Monday, 29 April 2013

Tigers Props make Junior World Rugby Trophy Squads

Two Tigers Academy props have been selected to represent their nations in this year's Junior World Rugby Trophy in Chile.  Djustice Sears-Duru has been selected by Canada and Tiziano Pasquali carries on from the Under 20s 6 Nations for Italy.  Both are still only 18 and will be available for next year's tournament.  

Italy have been drawn in Pool A alongside hosts Chile, African champions Namibia and European qualifiers Portugal. 

In the other pool Canada have been drawn with Tonga, Japan and Uruguay.

The two pool winners will meet in a final with the winner promoted to the 2014 edition of the Junior World Cup.  Last year the USA won the JRWT to gain promotion whilst Italy finished 12th in the Junior World Cup and were relegated to this level.

The favourites for the title are probably Japan, Italy and Tonga, with Japan perhaps my sneaky favourites to gain promotion after losing the final in each of the past 3 seasons.

Neil Courtney (Capilano / UBC Thunderbirds), Jason Galbraith (Meralomas), Ryan March (Abbotsford), Djustice Sears-Duru (Barrie / Leicester Tigers), Sawyer Herron (Oakville Crusaders / UVic Vikes), Alex Mascott (Vancouver Rowing Club / UBC Thunderbirds), Lukas Balkovec (Waterloo County / UVic Vikes), Connor Hamilton (Vancouver Rowing Club / UBC Thunderbirds), Thomas Roche (Meralomas), Haydn Evans (Cowichan / UVic Vikes), Jordan Harvey (Capilano), Matthew Heaton (Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue / James Bay), Jack Smith (Peterborough Pagans / Humber Hawks), Charlie Thorpe (UBC Old Boys / UBC Thunderbirds).

Jordan Best (Abbotsford), James Pitblado (Vancouver Rowing Club / UVic Vikes), Conor McCann (Balmy Beach / Clermont Auvergne), Adam McQueen (Banff / Queen's Golden Gaels), Shane O'Leary (Young Munster), Patrick Kay (Cowichan / UVic Vikes), Jonny LaPlaca (Barrie), Nathan Yanagiya (Capilano / UVic Vikes), Justin Douglas (Abbotsford), Lucas Hammond (Toronto Nomads / Castaway Wanderers), Jacob Webster (Lindsay / Laurier Golden Hawks), Daniel Mathie (Oakville Crusaders).

Rudy Biancotti, Simone Ferrari, Sami Panico, Tiziano Pasquali, Luca Scarsini, Alain Moriconi, Michele Andreotti, Andrea Trotta, Alessio Zdrilich, Vittorio Marazzi, Jacopo Salvetti, Filippo Scalvi, Gianmanrco Vian, Maxime Mbanda
Simone Marinaro, Marcello Violi, Filippo Buscem, Edoardo Padovani, Giovanni Benvenuti, Andrea Bettin, Michele Campagnaro, Abou Souare, Filippo Guarducci, David Odiete, Samuel Seno, Angelo Esposito.

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