Bears add Jones, Hirayama and White for Ontario road trip

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Canadian Rugby Championship Round Four: BC Bears at Ontario Blues

September 10, 2013, VANCOUVER – The BC Bears will head to Lindsay, Ontario on Thursday ahead of their weekend clash with reigning MacTier Cup champions Ontario Blues.

The Canadian Rugby Championship rematch will feature a number of national team standouts, including the addition of three capped BC Bears in Nathan Hirayama (UVic Vikes), Sean White (James Bay) and Harry Jones (Capilano RFC). The squad also welcomes the return of Burnaby Lake’s Micha Govorchin who has recovered from an injury sustained in the Bears opener back on August 10th.

Match Details

  • BC Bears (1-2) at Ontario Blues (3-0)
  • Sat. Sept 14, 4:30pm
  • @Greenway Park, Lindsay, Ontario
  • Tickets: $10

Jones (5 caps), Hirayama (12 caps) and White (23 caps) will return to the Bears lineup for the first time this season, having spent a busy summer helping Canada qualify for the 2015 Rugby World Cup as well as representing their country in the Pacific Nations Cup and 2013 Rugby Sevens World Cup. Jones and Hirayama will be welcomed additions to the roster, especially due to the fact that leading scorers and kickers Pat Kay (UVic Vikes) and Connor Braid (James Bay) are unable to travel due to injuries.

“It’s great to have these guys back and involved in the program as they bring experience,” said Bears head coach Jim Dixon. “They have played at a level of intensity that’s required to win big fixtures and there will be a lot of pressure on our program to win in Ontario this weekend.”

The Bears recently fell 11-7 against the Blues in a defensive battle at Langford’s Westhills Stadium. The home side had plenty of possession but were unable to capitalize on scoring opportunities when they presented themselves.

“We need to be more accurate on our attack and unfortunately Ontario won the contest at the breakdown in that game,” Dixon added. “Our defence as a whole has been good but lapses have cost us tries and we need to make sure we are switched on all the time, especially when facing a side like Ontario.”

The Bears will head to rugby hotbed Lindsay with the goal of handing the Blues their first loss of the season. The roster will be without the services of Rugby World Cup veteran Adam Kleeberger but will have plenty of experience with capped-forward Aaron Flagg (Abbotsford RFC) and Canada-A and Sevens speedster Sean Ferguson (UBC Thunderbirds) in the back line. Meraloma standout Callum Morrison will captain the Bears for the third straight match.

“We’re going there to win the game,” added Dixon. “We have improved over the first three games and we came very close to winning our last one against them a couple weekends ago. Now the expectation is to take things a step further.”

Kickoff is scheduled for 4:30pm at Lindsay’s Greenway Rugby Park. Admission is set at $10.00

The Bears starting lineup will be announced on Friday, September 13th.

BC Bears vs Ontario Blues (Sept 14, 2013)

Forwards

  • Luke Campbell (UVic Vikes)
  • Chris Chalmers (Abbotsford RFC)
  • Jim De Goede (James Bay AA)
  • Dustin Dobravsky (UVic Vikes)
  • Aaron Flagg (Abbotsford RFC)
  • Micha Govorchin (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club)
  • Andrew Lackner (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club)
  • Scott MacKay (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club)
  • Ryan March (Abbotsford RFC)
  • Callum Morrison (Meraloma Rugby Club)
  • Clayton Thornber (Castaway Wanderers RFC)
  • Shea Wakefield (UVic Vikes)

Backs

  • Steve Battie (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club)
  • Joe Dolesau (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club)
  • Sean Ferguson (UBC Thunderbirds)
  • Caleb Hansen (Vancouver Rowing Club)
  • Nathan Hirayama (UVic Vikes)
  • Harry Jones (Capilano RFC)
  • Luke McCloskey (UVic Vikes)
  • Jonny Morris (Castaway Wanderers RFC)
  • Evan Thomas (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club)
  • Sean White (James Bay AA)

BC Bears Team Staff

  • Head Coach: Jim Dixon
  • Manager: Hans de Goede
  • Strength and Conditioning: Conan Cooper
  • Physiotherapist: Jessica Smith

2013 Canadian Rugby Championship Schedule:

  • Sat. Aug 10: Prairie Wolf Pack 30, BC Bears 21
  • Sat. Aug 17: Ontario Blues 27, Atlantic Rock 25
  • Sat. Aug 24: Atlantic Rock 16, Prairie Wolf Pack 14
  • Fri. Aug 30: Atlantic Rock 27, Prairie Wolf Pack 47
  • Fri. Aug 30: Ontario Blues 11, BC Bears 7
  • Mon. Sept 2: Ontario Blues 53 – 23 Prairie Wolf Pack
  • Mon. Sept 2: Atlantic Rock 18 – 40 BC Bears
  • Sat. Sept 14, 4:30pm: BC Bears at Ontario Blues (Greenway Park, Lindsay)
  • Sat. Sept 21, 3:30pm: Ontario Blues at Atlantic Rock (Swilers Rugby Complex, St. John’s)
  • Sat. Sept 21, 3:00pm: BC Bears at Prairie Wolf Pack (Ellerslie Rugby Park, Edmonton)

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