rugby

Rapids Rugby athletes, from left, Paige Horsfall, Sadie Williams, Shayla Stigant, Brooke Horsfall, Sophia Julien and Monique Vinnedge proudly represented the Comox Valley at the B.C. Games in Prince George.

Comox Valley Rapids rugby players boost B.C. teams at westerns

Rapids Rugby players Paige Horsfall, Sadie Williams, Shayla Stigant, Brooke Horsfall, Sophia…

  • Aug 3, 2022

 

Canada’s Keyara Wardley smiles as she shrugs off a tackle by Spain during the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series stop at Starlight Stadium on April 30. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Canada women’s 15s face Italy in Vancouver Island rugby match

July 24 game marks first of two summer matches in Canada

 

Players from Canada and Spain run onto the field during the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series stop at Starlight Stadium in April. Rugby Canada is combining the women’s and men’s tournaments at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver starting in 2023. (Black Press Media file photo)

Vancouver Island loses women’s rugby 7s event to Vancouver for 2023

HSBC World Rugby Seven Series tournament to be combined with men’s event

Players from Canada and Spain run onto the field during the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series stop at Starlight Stadium in April. Rugby Canada is combining the women’s and men’s tournaments at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver starting in 2023. (Black Press Media file photo)
Canada’s Brock Webster runs for his second try against Scotland during HSBC Canada Sevens rugby action, in Vancouver, on Sunday, April 17, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Canada’s Brock Webster runs for his second try against Scotland during HSBC Canada Sevens rugby action, in Vancouver, on Sunday, April 17, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Team Canada rugby fans take in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series action at Starlight Stadium just outside Victoria Saturday, April 30, 2022. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Vancouver rugby fans on alert as United States to host World Cup for first time

U.S. bid group included Vancouver in an original list of cities under consideration

Team Canada rugby fans take in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series action at Starlight Stadium just outside Victoria Saturday, April 30, 2022. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Canada women’s sevens rugby head coach Jack Hanratty said the team is building cohesion and momentum during this recent block of training and games. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

National women’s rugby 7’s back on the Island ahead of weekend international tournament

Team back from qualifying for World Cup berth at Bahamas tournament

Canada women’s sevens rugby head coach Jack Hanratty said the team is building cohesion and momentum during this recent block of training and games. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Lock Erin Rautenberg contests a ball in a lineout. Photo by Jesse Ramsay

Comox Valley women’s rugby team falls to James Bay

The Comox Valley Kickers women’s team hosted James Bay Athletic Association (JBAA)…

  • Apr 25, 2022
Lock Erin Rautenberg contests a ball in a lineout. Photo by Jesse Ramsay
Winger Liz Adams on a run against Chilliwack, Saturday at Cumberland Village Park. Photo by Kai Mills

Comox Valley rugby teams host Chilliwack in Cumberland

Both Comox Valley Kickers Rugby teams welcomed the Chilliwack Crusaders to Cumberland…

  • Apr 10, 2022
Winger Liz Adams on a run against Chilliwack, Saturday at Cumberland Village Park. Photo by Kai Mills
Kickers flyhalf Nick Gilmour makes a move on a Chilliwack defender. Photo by Kai Mills.

Comox Valley Kickers men, women at different ends of lopsided rugby matches against Chilliwack

Both Comox Valley Kickers Rugby Teams welcomed the Chilliwack Crusaders to Cumberland…

Kickers flyhalf Nick Gilmour makes a move on a Chilliwack defender. Photo by Kai Mills.
Canada’s Kyle Baillie (centre) celebrates with teammates after a try against Chile during the second half of a Rugby World Cup 2023 qualification match at Starlight Stadium in Langford, B.C., on Saturday, October 2, 2021. An independent review into Rugby Canada’s high-performance programs paints a damning picture of a dysfunctional organization at odds with its athletes, staff and supporters. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Independent review paints damning, dysfunctional picture of Rugby Canada

‘Culture of Rugby Canada and the high-performance program is described as ‘empty’ or ‘non-existent”

Canada’s Kyle Baillie (centre) celebrates with teammates after a try against Chile during the second half of a Rugby World Cup 2023 qualification match at Starlight Stadium in Langford, B.C., on Saturday, October 2, 2021. An independent review into Rugby Canada’s high-performance programs paints a damning picture of a dysfunctional organization at odds with its athletes, staff and supporters. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Winger Liz Adams getting tackled. Photo by Carlie Beaulieu

Comox Valley Kickers rugby doubleheader in Langley

Men win close game, women unable to maintain lead

  • Mar 21, 2022
Winger Liz Adams getting tackled. Photo by Carlie Beaulieu
Ava Ference, a current student at Shawnigan Lake School, has earned RBC Future Olympian funding and multiple-year commitments from Rugby Canada as a result of the talent she displayed in basic testing. (Submitted by RBC Training Ground)

Vancouver Island athletes unearthed by RBC Training Ground

Rugby players now on the national program fast track

Ava Ference, a current student at Shawnigan Lake School, has earned RBC Future Olympian funding and multiple-year commitments from Rugby Canada as a result of the talent she displayed in basic testing. (Submitted by RBC Training Ground)
FILE — Canada’s Charity Williams (left) is tackled by Ireland’s Amee Leigh Murphy Crowe during the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series in Langford, B.C., Saturday, May, 12, 2018. Canada’s bid for a women’s rugby sevens berth in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics came closer to reality Saturday with wins over Brazil and Ireland on home soil at Westhills Stadium. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Mexico to replace Russia at Langford rugby sevens

Russia barred from all international rugby and cross-border club activities until further notice

FILE — Canada’s Charity Williams (left) is tackled by Ireland’s Amee Leigh Murphy Crowe during the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series in Langford, B.C., Saturday, May, 12, 2018. Canada’s bid for a women’s rugby sevens berth in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics came closer to reality Saturday with wins over Brazil and Ireland on home soil at Westhills Stadium. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
FILE — Canada’s Charity Williams (left) is tackled by Ireland’s Amee Leigh Murphy Crowe during the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series in Langford, B.C., Saturday, May, 12, 2018. Canada’s bid for a women’s rugby sevens berth in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics came closer to reality Saturday with wins over Brazil and Ireland on home soil at Westhills Stadium. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Mexico to replace Russia at Langford rugby sevens

Russia barred from all international rugby and cross-border club activities until further notice

FILE — Canada’s Charity Williams (left) is tackled by Ireland’s Amee Leigh Murphy Crowe during the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series in Langford, B.C., Saturday, May, 12, 2018. Canada’s bid for a women’s rugby sevens berth in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics came closer to reality Saturday with wins over Brazil and Ireland on home soil at Westhills Stadium. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Scrumhalf Justin Thomson runs with the ball. Lorne Collicutt photo

Snowfall no obstacle for Comox Valley rugby teams

Saturday’s a rugby day — even when it snows. The Comox Valley…

  • Feb 28, 2022
Scrumhalf Justin Thomson runs with the ball. Lorne Collicutt photo
Hook Jade Baker scores one of her three tries in a BCRU Division II League game against Richmond/Delta at Cumberland Village Park. The Kickers won 55-15. Photo by Jesse Ramsay.

Comox Valley Kickers dominate Richmond/Delta in women’s rugby

The Comox Valley Kickers Women’s team played their second game of the…

Hook Jade Baker scores one of her three tries in a BCRU Division II League game against Richmond/Delta at Cumberland Village Park. The Kickers won 55-15. Photo by Jesse Ramsay.
Starlight Stadium was packed with fans as the Toronto Arrows played for the first time in British Columbia in their game against LA Giltinis in Langford on Feb. 11. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Langford hosts first-ever Major League Rugby game in B.C.

Toronto Arrows felt embraced by West Coast crowd in loss to LA

Starlight Stadium was packed with fans as the Toronto Arrows played for the first time in British Columbia in their game against LA Giltinis in Langford on Feb. 11. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Kickers scrumhalf Lauren Sargent breaks away from James Bay Athletic Associate defenders in BCRU Division II League play, Saturday in Cumberland. Photo by Brandon Hudson

Comox Valley Kickers men’s and women’s teams open rugby season on different notes

A new rugby season kicked off this past Saturday which saw both…

Kickers scrumhalf Lauren Sargent breaks away from James Bay Athletic Associate defenders in BCRU Division II League play, Saturday in Cumberland. Photo by Brandon Hudson
Cowichan Piggies senior men’s head coach Andrew Wright, club president Angie Gudmundseth and VP Admin Mike Rea address club members during a blessing ceremony at the Cowichan Rugby Football Club grounds last Saturday afternoon. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Vancouver Island rugby club takes steps toward reconciliation

Blessing ceremony at Cowichan’s Herd Road grounds includes Tzinquaw Dancers

Cowichan Piggies senior men’s head coach Andrew Wright, club president Angie Gudmundseth and VP Admin Mike Rea address club members during a blessing ceremony at the Cowichan Rugby Football Club grounds last Saturday afternoon. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)