U18 Team



15 September, 2015


Rugby Ontario is pleased to announce initial details surrounding its 2015-2016 junior provincial representative sevens program.

Rugby Ontario’s junior provincial representative sevens program will undergo some major changes for the upcoming season, which will see the program develop stronger links with Ontario’s key stakeholders developing the sevens game across the province; beginning in 2015-2016, the pathway to the Rugby Ontario junior provincial representative sevens program will encompass rugby played at the branch union, club, and high school level.

Under-18 Sevens Fall Activity:

As part of this linkage, Rugby Ontario will be using branch union, club, and high school team participation in fall sevens competitions to identify players for provincial under-18 sevens teams. Rugby Ontario will have selectors present at major competitions throughout the fall months.

Provincial under-18 sevens team selections will be made in early December, following branch union participation in the annual New York Sevens tournament.

To learn more about Ontario branch union fall sevens activity, we urge players to contact the following branch union representatives:

Eastern Ontario Rugby Union
: Sonny Raina (7s@eorugby.com)
Niagara Rugby Union: Ian Fitzgerald (ifitzgerald@bhncdsb.ca)
Toronto Rugby: Khalil Ajram (technical@torontorugby.ca)

Beyond branch union and club team participation in fall sevens competitions, provincial selectors will be present at the inaugural Rugby Ontario Junior Provincial Representative Sevens Program Combine, which is slated to be held in early November. The combine will be open to all junior athletes, both rugby-specific and those outside of rugby, interested in participating in elite-level junior rugby sevens. Details for this combine will be released in the coming weeks.

Selectors will be using all of the aforementioned platforms to identify potential future Olympians.

Under-18 Sevens Winter Activity:

Rugby Ontario will select four provincial under-18 men’s and women’s sevens teams - two sides each (24 men, 24 women) - that will train regularly throughout the winter.

All four under-18 sevens teams will participate in the inaugural Rugby Canada Age-Grade Sevens Championship at the Vancouver Rugby Festival (Mar. 10-11, 2016), which will be held in conjunction with World Rugby’s international Canada Sevens tournament. 

Under-16 Sevens Update:

Rugby Canada is determining whether under-16 men’s and women’s sevens divisions will be included in the Rugby Canada Age-Grade Sevens Championship.

As details for the under-16 age grade are still being finalized, Rugby Ontario will proceed once a decision has been made at a national level.

Coaching Staff Announcement:

Rugby Ontario is pleased to announce the coaching staff for its 2015-2016 provincial under-18 sevens teams.

Under-18 Men’s Sevens Coaching Staff
Nigel D’Arce
Andrew Hall (also Rugby Ontario's Lead Sevens Coach)
Cory Hector
Paul Myers

Under-18 Women’s Sevens Coaching Staff
Becky Delaney
Sean Dunleavy
Ian Fitzgerald
Dan Valley

Coaching staff for provincial under-16 sevens teams will be announced later this season.

About Rugby Ontario:

Rugby Ontario is the provincial sports governing body responsible for the organization of rugby in Ontario. Our mission is to promote, govern, and develop rugby at all levels in a safe, affordable and enjoyable environment within the province of Ontario.

There are more than 10,000 Rugby Ontario members registered with 65 rugby clubs located across the province, with participation in age grades ranging from minor (age 6+) to masters (age 35+) in male and female divisions.

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For more information, please contact:

Brock Smith
Communications Coordinator
Rugby Ontario
(647) 560-4790 x106

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