Curran names Canada U18 Red & White Rosters

Bryan Kelly
Rugby 15s U18 Men

LANGFORD, BC – Canada’s Men’s Under-18 Team head coach Mike Curran has named his Canada Red & Canada White rosters for their holiday tour to California in December.

Canada will depart on December 26thfor Chula Vista Elite Training Centre, located outside of San Diego, to play matches against USA White, USA Blue and an inter-squad game before returning home on January 4th.
BK – Can you please tell me about the importance of this tour?  
MC – The NA4 Tour is a critical first-step in identifying talent for the next U20 cycle and potentially for the National Senior Mens 7s and 15s programs.  Beyond the talent ID component, the NA4 allows our emerging players to test themselves against a standard of rugby we cannot find in domestic competitions.  In order for players to develop and thrive in an international game they must begin playing at the level required before their U20 campaign.
BK – Please tell me about selections. How did you & your staff view & select the roster?  
MC – Selection for this program was difficult and challenging.  The U18 program held four regional ID camps across the country in Vancouver, Saskatoon, Kingston, and Halifax.  With close to 180 athletes engaged through the process, coaches narrowed the group down to 60.  Attempting to balance performance and potential is a difficult task at best but the staff are aware that players will develop and enter the pathway at different points and ages.
BK – What’s the goal of this tour?  
MC – By the end of the tour we hope that these 60 players have a better understanding of what is required of them to play rugby at an international standard.  They will then be tasked to return to their training environments and further their individual development.
More information from the tour, including potential live stream, will be made closer to the tour.
Canada Red Roster:
Max Abercrombie – (Castaway Wanderers) BC
Matt Amyotte­ – (Strathcona Druids RFC) AB
Jacob Bossi – (Cowichan Rugby Club) BC
Ciaran Breen – (Cowichan Rugby Club) BC
Braden Bruce – (Peterborough Pagans) ON
Storm Buck – (Tora RFC) BC
David Bunmi Nathan – (Clansmen RFC) AB
Jack Carson – (Castaway Wanderers) BC
Raymond Chou – (Bayside RFC) BC
Daniel Clement – (Edmonton Clansmen RFC) AB
Jamin Hodgkins – (Cowichan RFC) BC
Jackson Kerr – (Toronto Saracens) ON
Matt Klimchuk – (Regina Rouges) SK
Joshua Mao – (Castaway Wanderers) BC
Logan Markland – (FP Walshe United) AB
Takoda McMullin – (Earl Marriott Secondary School) BC
Zach Monckton – (Castaway Wanderers) BC
Callum O'Neil – (Belleville Bulldogs) ON
Connor Paivarinta – (Abbotsford RFC) BC
Brandon Power – (Eastern Shore Rugby Club) NS
Michael Reid – (Strathcona Druids) AB
Colin Rolph – (Beaconsfield RFC) QC
Zac Sanderson – (Red Deer Titans) AB
Sterling Seunarine – (Brantford Harlequins) ON
Lucas Shortall – (Swilers RFC) NL
Sean Snyman – (Oakville Crusaders) ON
Elijah Springer – (Cochrane Grizzlies RFC) AB
Lucas Vanderburg – (Aurora Barbarians) ON
Logan Weidner – (Carson Graham Secondary School) BC
Deklan Williamson – (Oakville Crusaders) ON
Canada White Roster:
Ben Mowbray – (Ajax Wanderers) ON
Thomas Artmann Sherren – (Beaconsfield RFC) QC
Hudson Barnaby – (NB Spruce) NB
Sony Bermudez-Chavez – (Nor'Westers) AB
Jacob Bourne – (UBCOB Ravens) BC
Liam Bowman – (Oakville Crusaders) ON
Willem den Ouden – (Hornets RFC) AB
Elvis Duru – (Castaway Wanderers) BC
Josh Elbourne – (JBAA) BC
Adam Ford – (Guelph Redcoats RFC) ON
Eric Godden – (Saracens) ON
Ryan Goodyear – (Baymen RFC) NL
Nicholas Harington – (Oakville Crusaders) ON
Alex Hickman – (Swilers RFC) NL
Brenner Kelava – (Shawnigan Lake) BC
Jan Lourens – (Hornets RFC) AB
Philipe Marchand – (Montreal Irish RFC) QC
Talon McMullin – (Earl Marriott Secondary School) BC
Kevin Mwamba – (Clansmen RFC) AB
Cody Nhanala – (Ottawa Ospreys) ON
George Piper – (Abbotsford RFC) BC
David Scollon – (Oakville Crusaders) ON
Isiah Springer – (Cochrane Grizzlies RFC) AB
Reese Stanley– (Waterloo County RFC) ON
Max Tavenor – (Dogs RFC) NL
Jared Usmar – (Saracens RFC) ON
Mikko Vorster – (University of WO) MAN
Relmu Wilson-Valdes – (LVR Bombers) BC
Jayden Woodworth – (Fredericton Loyalists) NB
Carson Young – (Oshawa Vikings) ON

Mike Curran– Head Coach        
Sean McDonaugh– Assistant Coach
Scott Manning– Assistant Coach
Morgan Lovell– Assistant Coach
John Lavery– Assistant Coach
Shelby MacDonald– Program Manager
Jim Delaney– Tour Manager & Coach Development
Jalin Couper– Athletic Therapist
Jessica Salt– Athletic Therapist
Dec 28th 2018 @ Chula Vista Elite Training Centre (afternoon KO times)
Match 1: Canada Red vs USA White
Match 2: Canada White vs USA Blue

Dec 31st 2018 @ Chula Vista Elite Training Centre (morning KO times)
·               Match 1: Canada White vs USA White
·               Match 2: Canada Red vs USA Blue

Jan 3rd 2019 @ TBD
·               Match 1: Canada Red vs Canada White