Photos taken by Jose Romelo Lagman
(Burlington, ON) Ontario Blues Head Coach Chris Silverthorn has named his first squad of the 2017 Senior Men's representative rugby season, ahead of the Blues clash with Old Blue New York on Saturday, April 29th at Randall's Island, New York City.
Silverthorn selected the roster based on a set of April weekend mini camps, including the final camp this past weekend in Burlington. Three players who missed the 2016 season will return and another trio of new names on the team sheet have potential to get their first Blues caps.
“Most of our guys have not even had a game of rugby yet, but we have been really pleased at the effort at the April weekend mini camps we have had and look forward to a great game against a very strong opposition,” said Silverthorn.
Back row Seb Pearson (London), outhalf Shawn Windsor (Stoney Creek), and lock Paul Ciulini (Aurora) mark their return to the Blues line-up, while hooker Cam Sandison (Oakville), center Kyle Knight (London), and halfback Mario Van der Westhuizen (Guelph) are possible Blues debutants for Saturday's match.
“Old Blue have had quite a few games, have lots of international players on their roster and will be far ahead of us game-fitness wise,” said Silverthorn. “We are keen to see how our new combinations work, though and how our guys can step up against the odds.”
Ontario Blues Roster
Rob Brouwer, Lindsay (Captain)
Pat Lynott, Bytown Blues
AJ Quattrin, Aurora Barbarians
Cam Sandison, Crusaders
Tom Dolezel, London St. George
Ryan Surgenor, Bytown Blues
Hank Mcqueen, Balmy Beach
Mike Sheppard, Brampton Beavers
Paul Ciulini, Aurora Barbarians
Andrew Wilson, Crusaders
Seb Pearson, London St. George
Lucas Rumball, Balmy Beach
Pete Milazzo, Toronto Saracens
Andrew Ferguson, Crusaders
Josh Campbell, London St. George
Mario Vanderwesthuizen, Guelph Redcoats
Shawn Windsor, Stoney Creek Camels
Kyle Knight, London St. George
John Sheridan, Markham Irish
Kainoa Lloyd, Mississauga Blues
Rory McDonell, Brantford Harlequins
Mitch Richardson, Stoney Creek Camels
Jon West, Crusaders
Ontario Blues vs. Old Blue New York
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Kickoff: 2:30pm ET
Randall's Island, NYC
No stream available
Stay tuned to twitter.com/rugbyontario for updates
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