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Valley men B.C. champions

Aldergrove Secondary graduates Doug Saunders, Connor Hunter, and Josh Kwiatkowski were part of the Gold medal rugby team in the U18 division, representing the Fraser Valley.

Aldergrove Secondary graduates Doug Saunders, Connor Hunter, and Josh Kwiatkowski were part of the Gold medal rugby team in the U18 division, representing the Fraser Valley.

The top-seeded Fraser Valley U18 men’s squad went into the final with a perfect 5-0 record, and saved the best performance for last, downing the Vancouver Island Tide by a score of 31-8, to be crowned provincial champs.

Boasting a number of Junior National Team and B.C. Elite Youth Sevens standouts, the Valley’s tenacious attacking style of rugby overran the Island defence.

“We had a game plan and it was to attack wide,” said Fraser Valley captain Jorden Best. “On the field it was a break but not bend defence that kept them out.”

Connor Hunter made every attempt at goal, kicking four conversions and one penalty for a game-high 11 points.

Hunter has also been invited to the B.C. Sevens tryout camp starting this Tuesday and playing in the Victoria Sevens this Saturday, July 16 at Saint Michael’s University School and the University of Victoria. This event is being used to select a team that  will travel to the Isle of Man in September to compete in the Youth Commonwealth Games, representing Canada.

BC Rugby Youth Sevens

Immediately following the B.C. Sevens event Hunter will head up to Shawnigan Lake School for a four-day camp with the B.C. U18 XV’s program which will prepare for the the National Championships to be held in Calgary, Aug 19-21. Thirty players have been invited to this camp, of which 25 will be successful in representing their province.

To see the event website with all the key information go to www.cdnfestivalrugby.com

Schedules are not finalized but will be updated on the tournament website.

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