Vancouver Rugby Festival back for a third year

March 08, 2018

After much anticipation, the 2018 Vancouver Rugby Festival (VRF) is almost here. Taking place on March 8th and 9th at UBC and Connaught Park, the VRF is the perfect build-up to the HSBC Canada Sevens, showcasing some of the best young talents in Rugby Sevens.  This year's Festival welcomes a total of 40 teams competing across 7 different divisions, with teams coming to Vancouver from across Canada and the USA.

Headlining the Festival, the new NextGen divisions are specifically designed for U23/College age players.  This is a vital stepping stone for athletes as they move beyond the Age-Grade game and target a successful transition into the senior game.  The U18 and U16 divisions continue this trend, providing a platform for the very best in Age-Grade Rugby Sevens to prove themselves and learn from the best.  Both the NextGen and Age-Grade divisions will play their matches at the Gerald McGavin Rugby Centre at UBC.  Complementing the younger side of the game, the Over 40s division will gather at Connaught Park on Friday.  This portion of the Festival recognises the enduring appeal of the game as a lifelong sport.

Rugby fans and members of the public are encouraged to attend this 2-day tournament to watch some exciting rugby action. 

For those unable to make it out to UBC, a live-stream of the action (Selected games on Field 1 and 2) will be available at bcrugby.com/live

Remember to follow our BC Rugby Twitter feed to receive live updates from the Festival. For more information about the Festival, visit bcrugby.com/vanrugbyfest


2018 VRF Teams:


NextGen Men

Toronto Blues
BC Rugby
University of Saskatoon
UBCO
UBC
Bayside Fiji Blond
University of Regina
VIU


NextGen Women

University of Victoria
University of Saskatoon
University of Regina
Central Washington
BC Rugby


Under 18 Boys 
Edmonton Gold
BC Rugby 1
Earl Marriott Secondary
BC Rugby


Under 18 Girls
BC Rugby 1
BC Rugby 2
Edmonton Gold


Under 16 Boys
Edmonton Gold
Calgary Hornets
Vancouver Select
Earl Marriott Secondary
Thunder Rugby


Under 16 Girls 
Rugby Manitoba
Calgary Hornets
BC Rugby Blue
BC Rugby Gold
BC Rugby White
Thunder Rugby
Edmonton Gold


Over 40s XVs

Don't Panic Rugby
Ever Legends
NOBby Boars
Rear Action Rugby
Semiahmoo
Snowcaps RFC
The Originals