It has been a busy week of preparation for both BC Bears U18 Elite 7s Teams in New Zealand.
Coaches Adam Roberts and Robin MacDowell have been putting the Boys team through its paces so far, with structured sessions that mimic the team’s playing schedule this weekend.
Victoria duo Matt Bennett (Westshore RFC) and Josh McIndoe (Castaway Wanderers) were both interviewed for local TV, while the Boys have also enjoyed some recovery time exploring the city of Auckland and the nearby magical Hot Water Beach.
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According to Coach Roberts, this team is really starting to gel and have fully adopted the “always getting amongst it” attitude.
The Boys enjoyed a special experience as they were invited to watch the Auckland Blues training on Thursday morning. The team witnessed some of the world’s best Rugby players in action, and even managed to get a photo with former All Blacks Captain Tana Umaga.
The team spent Thursday afternoon scrimmaging with the Cook Islands, where they learned a lot, and had a visit from former Canada international Mike Webb, who is now a doctor in Auckland. Mike grew up in North Vancouver and played for BC at youth level, just like these boys.
The BC Bears Elite Girls 7s Team has been hard at work and are getting plenty of training in ahead of the weekend.
Coaches Darcy Patterson and Kaili Lukan have been running excellent drills as the Girls continue to get used to their surroundings.
With intensity growing each day, the Girls have also been relaxing in their downtime as Day 1 of competition approaches.
The Girls had a practice scrimmage with Australia earlier this week – a fantastic experience of all involved!