Men’s rugby face off against Velox in series opener

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Sept 4, 2014 (ISN) – VICTORIA, B.C. – This weekend will mark the first game of the University

of Victoria Vikes men’s rugby 2014-15 season, as they face off against
Velox on Sept. 6 at Wallace Field. This match will be the first in the
series for the prestigious Barnard Cup, which will later include games
with James Bay and the Castaways as part of the Vancouver Island Rugby
Union.


After a tough year that saw the team finish with a 6-7 record in the CDI
Premier League regular season, the Vikes look to improve on their record
without key players Clayton Thornber, Reid Tucker, Chris Linn and Nathan
Yanagiya. All four departures had national team experience, meaning new
players must rise to the Vikes level of play.

Doug Tate enters his 21st year as the Vikes men’s rugby head coach and he
will be looking to add to his impressive record that includes the 2011
Barnard Cup title and the 2010 BC Rugby Premier Division championship.

Tate faces former Vikes Rugby assistant coach Winston Stanley, who has
recently taken over coaching for Velox.

“They will be a more disciplined team and they always play a physical
game,” says Tate. “We will be looking to push the pace of the game with a
strong start and hopefully these games will be good preparation for our
CDI premier games.”

Third year eightman Luke Campbell and fourth year lock Shea Wakefield have
both worked hard in the offseason as both played key roles with the BC
Bears this past summer. Outside half Pat Kay will return to the fold this
season for his fourth year. The team Canada under-20 stand out bring a lot
of experience after recent time with the 7s national team.

Guiseppe duToit will also be one to watch as the outside half from Maple
Ridge . enters his second year but has already represented Canada at every
level.

While last season saw early wins, this year the men’s rugby team is
focused on long-term goals, including challenging for the Premier Men’s
championship and winning back the boot competition from UBC. They also
look to play for the Barnard Cup title and become Vancouver Island’s top
men’s team.

The Vikes rush the field against Velox on Sept. 6 at 2:45 p.m. on Wallace
Field.

They play James Bay Athletic Association on Sept. 13 at MacDonald Park and
the Castaway Wanderers Sept. 20 at home. Both games start at 2:45 p.m. and
are part of the Barnard Cup series. For more information visit
govikesgo.com/mrug.

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