The Canadian Rugby Foundation maintains a U20 Support Group Fund led by Dr. Pat Parfrey, former Rugby Canada president and Order of Canada member, it was created to provide a permanent endowment fund to reduce the requirement for U20 player contributions and to enhance the national U20 team’s preparation. There’s a partnership in place with Rugby Canada whereby they match Canadian Rugby Foundation contributions to ensure Canada have a well prepared team going forward.
In 2018 the Canada U20 men’s team had an extended preparation camp and subsequently they were able to defeat the USA in Texas in a two game series. That series win sent Canada to the Junior World Trophy Tournament (JWRT) as the North American representative.
At the 2018 tournament Canada had two close losses to Portugal (2 points) and Uruguay (4 points) before losing to eventual winner Fiji. They finished out the tournament with a resounding win over hosts Romania, 71-14.
In 2019 Canada won both matches versus USA to win on aggregate 67 to 38. They will represent North America in the JWRT tournament in Brazil going up against Japan, Kenya and Uruguay.
With backing from the U20 Support Group Fund it’s hoped that Canada will do even better next year with a new crop of athletes and some returning from this year’s campaign. We would like to thank the members of the committee who oversee the fund and spearhead the efforts to grow it: David Robertson, Andrew Purdey, Dr. Pat Parfrey, Mike Holmes an Bill Webb.
If you would like to contribute, use the online Donation form below