Only 2 uncapped Howlers are being brought unto the squad for the Stampede 7's in Calgary on July 6 and 7. New Howlers Pat Fraser and Connor Mc Cann are currently both playing with James Bay AA with Connor returning to his professional club Top 14 ASM Clermont Auvergne (France) shortly after this tournament.
Ian Shoults, James Buchanan, Dave Poettcker and Chase Sereda will all be earning their 10th Howlers caps with Peni Lutu and Robin Mac Dowell their 8th and 9th respectively.
This squad has a good mix of youth ( Canadian U-20 players Pat Fraser and Pat Kay) and high level international experience with 6 of the players ( Buchanan, Hassler,Mc Cann, Mac Dowell, Mercier and Shoults) having earned Canadian 7's caps.
Recent graduating University of Alberta gridiron star Matt Jarvis and cagy veteran Fijian/Canadian Peni Lutu (nick named the "real Serevi") complete a well rounded squad coached by long term Canadian National Team stalwart Ryan Smith who hope to defend their Stampede 7's championship .
1. # * James Buchanan - Calgary Hornets RFC
2. # Pat Fraser - James Bay AA( Victoria BC)/Cowachin RFC (Vancouver Island BC)
3. # * Jeff Hassler - James Bay AA (Victoria BC)
4. # Matt Jarvis - Burnaby RFC/St. Albert Rugby RFC (Alberta)
5. # Pat Kay - University of Victoria Vikings RFC/Cowachin RFC (Vancouver Island)
6. # Peni Lutu - Regina Campion Grads RFC
7. * Connor McCann - James AA ( Victoria, BC) /ASM Clermont Auvergne (France)
8. # * Robin Mac Dowell - Regina Rogues Rugby Club
9. # * Shawn Mercier - Vancouver Meraloma Athletic Club
10. # David Poettcker - UBC Old Boys RFC (Vancouver BC)
11. # Chase Sereda - Bayside RFC ( White Rock, BC)
12. # * Ian Shoults - Calgary Irish AA# - Howlers cap
* - Canadian cap
Coach - # * Ryan Smith - Calgary Irish
Manager - # Graeme Moffat -Calgary Hornets
The Howlers women's and U-18 men's team will be announced in due course.
Karl Fix - president of the Dog River Howlers Rugby Club where "it's more than a game, it's a way of life" - www.dogriverhowlers.com and Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dog-River-Howlers-Rugby-Club/171358302913109