Date: February 1, 2014

VICTORIA, BC - The Vancouver Island Rugby Union (VIRU) and Dog River Howlers would like to announce a joint effort to promote the exciting new "made in Canada" version of 7s rugby - Ultra 7s. It is traditional 7s rugby played in four 15 minute quarters with unlimited substitutions.  This will be the first game of Ultra 7s held in British Columbia, so mark off February 1st on your calendars and see what all the excitement is about.

The game will be held at the 3,000 capacity Westhills Stadium in Langford where the national and provincial teams play. All proceeds will go to the Judah Campbell Recovery fund.  We encourage other rugby programs to have a presence at the event to make this a showcase of the sport we love.

A young Kelowna player, Judah Campbell, experienced serious injuries in a rugby match on October 3rd. The result was a broken neck and though he is doing well in his recovery, that recovery will be a very long road for him. 

BC MSP and possibly Rugby Canada insurance will cover some of the direct costs, but Judah’s recovery will incur much greater costs than these plans will cover. For this reason, the rugby community across the country (including Rugby Canada itself) is exploring ways to make significant contributions to the Judah Campbell Recovery Fund.

The Dog River Howlers are a select team hailing from the Canadian Prairies, who have a history of producing teams of high caliber, and the VIRU are convinced they can produce a Crimson Tide team to match them.  Given the time of year and the desire for a fast field in good condition and a covered stand for spectators, there is great potential for an exciting game of high standards.  We anticipate VIRU youth involvement in both boys and girls in curtain raiser and halftime Ultra 7s matches.

The Howlers will be led by their talismanic leader Karl Fix with on field coaching by Canadian 7s legend Shane Thompson.  The Crimson Tide will be led by the dynamic duo of Ken Goodland and Roger Robinson.

For 7s players this is a chance to be a part of history, although the National Senior Men 7s team will be away that weekend, national 7s coach Geraint John has expressed his support of the game and will be getting a full report on player performances. There's also an effort to have the game streamed live.

We plan on hosting post game festivities at the Castaway Wanderers Rugby Club at 714 Discovery Street.  

If you're interested in participating as a player contact the following:

John Lyall – johnlyall4@gmail.com

Ken Goodland - kgoodland@gmail.com


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