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The Ontario Blues XV will face their biggest preseason rugby test Saturday in Canton, Mass., near Boston, when they face the College All Americans, Saturday June 28 at 2:30 p.m. at the Irish Cultural Center. With many of the Blues’ internationals tied up with Canada for the month of June, head coach Chris Silverthorn has chosen a mixed team. Into the side, which opened May 3 against NYAC, is Canada prop Tom Dolezel, Canada 7s winger Jake Webster and improving fullback Dan Mathie.
The Blues have played NYAC; a development side fixture against Atlantic Rock; and a Super 7s match in Philadelphia against NY Rhinos, winning all games. But for Silverthorn, this is the target game of the pre-season. He said, “The All Americans are essentially the U.S.A. U23 side and, as a national team, will be a tough opponent. Our players have been working hard at training, both with Canada last week and on our own, and they are excited about the opportunity.”
ONTARIO BLUES LINE UP
Front row: Jacob Rumball, Seb Pearson, Tom Dolezel, Rob Brouwer, JT Rowbotham, Sawyer Herron; Second row: Haddon Murray, Hank McQueen, Scott Dunham Back row: Lucas Rumball, Alistair Clark, Tim Richardson, Pat Richardson; Backs: Andrew Ferguson, Josh Campbell, Derek Daypuck, Rich Lebel, Dan Moor, Dan Mathie, Jake Webster, Matt Alexander, Shawn Windsor, Dave Worsley