Bridge the Gap 2014 Profiles: Vancouver Island Thunder

June 11th, 2014

The Vancouver Island Thunder plan to provide rugby camps for Aboriginal youth in the U14 to U18 range. Four camps are planned on Vancouver Island in Campbell River, Port Alberni, Cowichan and Saanich. National team player Phil Mack will be the head coach.

The goal is to encourage Aboriginal youth to try rugby, also to select an Aboriginal team for the Victoria International Youth 7s on July 11-12, 2014. The plan is to enter a girls U18 and a boys U16 team into the tournament.

We wish the Vancouver Island Thunder all the best in their endeavours.

Bridge the Gap 2014 Profiles: Red Deer Titans

The Red Deer Titans want to build a Central Alberta community league with 1000 kids playing within 10 years. Last year they targeted two schools and grades 2-5 and ran a 4 week Try Rugby program with over 80 youth participating, the results were positive and they want to increase the scope this year.

As part of this project they will create promotional material to encourage youth and their parents to try rugby. They also plan to make a promotional rugby video about the game, their club and their culture.

We wish the Red Deer Titans all the best in their endeavours.

Bridge the Gap 2014 Profiles: Nor’Wester Athletic Association

The Nor’Wester Athletic Association from Edmonton, Alberta want to concentrate  their efforts on 10 elementary  and junior  high schools  in their catchment  area. This will entail multiple visits to the schools  in order to establish  relationships  between  their Club’s Youth  Development Officer and the students  and schools.

They will provide  the schools  with basic  equipment  such as balls  and flags  so that rugby can continue on  as part of the  curriculum.  As well they’ll hold a tournament  each spring  and invite the schools  that they visit to participate.  The  NWAA celebrate their 40th anniversary this year and the inaugural  tournament  will be part of their anniversary celebration.

We wish the Nor’Wester Athletic Association all the best in this endeavour.

Bridge the Gap 2014 Profiles: Lindsay Rugby Club

June 11th, 2014

The Lindsay Rugby Club (Kawartha Lakes, Ontario) want to create a house league in their community for the spring and summer of 2014.  They want to give an affordable introduction to rugby and manage the coaching and refereeing of the house league to keep the cost affordable. They hope to introduce the sport to a broad potential group of young players as part of an overall Government, School and Community program of Active Living .

The program will focus on age groups U8 to U14 with a projected enrolment of 80 to 160 youth, managed by 25 volunteeers.

We wish the Lindsay Rugby Club all the best in this endeavour.

Bridge the Gap 2014 Profiles: Swilers Rugby Club

June 11th, 2014

The Swilers Rugby Club from St. John’s, Newfoundland want to continue their year round  rugby programs to retain and develop their U8 to U14 players with activities such as indoor rugby during the winter months, U12 -U14 practices and games during the summer months, and flag U10 practices and games.

Their coaches are currently in Junior High schools promoting the game and their summer programs. The grant funds will be used to help registration for low income players, indoor gym rentals during the winter months, rugby balls and tshirts for players and an end of summer family day.

We wish the Swilers Rugby Club all the best in their program development

Canadian Rugby 7s Online Auction from March 1st to 28th

Welcome to the Canadian Rugby 7s online auction!


With your support the team has moved up to 9th in the WORLD and they are headed towards Olympic GOLD! We are so grateful to the people and companies from Hong Kong and Canada, who believe in the Canadian team and have generously donated these items.

Please bid generously & aggressively as all proceeds go to supporting Canada’s National Rugby 7s program and athletes

If you have any questions please contact us

Call for Nominations: Gerald McGavin Coaching Award 2014

Call for Nominations: Gerald McGavin Coaching Award 2014

Nominations deadline set for March 21, 2014 

VANCOUVER – On behalf of the Canadian Rugby Foundation and BC Rugby premier partner Happy Water, the British Columbia Rugby Union is putting out a call for nominations for two international coach development opportunities.

Funding has been allocated by our partners for the Gerald McGavin Coaching Award and Happy Water Coach Development Experience, providing opportunities for BC coaches to travel to New Zealand for individualized mentoring programs.

The recipient must be currently coaching in the province of British Columbia and be:

1.         A Canadian citizen or landed immigrant;

2.         Not older than 45 years of age;

3.         Committed to the development of the game of rugby in the province.

General Guidelines:

1.         Applications for this award will not be accepted; only nominations will be accepted.

2.         Unsuccessful nominated coaches may have nominations submitted on their behalf in future years.

3.         Successful nominees may not apply again.

4.         The award is conditional upon the recipient continuing his/her coaching career in the province of British Columbia.

5.         The award recipient must agree to have his or her name and photograph publicized. He/she must be prepared to promote the award as requested.

Selection Criteria:

1.         A coach that is a good mentor and that goes above and beyond his/her role as a coach.

2.         A coach that has recognized contributions to the rugby community through coaching and other rugby related work.

Nomination Requirements:

1.         A letter, not more than 250 words, describing the reasons why the nominated person would be a worthy recipient of the Gerald McGavin Coaching Award. Please include specific reasons why he/she deserves the award;

2.         A coaching resume with full contact details as well as a  list of accomplishments and contributions to the rugby community, other volunteer activities, current coaching levels and certifications.


Nominations for the 2014 award cycle are due by Friday, March 21, 2014.  All information is to be emailed to BC Rugby Provincial Coach and Development Manager Dave Brown (  Only the successful recipient will be contacted and a winner will be announced later in February.

About the Gerald McGavin Coaching Award:

The Gerald McGavin Coaching Award is the result of an endowment held with the Canadian Rugby Foundation.  The award recognizes rugby coaches from British Columbia who play a significant role in shaping young athletes both on and off the field. Gerald McGavin is a former BC athlete who represented his province against world-renowned sides including the Barbarians, Australia, British Lions and New Zealand Universities. Now a Member of both the Order of Canada and Order of BC, McGavin created the Award because of his love for the sport and to acknowledge the role rugby played in shaping his life. Past recipients include Rameses Langston, Jeff Williams, Martin Jones, Jason Young,  Adam Roberts and Tom Larisch.


The Canadian Rugby Foundation would like to congratulate the men’s 7s team who finished third in the recent USA 7s held in Las Vegas.

This is the best result for the men’s 7s team in an iRB 7s series tournament. Canada earned 17 series points from the result. A similar performance at the Olympics in 2016 would see Canada take a medal.

Each year the Canada Sevens program receives a significant grant through the Hong Kong Olympic Sevens Fund. The HK Olympic Sevens Fund was started by Randy Heward, Fergus Wilmer, current Canadian Rugby Foundation board member John Woodward and others to support and strengthen Canada’s sevens program.

(photo by Judy Teasdale)

Stuart Pegg Scholarship Awarded to Patrick Kay

Stuart Pegg Scholarship

Pat Kay received the Stuart Pegg Scholarship awarded to to the most valuable player on the Canada Under 20 team.

The Pegg family, through the Canadian Rugby Foundation, presents this scholarship every year. The tradition is carried on through Stuart Pegg’s brother Adam, a successful restaurateur in Vancouver (La Quercia) and UVIC alumni.