By Kira Starr, Vikes Communications
September 5, 2013, VICTORIA – The University of Victoria is home to the third annual Victoria International Sevens Tournament at Wallace Field this Saturday on Sept. 7. Several members from the Vikes rugby team will be competing on various teams, with the majority being placed on the University Selects team.
Eight teams will compete for a first place prize of $5000. Pool A includes Canada Blue, Langara Selects, Barbados and the University Selects. Pool B includes Canada Black, Serevi Selects, South Seas and Crimson Tide. The two Canada squads will be selected from a three day camp, Sept. 4-6. Selections will be announced prior to the tournament and broken up into the two Canadian teams, Blue and Black.
Seven Vikes are currently vying for spots on Canada Blue and Black including current VIkes Patrick Kay, Fergus Hall, Luke McCloskey and Nathan Yanagiya. Canadian national team members and current Vikes Sean Duke, Phil Mack and Nathan Hirayama will be clear cuts to represent the Canadian sides, while all remaining Vikes not selected to one of the two squads will be divided amongst the University Selects and Crimson Tide.
Looking to repeat his recent performance at the 2013 Canadian Rugby Championship is Vike kicking specialist Kay. The Duncan native impressively secured a win for the BC Bears on on Sept. 2 as the third-year Vike went flawless throughout the entire third game earning the Bears 20 points.
The International Sevens will pit the University Selects against top competition including Barados, the Canadian contingencies and the Serevi Selects from Seattle. Although the tournament will be worthy international experience for many Vikes, they must quickly adjust back into XVs as their regular season, with BC Rugby, begins next weekend on Sept. 13 against James Bay at Centennial Stadium.
“It is going to be an exciting tournament but the quick transition back into XVs won’t be easy,” said Rick Farrally, Vikes men’s rugby assistant coach. “We want to make sure that all the Vikes, no matter what team they are playing for this weekend, remain healthy and are ready to go for the next weekend.”