20 Blues in action as Arrows and Canada Selects battle on Friday

May 16, 2018

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Ontario Arrows and Canada Selects are set to battle this Friday in front of a large crowd at York University. In total, 20 Ontario Blues will be in action.

In an all-Canadian clash, there will be many familiar faces on the pitch at York University Lions Stadium on Friday May 18. Kick-off between the Ontario Arrows Rugby Club and the Rugby Canada Selects is set for 7:00pm ET.

On the Canadian side, there will be four Ontario Blues in the lineup. Paul Ciulini, Lucas Rumball, Andrew Ferguson and Kainoa Lloyd will all run out for the red-and-white.

The Arrows on the other hand will have 16 players who have donned the double blue of Ontario's Canadian Rugby Championship team.

This match will serve as a key fixture to assist Canada’s national senior men’s program in their preparations for the upcoming June international window.

As four current Arrows selected for inclusion into the Canada Selects’ squad – lock Paul Ciulini, scrum-half Andrew Ferguson, hooker Martial Lagain, and wing Kainoa Lloyd – Chris Silverthorn (Head Coach, Ontario Arrows) made six changes to his starting lineup that defeated northeastern American premier club side Boston Mystics 77-8 in the club’s home opener on May 5.

“There’s an element of familiarity to this match that makes it unique,” Silverthorn noted. “When we kick off on Friday, we’ll be facing seven players in Canada’s starting lineup who have worn Arrows colours over the past year. We’re very proud to see our Arrows get opportunities to wear the red and white, but from the moment the whistle blows, it’ll be business-as-usual on the pitch. We’ll be giving our all for this match, and fans can expect an intense, entertaining 80 minutes. It will be a showcase of top-tier Canadian rugby.”

Friday’s match will be played at York Lions Stadium at York University, and will kick off at 7 p.m. EDT. Tickets are available online for $15, as well as at the gate on matchday for $20. Youth (16 and under) can enjoy free admission.

The game can be streamed live through the Arrows’ YouTube channel.

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Ontario Arrows Lineup vs. Canada Selects

1. Rob Brouwer
2. Alex Post
3. Mike Smith
4. Mike Sheppard (C)
5. Josh Van Horne
6. Marcello Wainwright
7. Peter Milazzo
8. Kolby Francis
9. Alex Gliksten
10. Will Kelly
11. Aaron McLelland
12. Jamie Leveridge
13. Jon West
14. John Sheridan
15. Shawn Windsor

16. Cam Sandison
17. Pat Lynott
18. Clint Lemkus
19. Tom Van Horne
20. Travis Larsen
21. Mario Van Der Westhuizen
22. Mitch Richardson
23. Kyle Lagasca

STAFF
Head Coach: Chris Silverthorn
Assistant Coaches: David Butcher, Aaron Carpenter, Cory Hector
General Manager: Mark Winokur
Performance Analyst: Rodin Lozada
Athletic Therapist: Chris Kelly
Team Doctor: Dr. John Gillis

Canada Selects Lineup vs. Ontario Arrows

1. Noah Barker
2. Martial Lagain
3. Cole Keith
4. Paul Ciulini
5. Conor Keys
6. Dustin Dobravsky
7. Lucas Rumball (C)
8. Luke Campbell
9. Andrew Ferguson
10. Robbie Povey
11. Kainoa Lloyd
12. Guiseppe du Toit
13. Doug Fraser
14. Cole Davis
15. Patrick Parfrey

16. Steven Ng
17. Liam Murray
18. Ryan Kotlewski
19. Grant Crowell
20. Matt Heaton
21. Jorden Sandover-Best
22. Gordon McRorie
23. Josh Thiel

Underlined = Ontario Blues program