Foster deWitt, Nakai Penny going to World University Rugby Cup

Inaugural event to be played Sept. 15-21 at Oxford University in England

Nakai Penny (left) and Foster deWitt are off to Oxford University this month for the inaugural World University Rugby Cup.

Just two months after helping the BC U19 men win the Canadian Rugby Championship, Comox Valley’s Foster deWitt and Nakai Penny are taking their game to the next level.

The duo is with the UBC Thunderbirds varsity rugby team that is taking part in the first-ever World University Rugby Cup (held in conjunction with the Rugby World Cup) Sept. 15-21 at Oxford University in England.

The event features eight universities from leading rugby nations competing for the University World Champion title: University of Oxford (England), Trinity College Dublin (Ireland), University of Cape Town (South Africa), New Zealand Universities (collective university team) (New Zealand), Waseda University (Japan), University of British Columbia (Canada), Stanford University (USA) and Siberian Federal University (Russia).

As well, based on their exceptional performance at the Nationals, deWitt and Penny have been invited to the U20 Canada squad training for next year’s World U20 trophy. They will train/tryout  in September/January and then play off against the USA if they make the squad. The World U20 trophy is being held in Zimbabwe.

 

In England, the reigning British Columbia Premier League Provincial Champions UBC Thunderbirds have been drawn in Pool 2 with New Zealand Universities, Trinity College Dublin, and the Siberian Federal Universities. Pool 1 will be made up of Oxford University, University of Cape Town, Waseda University and Stanford University.

On Sept. 15 UBC will face New Zealand Universities at 2 p.m., with a 4:30 p.m. match scheduled against Trinity College Dublin. UBC will face Siberian Federal Universities on Sept. 18 at 10:30 a.m. The matches are 40 minutes in length, to be played at St. Edward’s School in Oxford.

 

After the group stages, the teams will progress to the knock-out rounds at the Iffley Road rugby ground (home of Oxford University RFC) from Friday, Sept. 18 through Monday, Sept. 21. For the full tournament schedule, visit ourfc.org

While both deWitt (formerly with the Vanier Towhees and Comox Valley Kickers) and Penny (a newcomer to the Valley from Penticton) train and study and work, the cost to participate in the Oxford tour is steep, and UBC is accepting donations to help with expenses.

“We are…encouraging any financial donations towards this tour to be made as soon as possible before we depart on Sept. 12,” a UBC spokesperson said.

“We really appreciate the generous financial support that has already been given to help the club offset the costs of the tour for the players and appreciate any further donations so we do not completely deplete our coffers for the season ahead.”

Donations can be made online through the Bird backer donation page at http://bit.ly/1Oid23k (make sure the team of choice is men’s rugby). Or contact Dave Brown at dave.brown@ubc.ca to discuss any other payment method. Brown can also be reached at the office at 604-822-5958 or on his cell at 604-671-4283.

 

For more updates from Oxford, check out the Championship’s website at https://www.facebook.com/WURC2015

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Federal justice minister consults with British Columbians on assisted-death law

During a coast-to-coast tour this week, federal Justice Minister David Lametti has… Continue reading

One last blast of winter tonight for the Valley before temperatures on the rise

A snowfall warning is in effect Friday including east Vancouver Island.

YANA celebrating its 30th annual Big Love Benefit Feb. 28

“The extra touches that the committee has added this year are going to knock some socks off.”

Comox hit with record-breaking snowfall amid winter storm

Comox area saw 10 centimetres more snow than previous 70-year-old record

Cumberland aims to be ‘age-friendly’ for seniors

Older residents still make about a sizeable portion of Village population

Kids across Canada more at risk of hospitalization from flu this season: doctor

Dr. Theresa Tam said influenza B does not usually peak until February or later

BC Ferries hybrid ships arrive in Victoria on Saturday

The battery-operated vessels will take over smaller routes

Theft victim confronts suspects with baseball bat on Vancouver Island

RCMP in Nanaimo seek to identify of two people alleged to have used a stolen credit card

Closed mills, housing surge support a positive forecast for lumber industries

B.C. lumber producers have closed mills accounting for 18% of province’s capacity, RBC report says

Good Samaritan pays part of rent for B.C. woman facing eviction in can-collecting dispute

Zora Hlevnjak, 76, supplements her pension by collecting cans and receiving public donations

Federal justice minister consults with British Columbians on assisted-death law

During a coast-to-coast tour this week, federal Justice Minister David Lametti has… Continue reading

Kelowna’s ‘Baby Mary’ finds biological parents after more than 30 years

Geneologist and DNA test helped her connect with her biological parents

Kelowna hotel to award couples for baby-making with Nooner deal

The deal includes a free stay every Valentine’s Day for the next 18 years

Clerk bruised, traumatized after armed robbery at Nanaimo liquor store

Few details on male suspect in Wednesday incident, says Nanaimo RCMP

Most Read