Ontario Blues under-19 development team head coach Mike Curran has named his roster for the upcoming U19 Canadian Rugby Championship set for July 15-19 at Regina Rugby Park in Regina, Sask.
Curran has selected his 25-man Blues under-19 development team roster with the goal of repeating as national under-19 champions.
“Fourteen players from last year’s U18 Ontario Junior Blues program have graduated to this year’s U19 side, and almost everyone on our roster has been involved in Ontario’s junior provincial fifteens and sevens programs over the past three years,” said Curran.
“This is a team that has come up through the system and understands Ontario’s unique brand of rugby. They’re eager to build on last year’s successes.”
Ontario’s roster includes a player with recent international experience: the squad features Canada U20 standout Adrian Wadden (Oakville Crusaders), who helped guide the national side to a second-place finish at the World Rugby Under-20 Trophy competition in May. Wadden is also one of six returnees from last year’s CRC U19 championship-winning side.
In all, 12 Ontario rugby, including the Oakvile Crusaders and Stoney Creek, lclubs are represented within Ontario’s CRC U19 squad.
“Each year that passes, we’re seeing more and more top-level junior rugby players vying for spots on our squad, which makes for a very difficult selection process,” added Curran. “This year was no different, but it’s a good problem to have. With the quality of competition steadily increasing, it’s pushing Canadian junior rugby to a higher standard.”
The Blues under-19 development side will kick off the round-robin national championship against host side Prairie Wolf Pack July 15. From there, Ontario will square off against the Atlantic Rock July 16, before facing regional rivals Lower Canada Voyageurs July 17. After an off-day, the Blues will end the tournament with a match against 2013 CRC U19 champions British Columbia Bears July 19.
The U19 rosters includes Says Al-Omaishi (Markham Irish); Jackson Amos (Mississauga Blues)*; Matthew Beukeboom (Lindsay RFC); Brendan Blaikie (Markham Irish)^; Jack Caylor (Toronto Nomads)*; Andrew Coe (Markham Irish)^; Michael Coldwells (Oakville Crusaders)*; Trenton Cooper (Oshawa Vikings)^; Lucas Cunningham (Aurora Barbarians); Anderson Do (Mississauga Blues); Ryan Gamm (Markham Irish)*; Marshall Hogarth (Toronto Nomads)*; Will Kelly (Brantford Harlequins)*; Kyle Lagasca (Toronto Saracens)*; Peter Milazzo (Toronto Saracens)^; Dylan Parson (Oshawa Vikings)#; Keaton Porter (Aurora Barbarians)*; Brandon McLeod (Cobourg Saxons); Aidan O’Brien (Oakville Crusaders)*; AJ Quattrin (Aurora Barbarians)*; Mitch Richardson (Stoney Creek)*; Jackson Smith (Guelph Redcoats); Adrian Wadden (Oakville Crusaders)*^; Marcello Wainwright (Toronto Saracens)*^; Maclain Wakefield (Oakville Crusaders)*.
# denotes 2014 U17 Ontario Junior Blues roster player
* denotes 2014 U18 Ontario Junior Blues roster player
^ denotes 2014 U19 Ontario Blues roster returnee