Jared Curry could be getting his first taste of international rugby this summer.
The 18-year-old from Kelowna has been identified by the Canada Wolverines men’s program as one of the country’s top young prospects for Rugby League competition.
Curry hopes to play for Canada in its first test match of the season next month in Toronto against Jamaica.
A fullback, Curry has been playing with the Kelowna Crows this spring in the first season of B.C. Rugby League play in the Okanagan, and has proven to be a quick study.
“It is a huge compliment for the talents displayed by Jared in the early rounds of the BCRL championship and how quickly he has picked up the necessary skills to be a success in this code of rugby,” said Paul O’Keefe, the Canadian Rugby League Development Manager for B.C. “I think that Jared could have the potential to play Rugby League professionally but will be fully tested when stepping up to international games.
“For someone so young, he is still available to play under 19s,” added O’Keefe, “Curry is showing some great skills not only with the ball in his hands but is extremely capable when it comes to defending.”
Between watching him live on the pitch and on video, the Wolverines liked enough of what they saw to select him as a strong candidate for future international matches with the Canadian team.
Not surprisingly, Curry would be thrilled to make the final roster which will be announced early next month as Canada prepares to take on Jamaica on July 21.
“Hopefully I’ll make it and get a chance to start with the Wolverines,” said the 5-foot-9, 170-pound Curry. “Until then I’ll just try to work hard and play hard and see what happens. Even if I don’t make it, I’m still young and I know I’ll have another shot.”
Curry, a graduate of Rutland Secondary, has been playing competitive rugby since Grade 8 and has displayed a passion for the game ever since.
“I like the rough stuff, I like hitting and I don’t mind getting hit,” Curry said of his love for the sport. “I like the camaraderie, too, and how rugby teams are like family.”
Curry recently finished up his first year at UBC Okanagan where he is studying psychology, with a minor in philosophy.
Crows Rugby League…
Curry and the Kelowna Crows will wrap up the B.C. Rugby League regular season this Saturday at 2 p.m. at Parkinson against the Surrey Beavers.
Both teams are unbeaten in the minor premiership and will battle again June 30 in Vancouver in the Grand Final.
The Crows (3-0) have outscored their opponents 132-48, while Surrey (3-0) has outscored its opponents 130-16.