About BC Rugby's Senior Leagues

Club Rugby is the lifeblood of the sport in BC.  With 40+ registered clubs in the Province, there is an abundance of competitive XVs and Sevens action taking place on any given weekend throughout the year.

If you're looking to get a quick introduction to the Senior Leagues in BC and the teams that compete in them, you've come to the right place.  Use the tabs on this page to get a first taste of the different divisions that the clubs compete in, men's and women's, as well as links to fixtures, tables and the all-important BC Rugby Club Finals where champions are crowned at the climax of each season.

About Men's Senior Leagues

Men's Premier & Premier Reserves

The BC Men's Premier League, sponsored by Onni, is the pinnacle of men's competitive club rugby in the Province.  Sides compete for the coveted Rounsefell Cup, first presented in the 1921-22 season.  Clubs from Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland and Seattle compete in a 22-week regular season, playing each opponent twice in the process.  At the end of this, the top 6 teams* are seeded and qualify for two rounds of Playoffs, before the top two sides from the semi-finals face each other at the BC Rugby Club Finals in May.

The Men's Premier Reserve League runs in parallel to this, with the same clubs fielding a reserve side, often used as a development pool for talented up and coming athletes.  This league follows the same format, but can often see different sides coming out on top compared to their Premier League counterparts, giving the competition an appeal all of its own.

Clubs competing in the Men's Premier and Premier Reserve Leagues in 2018-19:


             

*Exact Playoff structures for 2018/19 season are yet to be finalised so this number is liable to change

Men's Division 1

In the BC Men's Divison 1, clubs from Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland compete in a 20-week regular season, playing each opponent three times in the process.  At the end of this, the top 6 teams* are seeded and qualify for a round of Playoffs, before the top two sides from the semi-finals face each other at the BC Rugby Club Finals in May.

Clubs competing in the Men's Division 1 League in 2018-19:


*Exact Playoff structures for 2018/19 season are yet to be finalised so this number is liable to change

Men's Division 2

In the BC Men's Divison 2, clubs from Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley and Interior compete in a 20-week regular season, playing 16 matches in total.  At the end of this, the top 6 teams* are seeded and qualify for Playoffs, before the top two sides from the semi-finals face each other at the BC Rugby Club Finals in May.

Clubs competing in the Men's Division 2 League in 2018-19:


 

*Exact Playoff structures for 2018/19 season are yet to be finalised so this number is liable to change

Men's Division 3

The BC Men's Divison 3 clubs compete for the Bruce Howie trophy.  Clubs from Vancouver Island the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley compete in separate Divisions in the 20-week regular season.  At the end of this, the top 6 teams (2 Island, 4 Mainland)* are seeded and qualify for Playoffs, before the top two sides from the semi-finals face each other at the BC Rugby Club Finals in May.

Clubs competing in the Men's Division 3 - Island League in 2018-19:


Clubs competing in the Men's Division 3 - Mainland League in 2018-19:


             

*Exact Playoff structures for 2018/19 season are yet to be finalised so this number is liable to change

Men's Interior, Kootenay and Okanagan Leagues

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 ten hours or more across to play other teams, which really shows their commitment and love for rugby. For example, the drive from Prince Rupert to William's Lake is ten and half hours long and a 952 kilometres distance.  You think you love your sport?  These die-hard players will do nearly anything to get their rugby fix!

The top teams from each of the leagues qualify for The Saratoga Cup, an annual tournament to decide the top team each season.  The Saratoga Cup is held in Penticton in the BC Interior and is a showcase for rugby across the geographically remote parts of the Province.

Clubs competing in the Interior, Kootenay and Okanagan Leagues in 2018-19:


           

About Women's Senior Leagues

Women's Club Rugby - Fall 2018

In a joint decision between BC Rugby and the member clubs that compete in the Women's Leagues, Fall 2018 will adopt a new format.  This will see the clubs playing in Regional Tiers for the first half of the season (until Christmas) before then resuming the more traditional Premier, Division 1 and Division 2 structures in the Spring.  This initiative is designed to lower travel costs for all teams while continuing to foster strong regional competition for the players involved.

Clubs competing in the Island Tier in Fall 2018:

Clubs competing in the Mainland Tier A in Fall 2018:

Clubs competing in the Mainland Tier B in Fall 2018:


           

Women's Premier

The BC Women's Premier League is the pinnacle of female club rugby in the Province.  Teams compete for the Gordon Harris Trophy, which has a rich history dating back to 1982.  The details of the 2018-19 season will be released in the coming months.

Women's Division 1

The BC Women's Division 1 features clubs from the Island, Lower Mainland and Interior, who all compete for the Karen Moore Trophy.  The details of the 2018-19 season will be released in the coming months.

Women's Division 2

The BC Women's Division 2 features clubs from the Island, Lower Mainland and Interior, who all compete for the Ged Griffiths Cup.  The details of the 2018-19 season will be released in the coming months.

BC Rugby Club Finals

Each division in both the Men's and Women's Leagues has a trophy and title that is awarded each year at the action-packed BC Rugby Club Finals.  A day stuffed to the brim with electrifying rugby action as the top two teams from each divisional playoff 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 rage.  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 do what they do best.

For more information on Club Finals, check out the dedicated event page.

A selection of the silverware up for grabs at the
BC Rugby Club Finals each year

Quick Links

Looking for schedules, results or tables for a particular league?  Use the main menu bar above (Competitions) to navigate directly to the specific league or click on the button below to visit the competitions hub page.

Acknowledgement of Traditional Territory

BC Rugby acknowledges that the land on which we gather for rugby matches is the unceded territory of many First Nations communities across the Province including:

  • The Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
  • TheXwsepsum (Esquimalt), Lkwungen (Songhees), Malahat, Pacheedaht, Scia’new, T’Sou-ke and W̱SÁNEĆ (Pauquachin, Tsartlip, Tsawout, Tseycum) peoples
  • The Ktunaxa, Kinbasket and Secwepemc (Shuswap) peoples
  • The Kwantlen, Katzie, Semiahmoo, and Tsawwassen First Nations
  • The Haida, Tsimshian, Nisga’a, Haisla, Gitxsan, Wet’suwet’en, and Tahltan First Nations
  • The Syilx (Okanagan) Peoples