Of the 34 BC athletes invited to the Canada West U-17 Trials at Shawnigan Lake, seven are from Abbotsford or the Abbotsford club system. Joey Campbell (Sardis, center), Thomas Choi (Yale, back row), Spencer Loughlin (Yale, center/wing), Spencer Miller (Yale, scrum half - in image left tackling for BC 7's team), and Louis Retief (Sardis, lock/back row) all currently play for the Abbotsford U-17 club team. Rick Hansen Twins Alex and Brandon Ho (back row players) have played club rugby but are currently heavily involved in football. Congratulations to our local athletes at the Canada West camp! Read on for more information from the BCRU.

Courtesy Andrew Smith and the BCRU:

Following the recent success of the BC Men's Under-16 provincial teams at the 2011 National Championships which saw the program bring home a gold and bronze, 34 of the standout athletes have been invited to attend the Western Canada U17 national camp.

"It's pleasing to have a large representative group from our Under-16 program be selected for this camp," said BC Provincial Coach and Development Manager Dave Brown. "Particularly pleasing is the large number of 1996 birth year players who will still be playing Under-16 rugby in the upcoming year. This will be a tremendous development opportunity to the athletes attending and is a great reflection of the work done by our clubs, schools and regions in British Columbia."

Under the watchful eye of Canadian U17 head coach Jim Delaney, these athletes will be run through a series of drills and scrimmages to put their hand up for selection to the national team. Held at Shawnigan Lake School, the sessions kick off on Thursday, November 3rd and wrap up on Sunday, November 6th.

The U17 national program looks to follow a similar format as the 2010-2011 season this year. Slated for 2011-2012 is a winter tour of USA, camp and internal tour of British Columbia with games against regional sides, along with the season culminating in the annual Wellington Tournament in England.

BC players invited to National U17 Western Canada Camp:

Player (School/ BC Rugby Club)

Nick Andrews (Lord Tweesmuir)
Randall Barton (Shawnigan Lake School/ Cowichan RC)
Kyle Bodnarchuk (Velox RFC)
Luke Bradley (Alberni SS/ Port Alberni Black Sheep)
Evan Cambridge (Oak Bay/ Castaway Wanderers RFC)
Joey Campbell (Sardis/ Abbotsford RFC)
Thomas Choi (Yale/ Abbotsford RFC)

Nick Collett (Soutridge/ Bayside RFC)
Shane Dagg (South Delta/ Bayside RFC)
Guiseppe du Toit (Shawnigan Lake School)
Will Foss (Aldergrove/ Langley RFC)
Marhsall Fuller (Collingwood/ Capilano RFC)
Harjun Gill (St. George's/ Richmond RFC)
Alex Ho (Rick Hansen/ Abbotsford RFC)
Brandon Ho (Rick Hansen)
Winston Jin (St. George's/ Meraloma Rugby Club)
Cole Keffer (Sutherland/ Capilano RFC)
Alex Klassen (Semiahmoo/ Bayside RFC)
Karsten Leitner (St. George's/ UBCOB Ravens)
Spencer Loughlin (Yale/ Abbotsford RFC)
Calixto Martinex (Earl Marriott/ Bayside RFC)
Connor McRae (Collingwood/ Cailano RFC)
Chris Miles (Shawnigan Lake School)
Spencer Miller (Yale/ Abbotsford RFC)
James Oswald (West Van SS)
Jack Nyren (Oak Bay/ Castaway Wanderers RFC)
James Porter (Rockridge/ Capilano)
Tanner Price (Point Grey SS/ Kats RFC)
Jack Rainer (Rockridge/ Capilano)
Louis Retief (Sardis SS/ Abbotsford RFC)
Spencer Soltan (Shawnigan Lake School)
Tobin Sydneysmith (Sentinel/ Capilano RFC)
Tomasi Vataiki (McRoberts/ Meraloma Rugby Club)
Luke Zandbergen (Surrey Beavers)

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