/Kelowna, BC)
6. Jeff McKinnon (Capilano RFC/North Vancouver)
7. Andrew Crow - Captain - (Castaway Wanderers/ WesternMustangs/Victoria, BC)
8. Tyler Ardron (Peterborough Pagans/Lakefield, ON)
9. Pat Fraser (Cowichan RFC/ Cowichan, BC)
10. Connor Braid (James Bay AA/Victoria, BC)
11. Keaton Styles (UVic Vikes/ Surrey, BC)
12. Patrick Parfrey (Swilers RFC/The Rock/St. John's, Nfld)
13. Kurtis Appeldoorn (Abbotsford RFC/Abbotsford, BC)
14. Jeff Hassler (Okotoks Foothill Lions/Okotoks, AB)
15. Sean Ferguson (UBC Thunderbirds/ Vancouver, BC)

Substitutions:
16. Scott MacLeod (Cowichan RFC/Duncan, BC) for Ryan Fried
17. Casey Cavers (Cowichan RFC/ UVic Vikes/ Ladysmith, BC) for Liam Murray
18. Adam Zaruba (Capilano RFC/North Vancouver, BC) for for Dakota Poole
19. Matt Kelly (Toronto Nomads/Toronto, ON) for Jeff McKinnon
20. Matthew Yanagiya (Capilano RFC/North Vancouver, BC) for Pat Fraser
21. Liam Underwood (Balmy Beach RFC/Toronto, ON) for Patrick Parfrey
22. Beau Parker (UVic Vikes/Victoria, BC) for Keaton Styles

Staff:
Head Coach: Tim Murdy
Assistant Coaches: Tony Healy, Quentin Fyffe
Strength and Conditioning: Joe McCullum
Manager: Myles Spencer
Therapist: Ben Suen
Physician: Dr. Anthony Dixon
Communications/Video Analyst: Andrew Smith



CANADIAN ROSTER NAMED FOR TOURNAMENT OPENER AGAINST ZIMBABWE

Rugby Canada Media Release
posted May 18 2010

MOSCOW - Canadian Under-20 men's rugby head coach Tim Murdy has named his starting fifteen for the team's Junior World Rugby Trophy opener against Zimbabwe.

MATCH INFORMATION
Tues. May 18 vs. Zimbabwe (Fili Stadium, Moscow) - 6pm

JWRT TOURNAMENT INFORMATION
In the first ever international fifteen-a-side tournament on Russian soil, Moscow will play host to 16 matches played out in two venues. Canada will attempt to emerge as Group B winners to contest for the trophy in a single round playoff match. Along with the coveted Trophy, winning the tournament will also grant promotion back into the Junior World Championship (JWC), international rugby's tier one competition for age grade rugby.

CANADIAN ROSTER
Boasting seven Junior World Championship veterans, Canada's starting line-up features a mix of internationally tested players and new caps for their JWRT opener. Heading into Tuesday's fixture, Murdy said his team were well aware of Zimbabwe's ability to attack.

"They will have a number of different threats that we need to be prepared for," Murdy said. "We know that hey have a lot of height for line-out options and they've got a lot of pace. They were talking about how they noticed we had a large forward pack and would play an expansive game to push us around the park, so we've been preparing for that accordingly."

Starting at tight head for Canada is 2009 National Junior Championship MVP Admir Cejvanovic, who at 6-foot-3 and 245 lb will be a menace at the point of contact. Cevjanovic will combine with University of Victoria's Liam Murray and McMaster's Ryan Fried to fill out the front row. Powering the engine room in the second row will be Lindsay, Ontario's Brett Beukeboom and Kelowna, B.C.'s Dakota Poole, two players to have risen through Canada's U17 and U20 programs.

On the flanks will be Captain Andrew Crow and North Vancouver's Jeff McKinnon, two players that featured in the 2009 Junior World Championship in Japan. Canada's no. 8 Tyler Ardron earns his first Under-20 cap and at 6-foot-4 will be a key figure in thwarting Zimbabwe's attempts to dominate in the air. The nine-ten combination sees veterans Pat Fraser and Connor Braid directing the play between the mobile forwards pack and elusive back line.

Canadian Sevens capped players Keaton Styles and Sean Ferguson will combine with Saskatchewan Huskies football standout Jeff Hassler to round out the back three. In the centres Abbotsford Hall of Famer Kurtis Appeldoorn and Newfoundland standout Patrick Parfrey will look to crush any momentum Zimbabwe's backs will look to build.

SCOUTING ZIMBABWE
Zimbabwe's under-20 squad known as the 'Young Sables,' have reemerged as a rugby powerhouse recently capturing the 2009 Africa Cup. The U19 squad punched their tickets to the JWRT by downing Namibia 39-7 in the cup final in Kenya last August. On the global stage, the JWRT will mark Zimbabwe's first return to an IRB Age Grade international tournament since the Under-19 World Championship in Belfast in 2007.

Brimming with talent, a number of Zimbabwe's top prospects play their rugby across the border in South Africa. Seven members of their roster play for Pretoria University and three players are currently enrolled in the Natal Shark's Academy.

"In the old days we used to only play Under-18 level at Craven Week, but now we play at Under 14 and we have reaped the benefits because the first group to have come through that experience at a younger age is this one that has qualified for the JWRT," Zimbabwe's backs coach Godwin Murambiwa told the iRB heading into the match. "We have a good mix, certainly a lot better than the side we took to Ireland in 2007."

ROSTER ANNOUNCEMENT

Starters:
1. Admir Cejvanovic (Burnaby Lake RFC/Burnaby, BC)
2. Liam Murray (Capilano RFC/UVic Vikes/North Vancouver, BC)
3. Ryan Fried (Wilmot Warthogs/McMaster/New Hamburg, ON)
4. Brett Beukeboom (Lindsay RFC/UVic Vikes/Lindsay, ON)
5. Dakota Poole (Kelowna Crows/Kelowna, BC)
6. Jeff McKinnon (Capilano RFC/North Vancouver)
7. Andrew Crow - Captain - (Castaway Wanderers/ WesternMustangs/Victoria, BC)
8. Tyler Ardron (Peterborough Pagans/Lakefield, ON)
9. Pat Fraser (Cowichan RFC/ Cowichan, BC)
10. Connor Braid (James Bay AA/Victoria, BC)
11. Keaton Styles (UVic Vikes/ Surrey, BC)
12. Patrick Parfrey (Swilers RFC/The Rock/St. John's, Nfl





 
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