bc rugbyA number of Abbotsford players are involved with various BC teams this summer. Ages vary from men's and women's all the way through to U-14 boys. We are proud of our local rugby players and the work that they have put forth to earn a spot on our provincial teams.

Specifically, we'd like to recognize the following players:

BC Bears Men's Team

Selections are still in progress for this team, but the following Abby players are in the running for selection:

Lucas de Beer (scrum half)
Aaron Flagg (lock/prop)
Konrad Rybkowski (wing, utility back)

BC U-19 Men

Paul Ahn (Yale Grad)
Connor Hunter (Aldergrove Grad)
Ryan March (Bateman Grad)
Deon Smit (played briefly for the ARFC U-19, Shawnigan Grad)
Christian Styles (Yale Grad)

BC U-18 Men

Jorden Best (Bateman)
Justin Douglas (Bateman)
JD Paul (Mouat)

BC U-18 Women

Lauren Arthur (Abby Collegiate)
Madison Borrows (Bateman)
Tiffany Pickets (Abby Collegiate)
Kayla Van Veld (Abby Collegiate)

BC U-17 Men

Joey Campbell (Sardis)
Spencer Loughlin (Yale)
Louis Retief (Sardis)

BC U-16 Men

Jason Hignell (Heritage Park)
Bradon Ho (Hansen)
Kaden McLeod (Yale)
Josh Thiel (Aldergrove)


Jackson Boyle (Yale)
Ayden Kirkpatrick (Yale)

BC U-14 Boys

Matt Fraser (Fraser Middle)
Thomas Rennie (Fraser Middle)
Adaio Spathelfer (Fraser Middle)

Chris Combs (Fraser Middle)
Kyle Davis (Fraser Middle)
Josh Long (Clayburn)

Courtesy of Andrew Smith, BCRU

VANCOUVER - Four British Columbia provincial rugby teams will travel to Sherbrooke, Quebec next week for the 2012 Rugby Canada National Championship Festival. The five-day tournament will feature over 650 age grade players from BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Quebec and Newfoundland.

The four BC teams will look to emulate last year's success in Calgary where the U18 and U16 men's teams were crowned national champions, the U18 women's team claimed silver and the men's U16-2's came home with bronze. Each BC team will play double-headers on August 8th and 9th, with the playoff rounds set for August 11th and the championship finals slated for August 12th.

For more information on the national tournament visit www.cdnfestivalrugby.com

British Columbia U18 Men

2012 National Championships Schedule
9:00am Wed. August 8th: BC vs Ontario-2
4:00pm Wed. August 8th: BC vs Newfoundland
9:00am Thurs. August 9th: BC vs Manitoba
4:00pm Thurs. August 9th: BC vs Nova Scotia
Friday August 10th: Day Off
Saturday August 11th: Playoff Rounds
Sunday August 12th: Placement Finals

2011 Round-Robin Record: 4-0 (1st)
2011 Gold Medal Final: BC 38-33 Ontario

BC U18 Team Staff
Coach: Jeff Williams
Coach: Rameses Langston
Manager: Shane Thompson
Therapist: Kim Yae

BC U18 men's Roster
Randall Barton (Cowichan Rugby Club)
Kirk Bonnis (Vancouver Rowing Club)
Chad Carlsen (Capilano RFC)
Neil Courtney (Capilano RFC)
Jorden De Graaf (BC Elite Youth 7s / Provincial Team)
Justin Douglas (Abbotsford RFC)
Haydn Evans (Cowichan Rugby Club)
Robert Fenton (UBCOB Ravens)
Keegan Fletcher (Vancouver Rowing Club)
Harjun Gill (Richmond RFC)
Fergus Hall (Castaway Wanderers)
Connor Hamilton (Vancouver Rowing Club)
Michael Harvey (Capilano RFC)
Nathaniel Hight (Brit Lions RFC)
Dylan Kiselbach (Bayside AA)
Karsten Leitner (UBCOB Ravens)
Ian McMaster (Bayside AA)
Cole Mosychuk (BCRU provincial team / Kelowna)
JD Paul (Abbotsford RFC)
James Pitblado (Vancouver Rowing Club)
Jorden Sandover-Best (Abbotsford RFC)
Reid Tucker (Capilano RFC)
Connor Weyell (Capilano RFC)
Quinton Willms (Bayside AA)
Nathan Yanagiya (Capilano RFC)

British Columbia U18 Women

National Championships Schedule
9:00am Wed. August 8th: BC vs Saskatchewan
2:00pm Wed. August 8th: BC vs Alberta
9:00am Thurs. August 9th: BC vs Manitoba
2:00pm Thurs. August 9th: BC vs New Brunswick
Friday August 10th: Day Off
Saturday August 11th: Playoff Rounds
Sunday August 12th: Placement Finals

2011 Round-Robin Record: 3-0-1 (2nd)
2011 Gold Medal Final: Ontario 34-18 BC

BC U18 Women's Team Staff
Coach: Rick Pimlott
Coach: Brad Wightman
Manager: Asuka Kusano
Therapist: Monique Charbonneau

BC U18 Women's Roster
Name (School / Regional Team / Club)
Lizzie Adams (Shawnigan Lake School / Vancouver Island)
Lauren Arthur (Abbotsford Collegate / Fraser Valley / Abbotsford RFC)
Nicole Bengco (Earl Merriott / Fraser Valley / Bayside AA)
Dana Beirnes (GP Vanier / Vancouver Island)
Sierra Bonner (Semiahmoo / Fraser Valley / Bayside AA)
Nikolina Boundy  (Lord Tweedsmuir / Fraser Valley / Bayside AA)
Madison Borrows (Robert Bateman / Fraser Valley / Abbotsford RFC)
Jaime Carrier (Columnetza / Williams Lake RFC)          
Cheyenne Conrad (Carson Graham / Vancouver)
Jenna Elidoros (Lord Tweedsmuir / Fraser Valley / Bayside AA)
Jade Elidoros (Lord Tweedsmuir / Fraser Valley / Bayside AA)
Molly Florian (GP Vanier / Vancouver Island / Comox Valley Kickers)
Kara Galbraith (Ladysmith / Vancouver Island / Cowichan Rugby Club)
Samantha Jory (Cowichan / Vancouver Island / Cowichan Rugby)
Lauren Klassen (Walnut Grove / Fraser Valley)   
Ciara Malone (Magee Secondary School / Vancouver / Meraloma Rugby Club)
April Martin (Lord Tweedsmuir / Fraser Valley / Bayside Athletic AA)
Alex Meuller (Lord Tweedsmuir / Fraser Valley / Bayside AA)
Keanna Mullen (Port Alberni / Vancouver Island / Port Alberni Black Sheep)
Jess Neilson (Carson Graham / Vancouver  / Meraloma Rugby Club)
Jasmyn Niquidet (Columneetza / Thompson Okanagan / Williams Lake RFC)
Tiffany Picketts (Abbotsford Collegate / Fraser Valley / Abbotsford RFC)
Caitie Ryan (Sa-Hali / Thompson Okanagan / Kamloops RFC)
Adrienne Saari (Cowichan / Vancouver Island / Cowichan Rugby Club)
Kayla Van Veld (Abbotsford Collegate / Fraser Valley / Abbotsford RFC)

British Columbia-1 U16 'Gold'

National Championships Schedule
10:00am Wed. August 8th: BC-1 Gold vs New Brunswick
3:00pm Wed. August 8th: BC-1 Gold vs Alberta
10:00am Thurs. August 9th: BC-1 Gold vs BC-2 Blue
3:00pm Thurs. August 9th: BC-1 Gold vs Ontario-2
Friday August 10th: Day Off
Saturday August 11th: Playoff Rounds
Sunday August 12th: Placement Finals

2011 Round-Robin Record: 4-0 (1st)
2011 Gold Medal Final: BC 88-5 Newfoundland

BC-1 U16 Gold Team Staff
Coach: Ken Erikson
Coach: Peter Jamieson
Manager: John Smith
Therapist: Motum Ben

BC-1 U16 Gold Roster
Nicholas Allen (Capilano RFC)
Alexi Bonnis (Vancouver Rowing Club)
Luke Bradley (Port Alberni Black Sheep)
Joseph Carter (Fraser Valley West)
Drew Coles (Bayside AA)
Nick Collett (Bayside AA)
Foster DeWitt (North Island Tsunami)
Nico Docolas (Bayside AA)
Paolo Dube (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club)
Cole Keffer (Capilano RFC)
Jason Hignell (Fraser Valley East)
Brandon Ho (Fraser Valley East)
Jakob Knapton (Capilano RFC)
Marc Levin (Vancouver Rowing Club)
Kaden MacLeod (Fraser Valley East)
Calixto Martinez (Bayside AA)
Mitchell Mehlenbacher (Capilano RFC)
Jack Nyren (Castaway Wanderers RFC)
Reegan O'Gorman (Vancouver Rowing Club)
Gavin Rowell (Bayside AA)
Theo Sauder (Vancouver Rowing Club)
Josh Thiel (Abbotsford RFC)
Wesley Wong (Cowichan Rugby Club)
Braydon Williams (North Island Tsunami)
Austin Wright (Capilano RFC)


British Columbia-2 U16 'Blue'

National Championships Schedule
11:00am Wed. August 8th: BC-2 Blue vs Ontario-1
3:00pm Wed. August 8th:  BC-2 Blue vs New Brunswick
10:00am Thurs. August 9th:  BC-2 Blue vs BC-1 Gold
3:00pm Thurs. August 9th: BC-2 Blue vs Quebec
Friday August 10th: Day Off
Saturday August 11th: Playoff Rounds
Sunday August 12th: Placement Finals

2011 Round-Robin Record: 3-1 (4th)
2011 Bronze Medal Final: BC 22-17 Ontario-2

BC-2 U16 Blue Team Staff
Coach: Curry Hitchborn
Coach: Chris Haynes
Therapist: Alvin Tseng
Manager: Peter Parke

BC-2 U16 'Blue' Roster
George Barton (Cowichan Rugby Club)
Tyler Beselt (Cowichan Rugby Club)
Aarman Bondar (United Rugby Club)
Jackson Boyle (Abbotsford RFC)
Trevor Caton (North Island Tsunami)
Angus Carroll (Capilano RFC)
Brock Gowanlock (Cowichan Rugby Club)
Dominic Haynes (Thompson Okanagan)
Alex Ho (Fraser Valley East)
Ayden Kirkpatrick (Abbotsford RFC)
Jagger Loeber (Capilano RFC)
Charlie Macdonald (Capilano RFC)
Jonathan Manderson (Capilano RFC)
Cole Milne (Cowichan Rugby Club)
Anthony Oswald (Capilano RFC)
Gino Paolella (Fraser Valley Central)
Nakai Penny (Thompson-Okanagan)
Connor Sampson (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club)
Carlos Sheppard (Capilano RFC)
Jeremy Sinclair (Capilano RFC)
Kolby Steen (Fraser Valley East)
Tim Stephens (Bayside AA)
Spencer Walker (Richmond RFC)
Dylan Weyell (Capilano RFC)
Nick Wright (Bayside AA)

BC Rugby U17 provincial team set for Northern California tour

VANCOUVER - British Columbia's U17 men's provincial team will depart for San Francisco on Wednesday morning for the third and final leg of the TrueBlue BC-NorCal Cup. The partnership between the two North American rugby hotbeds - BC Rugby and the Northern California Youth Rugby Association - will see a home and away series between the two sides contested each summer.

The NorCal All Stars went 1-1 on their tour of BC in June, falling 36-34 to the BC U17 Mainland squad in Vancouver on June 19th and then rallied back for a 46-39 win over the BC U17 Island squad two days later. Scheduled for 6:00pm at Treasure Island, the third match will determine the series with the winner retaining the inaugural TrueBlue BC NC Cup until next summer.

On Sunday, July 29th, the BC U17s will then travel to Dixon to compete in a youth invitational seven-a-side competition. Dixon is home to the U19 US high school national champions Dixon Rugby Club, a region where rugby is rapidly expanding.

The NCYRA is the USA Rugby sanctioned youth organizer for Northern California, and is one of the largest State Based Rugby Organizations (SBRO) in the United States. The NCYRA is comprised of more than 90 clubs, 200 teams, 4,000 players (both boys and girls), all playing in 13 Divisions ranging from co-ed Under-8 through to high school varsity. The NCYRA stretches from Kings County up to the Oregon border.

TrueBlue BC U17 California Tour Schedule:
Fri., July 27: BC vs NorCal All Stars (6:00pm KO at Treasure Island, home of SFGG RFC)
Sun. July 29: Youth Invitational Sevens Tournament (9:00am KO at NorthWest Park, Dixon)

TrueBlue BC U17 Roster
Two BC players to watch in California include Canadian U17 national team representatives and Capilano RFC standouts Marshall Fuller and Connor McRae. Nine players from the U17 team are graduates from the BC U16 team that went undefeated at last year's national championship. Along with Fuller and McRae, the list includes Joel Campbell (Abbotsford RFC), Alex Klassen (Bayside AA), Christian Nonni (Capilano), James Oswald (Capilano), James Porter (Capilano), Louis Retief (Abbotsford RFC) and Tomasi Vataiki (Bayside AA).

TrueBlue BC U17 Men's Provincial Team
Sina Alavi (Capilano RFC)
Ben Bethune (Capilano RFC)
Joel Campbell (Abbotsford RFC)
Toby Digney (Nanaimo Hornets)
Will Foss (Langley RFC)
Marshall Fuller (Capilano RFC)
Alex Klassen (Bayside Athletic Association)
Caleb Lee (Capilano RFC)
Spencer Loughlin (Abbotsford RFC)
Anton Metalnikov (Richmond RFC)
Connor McRae (Capilano RFC)
Christian Nonni (Capilano RFC)
James Oswald (Capilano RFC)
James Porter (Capilano RFC)
Jack Rainer (Capilano RFC)
Louis Retief (Abbotsford RFC)
Morgan Tate (Castaway Wanderers RFC)
Jenner Teufel (Cowichan Rugby Club)
Tomasi Vataiki (Bayside Athletic Association)

Team Staff
Coach: Dave Brown
Coach: Shane Thompson
Manager: Andrew Smith
Assistant Manager/Video: Randy Neville

U-14 Boys

BC Roar
1 Adaio Spathelfer
2 Raphael Espejo
3 Josh Graffi
4 Sean Currie
5 Matt Fraser
6 Thomas Rennie
7 Ash Hotti
8 Ben Evanish
9 Brennig Provost
10 Jared Thind
11 Jessen Gibbs
12 Chris Parkins
13 Logan Martin-Feek
14 Aiden Currie
15 Jack Parr

BC Growl
1 Kyle Joe
2 Wes Foss
3 Sam Turner
4 Gavin Kratz
5 Wylie Gillette
6 Chis Combs
7 Mike Mann
8 Johna Hall
9 Jonas Robinson
10 Will Sauder
11 Kyle Davis
12 Josh Long
13 Matt Houghton
14 Gavin Kohut
15 Lucas De Vries

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