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Phil Mack leads Canada into Rugby World Cup Sevens; Ospreys sign pair of James Bay players
Former national men’s rugby sevens team captain Phil Mack will join the squad for the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens tournament in Moscow, June 28 to 30.
The Oak Bay High grad and current UVic Vikes player is one of three Vikes named to the roster of 12 along with Sean Duke and Nathan Hirayama. Castaway Wanderers hometown product Mike Fuailefau will also make the trip.
Other players who’ve played in Victoria are James Bay’s Thyseen de Goede, John Moonlight and Taylor Paris, and longtime Castaway Wanderers imports Nanyak Dala and Ciaran Hearn.
Mack started at scrum half for Canada (ranked No. 13) in 15s play on Saturday, a 40-14 loss to the No. 8-ranked Irish in Toronto.
Ospreys sign Canadian imports Tyler Ardron and Jeff Hassler
Welsh club Ospreys of the elite rugby union Rabobank Pro 12 in the United Kingdom have signed a pair of 21-year-old Canadian ruggers, Tyler Ardron and Jeff Hassler.
Both Hassler, of Okotoks, Alta., and Ardron, of Lakefield, Ont., have suited up for the James Bay Athletic Association in B.C.'s CDI Premier Rugby league. Rabobank Pro 12 teams may field two non-European players on the pitch at anytime, making the signing a major one for Rugby Canada.
Ardron is a blindside flanker who is also capable of playing in the second row or at No. 8, standing 1.94m tall and weighing 110 kgs. Ardron wasrecently named Canada's top rugby 15s players of the year as he captained Canada ‘A’ to second place in the 2012 IRB Americas Rugby Championship against ‘A’ teams from USA and Argentina, as well as the Uruguayan national team.
Hassler's eight tries stand second all time in the Junior World Rugby Trophy statistics. The powerful winger has a golden opportunity to fill in a position previously held by one of the world's greatest wingers of all time, Shane Williams.
Hassler and Ardron have made regular appearances for Canada in the IRB Sevens Series over the last year but neither will partake in the RWC Sevens in Moscow later this month. Ardron is a starter for Canada in the current Pacific Nations Cup 15s tournament and will likely start against Japan on Wednesday (June 19).
RWC Sevens - June 28-30
Day One: Canada v New Zealand at 15:44 local time
Day Two: Canada v USA at 10:06 local time
Canada v Georgia at 13:46 local time
Day Three: TBD
Canada’s RWC Sevens roster - (Club, CRC Team) Hometown
Nanyak Dala - (Castaway Wanderers RFC/Prairie Wolf Pack) Saskatoon, SK
Thyssen De Goede - (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
Justin Douglas - (Abbotsford RFC/BC Bears) Abbotsford, BC
Sean Duke - (UVic Vikes/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
Mike Fuailefau - (Castaway Wanderers RFC/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
Lucas Hammond - (Toronto Nomads/Ontario Blues) Toronto, ON
Ciaran Hearn - (Castaway Wanders RFC/Atlantic Rock) Conception Bay, NL
Nathan Hirayama - (UVic Vikes/BC Bears) Richmond, BC
Harry Jones - (Capilano RFC/BC Bears) West Vancouver, BC
Phil Mack - (Uvic Vikes/ BC Bears) Victoria, BC
John Moonlight - (James Bay AA/Ontario Blues) Pickering, ON
Taylor Paris - (SU Agen Lot-et-Garonne) Barrie, ON