From the Editor's Desk - March 2017

March 14 2017

Brief Chat with Damian McGrath; BC Gov't Kicks in $130K to Women's Tournament in Langford; Canada U19 Tour to Wales Fixtures & Times; Scribes 50th Event

posted March 14 2017
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Brief Chat with Damian McGrath

I reached out to head coach Damian McGrath about the Invitational tournament held on Thursday and Friday at UBC, wanting to hear his thoughts on the competition there. Here are his thoughts:

"Thought the standard was quite good. I was impressed by the quality of the teams. It was a very good test for our Maple Leaf team which is exactly what we require to challenge our players. I also thought the quality of the officials was good too. I liked the look of Jared Douglas (brother of Justin). I really wanted to look at the boys we invited to the Maple Leafs. We are going to watch all the games again to look at all the players more closely but at first glance Coe, Sauder, Colbourne and Lan were impressive. There is no definitive checklist that you have when you look for a player but I am always impressed by players who can catch and pass properly. I know that it's a simple thing but it's amazing how many can't do that! It always catches my eye. The best players always do the simple things really well."

So there you are, do the simple things well and you'll likely get noticed. You could add kicking to that list if your a XVs backline player. Just watch the two Canada XVs game in South America, the losses to Uruguay and Brazil, to see many of our players cannot catch, pass and kick with consistent quality when under pressure. The old adage that practice makes perfect never gets old.

Speaking of Jared Douglas we picked him as the best U20 forward in BC back in 2011, before we even heard of his brother. We awarded him the BCRN MVP as best forward and chose Doug Fraser as the best back. Both were playing in this tournament, Jared for BC and Doug for the Thunder. Both quality players as they were back in 2011.

Jared Douglas July 2011 - BC U20 championship

BC Government Kicks in $130K to Women's Sevens Event at Langford

The 2017 HSBC Canada Women’s Sevens rugby tournament will return to Langford this May, thanks in part to a $130,000 provincial investment announced by Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour.

The 2017 HSBC Canada Women’s Sevens tournament runs May 27-28 at Westhills Stadium in Langford, and is part of the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series, with 12 of the world’s best national teams competing. One of the most dynamic global sporting events, the tournament will feature all three medalists from the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games rugby sevens debut – Australia, New Zealand and Canada. This is the third time the women’s rugby sevens tournament will be hosted in Langford, home of Rugby Canada’s Canadian Rugby Centre of Excellence. The tournament will be broadcast nationally in Canada on TSN and will receive international media attention.

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Canada U19 Tour to Wales

Canada U19 are taking part in a European tournament with England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland and Italy. Here are the fixtures and times. Streaming details have not been confirmed yet.

Saturday 8th April - TBC, Cardiff
England v Canada
- KO 1430
Ireland v Italy
- KO 1715
Wales v Scotland
- KO 1915

Wednesday 12th April - Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli
Scotland v Italy
- KO 1530
England v Ireland
- KO 1715
Wales v Canada
- KO 1915

Sunday 16th April - Ystrad Mynach Centre of Excellence
Italy v Canada
- KO 1200
Scotland v England
- KO 1430
Wales v Ireland
- KO 1615

Scribes 50th Anniversary Event

Scribes RFC 50th Anniversary
April 14th & 15th, 2017

An open invitation to all current members, alumni & friends of the Scribes. Come celebrate the 50th Anniversary of grown men holding hands & dancing in a circle.

Week-end Program:

Friday April 14th
An afternoon of reminiscing and telling lies.
Where: Irish Heather
210 Carrall St, Vancouver (Gastown)
When: 2pm till 6pm
Cost: Free to attend

Saturday April 15th
An evening of celebration, renewing old acquaintances and acknowledging the new generation of Scribes.
Where: Grandview Legion 179
2205 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
When: 5pm till late
Cost: $75 per person – includes sit-down dinner, beer & wine.

To reserve tickets you can RSVP through the following link

Or for those technology challenged you can email

Payment can be made by e-transfer or a
cheque sent to Scribes RFC, c/o
45-6588, Burnaby V5E 4K1

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