BC and Canada Highlight Clips from 1989, 1997, 1999, 2003 - With Rosters
We thought we would share these clips as we're not sure if they exist currently on the internet. The BC Rugby Hall of Fame dinner is this Saturday and Bobby Ross and Mike James had to go hunting for highlight clips. Bobby fortunately had some VHS tapes in storage and was generous enough to share some clips collected off the screen. Mike unfortunately has tapes in European PAL format and it was difficult back in the day to find a north american machine to play PAL format, almost impossible now. But we have a few clips of Mike that are already on YouTube, and they're shared below as well.
Readers can add their memories and thoughts on the matches in the comment section below. Congrats to both Bobby and Mike for induction into the 2020 BC Rugby Hall of Fame.
BC vs Australia - October 12 1989
BC tied the game up at 15-15 with this extraordinary try. BC turned the ball over on their goal line and Tom Woods picked it up, ran across the field and threw a desperation football style pass to winger Steve Gray. Gray picked it up beat a couple of defenders and the counter-attack was on. From the last ruck it went from John Graf, Bobby Ross, Ian Stuart and finally back to Tom Woods who beat David Campese for the try. Unfortunately it was all Australia after that and they won 43-15. The match was played at Royal Athletic Park in Victoria and attendance was recorded as over 4,000.
BC Roster 1. Jeff Hayes 2. Al Burrows 3. Paul Szabo 4. John Robertson 5. Norm Hadley 6. Mike Tupper 7. Bruce Breen 8. Glen Ennis c 9. John Graf 10. Bobby Ross 11. Steve Gray 12. John Lecky 13. Ian Stewart 14. Tom Woods 15. Mark Wyatt
1. Tom Daly 2. Phil Kearns 3. Ewen McKenzie 4. Rod McCall 5. Tim Kava 6. David Carter 7. Brendon Nasser 8. Tim Gavin 9. Nick Farr-Jones 10. Michael Lynagh 11. David Campese 12. Tim Horan 13. Darren Junee 14. Ian Williams 15. Greg Martin
Canada v USA - May 10 1997
This game was played in Vancouver at Thunderbird Stadium, attendance 5k. Gareth Rees with the inside pass to Winston Stanley, ball finds Bobby Ross outside for the try. Canada won the match 53-12.
USA 12 Tries Scharrenberg, Penalty try Cons Alexander
Canada Roster 15 FB Scott Stewart 14 W Winston Stanley 13 C Tom Woods 12 C Steve Gray 11 W Courtney Smith 10 FH Gareth Rees (c) 9 SH John Graf 1 P Eddie Evans 2 H Mark Cardinal 3 P Rod Snow 4 L Tony Healy 5 L John Tait 6 F Alan Charron 7 F John Hutchinson 8 N8 Mike Schmid Replacements 16 FH Bobby Ross 17 P Kevin Wirachowski 18 F Ian Gordon 19 SH Rob Card 20 P Richard Bice
Canada vs Wales - July 19 1997
Two highlights from this match, the first an amazing drop goal by Bobby Ross from almost 50 metres out and near the sideline to open the match. The second a try finished by Bobby Ross from Gareth Rees after some solid work by the forwards. The match was played at Fletcher's Field in Markham, Wales won by the narrow margin of 28-25.
Wales 28 Tries Davies, Proctor, G Thomas Cons AC Thomas 2 Pens AC Thomas 3 Drops none
Canada Roster 15 FB Bobby Ross 14 W Winston Stanley 13 C Dave Lougheed 12 C Scott Bryan 11 W Scott Stewart 10 FH Gareth Rees (c) 9 SH John Graf 1 P Eddie Evans 2 H Kevin Morgan 3 P Rod Snow 4 L John Tait 5 L Mike James 6 F Alan Charron 7 F John Hutchinson 8 N8 Mike Schmid Replacements 16 H Mark Cardinal 17 P Richard Bice
Canada v Namibia - 1999 RWC
This was a blowout win for Canada at the 1999 RWC, 72 to 11 over Namibia. Canada scoring 9 tries this was one by Bobby Ross with quick hands from the backs, Winston Stanley with the final tap pass to beat the defenders out wide.
Canada Roster 15 FB Scott Stewart 14 W Winston Stanley 13 C Dave Lougheed 12 C Kyle Nichols 11 W Joe Pagano 10 FH Gareth Rees (c) 9 SH Morgan Williams 1 P Rod Snow 2 H Mark Cardinal 3 P Jon Thiel 4 L John Tait 5 L Mike James 6 F John Hutchinson 7 F Dan Baugh 8 N8 Alan Charron Replacements 16 C Scott Bryan 17 FH Bobby Ross 18 SH John Graf 19 N8 Mike Schmid 20 BR Ryan Banks 21 P Duane Major 22 H Pat Dunkley
Canada v Tonga - 2003 RWC
This try by Sean Fauth was a "training ground" move as described by the announcer, off a 5 metre scrum. Morgan Williams, Bobby Ross, Winston Stanley, Quentin Fyffe, Sean Fauth for the try. Canada defeated Tonga 24-7.
Canada 24 Tries Abrams, Fauth Cons Pritchard Pens Ross 4
Tonga 7 Tries Afeaki Cons Hola Pens none
Canada Roster 15 FB Quentin Fyffe 14 W Sean Fauth 13 C Nik Witkowski 12 C Marco di Girolomo 11 W Winston Stanley 10 FH Bobby Ross 9 SH Morgan Williams 1 P Rod Snow 2 H Mark Lawson 3 P Garth Cooke 4 L Alan Charron (c) 5 L Mike James 6 F Jamie Cudmore 7 F Adam van Staveren 8 N8 Josh Jackson Replacements 16 H Aaron Abrams 17 P Kevin Tkachuk 18 L Colin Yukes 19 N8 Jeff Reid 20 SH Ed Fairhurst 21 C Ryan Smith 22 UB James Pritchard
Canada v Uruguay - August 10 2002
This RWC qualifier won by Canada 51-16 took place at Ellerslie Park in Edmonton. A great behind the back pass from Mike James sets up tighthead Jon Thiel for the try.
Canada Roster 15 FB Winston Stanley 14 W Fred Asselin 13 C Nik Witkowski 12 C John Cannon 11 W Sean Fauth 10 FH Jared Barker 9 SH Morgan Williams 1 P Rod Snow 2 H Pat Dunkley 3 P Jon Thiel 4 L Colin Yukes 5 L Mike James 6 F Alan Charron (c) 7 F Dan Baugh 8 N8 Ryan Banks Replacements 16 H Mark Lawson 17 Kevin Tkachuk 18 F Adam van Staveren 19 N8 Phil Murphy 20 SH Ed Fairhurst 21 FH Bobby Ross 22 SH Marco di Girolomo
Canada v Tonga - 2003 RWC
This is the from the same match as the Sean Fauth try above and is the "chariot ride" video where Mike James is carried along in the maul.
Mike James - Stade Francais
Following on the theme of chariot rides, Mike gets an honourary lap on the shoulder of teammates after his last match with Stade Francais in May 2007.