A pair of high school pals from North Vancouver recently reunited – on the Canadian national U20 rugby team.
Logan Weidner and Joe McNulty both graduated from Carson Graham Secondary – Weidner in 2020 and McNulty one year later – and both suited up for the national U20 team at the 2022 Canada Conference rugby tournament held in Guelph in August.
Canada finished third at the four-team event, losing to Zimbabwe and Uruguay and defeating Chile.
The two Carson Graham grads missed big chunks of their high school rugby careers because of COVID-19 restrictions, with McNulty going his entire Grade 11 and 12 seasons without any high school games, and Weidner missing his Grade 12 season of games. That, however, hasn’t slowed them down on their way to the national program.
McNulty landed a football scholarship to the University of Toronto and played a successful rookie season with the Blues, earning conference all-rookie team honours after starting every game. But he opted to return to his home province to play rugby at UBC this season, and will hit the pitch with the Thunderbirds this fall.
Weidner also received interest from college football programs but opted to continue playing rugby, currently suiting up for a team in France.