UVic Vikes’ forward Luke Bradley from Port Alberni will be a physical presence in the back row for Canada’s U20 Men’s XV Team (photo Lorne Collicut / Rugby Canada)
Vancouver, BC – February 9, 2016: Rugby Canada U20 Men’s XV Head Coach Jeff Williams has named twelve BC Rugby players to the Team that will be facing the United States in Austin, Texas, on Saturday, February 13th. The winner of this single contest will gain the North American entry into the World Rugby U20 Trophy Tournament in Zimbabwe this April.
A total of five BC Rugby Clubs have athletes that came up through their ranks to make the National U20 Team, which includes the Vancouver Rowing Club, James Bay Athletic Association, UVic Vikes, UBC Thunderbirds, and UBC Old Boy Ravens.
Several of the BC Rugby athletes selected today will be donning the National Team kit for the second consecutive year. Reegan O’Gorman (Vancouver Rowing Club), Luke Bradley (UVic Vikes), and teammates Cali Martinez, Theo Sauder and Phil Berna (UBC Thunderbirds) are all experienced at the U20 International level. Berna is also coming off a debut with Rugby Canada’s Senior Men’s Sevens Team at the Wellington Sevens in New Zealand just over a week ago.
These experienced players will be heavily relied on to lead the team in the high pressure game.
“Our total mindset is to win. That’s our first goal,” said Coach Williams. “It’s tough having to play a one-game qualifier but it is out of our hands. We can only control what we do. I have told the boys this will only make us stronger.”
Another noteworthy name amongst the players selected to the Team is George Barton of Duncan, BC. He joined French club ASM Espoirs in Clermont last fall.
Saturday’s game against the United States Men’s U20 Team is set for 6:45pm PST from Dell Diamond in Austin, Texas, with live streaming coverage details to come.
BC Rugby would like to congratulate all the athletes selected to represent their country.
Curtis Delmonico of Vancouver, BC (UBCOB Ravens)
Cali Martinez of Vancouver, BC (UBC Thunderbirds)
Conor Sampson of Vancouver, BC (UBC Thunderbirds)
Reegan O’Gorman of Vancouver, BC (Vancouver Rowing Club) *
Luke Bradley of Port Alberni, BC (UVic Vikes) *
Nakai Penny of Courtenay, BC (UBC Thunderbirds)
Gavin Rowell of Langley, BC (UVic Vikes)
Cole Keffer of North Vancouver, BC (UBC Thunderbirds)
Phil Berna of Vancouver, BC (UBC Thunderbirds) *
George Barton of Duncan, BC (Clermont ASM Espoirs)
Aaron Evison of Golden, BC (James Bay AA)
Theo Sauder of Vancouver, BC (UBC Thunderbirds) *
Matt Tierney of Oakville, ON
Brendan Blaikie of Toronto, ON
Andrew Quattrin of Holland Landing, ON
Matt Beukeboom of Lindsay, ON
Conor Keys of Stittsville, ON
Peter Milazzo of Toronto, ON
Adrian Wadden of Oakville, ON
Keaton Porter of Barrie, ON
Robbie Povey (based in England)
Mitch Richardson of Stoney Creek, ON
Trenton Cooper of Zephyr, ON
Will Manhire (based in England)
Andrew Coe of Toronto, ON
*denotes players who represented Canada U20 Men’s Team in 2015
Foster Dewitt of Courtenay, BC (UBC Thunderbirds)
Sean Hase of Vancouver, BC (UBCOB Ravens)
Matt Gallagher of White Rock, BC (UVic Vikes)
Cooper Coates of Halifax, NS
Marcello Wainwright of Toronto, ON
Liam O’Hallahan of Grande Prairie, AB
Justin Alyward of Conception Bay South, NL
Kyle Lagasca of Toronto, ON
Charlie McMickan (based in Athlone, Ireland)
U20 Coaching Staff:
Head Coach – Jeff Williams of Victoria, BC
Assistant Coach – Kenny Goodland of Victoria, BC
Manager – Jack Hanratty
Video Analyst – Aaron Takle
Strength and Conditioning – Gareth Lynch
Head Therapist – Jessica Smith