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Canada U20s Named for JWC Opener

Thursday Jun 4, 2009 in Canada National Team - Men

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June 4, 2009 - After several days of grueling practice sessions in Fukuoka, Japan, the Canadian Men’s U20 roster has been released for Friday’s 2009 Toshiba Junior World Championship opener against Australia.

After finishing in twelfth at last year’s competition in Wales, the squad is looking to finish in the top ten of this year’s 16-team tournament.

Canada will kick off their JWC campaign on a pristine pitch against Australia at Best Amenity Stadium in Fukuoka at 5 pm local time before facing off against Pool D members Wales and Tonga next week.

The starting fifteen according to Head Coach Tim Murdy features a number of familiar faces that have been consistent over the past year of preparation.

“It’s a case of the usual suspects stepping to the forefront with Harry Jones, Sebastian Pearson, Conor Trainor and Kyle Armstrong leading from the front and it’s really elevated the level of play for everybody,” Murdy said on Thursday morning before addressing Canada’s game plan against the star studded Australian side.

“They’re an incredibly talented team and they’ll play with a lot of flare and try to manipulate our defence a bit but if our boys stick to their defensive policies, we should be fine in that area. It’s going to just be a matter of our guys executing and making their tackles. “

Team Captain Harry Jones said his side is well aware of the tough task at hand when they take on Australia, a team that features nine players currently playing professionally in the Super 14’s.

“Against Australia it’s always a fast game,” Jones said before adding, “But last year it was kind of a shock because we’d never seen a pace like that. With the experience of New Zealand we’re more prepared for it this year. After the first few tackles we’ll shake the nerves out and get right into it.”

First year prop Richard Townsend spoke of the forward pack’s confidence heading into the match.

“We’re a hard hitting team and we’re going to match them for physicality,” Townsend said. “At the end of the day we’re going into the game as hard as we can and we’re going to try and play how we play.”

The lineup features a number of Canada’s top prospects including Lindsay, Ontario’s Brett Beukeboom who was named University of Victoria Rookie of the Year this past spring. The roster also features hard hitting Leicester Academy back row Sebastian Pearson who will be leading the pack on his second JWC tour.

Captain Harry Jones will lead the side from the full back position and will be joined by his UBC team mate Taylor Dalziel in the backs. Truro College scrum half Kyle Armstrong is also back in the lineup after overcoming a serious hand injury to join the Canadian U20 side in Japan. 

USA-based Nick Wallace, who qualifies for Canada through parentage, is on the reserves bench.

Roster for Canada vs. Australia – June 5 at 5pm – Best Amenity Stadium, Fukuoka, Japan

1. Richard Townsend (Hartpury College, Glouster Academy/ Herefordshire, ENG)
2. Jamal Allen (University of Victoria/Vancouver, BC)
3. Justin Chelak (University of Victoria, Cowichan RFC/Vancouver, BC)
4. Brett Beukeboom (University of Victoria, Lindsay Gryphons/Lindsay, ON)
5. Josh Schlebach (University of Calgary, Calgary Irish/Calgary, AB)
6. Toni Wodzicki (University of Victora, Mtl Wanderers/Montreal, QC)
7. Jesse Kliman  (University of Western Ontario/Victoria, BC)
8. Sebastian Pearson (Lindsay Gryphons, Leicester Tigers/Lindsay, ON)
9. Kyle Armstrong (Truru College, Ajax Wanderers/Whitby,ON)
10. Connor Braid (James Bay Athletic Association/Victoria, BC)
11. Chris Barrett (Queens University/Vancouver, BC)
12. Taylor Dalziel (University of British Columiba/Vancouver, BC)
13. Conor Trainor (Western, UBCOB Ravens/Vancouver, BC)
14. Jordan Wilson-Ross (Alliston Timberwolves Alliston, ON)
15. (C) Harry Jones (University of British Columbia, Capilano/West Vancouver, BC)

16. Evan Mallory (University of Victoria/North Vancouver, BC)
17. Nick Wallace (St. Mary’s College of California/Bellingham, WA)
18. Ryan Fried (Waterloo Oxford DSS/New Hamburg, ON)
19. Jeff McKinnon (Capilano/North Vancouver, BC)
20. Andrew Crow (University of Western Ontario/Victoria, BC)
21. Pat Fraser (University of Victoria/Cobble Hill, BC)
22. Aaron Johnstone (Capilano/Bowen Island, BC)

Head Coach: Tim Murdy
Assistant Coach: Ian Hyde-Lay
Strength and Conditioning Coach: Joe McCullum
Manager: Brian Hunter
Medical: Ben Suen, Dr. Andre du Toit
Video Analyst/Media Manager: Andrew Smith

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