Monday, June 15, 2015 - Submitted by Jeff Williams
The Wolf Pack have announced their 2015 Canadian Rugby Championship squad.
After some spirited training sessions, and difficult decisions, Head Coach Graeme Moffat, has announced a 29 man squad for this year’s CRC.
The squad features the return of two International props to Canadian domestic rugby, Hubert Buydens and Andrew Tiedemann, from overseas competitions in New Zealand and England.
As well, the squad also sees the introduction of Canadian U20s Centre Ben LeSage to senior representative rugby.
Numerous National Team members are also included in the squad. Senior National Team scrum half Gordon McRorie, centre Nick Blevins, and back rower Kyle Gilmour are all returning to the Pack for another season.
The squad again features Evan Olmstead, who featured in this past spring’s Canada ‘A’ squad which travelled to Fiji to take part in the Pacific Nations Cup, in the squad at lock.
Moffat commented that getting the squad down 29 players was tough as a lot of the younger players have started to push through. He finished by commenting that, “we are excited to welcome back from the national team players Hubert Buydens from Manawatu, Andrew Tiedemann from Plymouth and Nanyak Dala from the national 7s.”
The Wolf Pack will open the CRC campaign against the B.C. Bears on June 28th and, depending on the day 1 results, will face either the Ontario Blues or Atlantic Rock on July 1st, Canada Day. All matches will be played at the Calgary Rugby Union. Wolf Pack Squad: Forwards: Lucas Albornoz Liam Beaulieu Hubert Buydens Nanyak Dala Kyle Gilmour Matt Harrison Wayde Hodgen Ian Houston Chris Long Spencer Massiah Nick McCauley Evan Olmstead Clay Panga Joshua Schlebach Clayton Thornber Andrew Tiedemann Spencer Watkins Backs: Nick Blevins Adam Bontus Gradyn Bowd James Buchanan Justin Law Ben LeSage Dustin MacPherson Adam McQueen Gordon McRorie Carl Pocock Mozac Samson Graeme Turner
Sunday, June 28th
Game 1: Ontario Blues vs The Rock - 1 P.M. Game 2: Prairie Wolf Pack vs B.C. Bears - 3 P.M.
Wednesday, July 1st 3rd – 4th Place Game: Game 1 loser vs Game 2 loser - 11 A.M. Championship Game: Game 1 Winner vs Game 2 Winner - 1 P.M.