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In the Richmond area there are currently three programs running: McMath, McRoberts and Cambie. Under the guidance of former RRFC club captain Matt 'Skip' Wallace, the Cambie Crusaders are fielding a strong junior and senior side this spring season. Big up front, and with strong runners in the backs, Cambie will look to better their AA-Tier 2 Semi-final result of last year. Returning 13 of 15 starters will help.
Across town in Steveston, the McMath rugby program has never looked stronger. With 20+ players at every single practice for the past 2 months the commitment and excitement is at an all time high. There are 10 returning players from last year and many new and skillful guys stepping up into their roles as well.
In the forwards, the always devastating Josh Tubajon will be a force to be reckoned with in the sets, and will be unmatched in strength in open field play. Other players in the pack to look for will be Jordan Toews, Mike Darnell, Garrett Palomar, Jordan Cromier, and the pit-bull playing style of Alex Orlov.
In the backs, the center pairing of Taylor Oser and Jeff Harrison will be a handful for any team to contain as both possess power and speed that will be tough to match. The quickness and skill from halfbacks Eric Favrholdt and Mike Tolman will also be something to notice as they look to spring the rest of their backline to success. Returning fullback Odai Mansour will also always be a threat with the ball in hand with some serious sidestepping ability.
At South Arm Park, two questions this year with the McRoberts Strikers Senior rugby team are: 1. Can they make it to the B.C High School tournament for the 12th consecutive time? and 2. Can they finish in the top 5 for the 12th consecutive year? These questions will have to be answered without any players that have represented BC for the 1st time in many years. It is going to come down to health, dedication, desire and above all discipline. Leading the way this year for the Strikers will be Grade 12's prop and BC Trialist Patrick Pascal and PRC representative scrum-half Arnold Lam. A group of talented Grade 12 multi-sport athletes Michael Kraitman, Connor Martyniuk, David Garside, Cam Valiquette and Allen Hoegler are going to be relied on heavily as well. The strength of this year's team is in the depth provided by a group of dedicated Grade 11 players led by Taran Dhesi, Austin Matilda, Greg Kam, Som Ghosh, Kevin Abad, Cam Dowle, Alvin Chung, and Patrick Fleming all of whom have played representative rugby at either the Summer Games level or at Provincial Regional Championship level. This year everyone of the 28 members of the squad is going have play integral parts in push for success because it takes at least that number to ascent to the top 5 in the province.