World Rugby 7s Series – 2023-24

Big Changes Planned for World Rugby 7s Series in 2023-24: Men’s Series to be Reduced to Twelve Teams

Starting in December 2023 there will be only 12 teams in the men’s World Rugby 7s series, reduced from 16. There will then be parity with the women’s series who are currently at 12 teams. Both the men and women will play 7 tournaments over 7 months at “super” events, hosts and dates to be announced in the coming months.

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BC Rugby Weekend of November 26th

McKechnie Cup and U20 Dunbar Keg Results: Wave Late Surge Over Tide; Pride Dominate Valley; North Island U20 Defeat Valley U20

[ed. photos from the Dunbar Keg match North Island v Fraser Valley can be viewed here.]

The BC Premier has closed down for the Dec/Jan break and it’s the McKechnie Cup and U20 Dunbar Keg regional matches now. It took a while to get the rosters but they’re in now. Vancouver weren’t able to put together a U20 team and the South Island win that match be default.

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Canada 7s Updates – November 2022

Henry Paul Leaves Canada 7s Position: Sean White to Take Team to Dubai and Cape Town

Henry Paul is leaving the 7s coaching position at Rugby Canada, the Rugby Canada press release says “Rugby Canada has agreed to release Men’s Sevens Head Coach Henry Paul from his contract with immediate effect”. It’s hard to say what actually happened behind the scenes, was he encouraged to terminate the contract, did he see the handwriting on the wall, or does he have something else lined up that aligns better with family?

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McKechnie Cup History

A Look at McKechnie Cup History – Article from 2016: List of Winners 1896 to 2021

I was going to write a lengthy article on the McKechnie Cup history today but the hours ran out so I’ll post this article I wrote in 2016 and add to it later in the week. The article, although over 6 years old, has some relevance to today.

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Canada v Namibia – November 2022

Canada Lose to Namibia 43-37 to Finish Up Fall Tour: MATCH VIDEO

Canada closed out their fall tour with a 43-37 loss to Namibia. Canada were ranked 21st, Namibia 23rd before the match, that may change on Monday when the new rankings are calculated. Hong Kong (24th) also defeated Kenya which may see them rise in the rankings.

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BC Rugby Weekend of November 19th 2022

BC Premier Week 4 Results: Ravens v Vikes Match Cancelled; UBC Outlast Caps; Pride Over Lomas; Rowers Edge Westshore; Bays Defeat Seattle; Burnaby Victorious at CW; Plus TWU Claim Final Qualifying Spot at University Championships

[ed. UPDATE: We’ve updated the wording to reflect the Ravens will be appealing so the official status of the Vikes match is unknown at this time. The Ravens weren’t able to show up for their match versus UVic, they’re apparently facing a ban on BC Ferries for a period of time. Excerpt of message from Ravens, “We will be appealing this decision and hope to reschedule the UVIC game for a later date. We will be formulating a response to BC Rugby.” More information when it becomes available.]

An unusual week to finish off the first part of the season, a potential default by the league leading Ravens, otherwise the games were close with a +6 average score. Next weekend sees the McKechnie Cup kickoff with the Pride hosting Fraser Valley and the Island hosting Vancouver. In the U20 Dunbar competition, North Island host Fraser Valley and South Island host Vancouver.

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Burnaby Lake – November 2022

Burnaby Split Matches with Bays: Win in Reserves; Loss in Premier: FULL MATCH VIDEOS

by Mike Devlin

BLRC Premier Reserve Men 45 – JBAA 19

The BLRC Premier Reserve Men are on a roll, going 5-0 in the Regional Pre-season tourney and 3-0 since the season began. The squad, led by Tom Menzies, has been undefeated and have shown the ability to put points on the board and play some stingy defence. They’ve had some lop-sided victories and had to “hold on” to close out tight games. On Saturday, the BLRC ran rough-shod over a young James Bay team. The BLRC were just too big and too fast for James Bay to stop. Nolan Shelley was 100% from the tee, making all 6 conversions and one penalty. The try’s were distributed evenly, 3 from the forwards and 3 from the backs.

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