Saint Michaels University School

January 03 2008

Graham Henry - coaching clinics in Victoria and Vancouver

Graham Henry to attend rugby clinic at SMUS on Jan 18th

by Alun Rees
posted Jan 3 2008

As many of you are now aware, the visit of Jonah lomu, the famous New Zealand All Black, had to be cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control.

However, please accept this as final confirmation, that the SMUS Alumni Association has managed to secure the services of All Black Coach, Graham Henry, who will not only serve as Guest Speaker at our Dinner on Jan 18th, but is also making himself available for some other events during the day, including a rugby clinic at SMUS school. In the very near future, details of the clinic will be announced by the BCRU, in conjunction with SMUS.

As always, your cooperation in publicising the events of the day of Jan 18th, 2008 would be appreciated.


SMUS Alumni Association is pleased to present – An evening with world-famous
All Blacks’ coach Graham Henry
Friday, January 18, 2008
Brown Hall
St. Michaels University School
3400 Richmond Road
Victoria, BC
Open Bar at 6:15 pm
Dinner at 7:00 pm

Tickets: $100 per person
Only 120 tickets available!

SMUS Advancement Office
Cliff Yorath
W: (250) 595-7508
C: (250) 361-8150


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Canada blow out the SMUS International XV 53-19 but SMUS puts on a superb rugby festival

posted May 13 2006
[ed. comments below]

First lets get the Canada v SMUS XV match out of the way, the first half was competitive with SMUS ahead 14-12 at the break and then the flood gates opened. By the end of the second half Canada had run in tries at will and SMUS managed one last try for a 53-19 rout. What happened at the half, some player replacements by the coaching staff of both teams, David Spicer coming off injured for the SMUS XV, fitness conditioning starting to tell? These and other factors possibly contributing to two different halves of rugby. The final contest was not memorable in terms of rugby matches.

So who stays and who goes. There was no one on the International XV who is not already part of the short list (Spicer, Fairhurst, Abrams) that did enough to warrant a further look. The best of the bunch outside of this group was James Bay's second row David Ramsay who scored one of the tries. As a side note a number of Bays were in the crowd and it would have been a better match if they had suited up as a club to contest the Canada side. The wide gaps that opened in the SMUS XV defence in the second half could have been finished off by some Over 40 players. Kenny Logan was a no show and if Florent Rossigneux was on the field he certainly was inconspicuous in his play.

For Canada Brodie Henderson showed that he is the real deal, undresssing his opposite number on the wing on several occasions to score and setup some nice tries. He's definitely in. Moonlight and Mensah-Coker looked good in the second half but were basically unopposed on the wings. Matt Weingart gave veteran John Graf fits around the scrum at #9 and DTH van der Merwe although cruising at half speed showed that he can turn it on when he needs to and score a try or beat the cover. In the centres Culpan is solid, although a stiffer test is needed for sure to evaluate his potential. Aaron Carpenter in the forwards stood out in the minds of many watching the forwards battle.

We'll get the scoring details later but it was painful to watch the second half as the SMUS XV basically were letting in tries on the outside with regularity. We have some video highlights of the tries, an interview with Ric Suggitt, the head coach of the National Men's team, and Geraint Johns, the Director of High Performance for Rugby Canada

Even though the main game was a bit of a bust the event was well put together, there were between 2 to 3 thousand fans in attendence and it put the BC Provincial Finals to shame in terms of numbers and festival atmosphere. SMUS and Shawnigan Lake are great venues for rugby festivals and hopefully we'll see them used more often. A great deal of money was raised for Cystic Fibrosis which was satisfying to see.

In high school action, two well played games that were very entertaining. Rockridge are the Premier Champions, defeating Oak Bay by a slight margin (again scores to follow). Host SMUS fought back and defeated St. Georges to the delight of the SMUS fans, to claim 3rd spot in the Premier championships.

Overall an entertaining day of rugby in the sunshine, well organized and benefitting a worthy cause.


posted May 10

[ed. This was the list released at the Press Conference although I expect some players will rotate in to different positions. Stanley, for example, listed at fullback may also appear at #10.]


Casey Dunning - CW
Scott Franklin - CW
Mike Pletch - Oakville
Adam Dowhy - SMUS and Te Awamutu RFC (Waikato)


Aaron Abrams - CW


Dave Ramsey - JBAA
Matt Phinney - Markham
Jeremy Harris - SMUS and Kelowna

Back Row

Florent Rossigneaux - Wasps and French Barbarians
Milan Mrdjenovich - SMUS and Velox
Seamus Gay - CW and GPS RFC (Brisbane)
Kyle Wiwniewski - UBCOB
Morgan Jones - UBCOB
Ben Jones - Capilano


John Graf - SMUS and UBCOB
Ed Fairhurst - SMUS and UVic
David Spicer - SMUS and UVic


Tye Spicer - CW
Robert Card - CW
Kris Witkowski - CW


Dave Lougheed - Balmy Beach
Kenny Logan - Wasps and Glasgow
Jeremy Cordle - SMUS and CW


Winston Stanley - Velox


by Ian Kennedy - Rugby Canada press release
posted May 08, 2006

The organizing committee for the Canada XV versus SMUS Centenary game set for May 13th, has announced that all gate receipts for the match will be donated to the Victoria chapter of the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CCFF), in the name of the Chuck Shergold family.

Shergold was a revered teacher at SMUS, who won three caps for Canada in the early 1980s and represented British Columbia on innumerable occasions. Chuck passed away in December 2005, but a mere six weeks earlier, he lost his daughter Stephanie to cystic fibrosis. Thus it is a very fitting tribute from St. Michael’s University School, making the game even more significant.

Twenty-four players will make up the Canada XV squad to play against the Saint Michael’s University School Select XV as part of the SMUS Centenary celebrations. The Canada squad will assemble on Wednesday, May 10th, at the National Training Centre at Shawnigan Lake School to begin preparations for the May 13th match at the SMUS grounds.

Fifteen of the Canada squad have just returned from the Canada ‘A’ tour of New Zealand. There, they played rugby against some tough opposition, and in so doing gelled as a team. The bonding that took place under adverse conditions will hold the Canada XV in good stead and should surely make for a fast-paced, lively fifteen-man game.

A number of changes have been forced on the Canada XV selectors: centre Craig Culpan and fly-half Derek Daypuck have come in while number eight Stan McKeen and fly-half David Spicer are out. Spicer will in fact now be playing for the SMUS squad.

The unfortunate Culpan only managed a half-game of rugby on Canada ‘A’s four-match tour. An injury received during the team’s second game against the New Zealand U-21 trialists, forced Culpan out. The Meraloma centre finished as top try-scorer in the 2005/06 CDI Premier League and had been playing well in his Canada 'A' debut. Culpan will look to further prove himself in the SMUS Centenary match.

Some interesting match-ups will occur in this game including the two fly-halves Derek Daypuck and David Spicer: Daypuck played very well in three of Canada ‘A’s four matches in New Zealand in his new role. Spicer, who is a graduate of SMUS and Daypuck, usually a fullback, are both being groomed for the pivot’s role by Canada coach Ric Suggitt, who wants all of the Canada squad members to be able to play in more than one position as he prepares them for the Rugby World Cup in 2007 and beyond.

Daypuck is not unaccustomed to the fly-half position having played there in school, so he is fitting comfortably into the role. Spicer has played fly-half throughout most of his young career, so this head-to-head conformation will be interesting to watch unfold.

The Canada XV squad will also include prop Garth Cooke, flanker Mike Langley, hooker Mark Lawson and sevens captain David Moonlight.

Some new players have been added to those who represented Canada ‘A’ in New Zealand: James Bay number eight Hugo Belanger, Abbotsford centre Bryn Keys, Calgary hooker Tom Malin and James Bay fullback DTH Van der Merwe and sevens international Kyle Haley. All will seize the opportunity to impress the selectors in hopes that they may win further honours.

The SMUS versus Canada XV game is another in a series of high level games that Canada’s National Senior Men’s team is playing. Following the game on May 13th, many of the players involved in the SMUS game will re-convene with either the Canada East or Canada West teams to participate in the new International Rugby Board sponsored North America Four competition. The NA4 will see the two Canadian teams take on their US counterparts the Falcons and the Hawks.

Following that, Canada will play its first internationals of the summer in June at the Barclays Churchill Cup. Canada playes Scotland ‘A’ and England ‘A’ in Ottawa and Toronto respectively before going to Edmonton for the finals of the fourth edition of the tournament.

Once the Barclays Churchill Cup is completed, Canada will fly to Barbados to play in their first Rugby World Cup 2007 qualifying match. Following that, the players can look forward to a rest of three weeks before re-gathering for Canada’s second RWC qualifying game against the USA in St. John’s, Newfoundland on August 12th.

For now, the twenty-four members of the NSMT squad selected or the Canada XV versus SMUS game will look forward to an intense two-day build-up to the game at Shawnigan Lake as they look to impress in anticipation of future selection.

Saturday , May 13th:
1) Canada v SMUS International XV K.0. 3:00 pm
2) BC High School Premier League Rugby Finals
Games: 9:30 am, 11:15 am and 1:00 pm


Current Club
2005 RCSL Team

Atkinson, Oliver
Toronto Xtreme

Belanger, Hugo
James Bay AA

Biddle, David

Buyden, Hubert
Wild Oats RFC
Prairie Fire

Carpenter, Aaron
Brantford Harlequins
Niagara Thunder

Cooke, Garth

Culpan, Craig

Daypuck, Derek

Exner, Iain

Fleck, Pat

Haley, Kyle
University of Victoria

Henderson, Brodie
Abbotsford RFC

Hunter, Scott
Abbotsford RFC

Keys, Bryn
Abbotsford RFC

Kleeberger, Adam
University of Victoria
Crimson Tide

Langley, Mike
Capilano RFC

Larisch, Tom
Capilano RFC

Lawson, Mark

Malin, Tom
Calgary Saracens
Calgary Mavericks

Mensah-Coker, Justin

Moonlight, David
University of Victoria

Pletch, Dan
Oakville Crusaders
Niagara Thunder

Van der Merwe, DTH
James Bay AA
Prairie Fire

Weingart, Matt
Crimson Tide

Canada up against an International Invitational XV as part of SMUS Centennial Celebrations

by Gareth Rees
posted May 4 2006

The Canadian Men’s National team will hit the field Saturday, May 13 at St. Michaels University School to help celebrate the school’s Centennial. Victoria has long been a hotbed of National team rugby, with the city providing more than its share of capped players over the years. SMUS is privileged to have so many alumni appear on that list, with the five appearing for the SMUS Invitational XV joined by Ken Wilke (SMUS 66), Rob Frame (SMUS 79), Gareth Rees (SMUS 85), Andrew Heaman (SMUS 85), Bob Ross (SMUS 87), Robert Card (SMUS 93), and David Spicer (SMUS 03).

The SMUS International XV

The SMUS team contains an eclectic mix of SMUS grads, overseas stars and domestic legends. Alumni John Graf (SMUS 87), Jeremy Cordle (SMUS 91), Ed Fairhurst (SMUS 97), Mike Danskin (SMUS 98) and Mike Pyke (SMUS 02) will suit up for the Invitational team today, although the last three remain very much in the Canadian team plans for this summer’s intensive schedule.

Danskin continues to be a crucial part of the National Sevens programme and has just returned from the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. He and Fairhurst are well respected on the International Rugby Board’s Sevens circuit and have played regularly in South Africa, New Zealand, Singapore, France, USA, England and – the spiritual home of Sevens rugby – Hong Kong.

Jeremy Cordle, also an outstanding sprinter and cricketer, possesses blazing speed, and but for injury would certainly have added to his six caps. John Graf, winner of 45 caps between 1989 and 1997, has played in every position for Canada behind the scrum, has played professionally in France and Wales, and continues to dominate in the BC Premier league. Fresh off a successful season with the Edinburgh Gunners, Mike Pyke has already won 7 caps despite his tender years. He took part in the prestigious Heineken Cup competition this season and has just signed a two-year contract extension with Edinburgh.

Providing international flavour is the talented Scot, Kenny Logan. There is little Kenny hasn’t accomplished in the game, having won 61 caps for his country and appeared in two World Cups. He was part of three English Premiership winning sides, one of which also won the European Cup in 2004. The Invitational XV will also feature Gallic flare courtesy of flanker Florent Rossigneux. A product of Racing Club of Paris and the French Barbarians, Rossigneux moved across the channel to England in 1998 and has played professionally at Richmond, London Wasps, Bedford and London Welsh, where he now also coaches.

Dave Lougheed is a Canadian legend, having played on the wing in four Rugby World Cups. David is one of the most ferocious tacklers to ever play the game and was an integral part of Canada’s famous win over France in 1994. Also look for Winston Stanley, a product of Oak Bay High School and Canada’s all-time leading try scorer. A precocious teenager when he burst on the international scene, he won a full 66 caps and appeared in two World Cups. He is now player coach for both Velox Vallhallians and the RCSL Edmonton Gold.

The Invitational XV coach, Scott Stewart, could rival Lougheed as one of the hardest hitters ever in the Canadian game. He gained 67 caps for Canada at fullback and flyhalf, and played professionally in the French Championnat for Dax and in the English Premiership with NEC Harlequins and Bedford Blues. He is now head coach at Western University in London, Ontario and Director of Rugby at UCLA.

Match officials will be Ian Hyde-Lay, Bruce Kuklinski and Peter Tongue.


by Alun Rees
posted May 2 2006

In an extraordinary release by SMUS today , it was announced that all gate proceeds from their Centennial Weekend’s International rugby event would be donated to the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CCFF), Victoria Chapter, in the name of the Chuck Shergold family.

This magnanimous gesture will bring enormous added pleasure to the SMUS fraternity, and to the rugby public of Canada.

Chuck Shergold was a revered and most loved gentleman, who represented Canada on the rugby National Men’s team on many occasions. His recent passing was a huge loss to the community at large, as was the loss of his daughter, Stephanie, who eventually succumbed in her courageous battle with cystic fibrosis.

The May 13th event now takes on added dimensions as a hallmark calendar event, as Canada faces up to a challenge from a SMUS International Invitational XV made up of overseas players and North American stars.

Rugby was always the winner here, but this very special charitable commitment by SMUS now allows the total community to become involved, and support a unique event that will truly be memorable and meaningful.

Saturday , May 13th:
1) Canada v SMUS International XV K.0. 3:00 pm
2) BC High School Premier League Rugby Finals
Games: 9:30 am, 11:15 am and 1:00 pm

All rugby games will be played at St. Michaels University School
3400 Richmond Road - Victoria, BC

Adults $20.00 : Youths 9-19 $5.00 : 8 & under are free


International High School Rugby Tournament starts at SMUS on Sunday April 9th

posted April 5 2006

This Sunday sees the start of the the Saint Michaels University School international high school rugby tournament with teams from Ireland, Scotland and England, as well as local teams Shawnigan Lake and Saint Michaels (SMUS). Games will be played Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday/Friday as well as a wrap up Festival XV vs. Young Canada on Saturday the 15th.

The rugby itinerary is listed below:

Sunday, April 9 - Round 1 matches

Rugby (at SMUS)
1230pm– Oak Bay vs Blackrock College
215pm – Shawnigan vs HSOG
400pm – SMUS vs Wimbledon College

Tuesday, April 11 - Round 2 matches

Rugby (at SMUS)
1230pm – SMUS vs HSOG
215pm – Oak Bay vs Wimbledon College
400pm – Shawnigan vs Blackrock Coll

Thursday, April 13 - Round 3 matches

715pm – Lambrick Park vs HSOG

Friday, April 14 - Round 3 matches

Rugby (at SMUS)
1230pm –Oak Bay vs HSOG
215pm – Shawnigan vs Wimbledon Coll
400pm – SMUS vs Blackrock College

Saturday, April 15

Rugby (at SMUS)
200pm – SMUS Festival XV vs Young Canada XV

St. Michaels University School - The Celebration of Our Century with International High School Rugby April 9 to 15 and Canada vs. SMUS International XV on May 13

April 9-15 International High School Rugby

Oak Bay and Shawnigan Lake
Blackrock College (Ireland)
Wimbledon College (England)
High School of Glasgow (Scotland)

Saturday, May 13 @ 3 pm Canada vs. SMUS International XV

Canada plays an invitational International XV with greats from USA, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, England, South Africa and Canada

Schedule and ticket information available at or by calling 250 370-6176

Sponsorship and game-day hospitality opportunities
are still available — contact Maria at 250 370-6183

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