Two Nova Scotia rugby players have landed a major opportunity in Europe.
Windsor's Nathan Lake and Bedford's Seif Sanad, both part of the Nova Scotia Keltics program, will be part of the Canadian under-18 team to compete in the European championships in France in April.
Both players were scouted at the 2016 eastern Canadian championships held in Truro and at nationals in Toronto.
“We have been very lucky to get so many Nova Scotia athletes on Rugby Canada long lists over recent years, but making the travel squad and playing against other nations is the goal," provincial coach Jack Hanratty said in a media release announcing the two selections.
"Both these players have been involved in our Keltics academies over the past few years and their selection to this squad is a credit to all provincial, club and high school coaches in Nova Scotia.”
Lake said it took a while for the news to sink in.
"When I got the email saying I was selected I just thought, wow, I get to go to France representing my country," he said in the release.
For Sanad: “This is truly an honour, for me. Since I started playing rugby I wanted to play for Canada and now that dream is becoming a reality," he said in the release.
The team will prepare in Toronto and depart on April 3. The first game of three games will be against the Georgia under-18 team, which won the silver medal at the tournament last year, on April 7.
France, Spain, Japan, Belarus, the U.S. and Portugal are the other teams competing.