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June 3,2014(ISN) – VANCOUVER, BC – The BC Elite Youth Sevens provincial rugby program will
depart for their first ever trip to Germany on Monday, June 9th. The U16
boys provincial team is set to compete in the Heidelberg Junior
International Sevens, a competition featuring representation from Europe,
Africa and North America.

After a lengthy selection process that included trials in both Victoria and
the Lower Mainland, head coach Shane Thompson has selected 11 players to
represent the province. The head coach has toured to Germany in previous
years with invitational touring side Dog River Howlers and knows his players
will be ready for the stiff competition they face when they arrive in

³This is a great tournament that has included junior national teams from
Romania and Kenya as well as provincial teams from across Germany,² Thompson
added. ³The strongest team in recent years is always the French Toulouse
Junior Academy.²

Designed to develop young athletes who will be best qualified to represent
Canada with distinction at future Olympic Games and Rugby World Cup
tournaments, the BCEY7¹s has previously toured to Vegas and Hong Kong. This
will be the first European tour in the program¹s history.

A number of current BCEY7¹s senior players featured for the Howlers at the
U16 level in Germany, a list that includes current U18s Cole Keffer, Theo
Sauder and George Barton. Sauder – a recent high school provincial champion
with St. George¹s in both Sevens and 15s – has already earned a call up to
Canada¹s Maple Leafs, the senior men¹s development national team.

³We are adding more to our program every year and with the addition of a U16
tour, we are now able to create more of a pathway. There¹s a starting point
now at an earlier age for these players,² Thompson added.

Heidelberg Tour Captain Elias Ergas has already featured for the BCEY7¹s U18
team this year, competing in Vegas and Hong Kong while completing 10th grade
at Collingwood. The young speedster has been heavily involved in the BCEY7¹s
program, showing well at multiple trainings, ID camps and tour prep

³The opportunities for a guy like Elias are there and it¹s great to see him
performing at this level,² Thompson added. ³He¹s done more Sevens now at 16
than I did before I made the national team at 23. He is way further ahead in
terms of Sevens experience at his age than anyone who has gone through the

The tour itinerary includes sightseeing around the city, including a tour of
the renowned Heidelberg Castle and River Cruise. The tournament is set for
June 14-15 at the Fritz Grunebaum Sportsplex.

Ergas will captain the roster of U16s that includes fellow Capilano club
mate Matthew Houton. Lower Mainland reps also include Will Sauder (Vancouver
Rowing Club) Michael Mann (Brit Lions), Michael Smith (Earl Marriott) and
Jared Thind (Bayside AA). Victoria-based players include Velox¹s Logan
Martin-Feek along with four Castaway Wanderers that include Brennig Prevost,
Brandon Schellenberger, Brayden Tate and Jonah Hall.

³This is a strong group and many of them played rep Sevens in the BC Summer
Games in 2012,² Thompson added. ³A number of them have also been playing
senior high school rugby at the recent provincials and have shown they are
able to compete at a high level.²

For updates on the BC Elite Youth Sevens tour to Heidelberg follow Shane
Thompson on twitter at @bcrugbyyouh7s and check back to www.bcrugby.com


Name – (School / Rugby Club)

Elias Ergas (Collingwood / Capilano RFC)

Jonah Hall (Oak Bay / Castaway Wanderers)

Matthew Houghton (Rockridge / Capilano RFC)

Michael Mann (Delta Secondary / Brit Lions RFC)

Logan Martin-Feek (Clermont / Velox Valhallians)

Brennig Prevost (Glenlyon Norfolk / Castaway Wanderers)

Will Sauder (St. George¹s School / Vancouver Rowing Club)

Brandon Schellenberger (Oak Bay / Castaway Wanderers)

Michael Smith (Earl Marriott)

Brayden Tate (Oak Bay / Castaway Wanderers)

Jared Thind (Southridge / Bayside Athletic Association)

Head Coach / Manager – Shane Thompson