Jr. Blues 2019 Tryout Registration

June 06, 2019


2019 Jr. Blues Program Overview

June 6th, 2019


To Register to try out for the Jr Blues Program, please follow the appropriate link below

Central Boys


Central Girls


West Boys


West Girls


With the Ontario Jr Blues XV Tryouts just over two weeks away, Rugby Ontario is excited to outline the season ahead.

Continuing to build off the successful foundation laid in 2018, The Ontario Jr Blues program will continue to adopt and expand its regional model of development. As seen last summer, the transition to regional teams at the U15 and U16 levels resulted in the following outcomes:

  • Reduced travel time for players/parents
  • Increased number of touch points for training
  • Increased number of athletes engaged at the provincial level
  • Enhanced inter-provincial competition 

With this in mind, the Ontario Jr. Blues U17 and U18 programs will adopt a regional model this summer as well, ensuring consistency across age grades from top to bottom. Another benefit associated with a fully regional approach to the provincial program is the alignment it creates between the summer and winter programming. Moving forward, now all athletes engaged in the summer XV program, will have the opportunity to train year round with their coaches and peers through engagement in “The Program” Rugby Ontario’s off season winter training.

For the 2019 season the Ontario Jr. Blues program will run the following teams:

Ontario Blues West U18 Boys (2001)

Ontario West U18 Girls


Ontario Blues Central U18 Boys (2001)

Ontario Central U18 Girls 

(2001 – 2002)

Ontario Blues West U17 Boys (2002)

Ontario Blues Central U17 Boys (2002)

Ontario Blues West U16 Boys (2003)

Ontario West U16 Girls

(2003 – 2004)

Ontario Blues Central U16 Boys (2003)

Ontario Central U16 Girls

(2003 – 2004)

Ontario Blues West U15 Boys (2004-05)

Ontario Blues Central U15 Boys (2004-2005)

The Eastern Ontario Rugby Union (EORU) will continue to oversee the development of athletes in Eastern Ontario, while working hand in hand with Rugby Ontario and the Jr. Blues program. For more information on the EORU programs you can follow the link here

Charged with leading these teams is an exceptional cast of head coaches. Through an extensive application and selection process, 12 Head Coaches and their staff of assistants, have been chosen to oversee the development of players this summer. The collective resume of this group includes: multiple CRC championships, current/former national team coaches, former national team players, and multiple OCAA/OUA Coach of the Year honours. For a breakdown of the head coaches, please see below:

U18 West Boys Head Coach

Graham Stickler

U18 Central Boys Head Coach

Patrick Moulson

U18 West Girls Head Coach

Mark Smerdon

U18 Central Girls Head Coach

Jeremey Cairnie

U17 West Boys   Head Coach

Paul Hahn

U17 Central Boys Head Coach

Zac Lamacraft

U16 West Boys Head Coach

Scott Hendry

U16 Central Boys Head Coach

Kyle Ripley

U16 West Girls Head Coach

Damien Benedict

U16 Central Girls Head Coach

Ken Fitzgerald

U15 West Boys Head Coach

John Weller

U15 Central Boys Head Coach

Eric Noyes

For information on specific teams including schedule, training times and competition overview, please follow the link here, and select the team you are interested in.

Key Dates – General Overview

Provincial Tryouts (held regionally)

  • June 9th, 16th and 23rd 

Team Selection

  • June 25th 

Provincial Team Training

  • July 1st, 7th, 14th, 28th and August 5th 

Provincial Competitions

  • Cross Border Series: Hosted by University of Guelph July 17th – 20th
    • 4-day, 3-night camp at the University of Guelph. Train and compete against American Touring sides. Meals and accommodations included in program cost. For more info, you can watch last year’s series here
    • Eastern Canadian Rugby Championship: Queens University August 11th - 17th 
    • 7 Days, 6 nights at Queens university to compete for the ECRC’s. All meals and accommodations included in program cost. Teams to compete against Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland. 

If you have any questions regarding the provincial program, or the coming provincial season, you can contact us below. For additional resources and to review our FAQ page, please click here

For a current forecast of the program fees, please follow the link here for a detailed breakdown of the program and its value click here. All finals costs will be set before the final tryout on June 23rd.


The Ontario Blues program is the high performance representative program for male and female rugby players in Ontario. Rugby Ontario is represented at the provincial level by the Ontario Blues. The program includes representative teams from Under-15 to Senior in both Women’s and Men’s Fifteens and Under-18 Men's and Women's Sevens. Specifically, the program is designed to develop and showcase rugby players for Canadian representative national teams.


Rugby Ontario is the provincial sports governing body responsible for the organization of rugby in Ontario. Our mission is to establish a stronger identity for rugby in Ontario by promoting the sport’s core values and by fostering a culture of inclusiveness and excellence on and off the field of play.

To learn more, visit http://www.rugbyontario.com/


Dalton Finkbeiner

Communications and Marketing Coordinator - Rugby Ontario

647-560-4790 x 1006

Rugby Ontario High Performance Staff

Sean Medeiros 

High Performance Coordinator

647-560-4790 x 1004


Paul Connelly 

High Performance Manager

647-560-4790 x 1002