Five Arrows Named to Canadian University All Stars Squad

Congratulations to the five Arrows — Riley Di Nardo, Pat Lynott, Jack McRogers, Mitch Richardson, and Marcello Wainwright — who have been named to the Canadian University All Stars roster for the upcoming Pacific Nations Cup curtain-raiser clash against USA Rugby’s Collegiate All-Americans on Saturday, July 27.

Well done, lads!

Header Photo Credit: Norma Salinas

Rugby Canada Release

LANGFORD, BC (July 23, 2019) – Rugby Canada has named the 24-man roster for the Canadian University All-Star team that will take on the Collegiate All-Americans on Saturday, July 27. The game takes place at 5pm ET/ 2pm PT at Infinity Park and will serve as the curtain raiser for the 2019 Pacific Nations Cup Canada vs USA match.

The University All Star match is a new concept that Rugby Canada and USA Rugby have developed in collaboration, with a view to making it an annual event that provides additional opportunities for university players primarily between the ages of 20-24.  In keeping with Rugby Canada’s development and performance objectives, this initiative serves as an important building block for Canada’s young emerging University players by contributing to their growth and development in a competitive setting.

The 2019 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 coaching duties are being carried out by Queen’s University Head Coach Dave Butcher, who runs a highly successful university rugby program that went undefeated in the 2018 regular season, and captured the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Championship title. Butcher was named 2018 OUA Coach of the Year, and has been selected to lead the group of Canadian University All Stars based on his proven leadership as well as his first-hand experience and knowledge of Rugby Canada’s development and performance objectives.

“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,” said Butcher.

“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.”

This game will not be available for viewing in Canada but scores will be updated on Rugby Canada’s channels. The team returns to Canada on Sunday, July 28th.

Canada’s Roster:

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

Canadian University All-Stars vs Collegiate All-Americans
July 27 
Infinity Park – Glendale, Colorado
Kick-off: 5pm ET/ 2pm PT

Pacific Nations Cup Match:
Canada vs. USA
July 27
Infinity Park – Glendale, Colorado
Kick-off: 8pm ET/ 5pm PT
Broadcast: TBC

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