Head Coach Mike Curran has named a U19 Men long-list roster as the squad begins to prepare for the 2018 Canadian Rugby Championships in Saskatoon, SK (July 16-22, 2018)
The Ontario U19 Blues Coaching Staff has announced their long-list as they prepare for the 2018 Canadian Rugby Championship in Saskatchewan.
On top of the 2018 Canadian Rugby Championship, the team will also be competing against Quebec and a Eagle Impact Rugby Academy Under-19 side over the summer.
“We feel that the past four weeks of selections have netted us a very talented long-list,” said Head Coach Mike Curran.
The Under-19 Blues are part of the pathway to selection for the Canada Under-20 squad and the Canadian Rugby Championship will allow the athletes to be seen and identified by National selectors.
The 2018 squad has threereturning players and 13 players who have graduated from last year's Under-18 Jr. Blues team. Also, there is one player (Kevin Oh, Waterloo County) who played on last year's U17 Jr. Blues squad on the list, as well as one player (Braden Bruce, Peterborough Pagans) who played on last year's U16 Jr. Blues squad! In total, 19 clubs are represented on the long-list roster.
To find out more about the team, go to www.rugbyontario.com/blues-u19-men.
May 20, 2018 - Game vs. Quebec U19 - Mary Ann Sills Park Belleville
June 27-30, 2018 - Series vs. EIRA U19 - University of Guelph
July 16-22, 2018 - Canadian Rugby Championships - Saskatoon, SK
Ontario U19 Blues Long-List Roster
Aaron Pacha, Guelph Redcoats
Alex Chaffey, Oshawa Vikings^
Alex Circelli, Aurora Barbarians
Braden Bruce, Peterborough Pagans#
Caleb English, Aurora Barbarians^
Carter Smith, Brampton Beavers^
Danny Vasica, Crusaders
Devan Hunter, Toronto Scottish
Dominic Johnson, Crusaders
Erik Keppen, Ajax Wanderers
Evan Bryant- McKay, Oshawa Vikings
Gabe Casey, Bytown Blues*
Isaac Brown, Aurora Barbarians
Jack Shaw, Crusaders*
Jackson Scott, Norfolk Harvesters^
Jarred Minifie, Cobourg Saxons^
Javian Prince, Brampton Beavers
Josh Engelbrecht, Crusaders*
Joshua Ho, Markham Irish^
Kevin Oh, Waterloo County~
Levi Konecny, Ajax Wanderers
Liam Geddes, Lindsay RFC
Malik James, Balmy Beach^
Mason Flesch, Cobourg Saxons
Max Goodwin, Aurora Barbarians
Mikkel Borggren, Toronto Nomads^
Owen McLean Lavado, Toronto Scottish^
Owen Stirling, Guelph Redcoats
Quenton McLean Lavado, Toronto Scottish^
Robert Eliadis, Oshawa Vikings^
Ryan Connolly, Barrie^
Talan De St. Croix, Brantford
Timico Smith, Mississauga Blues^
Toff Patel, Barrhaven Scottish
Tyler Webb, Barrie RFC
William Cheesewright, Crusaders
Currently unavailable due to Rugby Canada U-20
Henry Stevenson, Toronto Nomads*
Kevin Vertkas, Toronto Nomads
Tyler Rowland, Toronto Nomads
* U19 Returnee
^ 2017 U18 Jr. Blues Player
~ 2017 U17 Jr. Blues Player
# 2017 U16 jr. Blues Player
Head Coach: Mike Curran
Assistant Coach: Jim Delaney
Assistant Coach: James Wood
Manager: Khalil Ajram
Photo Credit: Mike Schroeder
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