2021 Year in Review – April

Year in Review – A Look Back at April 2021 Headlines: Women’s 7s Program Turmoil Hits a Crescendo, MLR Week 6 Wraps Up, 7s Tournament in Dubai, UVic Posts Head Coach Position, Julianne Zussman Named as Olympic Match Official

With no local rugby due to COVID in April 2021 the rugby headlines were focused on MLR, the Olympics and the ongoing dispute between the women’s 7s team, head coach John Tait and Rugby Canada. That dispute was just reaching a crescendo with the women launching a powerful PR campaign on social media and through their media contacts, explaining their grievance. An independant investigator would be assigned to write a report. We have gotten hold of a copy of the report and will go into more details in the coming weeks as to its findings.

Elsewhere in the news, MLR was in full swing, finishing Week 6 with the LA Giltinis looking to be the hot team. They went on to claim the title. Lachlan Kratz signed with NOLA and we did a write up of his career to date.

UVic had posted their head job position which would ultimately be claimed by Scott Manning.

On the Olympic front, the games were going ahead in July, and the 7s teams were in Dubai for warmup tournament. Julianne Zussman was named as an Olympic 7s match official.


3672 – Coaches in the News – April 2021
Apr 29 2021 – A Tale of Two Taits/Tates: Thoughts on Two Good Men and Their Rugby Journeys

3671 – Editorial – April 2021
Apr 28 2021 – Women’s 7s Team Issue Statement on Their Formal Complaint Under Rugby Canada’s 2013 Harassment and Bullying Policy

3670 – MLR Week Six 2021
Apr 26 2021 – MLR Week 6 Wrapup: LA Remains Undefeated; Toronto Tops East; Robbie Povey BCRN Canadian Player of the Week; Canada-Eligible Starters Drop to 16 (8.8%) in Week Six from 24 (13.3%) in Week One

3669 – Grassroots Rugby
Apr 23 2021 – BC Grassroots Rugby and Thunder Indigenous Rugby Sign MOU to Promote Youth Rugby in BC

3668 – World Rugby Updates – April 2021
Apr 21 2021 – Three Candidates Vying for One Spot on World Rugby Executive Committee Including Canadian Cristina Flores

3667 – BCRN Canadian Player of the Week
Apr 20 2021 – The BCRN Canadian Player of the Week Highlights – Week One to Week Five: DTH, Hurst, Williams, Ngawati, de Goede

3666 – MLR Week Five 2021
Apr 19 2021 – MLR Week 5 Schedule and Canadian Content: Seattle @ Toronto (in Atlanta); New England @ New Orleans; Utah @ San Diego; LA @ Houston; Atlanta @ Austin; DC @ New York

3665 – Match Official Updates – April 2021
Apr 16 2021 – Julianne Zussman Named as Olympic Rugby 7s Match Official: 12 Countries Represented

3664 – Editorial – April 2021
Apr 14 2021 – What’s the Latest on the John Tait Situation with Rugby Canada and the Women’s 7s Team

3663 – Rugby Jobs – April 2021
Apr 13 2021 – UVic Men’s Rugby Head Coach Position Posted: Closes April 26th – Salary Range 66K to 87K

3662 – MLR Week Four 2021
Apr 11 2021 – MLR Week 4 Schedule and Canadian Content: LA @ Toronto (in New Orleans); Austin @ New Orleans; San Diego @ Houston; Seattle @ Utah; New York @ Atlanta

3661 – Emirates Invitational 7s 2021 – Tournament #2
Apr 09 2021 – Canada Men and Women Make Finals of Emirates Invitational 7s Week 2: Women Lose to France; Men Lose to Argentina

3660 – Player Updates – April 2021
Apr 07 2021 – Lachlan Kratz Signs with NOLA (New Orleans) Gold of the MLR: A Look at His Career from Island U14 Championship to Canada U20

3659 – MLR Week Three 2021
Apr 04 2021 – MLR Week 3 Wrapup: Toronto Notch First Win; Atlanta Top East; Utah Suffer First Loss; Austin Win Texas Derby

3658 – Olympic 7s Updates – April 2021
Apr 01 2021 – Olympic 7s on Track for July 26-31: Warmup Tournaments in Dubai and LA Proceeding, Paris Postponed

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