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BC Rugby – The sides will play a two-legged series in Kelowna this weekend

Vancouver, BC – July 24, 2019: BC Rugby is pleased to announce the U19 Men’s XV team that will be taking on Alberta Wolfpack in Kelowna this weekend.  The sides will play a two-game series in parallel with the U16 Westen Canadian Championships that are taking place at Parkinson Recreation Park, with the first game on Friday, July 26 and the second on Sunday, July 28.

With a number of players from BC currently engaged with the National U18 and U20 Men’s programs, this year presents an opportunity for a new wave of talented athletes to display their skills in Provincial level matches.  Training sessions split across the Island and Lower Mainland reduced the travel demands on athletes, before building to full team development sessions.

“It is great to give these players the opportunity of a couple of matches against quality opposition,” said Head Coach Curry Hitchborn.  “We’re looking forward to delivering some fast, positive rugby over these two matches and give the athletes a chance to test themselves.  With a number of players currently called up to national programs, this is a fantastic chance for some of the younger guys to step up and be counted.”

The matches will be held at Parkinson Recreation Park in Kelowna, with game 1 taking place at 1:30pm on Friday, July 26 and game 2 taking place at 9:00am on Sunday, July 28 (all times PST).  The second game of this series will be live-streamed by BC Rugby, to find the link visit the U16 Western Canadian Championships page –  Field maps, parking and other information about the venues can also be found on that webpage.

Travelling Team:

Tom Abercrombie – UBC Thunderbirds (Victoria, BC)
Jacob Bourne – UBCOB Ravens RFC (Vancouver, BC)
Alex Chitan – UBC Thunderbirds (North Vancouver, BC)
Liam Clark – UVic Vikes (North Vancouver, BC)
Henry Down – Castaway Wanderers RFC (Victoria, BC)
Sheldon Gerlib – South Kamloops Secondary (Kamloops, BC)
Caleb Gerth – Trinity Western Spartans (Langley, BC)
Sion Griffiths – UBCOB Ravens RFC (Mill Bay, BC)
Dillon Hamilton – UVic Vikes (Vancouver, BC)
Daniel Jacobs – Burnaby Lake RFC (West Vancouver, BC)
Austin James – Kelowna Crows RFC (North Vancouver, BC)
Rhys James – Capilano RFC (Kelowna, BC)
Chris Knoph – Capilano RFC (North Vancouver, BC)
Micheal MacDonald – Capilano RFC (Kamloops, BC)
Iain McTavish – Capilano RFC (North Vancouver, BC)
Takoda McMullin – Earl Marriott Secondary School (Surrey, BC)
Talon McMullin – Nanaimo Hornets RFC (Surrey, BC)
Zephyr Melnyk – Kelowna Crows RFC (Gabriola, BC)
Simon Paul – Bayside Sharks RFC (Kelowna, BC)
Siaki Seumanutafa – Bayside Sharks RFC (Surrey, BC)
Ethan Smith – UVic Vikes (North Vancouver, BC)
Willem Stroud – UVic Vikes (Surrey, BC)
Lucas Tuffin – UBCO Heat (Victoria, BC)
Josh Tweed – UBC Thunderbirds (Surrey, BC)
Relmu Wilson-Valdes – LV Rogers Secondary (Nelson, BC)
Foster Wynne – South Kamloops Secondary (Kamloops, BC)

Head Coach – Curry Hitchborn (North Vancouver, BC)
Assistant Coach – Dan Haynes (Kelowna, BC)
Manager – Brock Turner (Vancouver, BC)
Medical Staff – Gurmeet Dhillon (Vancouver, BC)

More information about BC Rugby

The British Columbia Rugby Union, commonly known as BC Rugby, is the governing body for Rugby in British Columbia and is a Provincial Union of Rugby Canada, the national governing body. Representing over 7,500 individuals registered through around 60 Member Clubs and Associations across the Province, BC Rugby leads and manages the sport with the aim to grow participation and develop excellence in all games of Rugby and in all facets of the sport.