Canadian Rugby Foundation – February 2023

Canadian Rugby Foundation Funds Seven Canadian Coaches to Attend Crusaders Coaching Course in NZ

Kudos to the Canadian Rugby Foundation for investing in Canadian coaches. Curry Hitchborn, Scott Manning and Andy Evans are the three university coaches from BC. Jamie Mackenzie and Pat Parfrey are former Canadian national team players who are currently coaching at Laurier and Memorial respectively. Ian McLeod played at Western and now coaches there, Ian Baillie grew up in Ontario and coaches at McGill. Congratulations to all.

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BC Bears Update – January 2023

BC Rugby Name Coaches for BC Senior and Age Grade Teams

The BCRU seem to have their act together this year with a top notch slate of coaches. Leading the senior men’s team is Curry Hitchborn. It’s a no-brainer to have him in charge of the Provincial men’s team as he leads the most successful university program in the country and his UBC team are perennial contenders for the BC Premier title. Phil Mack and Jake Ilnicki are assistant coaches.

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Canadian Coaching Talent

From Fort Nelson, BC to Tokyo, Japan: Lesley McKenzie Renews Contract as Head Coach of Japan’s Women’s XVs Team

Congratulations to Lesley McKenzie on having her head coach contract renewed by the Japan Rugby Union. McKenzie who is from Fort Nelson, BC, a small community of just over 3,000 near the Yukon and NWT borders, was first hired by the Japan Rugby Union in 2019 to coach the women’s XVs program. During that time she’s taken them from ranked 16th in the world to ranked 12th in the world, an impressive accomplishment.

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Fraser Valley Rugby Union – September 2022

Fraser Valley Rugby Union Seeking Coaches for Upcoming McKechnie Cup and Dunbar Cup Competitions

Head Coach Positions

The Fraser Valley Rugby Union is seeking coaches for the upcoming McKechnie Cup and Dunbar Cup. The McKechnie Cup is a regional competition that will begin November 26th and run through early December. This will give elite players from the Fraser Valley Rugby Union clubs a pathway to the BC Bears program. The Dunbar Cup is also a regional competition for U20 players. It will run at the same time as McKechnie Cup.

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