Ontario Blues U19 Men name 25-man roster for CRCs in Saskatoon
The Ontario Blues Under-19 Men’s team has been busy preparing for the 2018 Canadian Rugby Championship and have now officially named their 25-man roster that will be travelling to the event.
Head Coach Mike Curran named the squad after their recent series against the Eagle Impact Rugby Academy (EIRA) in Guelph and is excited for what’s in store as they fine tune and reflect ahead of the tournament.
The Blues split the series with their American foes on Canada Day weekend. The Ontario side lost the first game of the series by a score of 36-22, but they came out with vengeance to win the second game 14-9. This is the first Under-19 Blues squad in four years to pick up a victory against a strong EIRA (previously High School All-Americans) program.
“I was extremely impressed with our defense against EIRA in game two of our series,” said Curran. “We only gave up three penalty kicks and had a number of goal line stands, including an important one in the last three minutes of the game.”
The 25 players who will be representing Ontario in the U19 Canadian Rugby Championship come from sixteen different Rugby Ontario clubs, ranging from the Niagara Rugby Union’s Norfolk Harvesters to the Eastern Ontario Rugby Union’s Bytown Blues. Thirteen colleges and universities are also represented on the roster.
“We would like to thank the 60 plus different players who raised their hand and showcased themselves to the coaching staff over the past 12 weeks of training and competition,” said Curran.
The freshly-named U19 Blues look ahead to the Canadian Rugby Championship in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The event will run from July 16-22 and will see the team face strong competition from across the country.
Last year, the Blues just narrowly lost out on a Gold Medal at the tournament to a strong BC Bears Squad. The 2018 edition of the team looks to build off of a successful series with their American neighbours and have success in the National Championship tournament.
The Blues open up the round robin on June 16 against the Atlantic Rock. The tournament will be streamed. Details on the streaming service will be updated on www.rugby.ca and www.canadianrugbychampionship.com in advance of the tournament.
Be sure to also follow Rugby Ontario on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rugbyontario for updates on all three Blues teams travelling to Saskatchewan.
U19 BLUES SCHEDULE – 2018 CANADIAN RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP
Game 1 – Blues vs. Atlantic Rock – July 16 at 6:00pm ET
Game 2 – Blues vs. Prairie Blizzard – July 17 at 6:00pm ET
Semi-Finals – July 20 at 4:00pm ET
Finals – July 22 at 2:00pm ET
U19 BLUES ROSTER – 2018 CANADIAN RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP
Aaron Pacha, Guelph Redcoats
Alex Circelli, Aurora Barbarians
Braden Bruce, Peterborough Pagans
Cam Hurst, Mississauga Blues
Carter Smith, Brampton Beavers
Danny Vasica, Crusaders
Devan Hunter, Toronto Scottish
Dominic Johnson, Crusaders
Gabe Casey, Bytown Blues
Guerschom Mukendi, Stoney Creek Camels
Isaac Brown, Aurora Barbarians
Jack Shaw, Crusaders
Jackson Scott, Norfolk Harvesters
Joshua Ho, Aurora Barbarians
Kevin Oh, Waterloo County
Levi Konecny, Ajax Wanderers
Liam Geddes, Lindsay
Mason Flesch, Cobourg Saxons
Max Goodwin, Aurora Barbarians
Owen McLean Lavado, Toronto Scottish
Quenton McLean Lavado, Toronto Scottish
Talen De St. Croix, Brantford Harlequins
Tyler Rowlands, Toronto Nomads
Tyler Webb, Barrie
William Cheesewright, Crusaders
Caleb English, Aurora Barbarians
Ryan Connolly, Barrie
Erik Keppen, Ajax Wanderers
Malik James, Balmy Beach
ABOUT THE ONTARIO BLUES
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