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May 26 , 2014 (ISN) – WEST VANCOUVER, BC – West Vancouver will play host to the 125th Anniversary
Fixture of the British Columbia Rugby Union on Saturday, May 31 when BC¹s
senior men¹s representatives scrum down against the Canada Selects at
Klahanie Park.

The marquee matchup is set to feature the top talent the
country has to offer with Canada¹s overseas-based professionals and domestic
players available for selection.

BC RUGBY 125th Anniversary Fixture

British Columbia vs Canada Selects

Date: Saturday, May 31, 2014

Time: 4:00pm Kickoff

Admission: $20 for adults, $10 for 12-and-under

Location: Klahanie Park, 305 Klahanie Court, West Vancouver, BC | V7P 3P5

Parking Fee: $5

Saturday’s match will launch the 125th Anniversary celebrations of the
British Columbia Rugby Union, founded in New Westminster in 1889. Made up of
over 7,600 members, the BCRU now includes players of all demographics
including mini rugby for girls and boys, youth competitions, Over-40¹s and
senior men¹s and women¹s participants. Known as ŒBC Rugby¹, the Provincial
Sport Organization was recognized by Rugby Canada as the 2013 Provincial
Union of the Year

The purpose of Saturday¹s match is two-fold; along with recognizing BC¹s
milestone year, Canadian national team coaches will also be using the
fixture to select their roster for the June 7th Pacific Nations Cup opener
in Burnaby. The Test match will feature Canada against Japan at Swangard
Stadium.

³It¹s of massive importance to our selection. It will be our only
opportunity before a World Cup year to get all our players on the same
field,² said Canadian senior men¹s national team head coach Kieran Crowley.
³It will be great to see our overseas players playing against domestic-based
players. The camp leading into it is a chance to work with the guys and at
the end of that, we will be able to see guys in the same position as one
another.²

The May 31st match will also kick off a nine-game summer schedule for the BC
Bears, the province¹s senior men¹s representative program. As part of the
125th Anniversary, the BC Bears will travel to South America for matches
against Buenos Aires (July 16) and Uruguay (July 19). The Bears will then
return to home soil to compete in the Canadian Rugby Championship as they
look to lift their first MacTier Cup since 2009.

The BC men¹s provincial team has a storied history, one that has seen them
defeat international sides including Australia (11-8, 1958) and the famed
British Lions (8-3, 1966). BC has also recorded victories over Test sides
Japan (38-7, 1986 & 46-10, 1989), Scotland (22-13, 1985) and Russia (38-16,
2009).

³I¹m a bit of a traditionalist in rugby and 125 years is a great number to
get to,² added Crowley. ³When you get to these milestones I think you¹ve got
to acknowledge them and pay tribute to the people that have got you there
and show that you¹re also going to carry on the legacy.²

Building up to their 2014 summer Test schedule, Rugby Canada has assembled a
long-list of 50 players for their camp that is currently underway at
Langford¹s Centre of Excellence.

BC reps from the 2013 Fall Tour where Canada faced New Zealand Maori,
Romania, Georgia and Portugal include: Connor Braid (James Bay, Victoria),
Tyler Hotson (London Scottish, Vancouver), Jake Ilnicki (Castaway Wanderers,
Williams Lake), Harry Jones (Capilano RFC, North Vancouver), Adam Kleeberger
(Castaway Wanderers, White Rock), Phil Mack (James Bay, Victoria), Ryan
March (Abbotsford RFC, Abbotsford) and Conor Trainor (UBCOB Ravens,
Vancouver).

The camp roster also features a number of Canada-capped BC reps including
the national team¹s most high-profile professional player Jamie Cudmore (ASM
Clermont Auvergne, Squamish). Also making a return for the upcoming series
is France-based professional Jason Marshall (Atlantique Stade Rochelais,
North Vancouver).

Canada Sevens standouts Sean Duke (UVic Vikes, Vancouver) and Nathan
Hirayama (UVic Vikes, Richmond) are named in the selection camp and are set
to make their return to 15s duty after injury layoffs. The youngest players
included in the roster are Canada U20 graduates Justin Douglas (Abbotsford
RFC, Abbotsford) and James Pitblado (UVic Vikes, Vancouver).

Tickets for the event are priced at $20.00 for adults and $10.00 for youths
12-and-under. For those unable to attend the Anniversary Fixture, the match
will be streamed live on www.bcrugby.com.

Full match lineups will be made available this week on www.bcrugby.com

CANADA¹S CAMP ROSTER FOR JUNE TEST SERIES:

Name – (Club) Hometown, Province

Tyler Ardron ­ (Ospreys/Ontario Blues) Lakefield, ON

Ray Barkwill ­ (Niagara Wasps RFC/Ontario Blues) Niagara Falls, ON

Brett Beukeboom ­ (Plymouth Albion/Ontario Blues) Lindsay, ON

Nick Blevins ­ (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB

Connor Braid ­ (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC

Hubert Buydens ­ (Manawatu Turbos/Prairie Wolf Pack) Saskatoon, SK

Aaron Carpenter ­ (Cornish Pirates RFC) Brantford, ON

Admir Cejvanovic ­ (Burnaby Lake RC/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC

Jamie Cudmore ­ (ASM Clermont Auvergne) Squamish, BC

Nanyak Dala ­ (Castaway Wanderers/Saskatoon Wild Oats) Saskatoon, SK

Justin Douglas ­ (Abbotsford RFC) Abbotsford, BC

Sean Duke ­ (UVIC Vikes/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC

Mike Fuailefau ­ (Castaway Wanderers/BC Bears) Victoria, BC

Garret Garbe ­ (UBCOC Ravens) Vancouver, BC

Kyle Gilmour ­ (Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB

Micha Govorchin ­ (Burnaby Lake RC/BC Bears) North Delta, BC

Jeff Hassler ­ (Ospreys/Prairie Wolf Pack) Okotoks, AB

Ciaran Hearn ­ (Castaway Wanderers/Atlantic Rock) Conception Bay South, NL

Sawyer Herron ­ (UVIC Vikes/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON

Nathan Hirayama ­ (UVIC Vikes/BC Bears) Richmond, BC

Tyler Hotson ­ (London Scottish RFC) Vancouver, BC

Jake Ilnicki ­ (Castaway Wanderers/BC Bears) Williams Lake, BC

Harry Jones ­ (Capilano RFC/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC

Pat Kay ­ (UVIC Vikes/BC Bears) Duncan, BC

Adam Kleeberger ­ (Castaway Wanderers/BC Bears) White Rock, BC

Anthony Luca ­ (Burnaby Lake RC/BC Bears) Pitt Meadows, BC

Phil Mack ­ (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC

Scott Mackay ­ (Burnaby Lake RC/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC

Phil Mackenzie ­ (Sale Sharks) Oakville, ON

Ryan March ­ (Abbotsford RFC/BC Bears) Abbotsford, BC

Jason Marshall ­ (Atlantique Stade Rochelais) Vancouver, BC

Gordon McRorie ­ (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB

John Moonlight ­ (James Bay AA/Ontario Blues) Pickering, ON

Callum Morrison ­ (UBCOC Ravens/BC Bears) Victoria, BC

Chauncey O¹Toole ­ (Brigand Ravens/Atlantic Rock) Belleisle, NB

Patrick Parfrey ­ (Swilers RFC/Atlantic Rock) St. Johns, NL

Taylor Paris ­ (SU Agen Lot-et-Garonne) Barrie, ON

Jon Phelan ­ (Castaway Wanderers/Atlantic Rock) Montreal, QC

Cam Pierce ­ (Kelowna Crows RFC) Cold Stream, BC

Benoit Pifferio ­ (St Anne de Bellevue/Burnaby Lake RFC) Montreal, QC

James Pitblado ­ (UVIC Vikes/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC

James Pritchard ­ (Bedford Blues) Parkes, NSW, Australia

Mike Scholz ­ (Castaway Wanderers/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON

Jebb Sinclair ­ (London Irish/Atlantic Rock) Fredericton, NB

Andrew Tiedemann ­ (Castaway Wanderers/Prairie Wolf Pack) St. Albert, AB

Conor Trainor ­ (UBCOB Ravens/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC

Liam Underwood ­ (Ontario Blues) Toronto, ON

DTH van der Merwe ­ (Glasgow Warriors) Regina, SK

Sean White ­ (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC

Doug Wooldridge ­ (Lindsay RFC/Ontario Blues) Lindsay, ON

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