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BC Rugby women's pathway revamped for 2013 season
U16 and U20 competitions to be added to 2013 calendar
 
Published Wednesday, March 20, 2013
by Andrew Smith, BC Rugby Communications

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VANCOUVER - BC Rugby today announced the additional programs and opportunities to be included in the revamped provincial 15-a-side women's player pathway. Building on the recent success of the U18 women's B2Gold Provincial Championships, an additional U16 women's division will be added to this summer's calendar. The top players selected from the PRC's event will then go on to represent BC at the Rugby Canada National Festival in the U16 women's division.

BC Rugby will also be reviving the Under-20 provincial program and will be entering a team at this year's National Women's League Finals in Vancouver. The BC senior women's provincial team will also be competing at this year's NWL event as the program looks to wrestle the title from Ontario's grasp. The tournament will be used by national selectors to scout players for the upcoming Women's Nation's Cup.

"With the 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games fast approaching, it's important for us to provide opportunities for young women to be introduced to representative rugby," said Jeff Sauvé, BC Rugby Chief Executive Officer. "With the BC Girls High School Rugby season now underway and over 60 teams competing, we want these aspiring provincial reps to know that there are opportunities available to them at the regional, provincial and eventually the national levels."
 
Provided below are the programs and events available for each age grade during the 2013 summer season. For more information contact BC Provincial Coach and Development Manager Dave Brown (dbrown@bcrugby.com)
 
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U16 Women (born in 1997, 1998)
Shortly after the BC High School Girls Rugby Association provincial 15s finals wrap up at the end of May, athletes born in 1997 and 1998 will be putting their hands up for selection to regional sides set to compete in the 2013 B2Gold PRCs. The U16 women's competition will be played out the same weekend as the U15 Boys PRCs, set for June 22-23 at UBC. A roster will then be picked for further trial and staging camps ahead of the 2013 National Festival in August.
 
2013 Events:
June 22-23. U16 B2Gold Provincial Regional Championships (UBC's Wolfson Fields)
August 5-11. Rugby Canada National Festival Championships (UBC's Wolfson Fields)  
 
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U18 Women (born in 1995, 1996)
Similar to previous years, BC will also be entering a U18 women's provincial team into the National Festival. The selection process gets underway in July with teams competing at the U18 B2Gold PRCs at UBC's Wolfson Fields. Last year saw BC travel to Quebec where they placed third out of an extremely competitive nine team division. The squad will have a chance to better last year's showing on home soil as the competition returns to BC for the first time since 2006.
 
2013 Events:
July 5-7. U18 B2Gold Provincial Regional Championships (UBC's Wolfson Fields)
August 5-11. Rugby Canada National Festival Championships (UBC's Wolfson Fields)
 
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U20 Women (born in 1993, 1994)
BC's U20 women's provincial program returns to the fold and will be competing at the NWL Finals in June. The U20s placed third in their last showing at UBC in 2011, losing out on the title in a tie-breaker with Alberta and Ontario. The first trial session for the U20 team will be on Sunday, March 24th at UBC. Contact Dave Brown to register for the session (dbrown@bcrugby.com)
 
2013 Events:
June 27-30. National Women's League Finals (UBC's Wolfson Fields)
 
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BC Senior Women's Provincial Team
The 2012 national finalists BC senior women also begin their preparations for the upcoming summer with a trial camp on March 24th at UBC. The team will be competing in the National Women's League Finals Tier One against 2012 champs Ontario, 2011 champs Alberta as well as  Quebec. BC last lifted a national title back in 2010 when they defeated Ontario at home.
 
2013 Events:
June 27-30. National Women's League Finals (UBC's Wolfson Fields)
 
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