MLR 2023 – Week 15

MLR Week 15 Wrapup: 41 Canadians in Action, 22 Starters, 19 Reserves; San Diego Leads West, New England Secures 1st Place in East

New England have secured 1st place in the east as they’re 20 points ahead of second place DC with only 3 games remaining. DC, NY, Atlanta and NOLA all still have a chance to claim the two remaining playoff spots. In the west it’s San Diego leading by 5 points over Seattle, with only those two teams in the running for top spot. Houston and Utah are competing for the last remaining playoff spot.

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A Player’s Perspective: Canada to NZ – Part 2

From Canada to New Zealand: Playing Rugby Abroad in Taranaki Part 2

[ed. Noah will send updates every 2 weeks so check back to read the complete series.]

by Noah Bain

Hello, if you’ve made it back! Noah here again, and thanks for tuning in to BC Rugby News.

I first off want to say congratulations to the Canadian 7’s Men who avoided relegation in London this past weekend. It was by no means an easy task and you made a lot of people, including myself, extremely proud to be Canadian. Every one of you played with so much heart. It’s evident that we are making progress compared to our earlier performances this year, and I’m thrilled to watch the boys in August at the Olympic Qualifiers in Langford. Make sure to get out and support!

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From the Editor’s Desk – May 2023

From the Editor’s Desk: National Men’s XVs and U20 Updates; BC Boys High School Update; A Comparative Look at the Taranaki Annual Report: UPDATE ON U20 PROGRAM

BC Boys High School Updates

Shawnigan won the Island final over Oak Bay 36-10, St. George’s defeated Carson Graham in the Mainland final 13-5. It’s likely those two teams will be top seeds in the Provincials coming up May 31st to June 3rd. Elgin Park defeated Lord Tweedsmuir 41-7 in the South Fraser championship.

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MLR 2023 – Week 14

MLR Week 14 Wrapup: 36 Canadians in Action, 22 Starters, 14 Reserves; San Diego Leads West, New England Tops East

Little has changed in the standings from Week 13, San Diego and New England continue to lead their respective conferences. Seattle has closed the gap a bit on San Diego who now are only 5 points ahead, while Houston and Utah battle it out for the last playoff spot in the West. In the East, New England has increased the gap on top to 15 points with DC, NY and Atlanta in the hunt for the two remaining playoff spots.

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London 7s 2023 – Relegation Tournament

Heroic Effort by Men’s 7s Team in London Earns Core Team Status Next Season: Match Videos

It was a heroic effort by Canada on Day 2 as they dug deep and made a nation proud. They needed to put a large score on Tonga to ensure they would make the final on points differential and that’s exactly what they did with a +36 defeat of Tonga. Now they were in the final even if Uruguay defeated Kenya, which they did. It would put Kenya and Canada in the final and Kenya had won the pool round encounter. It was a tense match, tied 7-7 at the half, Canada kept their nerve and found the overlap with seconds left on the clock. Brock Webster had done well to move the ball down the pitch with a couple of line breaks, Phil Berna and Alex Russell had a 2 on 1 inside the Kenya 22 and Berna delivered the perfect pass for Russell to beat the cross cover. Webster put the ensuing kickoff deep and Canada were able jackal the ball for the win.

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BC High School Rugby – May 2023

High School Provincials May 31-June 3rd: Island Semi-Final Results; Island Finals May 25th @ UVic

Since BC School Sports took over rugby from the independent BCSSRU results have been difficult to find. Thanks to the organizers of the Island Boys competition we have some results to provide and a schedule for the Island Boys HS final.

The Provincials will be held May 31st to June 2nd in Abbotsford.

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MLR 2023 – Week 13

MLR Week 13 Wrapup: 42 Canadians in Action, 27 Starters, 15 Reserves; San Diego Leads West, New England Tops East

Week 13 saw the largest number of Canadians participating, mostly due to the Toronto Arrows starting 13 Canadian players, a season high for them.

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Middle School Rugby – May 2023

Lower Island Middle School Girls Rugby Official Sport for First Year: Year End Tournament Results

by Lisa Cooper

2023 is the first year that girls rugby is an official LIMSSA (Lower Island Middle School Sports Association) sport and the season ending tournament played Monday May 15th, was very successful.

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BC Regional Women – May 2023

BC Women’s Island Blue vs Mainland Gold Match on Saturday at UVic: Rosters Announced

from BCRU

Squads have been confirmed for what will be an exciting Game 1 of the BC Rugby Senior Women’s Blue vs. Gold Series this Saturday, May 20!

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Elementary School Rugby – May 2023

The 49th Annual Victoria Mini Rugby Tournament – Article and Photo Gallery by Lisa Cooper

[ed. photo gallery can be viewed here.]
by Lisa Cooper

On Friday, May 12th, thirty-two teams from sixteen elementary schools descended onto the dandelion covered fields of Gordon Head Middle School, for the 49th annual Victoria Mini Rugby Tournament.

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