From the Editor's Desk - October 2016

October 19 2016

Americas North 7s, World Rugby Conference in Richmond, Americas Pacific Challenge Summary, BC Rugby - Premier Relegation is Back In

posted Oct 19 2016
[ed. comments below]

Americas North 7s

Rugby Canada pulled out of the Central Coast 7s where they would be playing Fijian and Australia opposition and went with the Americas North 7s where they'll be playing the likes of Martinique, Barbados, Jamaica, etc. USA won't be there. It's great for morale as they'll be enjoying the sun and putting up the points from T&T but they won't be tested and prepared for the level of play they'll experience on the World Rugby circuit which starts in Dubai in December.

We've heard the following names heading to Florida for the camp, from there a team will be selected to go to Trinidad for the tournament. The new coach will meet them in Florida as he doesn't have his papers to work in Canada yet.

Caleb Jordan, Phil Berna, Luke Bradley, Mike Fuailefau, Justin Douglas, Pat Kay, Kyle Lagasca, Matt Mullins, Liam Underwood, Nate Hirayama, Karsten Leitner, Harry Jones, Luke McClosky, Isaac Kaay, Mitch Santilli, John Moonlight, Adam Zaruba, [plus a few new names]

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World Rugby Training & Education Conference in Richmond

World Rugby, Rugby Canada, and the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC), have partnered to present the World Rugby Training and Education Conference in conjunction with the CAC’s 2016 Petro-Canada Sport Leadership sportif conference (#SLS16) in Richmond, British Columbia. This is the first time Canada has played host to World Rugby’s annual conference.

“World Rugby and Rugby Canada’s leadership in coach education and development is exceptional,” stated Lorraine Lafrenière, Chief Executive Officer of the CAC. The quote according to the Rugby Canada website. One question BCRN has is if the coach education is so exceptional then why are we always hiring coaches educated elsewhere at the national level?

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Americas Pacific Challenge Summary

So what did you think of the APC and Canada's performance? Canada were the only country to go without a win. The Americans were thumped by Uruguay but we can't laugh because USA beat us so disappointing is the word. Were there any players who will get a look at the November tour? Barkwill, McRorie, Parfrey, Rumball, Heaton, Ferguson, LeSage, Baillie were part of the summer tests. LeSage came through this tournament as the hero, scored in each game. Baillie was sat out for the last two games, not listed as injured. Kainoa Lloyd looked good but Canada have some good finishers out wide with DTH and Taylor Paris. The young second rows Keys and Wadden perhaps? We'll wait and see.

Summer Test Roster

Kyle Baillie – (Ohio/Atlantic Rock) Summerside, PEI
Ray Barkwill – (Sacramento/Ontario Blues) Niagara Falls, ON
Nick Blevins – (San Francisco/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
Hubert Buydens – (San Diego/Prairie Wolf Pack) Saskatoon, SK
Aaron Carpenter – (Cornish Pirates/Ontario Blues) Brantford, ON
Paul Ciulini – (Aurora Barbarians/Ontario Blues) Vaughan, ON
Alistair Clark – (Bay Street Pigs/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
Jamie Cudmore – (Oyonnax) Squamish, BC
Tom Dolezel - (London St. George’s/Ontario Blues) London, ON
Matt Evans – (Cornish Pirates) Maple Bay, BC
Andrew Ferguson – (Oakville Crusaders/Ontario Blues) Mississauga, ON
Matt Heaton – (Darlington Mowden Park/Atlantic Rock) Godmanchester, QC
Eric Howard – (Brantford Harlequins/Ontario Blues) Ottawa, ON
Jake Ilnicki – (San Diego/BC Bears) Williams Lake, BC
Ben LeSage – (UBC Thunderbirds/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
Jamie Mackenzie – (UBCOB Ravens/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
Gordon McRorie – (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
Dan Moor – (Balmy Beach RFC/Ontario Blues) Toronto, ON
Evan Olmstead – (Newcastle Falcons/Prairie Wolf Pack) Vancouver, BC
Pat Parfrey – (Swilers RFC/Atlantic Rock) St. John’s, NL
Taylor Paris - (Agen) Barrie, ON
Cam Pierce – (Section Paloise/Kelowna Crows) Vernon, BC
Lucas Rumball – (Balmy Beach RFC/Ontario Blues) Scarborough, ON
Mozac Samson – (Calgary Saints/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
Djustice Sears -Duru – (Glasgow Warriors/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
Brock Staller – (UBC Thunderbirds/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
Matt Tierney – (Section Paloise/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
Jordan Wilson-Ross - (James Bay AA/Ontario Blues) Alliston, ON

BC Rugby - Premier Relegation is Back In

Closer to home the BCRU competition committee decided to keep relegation in for another year. This is part of the ruling sent to clubs:

Last night, the Competitions & Event Committee discussed all feedback received through conference calls and emails with Clubs from the top four Men’s Divisions, after which the following came to light:

- The number of fixtures required in the spring for a 12-team Men’s Premier League, accommodating Clubs’ requests for tours, byes and other circumstances, and not allowing for field closures, simply cannot be accommodated within the spring calendar;
- With no teams being relegated, the knock-on impact on Division 1 and Division 2 had the potential to significantly and unacceptably compromise those divisions due to introducing Georgia Strait travel and a reduced calendar of fixtures; and
- Significant concerns were raised regarding the timing relative to our current season.

Based on all feedback and these listed factors, the Committee was unanimous in their recommendation that relegation will remain in place for the 2016/17 season.

The issue will be studied in more detail for the 2017-18 season.

Pemberton Holmes
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