From the Editor’s Desk – March 2014

It Takes a Community to Raise a Rugby Player; University 7s Superhero Theme; Boss Rugby Balls; How Will Glasgow Use Carlin Isles; Japan Tickets on Sale

posted March 5, 2014

It Takes a Village…

This weekend we went more grassroots, we didn’t cover the BC Premier match but focused on Div 1, Women’s Rugby and U14. Thanks to Pro Fit Sports for the hoodies and Heritage House Trophies for the medals. Here are some of the pics from the weekend. It’s especially rewarding to work with youth rugby and a reminder where it all begins, it takes a community to raise a rugby player.

CW v Velox U14 Island Final won by CW but rugby is the real winner. Players from each team accept MVP hoodies.

Lachlan Kratz – CW

Lachlan was born in March of 2000 and has been competing in club rugby at Castaway-Wanderer’s since joining the U7 team at age of six. Lachlan enjoys his rugby and plays school rugby for Monterey Middle School. Last summer, Lachlan was selected to represent BC in the U14 age category as well as a select South Island Crimson Tide U14 “tournament” team for sevens. Lachlan’s favourite position is flyhalf and credits his teammates for making him look good enough to catch the eye of the Velox Valhallian coaches who selected him for this honour. Lachlan also plays basketball and Call of Duty.

Quinn Hayhurst – Velox

His favourite position – Wing or Outside Centre. He started playing Club rugby this fall, and first played rugby almost a year ago at school – Royal Oak in grade 7.

Championship medals were made by John James of Heritage House Trophies.

Cowichan v Velox

A match to determine top of the Island Div 1 and it ended in a 12-12 tie. The beauty of rugby is that for 80 minutes you bash your opponent then afterwards you share a beverage – mutual respect – and in this case an MVP hoodie from Pro Fit Sports. Peter Budina, fullback, from Cowichan and Jason Gagnier, second row from Velox.

Velox handily defeated Seattle in the Women’s Premier match and Winnipeg native Hayleigh Bell was chosen by her teammates as MVP. The quiet second row will grow in on-field stature as her confidence continues to grow.

University 7s – Superhero Theme

The University 7s tournament is this weekend to crown the top college sides in Canada, men’s and women’s. They’re trying a superhero theme, it will be interesting to see how fans respond. This isn’t quite Wellington or Vegas… yet.


Boss Rugby Products

We tried a couple of balls from Boss, a BC based distributor. We gave them to coaches and players to try and the comments were positive, great price, good product. Contact Cam for more information and pricing and check out his website.

Hi, Mark

With the spring season coming up, I’m starting to gear up some marketing and I remembered those balls I had sent your way. If you could find the time to post up some info or a link to the site it would be much appreciated and help with my push for getting the Boss Rugby name in the ears of BC rugby players!


Cam LaBoyne
Boss Rugby Products

Carlin Isles to Glasgow

You may have heard that the “fastest man in rugby” has been signed by Glasgow, the team DTH plays for (but is currently injured). What do you think? Seems a bit of a publicity stunt by Glasgow with the benefit of bolstering their 7s team which they hope to enter in the Melrose 7s in April. Isles has lots of potential in 7s because of his speed but XVs? He hasn’t played much, none at a high level, can you imagine him handling the high ball, what’s his kicking like, he’s not going to run people over and there’s not that much space in XVs to use raw speed. Can’t see it happening myself, I’d say very low chance of starting a game for the Warriors but it will be interesting to see if he’ll get on the bench for a game. My bet is some lower level games to see how he handles XVs and save him for their 7s team in the spring.

Japan Tickets on Sale

Finally the Japan game has been put on the radar after a month or so of flogging the Scotland game in Toronto, Rugby Canada released the Japan poster and opened ticket sales this week.

Here is the link to tickets and the poster.

Posted in BC Rugby, Youth Rugby.