U18 Team

Games are held on Wednesdays starting in mid June and finishing in late August. The Aurora Barbarians U18 men's teams play in the Toronto Rugby Union and compete against other Toronto-area teams. For more information about the TRU U18 league visit the Toronto Rugby Union. The U18 team are the current provincial champions after a spectacular season last year. 

Coaches


Sandy Townsend


Qualifications: NCCP level 3; IRB Level 1 Strength and Conditioning, Rugby Canada Learning Facilitator, Introduction to Competition    
Email: jrmensdirector@aurorabarbarians.com       

Bio: Sandy is known as one of the most qualified rugby coaches in the independent school system. Recent coaching honours include Senior Boys’ Rugby championships in 2003 and 2007 and a CISAA gold win in Curling in 2009. Mr. Townsend coached the McGill University Rugby team in 1996 and the Quebec team at the 1992 Canadian Junior championships in Calgary as well as the 1997 Canada Summer Games in Brandon. His experience includes Head Coach of the Toronto Rugby Union U18 Team at the Ontario Summer Games in 2004, Head Coach of the Ontario Rugby Union U21 team, and for the past decade has coached the Aurora Barbarians RFC u18 team. In 2013 Sandy coached our U-18 Boys to their first Ontario Championship since 2002, as well he coached Toronto Rugby 7’s to a Gold at the Rugby Ontario Interbranch Sevens.
 

Ryan Stickle


Qualifications: NCCP Introduction to Competition, IRB Level 1 Referee; IRB Level 1 Sevens
Email:  rstickle94@yahoo.com  

Bio: Ryan has been actively involved in elite athletic development for many years both as an athlete, coach and program administrator.  Ryan brings the club the goal of assisting in the rapid skill development and vertical integration of junior players into the senior men's program.  Ryan's most recent work saw him acting as the athletic director at PEAC School For Elite Athletes in Toronto.  He taught and coached at the school from 2006-2013 where he had the unique opportunity to work with some of the top aspiring student athletes from around world, in a variety of sports.  In 2013 Ryan coached our U-18 Boys to their first Ontario Championship since 2002.

Rugby Playing Experience:
Canada East vs. Canada West - Senior Men - 2006
Ontario Senior Men's XV - 1998-2007  
McCormick Cup Champions - Brantford Harlequins -2003  
Canada Summer Games - Ontario U19 Rugby - 1997 
McCormick Cup Finalists - Aurora Barbarians -2006
Ontario Rugby Union Marshall Division All Star -2005 
Niagara Thunder and Ottawa Harlequins - Rugby Canada Super League - 2001-2007 
"The Academy" Rugby Canada Elite Athlete Development Program, Queens University -2001-2003 
Brantford Collegiate Institute (BCI) High School Rugby 1992-1997 

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