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Canadian Universities Ready For Can-Am Clash

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Canadian Universities Ready For Can-Am Clash

The Rugby Canada University XV is set to take on the USA Men's Collegiate All Americans this weekend at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colo.

The Canadian team is made up of players from a total of 8 different universities, some of whom are either part of a national team program, or have been part of Canadian age-grade teams in the past. The head coach is Dave Butcher, who is also head coach of Queens University. Butcher has coached against USA MCAA Head Coach James Willocks before as Queens plays Dartmouth on a regular basis. Queens also won the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Championship title.  Butcher was named 2018 OUA Coach of the Year.

“I feel this is a very important program to give athletes in the Varsity system an opportunity to play high level rugby and feel this will become an important piece in the development and identification pathway for men’s rugby in Canada,” Butcher told RugbyCanada. “There is a lot of excitement around this team and the potential for these athletes to feed not only the Senior Canadian Men’s team but also go on to be involved in programs like the Pacific Pride and the Toronto Arrows.”

Three of the players are on the Toronto Arrows roster—Jack McRogers, Marcello Wainwright, and Mitch Richardson.

Canada Universities Roster:
Julian Alexander- Concordia
Connor Byron- UBC
Charles Debove- Concordia
Riley Dinardo- Guelph
Josh Engelbrecht- Queen's
Matt Fish- Wilfred Laurier
Ethan Hager- UVIC
Trevor Helgason- Queens
Flynn Heyes- UBC
Nolan Howell- UBC
Sam Ibbotson- Queens
Izzak Kelly- UBC
Pat Lynott- Queens
Jackson Marquardt- Concordia
Stephen Martinez- Concordia
Jack McCarthy- STFX
Jack McRogers- McMaster
Conor O'Flaherty- UBC
James O'Neill- UVIC
Cully Quirke- Queens
Max Radcliffe- UBC
Mitch Richardson- McMaster
Sam Turner- UBC
Marcello Wainwright- Guelph

Here also is the USA squad:

MEN’S COLLEGIATE ALL-AMERICANS FULL SQUAD
PLAYER NAME POSITION COLLEGE
Tommy Clark Lock / Back Row American International College
Michael Dabulas Flyhalf Penn State
Michael de Waal Flanker Lindenwood
Calvin Gentry Center / Wing Arkansas State
Matthew Gordon Lock / Back Row Mary Washington
Robert Irimescu Hooker Penn State
Troy Lockyear Fullback Cal
TaviteLopeti Center St Mary's of California
Jack Manzo Hooker Cal
Santiago Mascolo Lock / Back Row Iona College
Harry Masters Scrumhalf Mary Washington
Alec McDonnell Prop Lindenwood
Nic Mirhashem Flanker Cal
Julian Montes Prop Life
Ronan Murphy Back row St Mary's
Thorne O'Connell Utility Kutztown
KaremOdeh Prop Life
Tanner Pope Prop Arkansas State
CristianRodriguez Wing Lindenwood
Payton Telea-Ilalio Prop St Mary's
Bronson Teles Lock Arizona
Duncan Van Shalkwyk Flyhalf Life
Wesley White Flanker Lindenwood
Mitchell Wilson Center / Fullback Life
Sean Yacoubian Scrumhalf St Mary's of California
Connor Mooneyham Wing Life