Having scraped a win over Atlantic Rock in their Canadian Rugby Championship opener, the Ontario Blues will host the Life Running Eagles of Atlanta, Georgia this Friday at Oakville RFC, with several changes to the lineup.
The Blues leave for their western Canada road trip next Wednesday and will rest a couple of veterans, Mike Scholz and Derek Daypuck, ahead of next Fridays tussle with BC Bears in Langford. In their stead will be a couple of youngsters up from the Canada U20 Junior World Trophy finalists, and the World Games 7s bronze medal Canada side. Jake Webster of Lindsay Gryphons and Lucas Hammond of Toronto Nomads will give pace to an already pacey Blues backline.
The Life team the Blues will face is the program's Elite Training Squad, which mixes the best of the Men's club and the collegiate team in a special late-summer schedule.
Coached by former Eagles Scott Lawrence and Tui Osborne, the Life team features several top players, including AJ MacGinty, Joe Cowley, and in-form flanker Benji Goff.
Kickoff at Oakville is 6 pm ET.
“This is an important game for us” said Blues Manager Mark Winokur “not just for selection for our road trip, but for trying to expand the amount of High Performance games we can give our guys. Its also the kickoff to a great weekend of rugby with the US v Canada game on Saturday in town.
Life Elite attaining Squad
1 Paris Hollis, 2 James Isaacson, 3 Chris Sullivan, 4 Kris Headlee, 5 Tom Katzfey, 6 Jason Davila, 7 Benji Goff, 8 Garret Lambert
9 Jack McFadden, 10 AJ MacGinty, 11 Cornelius Dirksen, 12 Benny Mateialona, 13 Adam Shokair, 14 Zach Simkins, 15 Joe Cowley
16 Demecus Beach, 17 Glen Maricelli, 18 Zach Walker, 19 Cathal Doyle, 20 Fotukava Malu, 21 Aza McMaster
1 Creag Johnston, Toronto Scottish
2 Chris Seyler, Ottawa Irish
3 Djustice Sears-Duru, Oakville
4 Hank McQueen, Balmy Beach
5 Scott Dunham, Balmy Beach (Captain)
6 Tim Richardson, Markham Irish
7 Alistair Clark, Bay St Pigs
8 Mark Macsween, Balmy Beach
9 Andrew Ferguson, Oakville
10 Rory Tomlinson, Barrie
11 Jake Webster, Lindsay
12 Dan Moor, Balmy Beach
13 Jordan Wilson-Ross, Barrie
14 Matt Alexander, Oshawa
15 Lucas Hammond, Toronto Nomads
16 Judson Rowbotham, Lindsay
17 Jacob Rumball, Balmy Beach
18 Haddon Murray, Balmy Beach
19 Cam Stones, Ajax
20 Seb Pearson, London
21 Sawyer Herron, Oakville
22 Kainoa Lloyd, Mississauga
23 Jesse Lofthouse, Markham Irish