Year End Review – Part 1 January to March 2023

A Review of the 1st Quarter of 2023: BC Premier, Canada U20, MLR, Coaches, National 7s/XVs, CanWest, Hall of Fame, Youth Rugby

We reflect on the first 3 months of 2023, from January to March, selecting 20 stories that highlighted what was happening in local, national and international rugby news from a Canadian west coast perspective.


January had a lot of news about coaches, Eddie Jones was hired by Australia, Warren Gatland stated he wanted Robert Howley back, Nathan Bombrys started hiring offshore coaches with Scottish coach Iain Monaghan given an assistant coach role in 7s, the USA made Scott Lawrence Interim men’s XVs coach and a Canadian coach had their contract extended in Japan, Lesley McKenzie. We also put together a list of men’s 7s coaches from 1980 to present.

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

Wales Head Coach Warren Gatland Wants Robert Howley Back – A Reflection on the Canadian Coaching Pathway

Rugby Canada Hires Hong Kong Women’s 7s Coach: Background at Glasgow

USA Rugby Announces Interim Coaches for Men’s & Women’s XVs: Men’s XVs Coach and GM High Performance, Scott Lawrence, Has a Plan

More Coaches Sacked and Hired: Dave Rennie Gone From Australia and Eddie Jones Hired

A Look Back at the Canada 7s Coaches from 1980 to Present: Record at Hong Kong 7s and Team Lists from 1980 to 1997

January was when we found out where the 2023 JWRT U20 championship would be held, in Kenya. Hopefully we’ll get news of the 2024 hosting soon. The NZ 7s tournament wrapped up for the last time, it’s not on the circuit this season, the Canadian men finished 14th and the women finished 11th.


The BC Premier kicked off the second half of the 2022-23 season. The BCRU announced its Hall of Fame Inductees for 2022 and the CanWest women’s 7s tournament started. MLR got their 2023 season off to a start, and the men’s U20 program held a camp at Shawnigan. Rugby Canada announced their Hall of Fame Inductees for 2022 which included the 1991 men’s XVs team and we revisited the booklet put out by the BC Sports Hall of Fame when they inducted the 1991 team in 2018. The LA 7s wrapped up, it was a men’s only tournament, Canada finished in 11th/12th place.

BC Premier Week 5 Results & Rosters: UBC Topple Pride in Friday Evening Match; Seattle Fall to Burnaby; Ravens Top Caps; CW Edge Vikes; Lomas Paddle Rowers; Bays Defeat Westshore

BCRU Announces 2022 Hall of Fame Inductees: Ed Fairhurst, Bruce Kuklinski and Julia Sugawara

UBC Win Round Two of CanWest 7s – Day 2 Match Results

Canada U20: Canada Red Win Intersquad Match Over Canada Black: Match Photos (41)

Rugby Canada Announces 2022 Hall of Fame Inductees: Throwback to BC Sports Hall of Fame Induction of 1991 World Cup Team in 2018 and 36 Page Tribute Booklet

LA 7s: Canada Finish in 11/12th Place and Gain 5 Series Points: Match Videos


The Vancouver 7s wrapped up, the women finished 6th, the men 15th/16th. Rugby Canada bid to host the Olympic qualifying tournament at Langford. Westshore ran a youth 7s tournament during March break, Claremont won both Boys and Girls titles. Shawnigan Lake School attended a prestigious 7s tournament held at Rugby School in the UK and Upright Rugby Academy toured the UK with a XVs team. The BC Premier wrapped up Week 10 of the 2022-23 season. The national women’s XVs team defeated South Africa 66-7 in Spain. MLR were into Week 6 of their schedule.

Vancouver 7s Final: Women Finish 6th; Men Finish 15th/16th

Rugby Canada Bidding to Host Olympic Qualifier Event in Langford in August

Westshore 7s: Claremont Wins Boys & Girls Senior Titles: Photos and Results

Shawnigan Lake School Only North American Team at Prestigious 7s Tournament Held at Rugby School in England

Upright Rugby Academy Win First Match in UK – Tour Update

BC Premier Week 10 Results & Rosters: CW Clobber Seattle; Caps Topped by Bays; Lomas Upset UBC; Rowers Edged by Pride; Burnaby Defeat Vikes; Ravens Dominate Westshore

Canada Defeats South Africa 66-7: Face USA Next Saturday

MLR Week 6 Wrapup – 29 Canadians in Rosters – 19 Starting: Seattle Top in West: New England Lead East


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