Abbotsford rugby player Justin Douglas has been named to the centralized roster for the Canadian men’s rugby sevens squad.
Douglas is one of 18 male athletes who will train in Langford, B.C. at the Canadian Rugby Centre of Excellence and Canadian Sport Centre Pacific. The centralization program is supported by Sport Canada’s Athlete Assistance Program (AAP) and Own the Podium, and the team will be training for the 2013-14 IRB Sevens World Series.
The carded athletes receive financial support to enable them to commit to daily training, and tuition support for post-secondary education throughout the year or after their rugby careers are finished.
Douglas, age 19, made his debut with the Canadian senior men’s sevens team in October 2012 in Australia, and he was on the roster for the Rugby Sevens World Cup, held in Russia this past June.
The Robert Bateman Secondary grad was recently named Rugby Canada’s player of the month.