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Bombers add Rifles players to rookie camp

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The Winnipeg Blue Bombers will have a little more local flavour when their rookie camp opens Wednesday.

The club announced Monday four members of the Winnipeg Rifles have been invited to their three-day rookie camp at Investors Group Field.

Receiver Kurt Goodrich, defensive end Spencer Riche, offensive lineman Braiden Watson, and fullback Tariq LaChance will take part.

"As an organization we have continued to try and support amateur football in this province, and I believe this is another showing of that," said GM Kyle Walters in a press release. "It is a great opportunity for these young men to come to a professional camp, see how it’s run, and most importantly, compete with professional athletes. We are very excited to have them with us as we open the 2014 football season."

Goodrich, 21, has played three years for the Rifles and last season pulled in 41 receptions for 985 yards (tops in the Canadian Junior Football League) and nine touchdowns. The 6-0, 193 pound Winnipeg native was named the Rifles MVP, a Prairie Football Conference All-star, and a CJFL All Canadian in 2013.

Riche, a 6-4, 240-pound 21-year-old product of Brandon, led the Prairie Football Conference with 5.5 sacks and also added 26 solo tackles in seven games en route to being named a PFC All-star.

Watson, a 20-year-old former Miles Mac Buckeye who stands 6-3 and weighs 285 pounds, has been an anchor on the Rifles O-line the past couple of seasons.

LaChance, a 6-3, 235 pound fullback, has played three years with the Rifles and has been stellar at fullback, on the defensive line and on special teams.

The Bombers have also released the schedule for their rookie camp. It opens Wednesday with a practice from 7-9 p.m. and continues Thursday and Friday with practices from 2:05-4:05 p.m. each day.

Veterans are scheduled to report for medicals on the weekend with the entire team to begin main camp on Sunday, although the current collective-bargaining agreement between the CFL and CFL Players Association is set to expire on Friday and has those plans in jeopardy.

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