George Barton

George Barton

Barton and Canada’s U20 rugby team drop two matches

Canadians face Chile on Wednesday

Canada’s U20 men’s rugby team has found itself aiming for fifth place, at best, after two losses to open the World Rugby U20 Trophy 2017 in Uruguay.

Canada, which is captained by Duncan’s George Barton, lost 31-16 to Namibia last Tuesday, and 50-12 to Japan on Saturday.

Barton is joined on the Canadian side by fellow Shawnigan Lake School grads Matt Beukeboom and James O’Neill, as well as Mill Bay’s William McDougall-Percillier, a Brentwood College School grad.

The team is coached by Shawnigan’s Jeff Williams.

“It was a tough day today,” Williams said after the loss to Namibia. “We didn’t play to the conditions, we made too many technical errors and with two yellow cards, we were unable to generate any momentum. Credit to Namibia because they stuck to their game plan and used the maul effectively.”

Canada next plays Chile on Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. Pacific time.