BC Rugby Tournaments & Events – BC Rugby (2022)

BC Rugby runs several tournaments throughout the Province for Senior, Age-Grade and Mini Rugby Levels and players of all experience.

There are numerous Rugby tournaments and events that take place throughout the province all year round. Use the dropdown menus below to learn more about our tournaments!

BC Rugby and its Members gratefully acknowledge that we live, work, and play the sport of Rugby on the traditional and unceded territories of Indigenous Peoples across all regions of British Columbia.

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BC RUGBY CLUB LEAGUES AND FINALS

BC Rugby’s Lower Mainland Club leagues begin in September and conclude with Age-Grade Club Finals in December, and Senior Club Finals in the following Spring.

For our Northern and Interior Clubs, the season is contested during the summer months when the weather is good. The Northern/Interior Leagues conclude with the Saratoga Cup Final at the end of summer.

BC Rugby Senior Club Finals

The all-important BC Rugby Senior Club Finals are the climax of the Senior Rugby seasons in British Columbia. After a gruelling and competitive regular season and Play-Off schedule, two teams from each respective BC Rugby league face off for the honour of being crowned champions. Senior Club Finals usually take place in late April or May.

Senior Club Finals

Each of our divisions in both the Men’s and Women’s Leagues throughout the Province has a trophy and title that is awarded each year at the action-packed BC Rugby Club Finals – from Division 3 to our Premier Divisions.

This is a day stuffed to the brim with electrifying Rugby action as the top two teams from each divisional Play-Off battle it out one last time to determine which Club will be showered in glory.

For Club supporters, this is fever pitch, where nerves and emotions range. For those with no Club allegiance or anyone new to the sport, it is a fantastic day of sporting spectacle, watching the very best in Men’s and Women’s Club Rugby.

2022 Senior Club Finals

The 2022 BC Rugby Senior Club Finals took place on May 7, 2022 at South Surrey Athletic Park – the home of Bayside Sharks RFC. Seven champions were crowned on an action-packed day in glorious sunshine.

For the first time since 2019, BC Rugby Senior Club champions were crowned across seven Senior leagues including the Women’s Premier League and Men’s Premier League sponsored by Onni. The Women’s Premier League Final headlined the event for first time in its history, as women’s Rugby takes centre stage in this Rugby World Cup year.

Read the full recap here.

View the full photo galleries here.

Re-watch Field 2 matches here.

RESULTS:

Women’s Premier League – Vancouver Thunderbirds 43-29 Castaway Wanderers

Men’s Premier League sponsored by Onni – UBC Thunderbirds 48-34 Castaway Wanderers

Men’s Division 1 – Bayside RFC 17-42 UBCOB Ravens

Women’s Division 1 – Cowichan RFC 34-41 Burnaby Lake RFC

Men’s Division 2 – Axemen RFC 30-15 Surrey Beavers AA

Women’s Division 2 – Langley RFC 12-69 Vancouver Rowing Club

Men’s Division 3 – Bayside Sharks RFC 15-21 Kats RFC

BC Rugby Age-Grade Club Finals

The all-important BC Rugby Age-Grade Finals are the climax of the Age-Grade Club Rugby seasons in British Columbia. After a gruelling and competitive regular season, two teams from each respective BC Rugby league face off for the honour of being crowned champions. Junior Club Finals take place at the end of their respective seasons in December.

Age-Grade Club Finals

The Age-Grade Club Finals are the jewel in the crown of our respective junior seasons, with the opportunity for teams to be named BC Rugby Age-Grade Club Champions.

2021 Age-Grade Finals

The 2021 Age-Grade Club Finals took place across two venues:Mainland Age-Grade Club Finals will be held at the University of British Columbia (UBC), while Island Finals were held at Cowichan RFC, north of Duncan.

For recaps on the 2021 BC Rugby Age-Grade Finals, click here.

2021 ISLAND AGE-GRADE FINAL RESULTS

U13 Boys: Cowichan RFC 63-24 Rapids Rugby

U14 Girls: James Bay AA 37-14 Westshore RFC

U16 Girls: Castaway Wanderers 51-5 Rapids Rugby

U17 Boys: James Bay AA 36-17 Castaway Wanderers

U19 Girls: Castaway Wanderers 31-25 Rapids Rugby

2021 MAINLAND AGE-GRADE FINAL RESULTS

U13 Boys: Capilano Gold 60-55 Capilano Black

U14 Girls: Langley/Burnaby Lake/Bayside Sharks defeated United RFC

U15 Boys: UBCOBC Ravens 35-10 Bayside Sharks

U16 Girls: Abbotsford RFC/Bayside Sharks defeated Burnaby Lake/Brit Lions/Richmond RFC

U17 Boys: Langley RFC 22-21 Meraloma

U19 Girls: Abbotsford RFC defeated Bayside Sharks RFC

U19 Boys: UBCOB Ravens 41-0 Langley RFC

Saratoga Cup

The Saratoga Cup is contested by teams from three regions: the Okanagan, the Kootenays, and the Interior. Contrary to the Island and Lower Mainland Rugby communities, these regions play their Rugby during the summer months on account of the challenging winter weather that they experience between Fall and Spring.

This adapted Rugby schedule does nothing to diminish the players’ passion and enthusiasm for the sport, with club roots and traditions running deep in these communities. To play in these leagues, players can travel 10 hours or more across to play other teams, which really shows their commitment and love for Rugby.

Venue: Kamloops Rugby Club

Dates: September 10/11, 2022

2021 Champions:Rocky Mountain Rogues

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REGIONAL COMPETITIONS

Regional competitions see the best Age-Grade or Senior players suit up for their respective regions, competing against each other and showcasing their talents in the hope of being selected to our Provincial Representative Teams, the BC Bears.

BC Rugby Senior Regional Cups

The McKechnie Cup, Dunbar Keg and Ruth Hellerud-Brown Cups are three historic regional Rugby Cup competitions within British Columbia.

Teams from South Vancouver Island (Tide), North Vancouver Island (Tsunami), Vancouver (Wave) and Fraser Valley compete for both pride and coveted silverware in a round-robin format in Spring each year.

The competitions pit the top athletes from each region against one another in Senior Men, Senior Women and U23 Men groups.

Senior Men compete for the McKechnie Cup, one of the oldest contested trophies throughout British Columbia and Canada. Dating back to 1896, the trophy was donated by Nanaimo physician Dr. Robert McKechnie and was originally contested by clubs from Vancouver, Nanaimo and UBC.

Senior Women battle for the prestigious Ruth Hellerud-Brown Cup, named after the former Canada National Team captain, BC Representative and Rugby Canada Hall of Famer.

U23 Men’s Teams face off for the Dunbar Keg, one of the highest accolades in regional Rugby.

As well as the honour of lifting silverware, players will be hoping to impress to improve their chances of being selected to out Provincial Representative Team, the BC Bears.

Provincial Regional Championships

Provincial Regional Championships usually take place in June and July at the UBC’s Gerald McGavin Rugby Centre in Vancouver.

Regional rivalries reach their apex during this famous BC Rugby weekend as the best youth Rugby players in BC suit up for their respective regional teams.

The history of regional representative Rugby in British Columbia stretches back well over a century, with thrilling matches between Senior Men’s teams from the Mainland and the Island leaving a legacy. That tradition has been extended in recent years to include Age-Grade Boys’ and Girls’ teams, with Rugby players from all corners of the Province given a chance to represent their region and earn selection to Provincial teams.

The five regions that compete at the Championships are North Vancouver Island Tsunami, Vancouver Island Tide, Vancouver Wave, Thompson/Okanagan Rugby Alliance (TORA) and Fraser Valley. Championships are held for Boys and Girls at U14, U16 and U18 levels.

For emerging Rugby stars, this tournament presents a perfect opportunity to impress any watching BC Rugby Age-Grade XV Team Coaches and make a bid for Provincial Representative selection to the BC Bears.

The Provincial Regional Championships (PRCs) returned in 2022 for the first time in three years. Over 2000 players and spectators descended on UBC for a thrilling weekend of Rugby.

READ THE 2022 PRCs ROUND-UP

BC Summer Games

The BC Summer Games are British Columbia’s biennial celebration of sport and community. Since 1978, the BC Games (Summer & Winter) have taken place in 38 communities and involved over 350,000 participants and volunteers and thousands more as spectators and supporters.

The purpose of the BC Games is “To provide an opportunity for the development of athletes, coaches, and officials in preparation for higher levels of competition in a multi-sport event which promotes interest and participation in sport and sporting activities, individual achievement and community development.”

The BC Games bring together British Columbia’s best emerging high-performance athletes, trained coaches, and certified officials for four days of competition. This experience is an important development opportunity and steppingstone towards higher level sports competitions.

Venue:Prince George, BC

Dates:July 21-24, 2022

For more information, visit theBC Summer Games Website

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PROVINCIAL & NATIONAL COMPETITIONS

BC Bears Age-Grade and Senior Provincial Teams compete against other provinces during the summer months, in a number of tournaments and events held throughout the country.

Western Canada Championships

The Western Canada Championships (WCC) is an exciting event of Age-Grade Rugby that sees Boys’ and Girls’ U16 and U18 XVs Teams from British Columbia go head-to-head with teams from Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.

The purpose of the Western Canada Championships is to foster the growth of competitive Rugby and provide an important pathway step through best-on-best Age-Grade competition to develop athletes towards National Team honours.

The Championships aim is to provide an appropriate development stage of competition to motivate, challenge and inspire young players, as well as Coaches and Officials.

The WCCs usually coincide with the Best of the West Senior Men’s tournament in July.

The 2022 Western Canada Championships made a successful return in July 2022, as BC topped all standings across U16 and U18 Boys and Girls Age-Grades.

2022 Western Canada Championships Recap

2022 Western Canada Championships Gallery

Canada Summer Games

Held every two years, alternating between winter and summer, the Canada Games are the country’s marquee event for amateur sport representing the highest level of national competition for thousands of up-and-coming Canadian athletes. As the best in their age group, these young competitors come to the Games having trained long and hard to be among those chosen to represent their respective province or territory.

In 2022, Rugby 7s made its inaugural appearance at the Canada Summer Games in Niagara. Team BC dominated the competition, bringing home the gold medal!

2022 Canada Summer Games Rugby 7s Recap

2022 Canada Summer Games Rugby 7s Gallery

Men’s U19 Canadian Rugby Championships

The Men’s U19 Canadian Rugby Championship pits the best young provincial teams throughout the country against each other.

Provincial teams from across Canada gather to play a round-robin style tournament, with the winners being decided on points.

The Men’s U19 Canadian Rugby Championship returned in 2022 following a two-year hiatus due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The BC Bears were crowned champions in Ontario after the team enjoyed a perfect 4-0 week at the tournament, racking up impressive victories over Alberta, Atlantic Rock, Ontario Blues and Quebec to clinch the title.

2022 Men’s U19 Canadian Rugby Championship Recap

2022 Men’s U19 Canadian Rugby Championship Gallery

Best of the West

The Best of the West is a two-legged competition between Provincial level Senior Rugby teams in the west of Canada.

Bingham Cup

The Mark Kendall Bingham Memorial Tournament, or Bingham Cup as it is more widely known, is the biennial world championships of gay and inclusive rugby.

The tournament was first held in 2002 in memory of 9/11 gay rugby hero Mark Bingham, one of the passengers who fought back against hijackers on board United flight 93. While Mark and all on the flight tragically lost their lives when the plane crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, it is widely recognised that through the actions of those brave individuals on board, the plane did not continue to its intended target.

As a gay man and regular rugby player, Mark played for San Francisco Fog as well as helping to set up Gotham Knights in New York City. The Bingham Cup is held in honour of Mark’s memory and challenges stereotypes and perceptions of the LGBT+ community. Mark’s legacy sees rugby players, supporters and staff from around the world coming together every two years in a celebration of equality, inclusivity and sportsmanship.

The 2022 Bingham Cup will take place in Ottawa, Ontario. Vancouver-based gay and inclusive Rugby Club, the Vancouver Rogues, will be taking part in the tournament.

DATE: August 13-21, 2022

VENUE: Ottawa, ONT

WEBSITE: Bingham Cup

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RUGBY SEVENS

Several Rugby 7s competitions take place throughout BC, including the HSBC Canada Sevens in Vancouver (men) and Langford (women).

HSBC Canada Sevens

The HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series is one of the most dynamic global sporting events on the market. This exciting spectacle is a jewel in the BC sporting calendar.

Vancouver’s BC Place Stadium has hosted the HSBC Canada Sevens Vancouver for six years, while the HSBC Canada Women’s Sevens Series is held in Langford.

The competition sees Canada’s national Sevens Teams go head-to-head with the world’s best players on the global stage.

For more information and updates about these fantastic events, visit theCanada Sevens Website.

Vancouver Sevens Invitational

The Vancouver Sevens Invitational (VSI) is a two-day Rugby Sevens Tournament held at the University of British Columbia. Usually taking place in March, the VSI is the ideal stage for elite teams preparing for a packed summer of top-level Rugby Sevens.

The VSI has become a regular feature in the West Coast Rugby calendar and is one of the highlights of the Vancouver Rugby Festival, a week-long celebration of the wonderful sport of Rugby, incorporating events for Rugby enthusiasts of all ages. The VRF builds up to the HSBC Canada Sevens tournament at Vancouver’s BC Place Stadium. It is the perfect opportunity to learn more about Rugby and see the many ways you can get involved here in BC.

The VSI has evolved over the years and found its place as a top-level, development focused tournament for the rising stars of Rugby 7s in North America and beyond. The Tournament offers three divisions to both male and female teams: Senior, U18 and U16.

  • Senior:The Senior Men and Women’s competitions are all about power, pace and performance. The division, open to players of all ages, is a perfect fit for the best collegiate, academy and Club teams who are seeking out quality competition.
  • U18 Boys and Girls:The U18 Divisions at the VSI are bursting with exciting talent. Not only will your youth players find a high level of competition on the field, but they will also have a unique chance to observe and learn from some of the top athletes in the sport.
  • U16 Boys and Girls:For teams in the U16 Divisions, it is all about exposure to high-quality Rugby. We are looking out for ambitious teams and ambitious players, one who will make older athletes turn their heads and say “wow”.

Venue:The Vancouver Sevens Invitational usually takes place at UBC’s Gerald McGavin Rugby Centre in Vancouver.

For more information on the Vancouver Sevens Invitational, please emailevents@bcrugby.com

Kamloops 7s

The Kamloops 7s is the biggest Sevens tournament in western Canada. It has seen extraordinary popularity amongst Age-Grade teams across the Province. Specifically designed for Girls’ and Boys’ teams in the U14-U19 categories, the tournament delivers fun, action-packed games in a picturesque setting.

Taking place over two days and drawing in over 50 teams from an area spanning Comox Valley/Prince George/Nelson, the tournament is a fantastic celebration of emerging youth Rugby talent.

The Kamloops 7s takes place at McArthur Island Park on Kamloops’ North Shore. In previous years, the event was held across three separate venues, but the move to McArthur Park in 2018 helped to foster a more inclusive tournament for all players, as well as removing logistical challenges for Clubs, parents, players, and event organisers.

BC Rugby acknowledgesthat this land is in unceded Secwépemc territory, situated in the southern interior of British Columbia within the traditional lands of the Secwépemc Nation.

The Kamloops 7s event will return in Fall 2022, taking place at McArthur Island Park on October 8-9.

Register Your Team and Make Full Payment Here

Follow this step-by-step guide on making payments and applying multi-team discounts

View and download the 2022 Kamloops 7s Pre-Tournament Package here

BC Rugby is also seeking volunteers to help deliver the event over Thanksgiving Weekend. If you are interested in volunteering at the event, please fill out the form here.

Event: 2022 Kamloops 7s

Venue: McArthur Island Park, Kamloops

Dates: October 8-9, 2022

Purpose: The purpose of the Kamloops 7s is to foster the growth of Age-Grade Rugby throughout British Columbia while also serving as a lead into the Age-Grade Club Season. Kamloops 7s aims to provide stage appropriate competition to motivate, challenge and inspire young players, as well as Coaches and Officials.

Summer Sevens Series

When summer is here, there is no better way to enjoy BC’s great weather than a Rugby 7s tournament!

The BC Rugby Summer Sevens Series are three events across the Interior, Lower Mainland and Island that give you and your team a chance to take your silky skills and footwork on the road. The Centre of Gravity Festival takes place in Kelowna, the Bayside Sevens is hosted in South Surrey and Langford Sevens is in Langford, BC. The SSS events take place in July and August.

The trio of events have numerous divisions including Elite Men’s, Men’s Social and Women’s Social leagues. Langford also held U19 Boys and U19 Girls divisions.

The competitions feature prize pools for each Senior Division.

Registration: Each team must be entered via the host’s website. Collated results across the Series will be tracked by BC Rugby to determine overall standings.

Venues: Kelowna (Centre of Gravity Festival). South Surrey (Bayside Sevens), Langford (Langford Sevens).

Dates: TBC

Other Information:Please plan accordingly for the weather and conditions. At this time of year, the weather can be very hot.

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Mini Rugby

Mini Rugby events take place at BC Rugby Clubs and when the national teams visit for the HSBC Canada Sevens in the Spring.

HSBC Rookie Rugby Jamborees

Rookie Rugby introduces the game of Rugby in a safe way for kids of all ages. The game is a non-contact, Co-Ed form of Rugby using flag belts, allowing players to learn the basics while being active and having fun with their friends. No previous Rugby experience is required!

This is a great opportunity for children aged 5-12 to come and experience Rugby free of charge. There is also the chance to meet Canadian National Team stars and win fantastic prizes!

Equipment: No special clothing is required. We provide belts, balls and field space! There is no need for cleats, normal trainers are best on turf. As always, dress for the conditions – it never hurts to have a hat, gloves and jacket nearby!

Waiver:All children wanting to TRY rugby for the first at these events will need to have a waiver completed. Parents can complete a copy at the field or onlinehere.

Visit the HSBC Rookie Rugby Jamborees webpage for more details about the venues and how you can get involved.

TRY Rugby

Mini Rugby is offered at many clubs across the Province. In both Fall and Spring each year, several Clubs also offer TRY Rugby days. These are free events where clubs open their doors to the wider community and encourage children to give Rugby a go.

TRY Rugby is a fantastic opportunity to experience the game of Rugby in a Safe, Welcoming & Fun atmosphere. A TRY Rugby Event is a non-contact Rugby event held as an introduction to the game for participants of any age. These events are typically flag Rugby introductory sessions or small jamborees for potential players who are new to the game and want to give it a go.

The emphasis is on fun, enjoyment, ball handling skills, socialising and exercise. It is a great way for young people to get a first taste of the wonderful sport of Rugby.

We Scrum as One Program

HSBC has a proud history of supporting communities and sport. The “We Scrum as One” initiative gives Indigenous youth athletes from across the Province an opportunity to come together at Vancouver’s Andy Livingston Park to participate a day-and-a-half of learning, inspiration and sport.

Put on by HSBC’s Indigenous Canadian Employee Resource Group, the program is a partnership with BC Rugby to identify Indigenous youth talent from across the Province.

Stay tuned for further information about future events.

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Touch Rugby

Touch Rugby is a fun, safe, non-contact variation of Rugby that is easy for anyone to pick up and play.

Touch Rugby in BC

Using the same ball, but smaller teams and playing areas, the idea is to use teamwork, pace and cunning to outfox your opponents and score in a designated end zone.

The best thing about Touch Rugby – no previous experience is required and anyone can play! If you have never played Rugby before, Touch is a great way to get into the sport. It is a Co-Ed game where everyone gets involved.

Touch is exciting, super sociable and a great way to meet new friends – or see a different side of work colleagues!

Stay tuned for BC Rugby Touch League updates.

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