Collingwood's Sebastian Hutton helped his team to a repeat B.C. AA Tier 1 title earlier this month. On Tuesday he was named to the Varsity Letters/BCSSRU's 2019 Game Day XXIII. (Photo by Blair Shier property of 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C.’s best AA high school rugby players of the year! Check out the Varsity Letters/BCSSRU 2019 Game Day XXIII

LANGLEY — After one year away, Varsity Letters is back with one of the most-read features in our young history. 

Two seasons ago, through the expertise of the B.C. Secondary Schools Rugby Union, we presented our first B.C.’s Top XV player list, featuring the top three high school players from around the province at each position.

After a year away due to timing issues, we are back, and through the week we will re-visit the concept in a revamped format.

In an attempt to be as representative as possible of the entire breadth of the schoolboy game in B.C., the BCSSRU has widened the overall focus to select, exclusively for Varsity Letters, teams for each of its three classifications of play: AA, AAA and AAAA.

Josh Mao (left) of Victoria’s St. Michaels University School Blue Jags has earned selection to the the VL/BCSSRU inaugural 2019 Game Day XXIII B.C. Double-A selects team. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of 2019. All Rights Reserved)

Today, we start at AA, where along with a representative flair from the traditional provincial power bases in West Vancouver and along the southern regions of Vancouver Island, we see the growth of the game emerging with East Vancouver, Burnaby and Langley public schools all earning sweater numbers. 

In keeping with rugby’s 23-man game-day roster, here is Varsity Letters’ inaugural B.C. Double-A Game Day XXIII with an explanation of positions included below.


B.C.’s BEST 


1 Josh Mao (Victoria-St. Michaels University School)

2 Joel Abdel-Barr (West Vancouver-Collingwood)

3 Stephen Santos (Vancouver-Sir Charles Tupper)

4 Sebastian Hutton (West Vancouver-Collingwood)

5 Relmu Wilson-Valdez (Nelson-L.V. Rogers)

6 Elvis Duru (Victoria-St. Michaels University School)

7 Tyler Preston (West Vancouver-Collingwood)

8 Abdullah Hammawah (Mill Bay-Brentwood College)

9 Lukas Okano (West Vancouver-Collingwood)

10 Graeme Neill-Klein (West Vancouver-Collingwood)

11 Ty Olynyk (Victoria-St. Michaels University School)

12 Nate Holm (West Vancouver-Collingwood)

13 Seb Geddes (West Vancouver-Rockridge)

14 Torren Kaiser (Mill Bay-Brentwood College)

15 Arnau Torrent (Mill Bay-Brentwood College)

16 Dino Demirovic (Burnaby-Byrne Creek)

17 Brian Ma (Langley-D.W. Poppy)

18 Liam Mitchell (Mill Bay-Brentwood College)

19 Francesco Tosato (Burnaby-Byrne Creek)

20 Matt Lindsay (West Vancouver-Rockridge)

21 Callum Blake-Currier (Mill Bay-Brentwood College)

22 Kiya Vivier-Miller (Vancouver-Sir Charles Tupper)

23 Mitchell Morgan (Vancouver-Sir Charles Tupper)

Byrne Creek captain Francesco Tosato (with ball) and Charles Tupper’s Kiya Vivier-Miller (tackling) each earned spots on the B.C. Double-A Game Day XXIII team. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of 2019. All Rights Reserved)

By The Numbers

Players listed 1-15 are intended to be as position-specific as possible as per 1-loose-head prop; 2-hooker; 3-tight-head prop; 4-second-row, 5-second-row; 6-blind-side flanker; 7-open-side flanker; 8-No. 8; 9-scrum-half; 10-fly-half; 11-left wing; 12-inside-centre; 13-outside centre; 14-right wing; 15-fullback.

Players listed 16-17-18 are mainly front-row types.

Players listed 18-19-20 are primarily second row and back row types.

Players listed 21-22-23 are reserve backs at any position).

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