Rugby Canada will host the U20s Canada Conference 2022, an international Men’s U20s tournament organized in partnership with World Rugby, in August at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada.
Before the World Rugby U20 Trophy returns in 2023, Canada has been selected to stage a replacement tournament from August 13-23 which will provide key high-performance competition for its Men’s U20 program, as well as those of participating unions Uruguay, Zimbabwe and Chile.
Supported by World Rugby, the U20s Canada Conference confirms the international federation’s commitment to support the rugby pathway for the next generation of rugby talent, who will eventually improve the competitiveness of their senior teams.
“We would like to thank World Rugby for giving us the opportunity to host this event. This tournament will provide much-needed game time for our U20s program in a competitive environment. We would also like to thank our venue, the University of Guelph, for their partnership. We look forward to staging a successful event.” Dustin Hopkins, Managing Director of Rugby Operations, Rugby Canada
“U20 tournaments have proven to be a successful pathway for young talents in our unions to flourish, gain international experience and prepare for test rugby. Before the global World Rugby U20 Trophy return next year, we are delighted to support our unions and Rugby Canada in delivering the U20s Canada Conference, a fantastic opportunity for promising rugby players to compete at the highest level.” World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont
Taking place in a round-robin format, the event’s first stage of matches will take place on Saturday, August 13, followed by subsequent rounds on Thursday, August 18 and Tuesday, August 23. The full schedule is below:
Match Day 1 – August 13, 2022
- Kickoff 4:00 p.m. ET: Chile vs. Uruguay
- Kick off 6:30 p.m. ET: Canada vs. Zimbabwe
Match Day 2 – August 18, 2022
- Kickoff 4:00 p.m. ET: Uruguay vs. Zimbabwe
- Kickoff 6:30 p.m. ET: Canada vs. Chile
Match Day 3 – August 23, 2022
- Kickoff 4:00 p.m. ET: Chile vs. Zimbabwe
- Kickoff 6:30 p.m. ET: Canada vs. Uruguay
This is a non-ticketed event and fans who wish to attend the matches are encouraged to do so. Broadcast and partnership details will be confirmed in due course.
BC Represented in U20 Canada Squad
Ahead of the tournament, Canada’s Men’s U20s Head Coach Adam Roberts has named his 28-man squad.
Six players are moving up from the BC Bears U19 Team currently competing at the 2022 Men’s U19 Canadian Rugby Championships, also in Guelph. Congratulations to Alastair Bruce, Taine Clague, Sol Jacques, Alastair Marshall, Joe McNulty, and Caden Wilson on their selections.
Sam Reimer, who has made his way through Rugby Canada’s Age-Grade programs and has featured for Pacific Pride as well as the Toronto Arrows, is joined by the youngest Major League Rugby signee and fellow Arrow Kobe Faust.
Born and raised in White Rock, BC, brothers and multi-sport athletes Talon and Takoda McMullin are part of the roster, as is Lucas Schek, who has featured for Canada’s Senior Men’s Sevens program. Current Pacific Pride players Bruce, Jack East, Mathew Klimchuk and Tyler Matchem are also on the squad.
“We are extremely excited to be hosting the August test series with Zimbabwe, Chile and Uruguay. We have some very talented rugby players on our squad that are exciting to watch and who have come from a wide range of backgrounds. We look forward to what will be a thrilling event and an excellent showcase of the up-and-coming talent Canada has to offer.” Canada’s Men’s U20s Head Coach Adam Roberts
CANADA’S MEN’S U20 ROSTER FOR U20s CANADA CONFERENCE 2022
- James Biss (London, England) – Durham University
- Liam Bowman (Oakville, ON) – US Montauban
- Alastair Bruce (Cape Town, South Africa) – Pacific Pride
- Ted Champion (Hong Kong) – University of Arizona
- Taine Clague (Victoria, BC) – University of Victoria
- Jack East (Wanaka, New Zealand) – Pacific Pride
- Michael DiLella Jr. (Orono, ON) – Guelph University
- Adam Doyle (Kingston, ON) – Queens University
- Kobe Faust (Uxbridge, ON) – Guelph University / Toronto Arrows
- Ethan Fryer (Seattle, USA) – Pacific Pride / New England Free Jacks
- Jamin Hodgkins (Bermuda) – Cardiff Met University
- Jacob Ince (Oakville, ON) – Guelph University
- Sol Jacques (Kelowna, BC) – UBC
- Ethan Jurgeneit (Barrie, ON) – Trinity Western University
- Mathew Klimchuk (Regina, SK) – Pacific Pride
- Alastair Marshall (Hudson Bay, SK) – UBC
- Tyler Matchem (Halifax, NS) – Pacific Pride
- Takoda McMullin (White Rock, BC) – UBC
- Talon McMullin (White Rock, BC) – Bayside RFC
- Joe McNulty (North Vancouver, BC ) – Capilano RFC
- Medhi Porchet (Geneva, Switzerland) – Stade Montois RFC
- Sam Reimer (Ajax, ON) – Pacific Pride / Toronto Arrows
- Lukas Schek (Regina, SK) – Canada’s Senior Men’s Sevens
- David Scollon (Mississauga, ON) – Guelph University
- Peyton Teneyche (Brandon, MB) – UBC
- Logan Weidner (North Vancouver, BC ) Brive RFC
- Caden Wilson (Vancouver, BC) – UBC
- Relmu Wilson-Valdez (Nelson, BC) – UBC
- Adam Roberts (White Rock, BC) – Head Coach
- Clay Panga (Victoria, BC) – Assistant Coach
- Cory Hector (Guelph, ON) – Assistant Coach
- LeeEllen Carroll (Ottawa, ON) – Manager
- Aiyanna Grubec (Nanaimo, BC) – Athletic Therapist
- Jalin Couper (Victoria, BC) – Athletic Therapist
- Derek Pue (Kamloops, BC) – Video Analyst
- Rodin Lozada (Toronto, ON) – Video Analyst
- Mike Jorgenson (Peterborough, ON) – Mental Skills