Canada U20 will play Portugal on Wednesday, February 20th at Caldas da Rainha at 2pm ET/ 11am PT in the second game of their tour to Portugal/Spain.
The starting team shows 6 changes from Sunday’s team that lost 37-15. These include Josh Tweed for Guerschom Mukendi at loose head prop, Brandon Hebert at second row for Tyler Duguid who has returned home for his National Wrestling Championship, Mason Flesch for Alistair Bulman in the backrow, Quinn Ngawati (recovered from pneumonia) at outside centre for Lockie Kratz, Reece Tudor Jones for Jarvis Dashkewytch on the left wing, and Austin Pinnell at full back for Gabe Casey. In addition Antoine de la Fontaine has been included in the substitutes to come on during the game.
"In this game we will pursue our plan that all players on tour will play in at least one of the first two games. On Monday we recovered from Sunday’s game and on Tuesday we will have 2 practices,” commented head coach Jeff Williams.
“We realize that Portugal have the advantage of training and playing together for months, and have played good rugby against us, but we are anticipating improved performance from our players. Despite the less than optimal preparation time we feel that these games are crucial to our development."
There will be no live stream for the match but stay tuned to Rugby Canada's social media channels for updates and rugby.ca for game recap.
Canada Men's U20 Roster:
1. Joshua Tweed, UBC, Surrey, BC.
2 Michael McCarthy, Swilers RFC, St John’s ,Newfoundland.
3 Stefan Zuliani , Queens University, Thornhill Ontario.
4 Reid Davis, James Bay AA, White Rock .BC.
5 Brandon Hebert, St Anne de Bellevue, Montreal,Quebec.
6 Quentin James, Perpignan, Vancouver, BC.
7 Will Matthews, Beaconsfield RFC, Beaconsfield,Quebec.
8 Mason Flesch, Coburg Saxons,Coburg, Ontario.
9 Brock Gallagher, Westshore RFC, Edmonton,Alberta.
10 Brock Webster, Oshawa Vikings, Oshawa, Ontario.
11 Reece Tudor Jones, University of Victoria,Victoria,BC
12 Kevin Vertkas, Westshore RFC, Toronto,Ontario.
13 Quinn Ngawati, Westshore RFC, Victoria ,BC.
14 David Richard, Mississauga Blues, Milton ,Ontario.
15 Austin Pinnell, Nor’Westers, Edmonton,Alberta.
16 Guerschom Mukendi,Stoney Creek Camels, Stoney Creek, Ontario
17 Thomas Hagen ,Swilers RFC, St John’s , Newfoundland.
18 Henry Stephenson, Toronto Nomads, Toronto,Ontario.
19 Alistair Bulman, Guildfordians, Dorking, England.
20 Connor McKinney, Swilers RFC, Toronto ,Ontario.
21 Sam Kahn, University of Western Ontario,Victoria,BC.
22 Campbell Clarke, Swilers RFC,St John’s, Newfoundland.
23 Glen Butler,RMC Kingston, Grimsby , Ontario.
24 Antoine de la Fontaine, Sherbrooke ,Sherbrooke,Quebec.
Canada U20 vs. Portugal B
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019
Caldas da Rainha, Portugal
Kick Off at 2pm ET/ 11am PT