MONTREAL — Calvin Simpson, a McGill rugby player from Victoria, B.C., has been named rookie of the year and is one of three Redmen members named to the RSEQ conference all-star team. Joining him on the dream squad are teammates Usman Naqvi, a native of Dubai, and Kylan Gibbs of White Rock, B.C.
Simpson is a 19-year-old arts sophomore in his first year with the Redmen. The 6-foot-3, 192-pound flanker started in seven of the team’s eight games and tied for fifth in team scoring with 10 points from a pair of tries.
Naqvi. a 5-foot-9, 186-pound flanker, was fourth in team scoring with 15 points and second in tries with three. A 21-year-old arts senior majoring in economics, he is expected to graduate in June.
Gibbs is a 5-foot-11, 197-pound prop. The 21-year-old political science senior started all eight contests and tallied one try.
Division-leading Concordia led all schools with five-players named to the dream team. Second-place Bishop’s placed four players, while third place McGill had three, fourth-place Montreal added a pair and fifth-place Sherbrooke had one.
Joining Simpson among the major award winners was the Concordia duo of Yannick Fortin (player of the year) and Gonzalo Manrique (leadership) , along with Bishop’s bench boss Charles Goode, who was named coach of the year
2014 RSEQ MEN’S RUGBY ALL-STARS
Andreas Krawczyk, Concordia
Caleb Jordan, Concordia
Yannick Fortin, Concordia
Alfredo Cosentino, Concordia
Alex Ritchie, Concordia
Nicolas Charlton, Bishop’s
Lee Hudson, Bishop’s
Max Grouette, Bishop’s
Max Ferland, Bishop’s
Usman Naqvi, McGill
Calvin Simpson, McGill
Kylan Gibbs, McGill
Pierre Constantin, Montréal
Nicolas Monlouis-Bonnaire, Montréal
Simon Picard, Sherbrooke
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Yannick Fortin, Concordia
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Calvin Simpson, McGill
COACH OF THE YEAR: Charles Goode, Bishop’s
LEADERSHIP AWARD: Gonzalo Manrique, Concordia