A Player’s Perspective: Canada to NZ – Part 6

Playing for Taranaki Māori, Trip to Wellington and Historical Parallels With Canada and New Zealand

by Noah Bain

Kia Ora koutou, hello everyone, and thank you again for tuning in to BCRN, Article 6 of A Player’s Perspective. I cannot believe my blog writing career has made it this far and we are still going strong! I never saw myself doing something like this but look where we are now. To start us off here, there is TONS of test rugby to look forward to. At the time of writing, the Canada boys have not played yet, so good luck in these upcoming matches against Tonga. What an amazing opportunity ahead to test yourself against some extremely renowned players and for some, obtain their first cap. The recent Bledisloe Cup and Summer Test Series matches were a treat to watch along with most international sides naming their World Cup squads in the coming days. Lots of rugby happening and lots more to come with it being a World Cup year.

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A Player’s Perspective: Canada to NZ – Part 5

From Canada to New Zealand – Playing Rugby Abroad in Taranaki Part 5: Balancing Life While Travelling Abroad

by Noah Bain

Kia ora and thanks again for tuning in to BCRN for my 5th article of this series. It has already been almost 3 months and time has just flown by; I can’t believe it. Club season is over, and we are transitioning into representative rugby. I want to say congratulations to my fellow Canadian, (who you can get to know more about in Article 3) Callum Botchar, and his NPOB squad for winning the club championship. Hard work pays off buddy! All the best to you, and my other fellow Taranaki comrade, Izzak Kelly, on your trip with the senior men to Tonga. This article, I will be taking a different approach from the rugby recaps and dive a bit deeper into balancing life and rugby while travelling abroad.

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A Player’s Perspective: Canada to NZ – Part 4

From Canada to New Zealand – Playing Rugby Abroad in Taranaki Part 4: Club Season Winds Down; Regional Competition on the Horizon

by Noah Bain

Kia ora and thanks for tuning into BCRN! My name is Noah Bain, in case you’re new here, and this is my 4th article documenting my experience as a Canadian playing rugby for Spotswood United in New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand. I wish I had some good news in regards to us getting a win, following up on my last post, but sadly, I do not. The Chiefs lost to the Crusaders, and Spotty lost again. It has been a challenging season mixed with growth and rewards, as I continue to keep learning much about myself and about this wonderful game.

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A Player’s Perspective: Canada to NZ – Part 3

From Canada to New Zealand – Playing Rugby Abroad in Taranaki Part 3: Noah Interviews Callum Botchar

by Noah Bain

Hello again, and thanks for tuning in to BCRN. Congrats to those named for the BC Bears squads and good luck in your comps this summer. I am excited to watch from afar! Another congrats to the many of those being named to PR 7’s squads. That is huge accomplishment and is sure to be an action packed few weeks of competition with many Canadians going. Lots of North American Rugby to look forward to this summer, exciting times! Moving forward, this article is going to be formatted a little differently than previous ones.

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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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A Player’s Perspective: Canada to NZ – Part 1

From Canada to New Zealand: Playing Rugby Abroad in Taranaki Part 1

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

by Noah Bain

Hello to whomever is reading this. Thanks for tuning in to BC Rugby News and thanks to Mark for reaching out.

As a short introduction, my name is Noah Bain and I am from Abbotsford, British Columbia. After graduating from the University of Victoria last year and finishing 2nd place at the CUMRC’s (Canadian University Championships), I was lucky to be involved with the Men’s 7’s program for a short stint. Following this, I moved to Vancouver to progress my career and joined the UBCOB Ravens Rugby Club (fitting as a UVic Alumnus, I know). During this past season, I was contacted by Sean White, Interim Head Coach of Canada 7’s, who introduced me to the wonderful David Jackson (Jacko), who resides on the East Coast in Halifax. Jacko is from New Zealand and presented me with the opportunity to join a Premier side in New Plymouth, Taranaki.

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Players in the News

Interview with Adam Zaruba, Owner of AZ Elite Performance: We Talk Rugby, 7s Career, NFL, Advice to Young Players

BCRN: Hi Adam, we heard you’re in Victoria now and have started a business called AZ Elite Performance. Let’s start there and then work backwards to talk about rugby and football, the NFL kind. We saw a couple of announcements on your Instagram account @thezoobs. The first one, from September 5th 2022, I believe. Tell us a bit how things have been going since September. I should mention the website is www.coachzaruba.com.

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Player Profiles – September 2021

Interview with Mariah Charleson, Rugby Player, Coach and Vice-President of Nuu-Chah-Nulth Tribal Council

BCRN: Hi Mariah, when did you first pick up a rugby ball and learn the game?

Mariah: I first picked up a rugby ball in grade 8 at Shawnigan Lake School, so I was 13. I fell in love instantly.

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High Performance Rugby – August 2021

Introducing BC’s New “High-Performance” Competition and An Interview with Curry Hitchborn

We did a follow up interview with Curry Hitchborn on what was happening with “high-performance” rugby in BC, that interview is below. First some editorial observations, the BCRU, like Rugby Canada, is in some disarray right now. Aaron Takel who was the high-performance lead on the men’s side has left the BCRU to pursue a teaching career at Collingwood HS, we wish him all the best.

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Coaches Corner – August 2021

An Interview with UVic Vikes Head Coach, Scott Manning – Camp Reminder

BCRN: Hi Scott, you’ve just stepped into the UVic men’s coaching role, replacing their long time coach Doug Tate. How has the adjustment period been, anything catch you by surprise in the first few weeks?

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