Local Players Compete for Selection to the 2012 Wellington Festival Campaign

Story courtesy of Rugby Canada

Canada U17’s program is pleased to announce the selected participants for the final selection event for its 2012 Wellington Festival campaign.  This final selection event will take place in British Columbia between February 17th and February 25th.  The event will include two games against British Columbia Regional U17/U18 teams. The first game against Vancouver Island, will be held at the new Rugby Canada facility at Langford on Thursday February 23rd at 7pm. The second game will be against a mainland team on Saturday February 25th; location of the game will be posted once confirmed. The staff and players will be staying and practicing at Shawnigan Lake School.

The Canada U17 management team will be looking to build on the philosophies and techniques that were presented and worked on during both regional selection events. The coaching staff will also spend time on building the players game understanding and strategies and create an environment that will bring the best out of this talented group.

Jim Delaney explains: “The players at this selection event will be encouraged to step up physically and to test themselves against the top 42 athletes at this age group. We will be dedicating a lot more time practicing in game situations and go over what our strategies will be in certain situations that we will find ourselves in Wellington. I expect that all the players will pick up their game and their performances from the regional selection camps. We will be increasing the tempo and the expectations of the players, as they compete for a place on the final squad.” 

Delaney went on to stress the importance of the player’s preparation for this selection event and future National opportunities that they will face.

“Although 17 players from this camp will not make the final squad, part of our job at this entry level of Rugby Canada’s National Program is to educate the athletes of the importance of strength and conditioning training, nutrition and the balance between school and the required training. The players that we invite to these selection events, have the profile to be a National Player at U17, U19 and U20 but at the end of the process they may well need to go away and make the changes to their life style and put in the work in the gym and on the training field. For example, we had a 6 foot 8 inch second row at the East camp that is not quite ready for this level but, if he goes away and accepts the challenge we gave him during the camp, he will be competing for a place at the next level. We also make sure players that do make the final squad understand that, even though they have made the final squad, they cannot rest on their laurels.  They too, need to continue their own hard work as the demands increase through the National levels”

The formative selection process for this program is now well underway, having begun with the two regional selection camps earlier in 2011. Indeed, Canada’s coaches began identifying many of these players at their provincial selection camps and then at the 2011 National Festival in Calgary.

The program would like to thank BC Rugby for hosting this squad and providing valuable opposition as we strive to identify the best players for the Wellington Festival.

The players participating in Canada’s 2012 U17 event of British Columbia are listed below. Local players from Eastern Ontario appear in red.

Name                   (Province) High School/Club
Nicholas Andrews      (BC)     Lords Tweedsmuir/Surrey
Randall Barton           (BC)     Shawnigan Lake/Cowichn
Lucas Bradley            (BC)     Alberni D.S.S./Port Alberni
Mitch Brant                 (UK)     St. Benedict’s/Wasps
Paul Ciulini                 (ON)     St Joan of Arc/Aurora Barbarians
Thomas Chan            (ON)     Lakefield College/Peterborough
Andrew Coe               (ON)     Bill Crothers/Markham Irish
Peter John Collins      (ON)     St. Michael’s College/Oakville Crusaders
Shane Dagge             (BC)     South Delta SS/Bayside
Michael Douras          (ON)     Senator O’Connor/Balmy Beach
Giuseppe DuToit         (BC)     Shawnigan Lake/Cowichan
Marshall Fuller            (BC)     Collingwood/Capilano
Harjun Gill                   (BC)     St. George’s/Richmond
Brandon Ho                (BC)      Rick Hanson/BC
Tristan Hooey             (ON)     Glebe/Bytown Blues
George Jeavons
-Fellow                        (UK)     The King’s School/Worcester Warriors
Devin King                  (ON)     Uxbridge SS/Oshawa Vikings
Kieran Lacey              (NL)      Holy Heart of Mary/Swilers
Spencer Loughlin       (BC)     Yale/Abbotsford
Patrick Lynott             (QC)     Philemon Wright HS/Chelsea
Thomas MacDougall  (QC)     Chateauguay Valley/Ormstown
Jordan Marsh             (ON)     Stouffville D.S.S./Markham Irish
Calixto Martinez         (BC)     Earl Marriott/Bayside
Connor McRae          (BC)     Collingwood/Capilano
Christopher Miles      (BC)    Shawnigan Lake/Velox
Spencer Miller           (BC)    Yale/Abbotsford
Jonathan Norris         (BC)    Shawnigan Lake/Cowichan
Oliver Nott                 (BC)    Shawnigan Lake/Cowichan
Rupert Peers             (BC)   Elgin Park / Bayside
Connor Plumpton      (ON)    Regiopolis – Notre Dame/Kingston Panthers
James Porter             (BC)    Rockridge S.S./Capilano
Louis Retief               (BC)    Sardis S.S./Abbotsford
Lucas Rumball          (ON)    Senator O’Connor/Balmy Beach
Mitchell Santilli          (ON)    St. John’s College/Brantford Harlequins
John Shaw                (ON)    St. Peter C.H.S./Bytown Blues
Kyle Stanley              (NL)    Holy Spirit H.S./Bayman
Tobin Sydney-Smith  (BC)    Sentinel/Capilano
Joel Tompkins           (NL)    St. Kevins H.S./Dogs
Tomasi Vataiki           (BC)    Hugh McRoberts/Bayside
Brandon Waeyen      (AB)    Henry Wisewood H.S./Hornets
Kieran Washburn      (AB)    Beaumont Composite/Edmonton NorWesters

Coaching staff
Head Coach:  Jim Delaney
Assistant Coach :  Francois Ratier
Team Manager: Fran Mason
Therapist: TBA