Newsletter Fall 2011

Donate Aeroplan Miles to the Canadian Rugby Foundation

Contribute to the CRF and be part of the team!

Crowley, Cron and Barnes

Laura Nutt Scholarship winner

NSMT Calendar

John Jones Memorial Seven’s Tournament

Jason Young recipient of the Gerald McGavin Coaching Award

The Toronto District School Board is welcoming a new sanctioned sport to its athletics fold.

Fall 2011 Newsletter

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Capping Presentation at RWC Vancouver Dinner

Featuring 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.

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John Jones Montreal Sevens

First Annual: Saturday October 1st

Montreal Irish Grounds, Ste Julie, Qc.

To benefit the John Jones Memorial Scholarship fund-providing bursaries for up and coming rugby players pursuing post secondary education.

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Capping Presentation at BMO Field

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:

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Rugby Sevens Given the Nod

The Toronto District School Board is welcoming a new sanctioned sport to its athletics fold. Voting members of Toronto’s 86 public high schools officially approved rugby sevens in June. The results, 89 percent in favour, have pleased Don Mills Collegiate’s Daniel Kunanec who has been championing on behalf of 1,091 student rugby players.

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Julia Sugawara wins 2011 Colette McAuley Award at NWL

A thrilling weekend of rugby saw a new champion claim the National Women’s League title and was also a chance for the third annual Colette McAuley Award to be presented.

The Colette McAuley Award was founded in 2009 with the aim of recognizing a female rugby player who gives back to the sport of rugby in the true spirit of the game. The Canadian Rugby Foundation got behind the award and it is now paired up with a $1000 personal cheque from the Colette McAuley Fund.

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Canadian Football Shines Spotlight on Rugby Sevens

Canadian football will return to its roots in 2011 by showcasing rugby during halftime at select Canadian Football League (“CFL”) games. Canadian football developed from rugby; the Grey Cup, first presented in 1909, was the reward to recognize the top amateur rugby football team in Canada.

Saskatchewan Roughriders CEO, Jim Hopson, and the Dog River Howlers Rugby Club were the catalysts in featuring rugby with Canadian football. In 2010, the Howlers played the Saskatchewan Prairie Fire in an exhibition game before 30,000 enthusiastic fans during halftime of the Roughriders home game. Sevens rugby will take centre stage during three CFL games in 2011.

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“Investing in the Future of Canadian Rugby”

Canadian Rugby Foundation
PO Box 8003
Victoria, BC  V8W 3R7
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