Football Canada has named the Junior National Team roster for the 2014 International Bowl and the University of Saskatchewan Huskies lead the way with six players named.
Third-year defensive end Brayden Twarynski will be making his second appearance in the International Bowl. The 6-2, 250 lb. Calgary native had 11.5 tackles and a fumble recovery for the Huskies last season.
Twarynski will be joined by receiver Mitch Hillis, who caught 15 passes for 228 yards and a touchdown in his rookie campaign last season. Also making the squad are offensive lineman Mason Dick, defensive back Lance Bashutsky, defensive lineman Garrett Meek, and defensive back/linebacker Eric Verity.
The news release from Football Canada is below:
Football Canada is proud to announce its Junior National Team roster which will take on USA Football’s U19 National Team as part of the 2014 International Bowl series, to be played February 7-8 at Maverick Stadium at the University of Texas at Arlington.
The 60 player roster was selected from close to 500 players who took part in regional identification camps across Canada. These top prospects will take on USA Football’s U19 squad in Texas, competing for one of 45 spots to represent Canada at the 2014 U19 (19-and-under) World Championship in Kuwait.
Canada’s 2014 Junior National Team is led by head coach and defensive coordinator Warren Craney. Craney is a veteran of international competition having served as defensive coordinator at the two previous World Championships under Noel Thorpe (2012) and Glen Constantin (2009) respectively in addition to four generations of the IFAF World Team.
Canada and Team USA have met in the first two IFAF U19 (19-and-under) World Championship gold medal games with Canada avenging a 2009 loss in 2012 to capture gold. With the record split, the 2014 International Bowl series will re-ignite the Canada-USA rivalry as it builds towards the summer.
The International Bowl series features a number of Canada-USA rivalry games which in addition to a Junior National Team showdown includes the Football Canada Cup (U18) National Team against USA Football’s U18 National Team.
Canada’s Junior National Team alumni include Byron Archambault (U. Montreal), Linden Gaydosh (Carolina Panthers), Pierre Lavertu (U. Laval), Kirby Fabien (BC Lions), Will Finch (Western U.), Steven Lumbala (Montreal Alouettes), Jeremi Roch (U. Sherbrooke), Matt Sewell (McMaster U.), Mercer Timmis (U. Calgary) and Jake Thomas (Winnipeg Blue Bombers).