BC Rugby June Update

June 06 2017

Touch Rugby; Rugby 7s; Rugby League; Youth Rugby; National Teams and Behind the Scenes

posted June 6 2017
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What happening around town in rugby? It's the off season for clubs but 7s, touch rugby, rugby league and youth rugby are on the go... and of course the June test window for the national teams. Behind the scenes lots going on as the competition document for the 2017-18 season starting in September is being finalized.

Touch Rugby

Check with your local club but you're likely to find touch going on Thursday evenings if you drop by. Usually no cost involved just jump in and have some fun and make some friends.

Rugby 7s

The Surrey Stampede 7s and Brit-Lions 7s wrapped up, next up is Vancouver 7s. SFU and Bayside also have tournaments as do Burnaby. Check their twitter feeds for announcements. Also the Thunder 7s, replacing the Victoria 7s this year, for youth U14 to U18 on July 7-8 at Shawnigan Lake School.

Rugby league

There are a few clubs who play league as well, Abbotsford, Capilano, Surrey for example. Check out their twitter feeds for details. Also follow the BC Bulldogs Rugby League twitter feed.

Youth Rugby

High School XVs has wrapped up but the regions are preparing for the PRCs (Provincial Regional Championships) over the Canada Day weekend in Burnaby. Many regions will be bringing close to 150 U14, U16 and U18 players, boys and girls. With over 6 regions there will be between 800 to 900 young athletes participating. It's a boon to local hotels in the region who will make about $100K from rugby over the three days. Contact your local region representative through the BC Rugby Union.

National Team

The national men's team play Georgia this weekend, then Romania and USA twice. All games should be streamed through TSN GO with perhaps some reaching the TSN broadcast channels as well. We'll advise when we get a definitive answer. The women are in NZ and those games will be streamed by World Rugby.

Behind the Scenes

Lots going on behind the scenes with the BCRU trying to hammer out a competition document for the 2017-18 season starting in September. Right now the draft document is being bounced back between the board and the competition committee. The committee wants a more open competition with less restrictions on imports and carded/capped players, the board is sending the document back asking for restrictions to be put back in place. The board also wants a complex system of incentives and other changes to be written in for 2018-19. It's a bit messy and I don't think they're fully aware of the impact this will have on regions outside the lower mainland. We'll have more when the document is finally released.

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