Online fundraiser for George Jones Foundation

by Carla Wilson / Times Colonist

A roast of the late George Jones will run online on Tuesday to raise money for a scholarship dedicated to post-secondary students involved in rugby.

Jones died in May at age 86. The Victoria resident was known for his prowess as a tax lawyer, his life-long commitment to the sports community in general and particularly rugby, and for his sense of humour.

The roast was filmed on Sept. 10 outdoors to allow for social distancing. The video will be posted on YouTube at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

Son Brett Jones, the master of ceremonies, said participants will be sending out live messages via when the video goes live. It will run for less than an hour.

The goal is to raise $90,000 toward the scholarship fund through the Rugby Canada Foundation, his son said.

George Jones was especially keen to see women in sports given the same recognition as men, Brett Jones said.

Filming the video was “absolutely phenomenal,” he said. “The speakers were all so good — funny and heartfelt.”

Roasters include former Saanich fire chief Dave Ward; friend Mike Holmes; Doug Tate, UVic men’s rugby team coach; well-known rugby player Karl Fix; and friend Maegan Thompson.

The scholarship, which aims to assist college and university students, has already raised $5,000.

To donate, go online to (be sure to specify that the donation is for the scholarship), contact Brett Jones via email at, or send a cheque to:

The George F. Jones Scholarship
Canadian Rugby Foundation
709 Yates St.
PO Box 8003
Victoria, B.C.
V8W 3R7

Tax receipts will be issued for donations of more than $20.

Monty Heald Fund Update – November 2019

Dear Friends of Women’s Rugby,

It is with excitement and anticipation that I am sending you this update on our National Senior Women’s XV’s team. World Rugby has just posted their latest rankings and based on our performances in 2019 (8 test matches against top 5 teams) we have moved UP to #3 in the WORLD.

Exciting times for Women’s Rugby as World Rugby have launched a new “Women in Rugby” brand identity and global campaign aimed at driving increased participation and engagement among fans, audiences, players and investors in the women’s game. We in Canada hope this will lead to increase in FUNDING for Women’s Rugby long term…we will have to wait and see.

In the meantime, we are building to the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand in fall 2021. We need to continue to train, develop, and have a robust competition schedule against the top teams in the world to ensure we are in the mix in 2021 and maintain/improve on our current rank. The Monty Heald Fund IS STILL NECESSARY and will continue to raise funds to support our amazing athletes and coaches and insure there is no pay to play. Note, these funds needed don’t even consider the cost to the individual in hours committed, time off work, putting school on hold etc. The commitment is still 100% from the players. There are great fixtures available to us next year all predicated on funding, we MUST compete!

The MHF is asking for your help. As you may know, 100% of your donation goes to the National Women’s XV program – we insure that. Our goal leading up to the RWC is to raise $400,000. We have done it before (2017) and we will do it again, with your support! Please give generously, all donations will receive a tax receipt from the Canadian Rugby Foundation.

You can donate online (using the form below) or via cheque to the:

Monty Heald Fund, ℅ Canadian Rugby Foundation,
709 Yates Street, P.O. Box 8003, Victoria, BC V8W 3R7.

Thank you for past donations and your continued support.

Stephanie White
Chairperson MHF

Barry Giffen
Board of Directors
Canadian Rugby Foundation

Can Am - May 2019            Super Series- July 2019             Fall Series Nov 2019 
Game one Canada 40- USA 7    Game one Canada 20 - NZ 35          Game one Canada 19-USA 0 
Game two Canada 29- USA 5    Game two Canada 36- France 19       Game two Canada 52- USA 27 
                             Game three Canada 17- England 19 
                             Game four Canada 18- USA 20

Canada U20 Men – 2020 Update

The Canada U20 program has finalized plans for 2020. Forty eight players have been invited to Shawnigan Lake School for a selection camp Jan 3-7. It will conclude with an inter-squad game at noon on Jan 7. Players living in BC will come together again on January 18 and 19 for a game v the Pacific Pride on Jan 19.

The Portugal tour is now planned February 13-21 with games v Portugal on February 17 and 20. A tour to the UK will be from April 28 to May 9 with games v Bristol Bears Academy x 2 and Cardiff Met. The tour has been organized by Gethin Watts now Bristol Bears Academy manager.

A preparation camp will be held in Shawnigan Lake School from May 24 – June 4, prior to travelling to Montevideo to play in the America’s U20 Rugby Championship. Games v BC U23 and Toronto Arrows Academy are in the process of being organized. The World Trophy qualifier v USA will be the first game of the Tournament on June 10 for a one off knock out contest. Subsequently Canada will play Chile on June 18 and Uruguay on June 22.

If Canada qualify for the World Trophy it will take place in Villajoyosa, Valencia region, Spain from September 14-27.

“This season features 8 games prior to The World Trophy Qualifier something we have never been able to do“, commented Head Coach Jeff Williams.“ We believe we have identified the best players in Canada for our long-list, both through the U19 Canadian National Championships and a series of cross country camps lead by Adam Roberts and Mike Curran. Our objectives are to provide higher quality players to Canada for the RWC 2023 and 2027 and
the Sevens program targeting Olympics 2024, and to create a winning culture at U20 level”.

Last year a fundraising effort by the U20 Support Group was successful and is now capable of providing $120,000 annually for the U18 and U20 men’s program.

Platinum sponsors who agreed to provide Canadian Rugby Foundation with $250000 over 10 years.
Andrew Purdey.
Pat Parfrey,
Mike Holmes.
Rick Bourne.
Shawnigan Lake School.
CRF Captain’s Fund

Gold sponsors who agreed to provide CRF with $100,000 over 10 years:
Tim Powers,
ONNI Group.
Grenville Thomas.
Pemberton Holmes.

Silver Sponsors who provided CRF $25000 over 5 years:
Sally Dennis,
Jay Johnson.
Mark McCarthy,
Brendan Parfrey
Ian McMillan,
Bill Webb/Toronto Arrows,
Mark Wyatt,
Randy Heward,
Benji O’Connor.

Donations to the program have also been made by:
Pat Aldous,
Luke Kratz.

2019 Canadian Rugby Club Championship

In 2018 the Canadian Rugby Foundation funded the first year of the Canadian Rugby Club championship and it was a great success bringing together the top 4 men’s club sides from across the country. The event was hosted by the Capilano Rugby Club of North Vancouver and won by the UBCOB Ravens.

In 2019  the first Women’s Canadian Rugby Club Championship was held August 2 to 4, 2019 at Fletcher’s Fields outside of Toronto. The tournament featured four teams hailing from BC, ONT, QB & PEI.

The four participating teams, ranked from one to four respectively, were Capilano RFC, Toronto Saracens RFC, Club de Rugby de Quebec and Charlottetown RFC. Capilano and Club de Rugby de Quebec made their way to the finals with Capilano winning 34-19.

The event was made possible by sponsors and donors including Langara Fishing Lodge, Toronto Arrows, Canadian Rugby Foundation, Gilbert Canada, Aedelhard, Aptoella Rugby Apparel, TIRF, Barb Dinardo, Bill Webb and Mike Holmes. Also thanks to Fletcher’s Fields management.


The match videos, photos and results can be viewed at


1. Mikiela Nelson (Capilano)
2. Gillian Boag (Capilano)
3. Ellen Murphy (Charlottetown)
4. Anne- Marie Boulanger Martel (CRQ)
5. Zoriana Workun (Saracens)
6. Nikki Treeantafillou (Charlottetown)
7. Fabiola Forteza (CRQ)
8. Fedelia Omaghan (Saracens)
9. Christina Burnham (Capilano)
10.Anne-Charlotte Beaulieu (CRQ)
11. Anais Gilbert (CRQ)
12. Macy Munson (Capilano)
13. Alysha Corrigan (Charlottetown)
14. Martina Alaimo (Saracens)
15. Kalie MacKinnon (Charlottetown)

Donations to the General Fund help the Canadian Rugby Foundation to support initiatives like the Canadian Rugby Club Championship.

2019 Canadian Men’s University Championship

The Canadian Rugby Foundation were again proud to be part of the Canadian Men’s University Championship, this year along with major sponsors Toronto Arrows, Langara Fishing Lodge and Growth Alchemy Group. Also thanks to individual donors Roger Gay, Chris Lasher and Mike Holmes. This competition is vital for the growth of Canadian rugby and donations to the University Rugby Supporters Fund make projects like this possible.

The UVic Vikes dethroned two time champions UBC Thunderbirds in a tight 21-20 match. The trophy is named after Spence McTavish an iconic name in Canadian University rugby. The photo below shows the University of Victoria team with their 2019 championship banner.

UVic Vikes

For more information on the tournament with results and match videos visit:

The following is a video from the event done by ESIM.

Match Report of Final: UVic vs UBC from Concordia Stingers

The Victoria Vikes won a 21-20 thriller to dethrone the two-time defending champion UBC Thunderbirds in the gold medal game of the Canadian University Men’s Rugby Championship at Concordia Stadium in Montreal on Sunday afternoon.

Earlier in the day the Queen’s Gaels took down the host Concordia Stingers 31-22 to win the bronze medal.The championship game was decided in dramatic fashion. With Victoria out front 21-15 and no time left on the clock, UBC’s Evan Norris ran 12 yards down the right sideline to score in the corner. That made it 21-20.

Max Radcliffe had the unenviable task of taking the corner kick on the last play of the game with the championship on the line. He missed wide left.

Even before it came down to the last seconds, the two teams waged an epic battle that will go down in history as one of the all-time classic university men’s rugby games.

The Thunderbirds came out strong, going up 12-0 early thanks to tries from Dan Archer in the fifth minute and Nick Allen (convert by Jack Scher) in the 15th minute.

The Vikes refused to buckle and came back with two tries of their own to close out the first half. James O’Neill scored both – one at 25 minutes and the second in the 29th minute. Jenner Teufel connect for both converts putting his team up 14-12 heading to the intermission.

UBC regained a 15-14 advantage when Scher delivered a penalty goal in the 49th minute. The lead changed hands again in the 51st minute when Nick Caron scored a try for the Vikes and Teufel made the convert. That set the stage for the wild finish.

Victoria has earned a berth in the championship tournament in each of its three years. The Vikes were silver medallists in the inaugural competition in 2017. Last year they hosted and finished in third place.

This is UBC’s first silver medal after two straight gold medal performances.

Queen’s and Concordia also played an intense game that was decided in the dying minutes.

The Gaels had the edge through much of the early going largely due to the play of scrum half Dylan Young who scored three tries and added three converts. They were up 14-5 at halftime and had a comfortable 31-10 lead with five minutes to play.

Then Concordia made a late charge, getting two tries from Michael Laplaine-Pereira, the last coming in the 59th minute. Stan Blazkowski connected for the first convert, but missed the second. The Stingers were on a roll but ran out of time.

This is Queen’s second appearance at the national championship. In 2018 the Gaels won the silver medal.

Concordia finished fourth for the second year in a row.

Nov. 24 – Medal games

Gold – Victoria 21, UBC 20

Bronze – Queen’s 31, Concordia 22

Nov. 23 – Consolation games

5th place – Brock 26, McGill 14

7th place – Guelph 79, UNB 5

Final Rankings (original seed)

1. Victoria (3)

2. UBC (1)

3. Queen’s (2)

4. Concordia (4)

5. Brock (8)

6. McGill (7)

7. Guelph (5)

8. UNB (6)



1. Guerscham Mukendi – Guelph

2. Michael Laplaine-Pereira – Concordia

3. Bryce Worden – UBC

4. Michael Nwabufo – McGill

5. Benjamin Newhook – Victoria

6. Don Carson – UBC

7. James O’Neill – Victoria

8. Nick Allen – UBC

9. Dylan Young – Queen’s

10. Logan Martin-Feek – Victoria

11. Thomas Goetz – Concordia

12. Aidan McMullan – Concordia

13. Mitchell Santilli – Brock

14. Evan Underwood – Queen’s

15. Colin Lynch – Guelph


1. Stefan Zuliani – Queen’s

2. Connor Sampson – UBC

3. Spencer Cooper – Victoria

4. Frank Carson – UBC

5. Mike Stewart – UNB

6. Zacharias Zorbas – Brock

7. Owain Ruttan – UBC

8. Nicholas Carson – Victoria

9. Fraser Hurst – UBC

10. Steven Commerford – Brock

11. Darien Hewey – Guelph

12. Flynn Heyes – UBC

13. Colm Quirke – Queen’s

14. Victory Eichie – Brock

15. Benjamin Russell – McGill

3rd Annual Canadian University Men’s Rugby Championship Hosted by Concordia University

TORONTO – Following on the heels of the inaugural Canadian University Men’s Rugby Championship (CUMRC) hosted by the University of Guelph in 2017, and the 2018 CUMRC hosted by the University of Victoria, the 2019 Championship will be held November 20-24 in Montreal, hosted by Concordia University.

Concordia Stadium

Concordia University – 2019 Host

Once again voted as the premier Sports Destination in Canada, Montreal is poised to host the Championship – now expanded to 8 teams – in partnership with Concordia, the City of Montreal, Montreal Tourism, the Province of Quebec, and Rugby Quebec, and with the support of Rugby Canada. A full regular season of jockeying for playoff contention and qualifying for entry into the Championship tournament still awaits, but teams in Western Canada (BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan) Ontario, Quebec, and the Maritimes (PEI, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia) have been hot on the recruiting trail, and preparing for their training camps. Will one of those teams successfully knock off two-time Champions UBC? We’ll have to wait and see, but the upcoming season promises to be a scrum-ptious spectacle.

Tournament Qualifiers

University Men’s Rugby is in a unique position in Canada – varsity programs in Ontario (OUA)and Quebec (RSEQ), varsity and club programs in the West including UBC and UVic’s membership in the BC Premier League, and Club sports in the Maritimes – but unlike Women’s Rugby, not an official U SPORTS sport…yet. It was in view of this gap in U SPORTS programming that the Canadian University Men’s Rugby Championship was developed in 2016 and had its inaugural tournament in 2017.

No longer will university men’s rugby seasons end with regional and provincial championships. Rather, all teams will have an opportunity to compete against the best university rugby teams across Canada, play for bragging rights as THE best team annually, and play an important role in the development path for Canada’s national team and the MLR including Canada’s sole member, the Toronto Arrows. Of course, the role played by the Canadian Rugby Foundation which has been the primary seed funder, and by CRF Chairman Mike Holmes who continues as a founding member of the CUMRC Organizing Committee, has been critical to our success and much appreciated.

As the CUMRC continues to growth, the Organizing Committee has also expanded its scope, with support to the first (annual) match between the Canadian University All Stars and the USA Collegiate All Americans in Glendale, CO on July 27 and the return engagement in 2020 back in Canada. Also under early development is a true national championship for University Men’s 7’s, hosted by UBC in conjunction with the Vancouver 7’s tournament in March 2020, with two national semi-final tournaments.

We wish a warm welcome to our 2019 participating teams, families, friends, and rugby fans. Bienvenue et à bientôt à Montréal!

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