The Vancouver Rugby Festival (VRF) is a week-long celebration of the wonderful sport of Rugby, incorporating events for rugby enthusiasts of all ages. Starting on March 3, 2019, and building up to the HSBC Canada Sevens tournament in BC Place on March 9 and 10, the VRF is the perfect opportunity to learn more about the sport of Rugby and see some of the many different ways you can get involved right here in BC.
On this page, you'll find information about various different events happing in the city and how you can get involved. With over 60 clubs across the Province and participants from 4 to 40+, Rugby in BC is a fantastic way to forge new friendships, stay healthy and fall in love with one of the world's most exciting and respected sports.
So whether this is your first time reading about rugby or you are looking to register for one of our exciting events, take some time and explore what the VRF has to offer.
The Vancouver Sevens Invitational (VSI) is a rugby tournament that brings together some of the most talented teams from across North America and beyond, to celebrate everything great about the game of Rugby Sevens. Featuring men's and women's action across Elite, NextGen, U18 and U16 divisions, as well as cash prizes, the VSI is one Rugby Sevens event you won't want to miss. Taking place on March 7 and 8 at the University of British Columbia, the tournament is the perfect build-up to the HSBC Canada Sevens weekend that envelopes the city of Vancouver.
For more information on the VSI along with how to register your team, click the link below.
About the HSBC Rookie Rugby Jamborees
Rugby is an exciting, sociable sport played by over 6 million people around the world. 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.
On the morning of March 3rd, HSBC Rookie Rugby Jamborees will take place in the Lower Mainland area. This is a great opportunity for children aged 5-12 to come and experience rugby free of charge, meet Canadian national rugby stars and win fantastic prizes. You can find out more details about the Jamborees by clicking the link below.
About VRF Classic XVs
Coming to Vancouver to watch the HSBC Canada Sevens? Earn your weekend's refreshments by getting involved in the VRF Classic XVs on Friday, March 8th, held at Connaught Park. A rugby event specifically for the Over 40s age bracket, the Classic XVs is a celebration of the lifelong appeal of our sport and a chance for old friends and foes to take to the field once again. A morning of Rugby matches, followed by food and drinks in the clubhouse is guaranteed to rekindle some of your fondest memories and act as the perfect warmup to the 2019 HSBC Canada Sevens.
So don't be shy, it's time to don your cleats and engage in a great day of sport and socialising as Vancouver builds up to an electrifying weekend of Rugby. Click the button below for details.
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 Andy Livingston Park in Vancouver yesterday to participate a day and a half of learning, inspiration and sport. Put on by HSBC’s Indigenous Canadian Employee Resource Group (ICErg), the program is a partnership between HSBC’s ICErg and BC Rugby to identify indigenous youth talent from across BC.
Participants get access to exclusive activities and clinic events with Rugby 7s top athletes, which in 2018 included HSBC Rugby Ambassadors and international rugby superstars, George Gregan and Waisale Serevi. Gregan is a retired Australian rugby player and, currently, Australia's highest ever internationally capped player. Serevi is a former Fijian rugby player, coach and is a member of the World Rugby Hall of Fame.
Stay tuned for more information about the 2019 We Scrum as One program and how you can get involved.
2019 HSBC Canada Sevens
The HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series is one of the most dynamic global sporting events on the market, featuring the dynamism of sevens rugby, paired with a spectacle of entertainment and fan engagement that is second to none. The 2019 Series will include ten tournaments held around the world, in which 16 national sevens teams compete for World Series points at each round. On March 9-10, 2019, the series comes to the city of Vancouver for the HSBC Canada Sevens tournament.
BC Rugby acknowledges that the land on which we gather is the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.