For the second year in a row, the next generation of Canada's Major League Rugby and test match talent including Jamin Hodgkins will be on display over three game days on June 17th, 21st, and 24th from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, playing in the Coast to Coast Cup.
The high-performance competition is made up of three franchises: the Atlantic Selects, comprising of the best players from the four Atlantic Canadian provinces, the Toronto Arrows' Senior Academy and the British Columbia Bears, who are a representative side with the best players from the BC Rugby Premier League Competition.
The first match of the round-robin is set to take place at Graves-Oakley Park, home of the Halifax Tars Rugby Club, while the middle and final matches will be hosted at the Wanderers Ground in downtown Halifax, which is home to the Halifax Wanderers Football Club and has hosted Rugby Canada test matches against Belgium (men) and Wales (women) recently.
Last year's competition was won by the Rugby Canada West Selects, similarly represented by the best players based in British Columbia. Rugby Canada West Selects flyhalf Gradyn Bowd has since moved on from the Coast to Coast Cup to featuring weekly for Old Glory DC, who have qualified for the MLR 2023 postseason.
Earlier this year the Atlantic Selects traveled to Ontario to face the Arrows Academy, with the hosts prevailing 47-24 on April 3 at York Lions Stadium. The Atlantic Selects also traveled south of the border and picked up a win against Mystic River Rugby Club from Massachusetts.
"We are thrilled to once again partner with The Rugby Network to host our three matches for the annual Coast to Coast Cup Series from Nova Scotia," said Doctor John Gillis, Atlantic Selects General Manager.