Ben McKinnon

An untimely injury will keep Shawnigan Lake School’s First XV rugby team scrum half Ben McKinnon from playing in the upcoming World Youth Invitational Tournament in Japan.

“I’ve compressed the cartilage between my sternum and my rib cage after two guys fell on me,’’ noted McKinnon.

“The doctor says I’ll be out for around three to six weeks but I’m a fast healer so I’m shooting for two. Just hoping for the best.’’

McKinnon, 17, a Grade 12 student, is still excited about the trip, even though he probably won’t be playing a direct role.

“It’s going to be a great test for us and playing some really skilled teams over there,’’ he said.

McKinnon is a five-year rugby player at Shawnigan, having started in Grade 8 and worked his way through the ranks.

“He’s been behind some pretty good players and now it’s his moment to step up to the plate and be a leader and he’s doing a good job,’’ said coach Tim Murdy.

“These guys spend a lot of time together,’’ McKinnon said. “You form relationships you also keep off the field as well. It really helps because you can carry those onto the field so you’re out there with all your friends.’’

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