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Football Canada – OTTAWA (January 25, 2016) – Football Canada has added LUKAS BRENNAN, SAMUEL MARANDA-BIZEAU and AMEN OGBONGBEMIGA to Canada’s U19 national team roster in preparation for their 2016 International Bowl game against the U.S. national team on January 31 in Arlington, Texas.

Games will take place at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, and are a collaboration of the sport’s national governing bodies in each country – USA Football and Football Canada – featuring top student-athletes in football’s greatest annual international competition.

Niagara Spears product and current Guelph Gryphon defensive lineman LUKAS BRENNAN represented Ontario at the 2014 Football Canada Cup in Saskatoon, helping the province to a national championship.

Notre-Dame-de-Foy defensive tackle SAMUEL MARANDA-BIZEAU was named a division 1 collégial all-star this past season, recording 36.5 total tackles, 7 quarterback sacks and 13 tackles for loss.

One of the top ranked Canadians in the 2016 recruiting class, AMEN OGBONGBEMIGA is a 3-star linebacker from Calgary’s Notre Dame High School who is verbally committed to the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

Canada’s U19 national team will be coached at the International Bowl by the Junior National Team coaching staff for a second consecutive year.

Canada’s under-18 national team will also be taking part in the 2016 International Bowl with games on January 31 against the U.S. U19 Selects followed by the U.S. U18 national team on February 3. Canada’s under-18 national team was selected from participants of the 2015 under-18 national tackle football championship, the Football Canada Cup, which took place July 13-19, in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec.

Canada’s U18 and U19 national team programs represent a pool of identified players in preparation for the 2016 worlds. Based on player’s performances at this year’s International Bowl, a roster of 45 players will be selected to represent their country at the 2016 IFAF U19 World Championship in China.

The International Bowl, held to coincide with NCAA’s National Signing Day, was established in 2010 as an annual Team USA versus the World game until it transitioned into its current format in 2014.

More information is available at www.footballcanada.com or www.InternationalBowl.com.

Canada’s U19 national team, 2016 International Bowl

Name / Nom

Pos.

Team in 2015 – Commitment /

Équipe en 2015 – engagement

Hometown / Ville natale

Lukas Brennan

DE/AD

Guelph

St. Catharines, Ont.

Samuel Maranda-Bizeau

DT/PD

Notre-Dame-de-Foy

Québec, Qué

Amen Ogbongbemiga

LB/SEC

Notre Dame (Calgary) – Oklahoma St. (NCAA)

Calgary, Alta.

       

Giordy Belfiore

QB/QA

Canada Prep – Carleton

St. Catharines, Ont. / Vancouver, BC/C.-B.

Dimitri Morand

QB/QA

Cégep St-Jean-sur-Richelieu

Gatineau, Qué.

Jesse Amankwaa

RB/DO

York

Toronto, Ont.

Adam Machart

RB/DO

Saskatoon Hilltops (CJFL)

Saskatoon, Sask.

Dynell Pierre

RB/DO

Cégep Vieux Montréal

Montréal, Qué.

Julien Bourassa

WR/RÉ

Cégep Vieux Montréal

Laval, Qué.

Colton Hunchak **

WR/RÉ

York

Calgary, Alta.

Jacob Janke * **

WR/RÉ

York

Edmonton, Alta.

Nikola Kalinic

TE/AR

York

Etobicoke, Ont.

Chris Osei-Kusi

WR/RÉ

Queen’s

Brampton, Ont.

Jason Price

WR/RÉ

Saskatoon Hilltops (CJFL)

Saskatoon, Sask.

François Rocheleau *

WR/RÉ

André-Grasset

Saint-Basile-le-Grand, Qué.

Alex Salytchev

WR/RÉ

The Taft School (CT)

Cambridge, Ont.

Drew Desjarlais

OL/LO

Windsor

Belle River, Ont.

Jesse Gibbon

OL/LO

Waterloo

Hamilton, Ont.

Liam Jensen

OL/LO

Regina

Watrous, Sask.

Samuel Lefebvre *

OL/LO

Cégep Levis-Lauzon – Laval

Saint-Lambert-de-Lauzon, Qué.

Pier-Olivier Lestage

OL/LO

Cégep St-Jean-sur-Richelieu

Saint-Eustache, Qué.

Philippe Robitaille

OL/LO

Cégep Levis-Lauzon

Montréal, Qué.

Spencer Roy **

OL/LO

Calgary

Calgary, Alta.

Isyah Obas-Cahuaza

OL/LO

Vanier

Saint-Laurent, Qué.

Zack Williams *

OL/LO

Manitoba

Winnipeg, Man.

Jack Cassar

LB/SEC

Canada Prep.

Mississauga, Ont.

Kean Harelimana *

LB/SEC

Vanier 

Laval, Qué.  

Lowhya Lako ** 

LB/SEC

Windsor 

Windsor, Ont. 

Cody Peters

LB/SEC

Saskatoon Hilltops (CJFL)

Saskatoon, Sask.

Deshawn Stevens *

LB/SEC

Kent School (CT)

Toronto, Ont.

Eric Thakurdeen *

LB/SEC

Saskatchewan

Saskatoon, Sask.

Ben Whiting *

LB/SEC

Saskatchewan

Saskatoon, Sask.

Nathan Cherry

DL/LD

Aden Bowman – Saskatchewan

Saskatoon, Sask.

Nicholas Dheilly

DE/AD

Dr. Martin LeBoldus HS

Regina, Sask.

Liam Dobson

DL/LD

Canada Prep.

Ottawa, Ont.

Connor Guillet

DL/LD

Saskatoon Hilltops (CJFL)

Humboldt, Sask.

Skye King

DL, OL / LD, LO

Calgary Colts (CJFL) – York

Calgary, Alta.

Payton Hall *

DB/DD

Saskatchewan

Caronport, Sask.

Elijah Hamilton *

DB/DD

Guelph

Brampton, Ont.

Stavros Katsantonis

DB/DD

UBC

Vancouver, BC/C.-B.

Ted Kubongo

DB/DD

Notre Dame (Calgary)

Calgary, Alta.

Jay Yausie

DB/DD

Saskatoon Hilltops (CJFL)

Saskatoon, Sask.

Greg Hutchins *

K/B

N. Mexico St. – transf. UBC

Bedford, NS/N.-É.

 

*

Alumni of 2015 U18 national team at International Bowl

**

Alumni of 2015 U19 national team at International Bowl

 

 

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Established in 1884, Football Canada is the national governing body of amateur football in Canada and a proud member of the International Federation of American Football (IFAF). Working closely with the provincial football associations, we develop programs and resources for players, coaches, officials in the three disciplines of Tackle, Flag and Touch Football. Football Canada’s vision statement is “from playground to stadium” where players can participate in the game of football throughout a lifetime recreationally, competitively and internationally.