VANCOUVER – Two fresh UBC Rugby alumni featured prominently within the first spherical of ultimate week’s Primary League Rugby Collegiate Draft. On Thursday, August 18th Outdated Glory DC decided on Prop Calixto Martinez (White Rock, B.C.) with the 3rd general variety. Two selections later the Toronto Arrows decided on reigning T-Birds captain/Flank Owain Ruttan (Cobourg, ONT).
?? MRUG | A large congratulations to @UBCRugby alumni Calixto Martinez & Owain Ruttan for being decided on a few of the best 5 selections within the 2022 Primary League Rugby Collegiate Draft! ?? ?? @usmlr
— UBC Thunderbirds (@ubctbirds) August 19, 2022
“Each Owain and Calixto constitute the trade our program has passed through in the previous few years,” mentioned UBC Males’s Rugby head trainer Curry Hitchborn. “Either one of them are emblematic of the paintings that is going into non-public skilled construction right here at UBC. As a college, we’re all very happy with them. The paintings they installed as people is the expectancy that incorporates hanging in this jersey.”
Calixto Martinez (2015-2019 – School of Forestry) used to be the primary Canadian-born/U SPORTS alumnus decided on within the 2022 draft and the perfect Canadian-born participant ever decided on in Primary League Rugby historical past. All the way through his three-season tenure at UBC, the 5’9″, 230-pound Martinez performed a large function of their Canadian College males’s rugby championship victories in each 2017 and 2018. He has represented Canada across the world on many events, together with the Canada Males’s U-20 roster in 2015.
Owain Ruttan, a five-year veteran (2017-2022) of UBC’s historical rugby program used to be nabbed two selections later by way of his place of birth Toronto Arrows. The 6’3″, 230-pounder graduated UBC with a Bachelor of Science level (Mixed primary: Laptop Science, Chemistry, Biology) and helped information the T-Birds to 3 Canadian College males’s rugby championship victories in a span of 4 seasons (2017, 2018, 2021). Ruttan has additionally donned the Maple Leaf across the world on a couple of events on the U17-U20 degree.
“Having each Cali and Owain cross within the first spherical and within the best 5 displays over again that UBC is the premier college rugby program in North The united states,” added Hitchborn. “Those varieties of proud moments display people who they may be able to come to UBC, get some extent and pursue their dream of taking part in skilled rugby. We proceed to turn the sector what we do and to look this happen assists in keeping us motivated to get guys picked yearly by way of being the vacation spot that we’re.”
In past due November, UBC will glance to protect their nationwide championship crown once they host the nationwide Canadian College Males’s Rugby Championship event (Nov. 30 – Dec. 4) for the primary time. Get the entire newest UBC Males’s Rugby information/scheduling knowledge HERE.