Flanker Michael Smith is ready to enjoy every minute when Canada’s Senior Men’s XVs team faces Wales and England over the next two weekends.
White Rock, BC native Smith, who plays professionally for Major League Rugby outfit San Diego Legion, is set to earn his first senior international cap for Canada during July’s UK Tour. Canada plays Wales on July 3rd at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium before heading to London to take on Eddie Jones’ England at Twickenham on July 10th.
Winning his first Senior cap would be the latest milestone in a so-far impressive career for the 23-year-old Smith, who first played Rugby in Grade 8 at Earl Marriott Secondary School and has represented BC provincially at U14-U19 Age-Grade levels and Canada at U17 and U20 level.
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Smith not only honed his Rugby craft at University of British Columbia, where he went on to captain the Thunderbirds, but also graduated with a degree in Pharmacology alongside a host of athletic achievements. He was part of the university’s National Championship-winning side in 2017 and 2018. Recently, Smith was accepted into the UBC Medical School Island Program, where he will attempt to balance his international duties with school for the next four years.
After heading for San Diego and MLR, a first tour with Canada’s Senior Men’s National Team now beckons. Smith was with some of his Legion teammates when news of his selection broke.
“Everyone asks when I found out, but I didn’t get the official ‘You’re going’ until it was posted online,” Smith told BC Rugby. “I was around some of the other San Diego guys at the time. I was in the car, and it was posted online. Everyone in the car was like ‘Hell yeah!’ and I was like ‘this feels good’. That was pretty awesome.”