CFL defensive back Tevaughn Campbell will wear a Canadian jersey this weekend in Uruguay, and this time he’s bringing along a couple friends. The Maple Leafs development side will feature three Canadian football converts. Joining Campbell in the side is Toronto Argonauts draft pick Ryan Nieuwesteeg and former Hamilton Tiger-Cats wide receiver Mitchell Baines. None of the trio have any notable rugby experience prior to joining the sevens program.
Niewesteeg, 24, was a standout receiver and kick returner for the Guelph Gryphons before being drafted by the Argos in 2016. He counts OUA 1st team All-Star and 2nd team All-Canadian honors on his resume. At just 1.72m (5’8″) and 78kg (170lbs) the Niagara Falls native is small for both sports but has impressive balance and acceleration.
The 25-year-old Baines, from Ottawa, played three games for the Tigers-Cats in the 2017 CFL season after being signed from the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Standing 1.88m (6’2″) and weighing 98kg (215lbs) he has the physique to cover a number of positions and his aerial skills should prove very useful at restarts. Baines played five seasons for the Ottawa Gee-Gees, and was also an OUA 1st team All-Star and 2nd team All-Canadian.