Toronto High School 7’s Supported by Canadian Rugby Foundation

The Canadian Rugby Foundation has become a key supporting partner of the TDSSAA Rugby 7’s Championship Series. The series is held by the Toronto District School Board. The Tournament has grown over 8 years to participation levels reaching 35 schools, totaling 70 teams in 5 boys and girls divisions, with more than 1100 athletes. This growth has lead to the recent Fully Sanctioned Sport status of Rugby 7’s in the TDSB.Continue reading

Aeroplan Miles Donations Program a Huge Success


Thanks to the generosity of over two dozen donors from the USA and Canada, the Canadian Rugby Foundation’s inaugural Aeroplan Donation program received over 465,000 Aeroplan Miles.  Donated Miles will be used to keep the cost of travel for the Canadian Rugby Foundation to a minimum and the remainder being used to support Canada’s U20 men’s and women’s players and referees.

The next opportunity to donate Aeroplan Miles to the Canadian Rugby Foundation will be June 2012.  If you would like to donate, please email the Executive Director of the Canadian Rugby Foundation, Matthuw Ronald-Jones at

IRB’s “A Beginner’s Guide to Rugby Union”

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The Canadian Rugby Foundation has received numerous emails requesting more information on the game of rugby and a better understanding of the laws.  This interest is most definately the result of Canada’s recent performance against Tonga at the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

Attached is a link to the International Rugby Board’s “A Beginner’s Guide to Rugby Union” which is a 16 page document outlining a basic overview of the game.

2011 Courtenay Taaffe Memorial Scholarship Winner

The Canadian Rugby Foundation and the Taaffe family are pleased to announce Lauren Nutt as this year’s recipient. Lauren is from Victoria, BC and was coached by Courtenay while at Stelly’s High School where she learned firsthand how passionate Courtney was for rugby and the community. Lauren now lives to those standards in memory of Courtenay.Continue reading

CRF Helps Future Olympians Participate at the Youth Commonwealth Games

The sport of rugby sevens is continuing to grow, both internationally and in Canada, as the sport is set to join the world stage at the 2016 Rio de Janiero Olympic games. The opportunity for a group of Under-18 men’s players to participate in the Youth Commonwealth Games on the Isle of Man is another great chance to develop future potential Olympic-calibre athletes.Continue reading

Capping Presentation at RWC Vancouver Dinner

IMG_0255 copy group resizeDuring a Rugby World Cup send-off dinner in Vancouver on Thursday, current and former Canadian internationals Hubert Buydens, Jamie Cudmore, Luke Cudmore, John Hutchinson, Danny Nikas and Jim Yagenegi were presented their caps from their test debuts.

The practice is an initiative of Rugby Canada and the Canadian Rugby Foundation, as both organizations work to award all players who were capped for Canada with their official cap.Continue reading

Capping Presentation at BMO Field

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On Saturday, August 6th, the Canadian Rugby Foundation continued its fine tradition of distributing Caps to former Canadian internationals, for their service to this country’s national team. In front of thousands of passionate rugby fans at Toronto’s BMO Field, Director Matthuw Ronald-Jones made his way to mid-field for the pre-match ceremony. He shared these thoughts on the tremendous atmosphere of the Toronto event:  Continue reading