Courtenay rugby player earns first cap for Canada

Courtenay rugby player Foster DeWitt earned his first cap for Canada in a Saturday win over Belgium in Brussels. Supplied photo. File photo

Courtenay rugby player Foster DeWitt earned his first cap for Canada, Saturday, Nov. 13 in Brussels, Belgium, where the senior men’s 15s beat Belgium 24-0 in the team’s final game of the year. The win vindicated a last-minute loss to Portugal the previous weekend.

DeWitt, 26, who plays hooker, was one of three Canadian players to earn their first senior cap Saturday.

“It was great to see Foster in his first cap against Belgium after months of working hard in this squad without an opportunity,” Rugby Canada senior men’s head coach Kingsley Jones said. “He came into this squad as a reserve hooker/loosehead.”

Jones said DeWitt is one of the best players in the B.C. league.

“He has a big future, for sure. We have plans for him. He’s done the hard yards. It’s just the beginning for Foster.”

DeWitt has signed a contract with the New England Free Jacks, a professional team that competes in the MLR (Major League Rugby).

The Canadian men’s team will reconvene for camp in late May/early June, and resume action in July.

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