Bateman senior is one of Canada’s ‘Best’

Team Canada has come calling for Abbotsford's Jorden Best yet again.

Team Canada has come calling for Abbotsford’s Jorden Best yet again.

The Robert Bateman Secondary senior was named to the Canadian under-19 men’s rugby side which will travel to England in the new year. Best is among eight players on the 27-man roster who hail from B.C.

The tour will feature matches against three academy sides: Welbeck Form Military College (Feb. 26), Leicester Tigers Academy (Feb. 29) and Northampton Saints Academy (March 3).

Best has been a fixture on Canada’s age-group national teams over the past three years, dating back to a stint with the U17 squad as an underage player in 2009. Most recently, he participated in the Youth Commonwealth Games in early September on the Isle of Man.

A second Abbotsford athlete, Connor Hunter, was named a non-traveling reserve for the upcoming U19 tour.