Rugby Canada Academies kick off 2019-2020 year

Rugby 7s Senior Women, Rugby 15s U20 Men

LANGFORD, BC (September 4, 2019) – An exciting start to the school year as Rugby Canada’s men’s and women’s development academies– the Pacific Pride and the Rugby Canada Development Academy (RCDA)— both kickoff off their 2019-2020 seasons.

The athletes making up the newly reformed Pacific Pride came together in Langford, BC last week, heading straight into preparations for their first pre-season match. The men’s development academy is made up of mostly uncapped players and looks to build up young talent with the goal of readying players for top-tier international club and national team competition.

The centralized team –lead by esteemed Canadian international Jamie Cudmore—will train out of the Al Charron Training Centre and compete in the BC Premier League, running from September into May. There first match takes place this Saturday, September 7th against the Nanaimo Hornets at 2:30pm PT.

“The team is very excited to kickoff the return of the Pride in our first BC Premiership League match on Saturday,” said Cudmore. “We’ve got a great group of guys here who have hit the ground running. It’s amazing to expose these young athletes to a training environment like this and help them build into internationally competitive players. I think as we move forward, programs like the Pride are critical for Canada’s progression on the international stage.”

Entering into their third year, the young women of the RCDA returned to training at the start of the week with 10 new athletes in tow. Aligned with the national senior women’s program, the academy looks to develop players with aspirations to reach Canada’s Olympic rugby sevens and Rugby World Cup teams in a competitive daily training enviornment, while also attending high school.

The RCDA has already seen such successes with athletes like Olivia DeCouvreur, Carmen Izyk, Ella O’Regan, Maggie MacKinnon, Beth Cudmore, and more getting opportunities with the senior women’s program.

John Tait, Director of the Women’s High Performance program and the head coach of Canada’s National Senior Sevens team said of the RCDA: “We’re heading into our third year with the academy and have started to really pick up steam with the program. We’ve had some great successes already with a few girls working their way into the senior national program and others going on to play at universities all across the country. We’re focused as an organization not only on Tokyo 2020, but also the 2021 Rugby World Cup, and then onto the 2024 Olympics. This program is a major factor for our continued success.”



Pacific Pride Roster: 

D'Shawn Bowen (Kingston, ON) Unattached

Thomas Davidson (Chelsea, QC) Toronto Scottish RFC

Reid Davis (White Rock, BC) Bayside RFC

Mason Flesch (Cobourg, ON) Cobourg Saxons

Brock Gallagher (Edmonton, AB) Strathcona Druids RFC

Nik Hildebrand (Nanaimo, BC) Burnaby Lake Rugby Club

Nolan Howell (Richmond, BC) Richmond RFC

Ed Ilnicki (Spruce Grove, AB) Unattached

Thomas Isherwood (Skelmanthorpe, England) Foothills Lions RFC

Austin James (North Vancouver, BC) Burnaby Lake Rugby Club

Will Kelly (Ancaster, ON) Brantford Harlequins

Dewald Kotze (Edmonton, AB) Strathcona Druids RFC

Morgan MacIntyre (Summerside, PEI) UPEI Panthers

Mike McCarthy (St. John's, NL) Swilers RFC

Liam Murray (Langley, BC) James Bay AA

Quinn Ngawati  (Victoria, BC) Westshore RFC

Anton Ngongo (Victoria, BC) Castaway Wanderers

Cody Nhanala (Ottawa, ON) Ottawa Ospreys RFC

Oliver Nott (Victoria, BC) UVIC Vikes

Marc-Antoine Ouellett (Québec City, QC) Club de Rugby de Québec

Brennig Prevost (Victoria, BC) Castaway Wanderers

David Richard (Milton, ON) Mississauga Blues

Tyler Rowland (Mississauga, ON) Toronto Nomads

Alex Russell (Montreal, QC) McGill University

Crosby Stewart  (Prince Rupert, BC) UVIC Vikes

Guiseppe du Toit (Maple Ridge, BC) Toronto Arrows

Josh Thiel (Abbotsford, BC) Abbotsford RFC

Siaki Vikilani (Burnaby, BC) Burnaby Lake Rugby Club

Taitusi Vikilani (Burnaby, BC) Burnaby Lake Rugby Club

Brock Webster (Uxbridge, ON) Oshawa Vikings


RCDA Roster:

Beth Cudmore, Victoria BC

Emily Findlay, Regina SK

Emily Stewart, Grand Forks BC

Fancy Bermudez Chavez, Edmonton AB

Julia Armstrong, Abbotsford, BC

Kira Peary, Abbotsford BC

Kiri Ngawati, Victoria BC

Lyla Risdale, Cambridge Ont

Macy Wiebe, Dunan BC

Makayla Jospeh, Calgary AB

Mirina Skakun, Brentwood Bay BC

Sierra Gillis, Victoria BC

Sophia Tafel, Canmore AB