November 20, 2020 – Vancouver, BC: Yesterday, the buildup to Rugby World Cup 2021 officially kicked off with the Pool Draw streamed live from Auckland, NZ. Canada’s Women’s Rugby Team, ranked #3 in the world, were drawn into Pool B along with rivals USA Eagles and two nations yet to qualify. With less than a year to go before Rugby World Cup 2021 kicks off. BC Rugby is proud to support the many BC-based players contending for a spot on the National Women’s 15s squad that will head to New Zealand next fall.
In collaboration with Rugby Canada and local University Women’s Rugby programs, BC Rugby created the ‘BC Builder Camps’ to provide high-performance training for 40 players from across BC who are competing for spots on Canada’s RWC 2021 and 2025 rosters.
“We’re excited to be able to work together at all levels toward the ultimate goal of supporting individual athletes, and it’s integral to creating a strong foundation for the players to excel,” said Darcy Patterson, Rugby Development Manager (Women and Girls) at BC Rugby. “Without the connection and collaboration of the universities through to Rugby Canada, we would not have been able to support the athletes to the degree we have.”
The first Camp successfully took place on November 7, led by former Canadian internationals Maria Gallo, Kelly Russell, and Brittany Waters. Gallo is a former head coach of the UBC Thunderbirds women’s rugby program, Russell is head coach of Rugby Canada’s Maple Leaf Academy, and Waters is the head coach of the University of Victoria women’s rugby programs.
The camps were also used as a coach as a coach development opportunity for several local coaches including: Burnaby Lake RFC head coach Corinne Jacobsen, UBC assistant coach Carolyn McEwen, Trinity Western University assistant coach Julia Sugawara, and BC Rugby’s Darcy Patterson. All former internationals in their own right, these coaches came together to help develop the next generation of players to represent Canada on the world stage. UBC women’s rugby assistant coach Brian Moylett and Matt Fraser of the Meraloma Rugby Club also assisted at the camps.
“It is great that BC Rugby has built out a platform for athletes to train during these difficult times,” said Canadian women’s national team head coach, Sandro Fiorino. “We are hopeful that in the New Year we will have a better understanding of where we can go with our program but are grateful the players have the opportunity to train and build at home.”
BC Rugby will continue to provide BC Builder Camps in partnership with Rugby Canada and the University programs in 2021.