by Jeff Robinson, RC Contributor
(ISN) – Canada U18’s head coach, Jim Delaney, has announced his selections for the final match of the U18’s tour. This Saturday, the U18s will be facing the Romanian U19s who defeated them, 31 to nothing, last weekend.
Delaney mentioned that it was a difficult task to come up with this roster as many players have put their hands up for selection. “Last night the selection spent several hours discussing this selection it was difficult with some positions being discussed for up to 45 minutes. But after reviewing the video, and comparing the stat’s, this is the side we have selected,” he said.
In the forwards, the tight five is virtually unchanged with only Adrian Wadden moving from 8th man to lock.
The backrow does see many changes with, tour captain, Jason Hignell returning to the line up at openside flanker. Andrew Quattrin retains his blindside flanker position while John Stewart moves from flanker to 8th man.
The backline only sees one change with Cole Keffer returning to the starting line up with MacLain Wakefield moving to the bench. The rest of the line is unchanged as Delaney has gone for cohesion in the backline, while also rewarding them for their strong play in the last match.
In the build up for the match the U18s got to spend some time with the national side. Commenting on the occasion, Delaney said, “last night the Canada U18’s visited the National Senior Men for dinner and some team bonding activities. It was an excellent evening for the young players connecting with the professional players and the players looking to gain contracts.”
Continuing on, “It was amazing to watch the players connect with their regional National Senior Men.” He finished by saying, “many photos were taken and lifelong memoirs created and the evening will certainly be a highlight for many of these young Canadians.”
Canada U18s to face Romania U19s:
1) Curtis Delmonico (-/UBCOB Ravens) Vancouver, BC
2) Foster Dewitt (UBC/UBC Rugby Vancouver) Courtenay, BC
3) Justin Aylward (Memorial University, St. John’s/Baymen Rugby Club) Paradise, NL
4) Trevor Helgason (Queen’s University/UBCOD Ravens) Vancouver, BC
5) Adrian Wadden (McMaster University/Oakville Crusaders) Oakville, ONT
6) Andrew Quattrin (Wilfred Laurier/Aurora Barbarians) Holland landing, ONT
7) Jason Hignell (-/Abbotsford Rugby Club) Mission, BC
8) John Stewart (University of Toronto/Ajax Wanderers) Whitby, ONT
9) Cole Keffer (UBC/Capilano RFC) Vancouver, BC
10) Ben Scher (St. Georges School/Vancouver Rowing Club) Vancouver, BC
11) Fabio Moniz (Heritage College/Hull Volant/Chelsea Rugby) Gatineau, QC
12) George Barton (captain) (Shawnigan Lake School/Cowichan RFC) Duncan, BC
13) Jean-Bernard Sansoucy (Abekakis Sherbrooke/Cegep de sherbrooke) Sherbrooke, QC
14) Jackson McDonough (Unviersity of San Diego/Calgary Canucks) Calgary, AB
15) Mitchell Richardson (Saltfleet District High School/Stoney Creek RFC) Stoney Creek, ONT
16) David Pelosi (John Abbott College/Beacons Rugby Montreal) Montreal QC
17) Braydon Williams (UBC/UBC Rugby, Vancouver) Vancvouer, BC
18) Ryan Strickland (Cobequid Education Center/Truro Saints RFC) Truro, NS
19) Conor Johnston (University of Toronto/Barrie Rugby Club) Gilford, ONT
20) Peter Milazzo (Western University/Toronto Saracens) Toronto, ONT
21) MacLain Wakefield (Lorne Park School/Oakville Crusaders) Oakville, ONT
22) William Manhire (Richmond Upon Thames College/London Scottish) Surbiton, Surry, ENG
23) Kyle Patterson (-/UNB, New Brunswick)
24) Hadrien Muller (Champlian College/Abenakis RFC) Sherbrooke, QC
25) Nolan Howell (UBC/UBC Rugby, Vancouver) Richmond, BC
26) Aidan McMullan (John Abbott College/Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue) Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, QC
27) Cooper Coats (Acadia University/Halifax Tars RFC) Halifax, NS
Kelly Declan (UBC/UBC Rugby, Vancouver) Vancouver, BC
Vs Romania U19s
At: Ghencea Stadium, Bucharest
Kick off: 11 AM (Local Time) 1 AM (PST) 4 AM (EST)
Live Stream: www.rugbytv.ro