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Coldstream native impresses for Canadian national rugby team

Isaac Olson scored both tries for Canada in a 36-12 loss to Tonga
Coldstream’s Isaac Olson helped the New England Free Jacks reach the Eastern Conference final in Major League Rugby earlier this season, and was a part of Canada’s men’s rugby 15s squad’s upcoming tour of Tonga. (

Despite a loss to the host Tongans, Canadian National Rugby Team (CNRT) member (and Coldstream local) Isaac Olson produced an impressive performance.

The 23-year-old scored both tries in the 36-12 loss at the Teufaiva Stadium in Nuku’alofa, Tonga.

Olson is a winger and currently competed for the New England Free Jacks in Major League Rugby. The former Fulton Maroons high-schooler made his debut for the CNRT in 2021. He graduated in 2018 after a standout high school athletic career where he quarterbacked the Maroons football team, along with playing defensive end and garnering all star honours on the basketball court as a forward.

Canada’s match against Tonga wrapped up a three-week tour in the South Pacific, which started with a 12-day training camp in Nadi, Fiji.

Their first game played against the 15th ranked Tongans (on Aug. 10) was a 28-3 loss.

Canada is currently ranked 23rd in the world, but will be missing the 2023 World Cup, their first time ever missing the international event since its inception in 1987.

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Bowen Assman

About the Author: Bowen Assman

I joined The Morning Star team in January 2023 as a reporter. Before that, I spent 10 months covering sports in Kelowna.
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