(BURLINGTON, ON) - As May long weekend approaches and rugby season begins, a few of Ontario's finest Senior Men's players will be taking the pitch in Burlington in what is likely to be the most anticipated games on the Blues' calendar.
The Blues will be taking on the Glendale Raptors at Sherwood Forest Park in Burlington, Ontario on Saturday, May 20, 2017. Gates will open at 1:00pm EDT and the two North American sides will kick-off at 3:00pm EDT.
The Glendale Raptors will be tough competition for the Blues side. Not only have the Raptors recently been named to North America's new professional rugby league - Major League Rugby - for its inaugural 2018 season, but the squad could also be comprised of up to nine internationally capped players.
Most notably, the Raptors recently signed US Eagle Midfielder Bryce Campbell, as they begin to shape their professional roster. Campbell is a young, strong midfielder who is likely to start for the US when they face Canada in their June World Cup qualifier.
The Raptors roster will likely be released ahead of the match on Friday.
The Blues have their share of internationally capped players also and their talents will be on full display. Loose Head Rob Brouwer of Lindsay has recently become a mainstay for the Canadian National team and continues to be a dominant front row player. Along with Brouwer, the Ontario squad is likely to include many players who have had experience with the National team or the Canada A Development side.
It was the young stars who came out to play in the Blues' 34-31 win over New York Old Blue RFC on April 29. Andrew Ferguson recorded three tries and one conversion, while Kainoa Lloyd scored twice. Rory McDonnell recorded the match-winning try after an impressive turnover forced by Josh Campbell.
“We have guys that are pro caliber and ready to make that step," said Blues' Head Coach Chris Silverthorn. "Playing a pro side at the beginning of the MLR concept is something everyone in our program is extremely excited about."
Tickets are still available for the match! Discounted group rates are also available for groups of 25+. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details!
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Ontario Blues Roster
Rob Brouwer, Lindsay (capt)
Djustice Sears-Duru, Crusaders
Eric Howard, Brantford Harlequins
Andrew Quattrin, Aurora Barbarians
Ryan Surgenor, Bytown Blues
Pat Lynott, Bytown Blues
Hank Mcqueen, Balmy Beach
Mike Sheppard, Stoney Creek Camels
Paul Ciulini, Aurora Barbarians
Lucas Rumball, Balmy Beach
Andrew Wilson, Crusaders
Jeremy Wright, Lindsay
Seb Pearson, London St. George's
Andrew Ferguson, Crusaders
Mario Vanderwesthuizen, Guelph Redcoats
Shawn Windsor, Stoney Creek Camels
John Sheridan, Markham Irish
Alex Colborne, Toronto Scottish
Dan Moor, Balmy Beach
Jon West, Crusaders
Josh Campbell, London St. George's
Kainoa Lloyd, Mississauga Blues
Rory Mcdonnell, Brantford Harlequins
Chris Silverthorn - Head Coach
Cory Hector - Assistant Coach
Mark Winokur - Team Manager
Chris Kelly - Athletic Therapist
Rodin Lozada - Video Analyst
Dr Chris Gallimore - Team Doctor
Ontario Blues Sr. Men vs. Glendale Raptors
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Kickoff: 3:00pm ET
Sherwood Forest Park, Burlington