July 14,2014(ISN) – VANCOUVER, BC – British Columbia’s under-19 men’s provincial team departed for St. John’s, Newfoundland this morning ahead of the 2014 U19 Canadian Rugby Championship. BC will be looking for a rare three-peat when they face 2013 runner-ups Prairie Wolf Pack, hosts Atlantic Rock, Ontario Junior Blues, and Eastern Ontario and Quebec Voyageurs.
The U19 CRC is the premier 15-a-side youth rugby competition in Canada, featuring players eligible for Rugby Canada’s under-20 entry at the annual Junior World Rugby Trophy. The tournament also serves as a feeder to the senior men’s Canadian Rugby Championship, featuring the highest level of domestic players available for senior men’s national team selection.
The 2013 final saw BC lift the national title in dramatic fashion at Calgary Rugby Park, reversing a 13-10 deficit in the final minutes of play when Vancouver’s James Pitblado went over for the go-ahead try.
This year’s tournament welcomes the return of the Atlantic Rock after the Newfoundland-based program sat out the 2013 season.
Head Coach Kris de Scossa returns for his third straight season at the helm of BC’s U19 program. De Scossa’s roster features a number of players capped at the junior national team level including Canada U19 reps Karsten Leitner (Vancouver) and Harjun Gill (Richmond). Giuseppe Du Toit (Ridge Meadows), a rookie at UVic this past season, also featured for Canada-A during the Americas Rugby Championship in October.
“Our strengths this year are the collective culture and camaraderie we have developed as a team,” said De Scossa prior to the team’s departure. “We have great leadership in this squad and are very strong as a collective.”
De Scossa has seen the level of play improve over the last two years and is well aware his team will be faced with a tough challenge to repeat again.
“All of the teams have raised their standards of play,” De Scossa added. “There are some really good coaches at this tournament and every team will be a threat.”
All matches will be played at Swiler’s Rugby Complex in St. John’s, Newfoundland (100 Crosbie Rd, St. John’s, NL).
2014 U19 CRC Schedule
(Kickoffs in Newfoundland Time Zone)
Wed. July 16: 5pm BC vs Prairie Wolf Pack
Wed. July 16: 6:30pm Ontario vs Atlantic Rock
Thurs. July 17: 5pm Voyageurs vs BC
Thurs. July 17: 6:30pm Prairie Wolf Pack vs Atlantic Rock
Fri. July 18: 5pm Prairie Wolf Pack vs Ontario
Fri. July 18: 6:30pm Voyageurs vs Atlantic Rock
Sat. July 19: 12pm Wolf Pack vs Voyageurs
Sat. July 19: 3pm Ontario vs BC
Sun. July 20: 11am BC vs Atlantic Rock
Sun. July 20: 1pm Ontario vs Voyageurs
BC U19 Provincial Team Staff
Coach – Kris De Scossa
Assistant – David Murphy
Therapist – Alvin Tseng
Manager – Tony LaCarte
Adam Cotterill (Queens University / West Vancouver)
Riley Fergus (UBC Thunderbirds / Shanghai, China)
Marshall Fuller (University of Western Ontario / West Vancouver)
Nick Hildebrand (Cowichan Rugby Club / Nanaimo)
Jacob Ikeda (UBC Old Boy Ravens / Vancouver)
Russell Manning (UVic Vikes / Penticton )
Anton Metalnikov (Richmond RFC / Ricmond)
Travis Murray (Abbotsford Rugby Football Club / Abbotsford)
Christian Nonni (University of Western Ontario / West Vancouver)
Oliver Nott (UVic Vikes / Shawnigan)
Jack Rainer (University of Victoria)
Mitchell Rothman (Vancouver Rowing Club / Vancouver)
Joachim Speidel (UBC Thunderbirds / Santiago, Chile)
Ben Bethune (University of Western Ontario / West Vancouver)
Shane Dagg (Bayside AA / Delta )
Toby Digney (Queens University / Brentwood)
Giuseppe Du Toit (UVic Vikes / Ridge Meadows)
Harjun Gill (UBC Thunderbirds / Richmond)
Karsten Leitner (UBC Thunderbirds / Vancouver)
Spencer Loughlin (UBC Thunderbirds / Abbotsford)
Connor McRae (Arizona State University / West Vancouver)
Spencer Miller (UBC Thunderbirds / Abbotsford)
Ollie Smith (UVic Vikes / North Vancouver)
Spencer Soltan (UBC Thunderbirds / Vancouver)
Morgan Tate (UVic Vikes / Victoria)