Talented young rugby players head to Nevada to battle some of the world’s top competition

More than a dozen local athletes will head to Nevada with BC Rugby’s elite youth teams for the Las Vegas Invitational Sevens tournament

More than a dozen local athletes will head to Nevada with BC Rugby’s elite youth teams for the Las Vegas Invitational Sevens tournament on March 3-5.

Seven rugby players from Shawnigan Lake School and another seven from Brentwood College have been named to the provincial teams that will compete with some of the best youth sevens teams in the world at the massive Las Vegas tournament.

Mostyn Findlay and Evan Norris of Shawnigan will play with the B.C. U18 boys team.

William McDougall Percillier and Lucas Portillo of Brentwood and Shawnigan’s Conor Sinclair will play with the U17 boys team.

The U16 boys team will include Ciaran Breen of Brentwood, and James MacDonald, Carter Miller and Reece Tudor-Jones of Shawnigan.

This will be the first year of participation in the Las Vegas Sevens for the BC Rugby elite girls teams.

The U18 team will include Brentwood players Mckenna Haz, Denise Roy and Avi Sharabi, while the U16 team will include Shawnigan’s Maggie Banks.

McDougall Percillier, Portillo, Breen and Tudor-Jones are also Cowichan Valley-raised athletes and products of the Cowichan Rugby Football Club youth programs.

Haz, Roy and Sharabi also grew up in the Cowichan Valley.