Fresh off their second OUA Championship victory in as many years the Queen’s Men’s Rugby team will be looking to make their presence known on the national stage at the National University 7s Rugby Championships. The team is undefeated in the 2013-2014 season in all competitions. With a wealth of Canadian national team experience at both age-grade and senior levels Queen’s looks poised to contend for the title.
Second-year Adam McQueen recently competed in the Americas Rugby Championship for Canada, making one start at fullback, and two appearances from the bench. He will look to bring that experience to the 7s game as the team’s primary play-maker. McQueen will be aided by two national 7s camp attendees in Jeffrey MacDonald and Tommy Kirkham.
MacDonald, a third year from Toronto, ON, proved himself as a well-rounded 7s player last year at this tournament. Kirkham, a fourth year from Vancouver, BC, is a big man with tremendous speed and is always a threat with ball in hand.
The squad also boasts the 2013 OUA Rookie of the Year in Lucas Rumball, who played for Canada U17 in 2012 and captained Ontario U18 to a national title in 2013. A workhouse at the breakdown, Rumball is a defensive stalwart who is one to watch for the future. He will be joined in the forwards by fellow first-year student, Matt Mullins, a menacing and determined ball carrier.
The team will be led by captain Graham Turner, a fifth-year student from Oakville, ON.
He will look to use his experience to guide Queen’s to their first ever National University 7s Rugby Championships title. He is joined by fellow veteran David Worsley, a graduate of St George’s College in Vancouver, who will be looking to sneak his large frame through the opposition.
Coached in part by Canadian National Senior Men’s team member Liam Underwood, Queen’s looks poised to possibly bring the gold back to Kingston.