England Counties (and Eastern Counties) in Canada
I’ve been lucky enough to travel to some far flung places following one team or another (see previous trips here) and this year my rugby holiday takes me to Canada where England Counties leave for a two week tour on 30 May.
The tour starts in Vancouver where there is a game against British Columbia Bears at Capilano RFC on Friday 3 June before moving on to Calgary and a game against Prairie Wolf Pack at Calgary Rugby Park. The final stop is Toronto where they will play the Ontario Blues at Fletcher’s Fields in Markham on 11 June. In between there will be some outreach work with schools and clubs and the chance to do some sightseeing.
There is quite a bit of Eastern Counties interest with Head Coach James Shanahan who has a long history with the area having played at North Walsham and Cambridge before moving on to Old Albanians, and he is also head coach at Cambridge University.
Three players recently turned out for Eastern Counties in the County Championship; Cambridge’s record try-scorer Albert Portsmouth, his former teammate James Stokes who will be playing at Coventry next season, and Joe Tarrant formerly of Colchester but now at Ampthill. They are joined by Cambridge’s Dan Seal who played for East Midlands in the County Championship, and former Cambridge players Rob Conquest (Hertfordshire and Darlington Mowden Park) and Matt Miles (Hertfordshire and old Albanians). You can see the full squad by clicking here.
As on previous trips I will be posting articles on my blog and sending pictures, news and live scores by Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.