April 22nd, 2024

Canada Selects name roster for game with Major League Rugby’s Seattle Seawolves

By The Canadian Press on February 20, 2024.

D’Shawn Bowen is shown in action for the Toronto Arrows against Rugby ATL in Major League Rugby play, May 12, 2023, at York Lions Stadium in Toronto. Bowen has been chosen to play for the Canada Selects against the MLR’s Seattle Seawolves on Wednesday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Toronto Arrows-Kyle Gilmor **MANDATORY CREDIT**

Canadian international Siaki Vikilani will captain the Canada Selects developmental side Wednesday against Major League Rugby’s Seattle Seawolves.

The former Toronto Arrows backrower is joined on the Selects roster by fellow Canadian internationals Kainoa Lloyd, Izzak Kelly, Josh Thiel and Matt Klimchuk. The roster also includes speedy back D’Shawn Bowen, who has played for Canada A and the Canadian sevens squad, and fellow sevens players Jake Thiel, Liam Bowman, Kobe Faust and Jack McCarthy.

The game, to be played at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Wash., is part of the Seawolves preparations for the MLR season that kicks off March 2,

The 31-man Canada developmental roster also features six players with Canada under-20 experience in 2022 or 2023 and six players from university programs in the fall.

Canada Selects Roster

Forwards

Austin Creighton, Edmonton, Pacific Pride; Ben James, Guelph, Ont., Pacific Pride; Braden Bruce, Buckhorn, Ont., Pacific Pride; Bryce Worden, Saint John, N.B., Burnaby Lake Rugby Club; Colton Mocon, Bracebridge, Ont., UBC; Griffin Phillipson, Ballymena, Northern Ireland, Pacific Pride; Izzak Kelly, White Rock, B.C., Spotswood United RFC (New Zealand); Jacob Bossi, Victoria, Vancouver Highlanders; Jake Thiel, Victoria, James Bay AA; James Stockwood, Bowmanville, Ont., Pacific Pride; Matthew Klimchuk, Regina, Vancouver Highlanders; Sam Mace, Kingston, Ont., Vancouver Highlanders; Sam Miller, Mount Denson, N.S., Pacific Pride; Siaki Vikilani, Vancouver, American Raptors; Thomas Davidson, Chelsea, Que., Vancouver Highlanders; Tyler Matchem, Pictou County, N.S., Pictou County RFC; Von Richardson, Manteca, Calif., Pacific Pride.

Backs

Crosby Stewart, Prince Rupert, B.C., James Bay AA; D’Shawn Bowen, Toronto, Vancouver Highlanders; Jack McCarthy, St. John’s, N.L., Memorial University; Jacob Bourne, Vancouver, UBC; James Thiel, Abbotsford, B.C., Vancouver Highlanders; Jesse Kilgour, Barrie, Ont., Pacific Pride; Josh Thiel, Victoria, Vancouver Highlanders; Kainoa Lloyd, Mississauga, Ont., Houston SaberCats”¯ (MLR); Kobe Faust, Uxbridge, Ont., Guelph Gryphons; Kyle Tremblay, White Rock, B.C. Pacific Pride; Liam Bowman, Oakville, Ont., Oakville Crusaders; Mark Balaski, Castlebar, Ireland, Pacific Pride; Takoda McMullin, Surrey, B.C., Vancouver Highlanders; Talon McMullin, Surrey, B.C., Vancouver Highlanders.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 20, 2024

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