Aldergrove’s Connor Hunter played an important role in the Canadian Under-19 rugby team’s performance in last month’s tour of England.
Hunter, an Aldergrove Secondary graduate and current player for the Abbotsford RFC, played in all three games and contributed mightily to Canada’s score sheet.
Canada won their first game, 29-5, over England’s Welbeck College.
Canada then lost to Leicester Tigers Academy 55-5, a team which also beat England’s U18 and Wales’ U18 National programs and is considered the top development program in the UK at the moment.
They then lost to Northhampton Saints Academy 55-10.
In the three matches Connor got to play all of game one, the second half of game two and the first three quarters of game three at the stand-off position, allowing him lots of time with the ball and in pressure situations from which he can continue to develop his game and assist his local club, Abbotsford, in their competitions.
Of the team’s 44 points scored over the three games Connor provided the bulk of the points, scoring 19 of them, five from a try against Welbeck, with the balance of the tallies coming from his boot for either conversions of tries or penalty kicks.
Connor is looking at his university options for this fall, as UFV would allow him to live at home and continue to play with his club mates at Abbotsford. The University of Victoria would provide with him the challenges of learning and playing behind the likes of National Sevens and Fifteens star Nathan Hirayama, and Western Washington University would provide an opportunity to travel the USA through competitions and provide exposure to USA selectors. Due to his family heritage he could play for either country, if selected.