Canadian Rugby History

May 22 2017

Doug Sturrock book on history of rugby in Canada

Doug Sturrock Book on History of Rugby in Canada Available for Sale

posted May 22 2017
from Mark Lawson

Doug Sturrock has recently completed and published his book "It's a Try - The History of Rugby in Canada". If you don't know Doug (although it seems everyone does) he is a long time servant of the game, played rugby for UBC and Meralomas and in 1972 was appointed by the union as Honorary Historian of the game. He also coached at Magee High School in Vancouver for 30 plus years, which is how I know him, as he was my high school coach and a mentor to me through my rugby career.

This book began as Doug's Masters thesis when he was studying at the University of Alberta in 1967, and over the past 50 years he has spent hundreds of hours researching Canadian rugby, traveled on his own dime countless times to the National Archives in Ottawa and to public libraries across the country from BC, across the prairies, Ontario, Quebec, and the Maritimes. The book is, as he puts it in the preface, "a history of rugby in Canada from its beginning in the mid-1860s to 2011".

The process of writing, rewriting, editing and finally publishing 650 copies of this book is a monumental achievement for Doug and his dedicated group of Magee High School alumni and other rugby friends who assisted him along the way. It's also an immense contribution to our rugby community here in Canada by a man who is walking example of the ethos that sets this sport apart.

The books are $65 each, or $88 each if it is to be mailed in Canada (includes postage, handling, and GST)

If you want it mailed, send your request to Doug by email at, include your mailing address and send a cheque made out to Doug Sturrock Consulting. Doug's mailing address is PO Box 772 Station Fort Langley, Langley, BC, V1M 2S2.

I am acting as Doug's "distributor" here in Victoria, so anybody in the Victoria area who wants to avoid postage can email me at or call 778-679-4190 and I can drop a book off to you.

Mark Lawson

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