Crows player represents Canada in international rugby

Daniel Blasco-Morris plays for national team for match against English Lions

Kelowna's Daniel Blasco-Morris played for Canada last weekend in Rugby League competition.

Kelowna athletes continue to make their mark on the national rugby scene.

Last weekend, Daniel Blasco-Morris became the second Kelowna Crows player to represent Canada in Rugby League competition this year.

On Saturday night in Toronto, Blasco-Morris made his international debut for the Canada Wolverines playing in the second row.

Daniel was selected for the starting team after some great performances through 2012, for both the Crows and then the B.C. Bulldogs representative team.

Noted for his hard tackling and fearless approach to the game, Daniel was asked to do loads of tackling against a very strong English Lions team. The score wasy one-sided when the highly experienced England team showed their class in defeating Canada 68-4 in front of a vocal crowd of over 5,000 spectators.

The English Lions are highly regarded in the Rugby League World after defeating Wales, Scotland and Ireland all by approximately 40 points over the last couple of months. Canada is still in the developing stage but is currently ranked 23rd in the World.

“Five B.C. Bulldogs players played in the game, an outstanding contribution considering it is the first season of Rugby League for all the B.C. players,” said Canada Rugby League Development Manager Paul O’Keefe.

As for Blasco-Morris, O’Keefe said the Crows’ player is being rewarded for his tenacity and hard work.

“He has the right attitude to be a regular fixture in the Canada Wolverines team as he never takes a backward step and thrives on tackling larger opponents,” Okeefe said. “I was hoping his chance would come this year and its a just reward for his high work ethic in games. Daniel loves putting on the hard hitting tackles which lifts the whole team when he drives the opposition backwards.”

Earlier this year, Kelowna’s Jared Curry suited up for Canada for a Rugby League friendly in Toronto against Jamaica.

 

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