Men’s University Rugby Championship – 2021

*Canadian Men’s University Rugby Championship Announces 2021 Format*

The Canadian University Men’s Rugby Championship was initiated in 2017 with the assistance of a Canadian Rugby Foundation grant. The inaugural tournament was held at Guelph University and won by the UBC Thunderbirds.

The 2018 tournament was held at the University of Victoria and included 6 teams, UBC and UVic from the West, Queen’s and Guelph from Ontario, Concordia from Quebec and UNB from the Maritimes. UBC won their 2nd national title.

The 2019 tournament was held at Concordia University in Montreal. The teams were host Concordia; UBC and UVic from BC; Queen’s, Guelph and Brock from Ontario, McGill from Quebec and UNB from the Maritimes. UVic defeated UBC in the final to claim their first title.

2020 was cancelled due to COVID and 2021 is now planned at the same venue, Queen’s University. This time the Prairies will get one guaranteed position, BC two, Ontario three, Quebec one and the Maritimes one. The tournament is traditionally held in the latter half of November.

from CUMRC Facebook page

We are pleased to announce that our 34 CUMRC-eligible teams are now organized in 5 different regions each with representation in the tournament. The Champions of the Prairie Men’s Rugby League with its 7 teams (formerly the CanWest Men’s Rugby League) will now have direct entry into the tournament.

Of the remaining regions, BC will have two entries, Ontario with 10 teams three entries including the host Queen’s, Quebec with 7 teams one entry, and the Maritimes with 7 teams one entry.

In addition, to provide some extra exposure to up and coming programs, and for those programs, two teams will be invited to a showcase match to be played on the weekend of the tournament. The determination of the teams will be established immediately after the conclusion of the regional playoffs, and will include teams from different regions. Participation in the showcase will be at the cost of the teams though we will attempt to secure some additional funding and assist with logistical arrangements.

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