BC Rugby is proud to be part of a long tradition of developing elite rugby players and supplying our National Men’s and Women’s Teams with world-class talent.

BC Rugby Provincial Representative Teams compete at Championships and Tournaments which are attended by Rugby Canada Coaches and Selectors, and we’ve been successful in having many BC Rugby players invited to participate in Rugby Canada National Teams after their performances playing for BC Rugby.

On this page, you will find information about the selection policy, available subsidies and athlete ID sessions.  You can also see, by team, the expected program of training sessions and matches in the 2019 summer season.

Player Pathway

Whether you are just starting out or a seasoned veteran, there are always opportunities to develop your rugby game at all levels of the sport.  In these tabs, you will find information and links to the different options available for players who want to take their rugby game to the next level.

BC Programs - Locally held programs in your area that focus on core skills.

Competitions - Find out which competitions are held throughout the year and how to get involved with them.

BC Rep Teams - Ever dreamed of playing for your Province?  Find out what it takes to get selected to a BC Rugby Representative Team.

National Programs - If you are aiming to go all the way to the top with your rugby, find out how to make the jump from Provincial player to National player

BC Rugby Programs

BC Rugby offers a number of different programs throughout each year.  Whether you are new to the sport or wanting to advance your game, check out the table below for an overview of the programs available and a link to their dedicated page.  You can also find information on these programs via the main menu of the BC Rugby Website under the Play Rugby option.

If you have any questions about the programs offered by BC Rugby, reach out to our Rugby Development Officers - Aaron Takel (Men's and Boys' Rugby), Darcy Patterson (Women's and Girls' Rugby) and Thomas Viljoen (Mini & Community Rugby)

Competitions

Rugby is a competitive sport and no matter what level of rugby you play, there are multiple competitions held across the province every year.  You can find out more about each of these either through the links below or via the main menu at the top of this website.  Below, we've pulled together a table outlining just some of the many competitions available at each level of play here in BC.

If you have any questions about the programs offered by BC Rugby, reach out to our Rugby Development Officers - Aaron Takel (Men's and Boys' Rugby), Darcy Patterson (Women's and Girls' Rugby) and Thomas Viljoen (Mini & Community Rugby)

BC Rugby is proud to be part of a long tradition of developing elite rugby players and supplying our National Men’s and Women’s Teams with world-class talent.

BC Rugby Provincial Senior and Age-Grade Teams compete at Championships and Tournaments which are attended by Rugby Canada Coaches and Selectors, and we’ve been successful in having many BC Rugby players invited to participate in Rugby Canada National Teams after their performances playing for BC Rugby.

For more information about the different BC Representative Teams, when they play and how to get involved, use the table below or check out the Sevens and XVs Rep Team Hubs in the Play Rugby section of this website.

If you have any questions about trying out for a BC Rugby Representative Team, reach out to our Rugby Development Officers - Aaron Takel (Men's and Boys' Rugby) or Darcy Patterson (Women's and Girls' Rugby).

National Programs

BC Rugby is working closely with Rugby Canada to re-work the player pathway that takes athletes from club to National Program status.  The result will provide a clear illustration of how a player, at any level of their rugby development, can achieve the necessary steps required to play for their country at U18, U20 or Senior level.

Check back soon for more information or reach out to our Rugby Development Officers - Aaron Takel (Men's and Boys' Rugby) and Darcy Patterson (Women's and Girls' Rugby)

ID Sessions for the 2019 season have finished.  All athletes hoping to be selected for a BC Rugby Representative XV Team should now turn their attention to the Provincial Regional Championships (PRCs) on June 30 - July 1.  All Rep Team coaches will be in attendance during the tournament and will use it as a key part of their selection process.

If you are unable to attend the 2019 PRCs tournament, BC Rugby recommends reaching out to the relevant Rep Team Coach directly.

In 2019, the structure of Senior Women's Provincial competitions has been changed in order to reduce costs and stage more frequent games.  The traditional CRC for Senior & U20 Women's teams will be replaced with a 4-team competition between BC and Alberta.  The Annual Ruth Hellerud-Brown Cup will still take place and form part of the development program for players hoping to compete for their Province this summer.

Senior Women’s XVs Teams are selected from Open ID Sessions, as well as observation at matches in the BC Rugby Senior Leagues.  Sessions are free and open to all players of qualifying age.

Any interested players can register their interest with Dean or Julien by making contact on the details below.   

  • Dean Murten - dean.murten@ubc.ca – Mainland Based Performance Training Group Head Coach/BC Sr. Women’s Head Coach
  • Julien Canet - julien.canet47@gmail.com – Island Based Performance Training Group Head Coach / BC. Sr. Women’s Head Coach

If you are interested but unable to attend the first training sessions, please contact Chris Sheperd or Haley Glendinning (Team Managers).

  • Chris Sheperd - chrishep6@gmail.com – Island Based Performance Training Group Manager / BC. Sr. Women’s Manager
  • Haley Glendinning - hglendinning@hotmail.com -  Mainland Based Performance Training Group Manager / BC. Sr. Women’s Manager

Senior Men’s XVs Teams are selected from Open ID Sessions, as well as observation at matches in the BC Rugby Senior Leagues.  Sessions are free and open to all players of qualifying age.

Details of the Open ID Sessions for 2019 will be released shortly.  Athletes are encouraged to get involved in Regional Competitions like the McKechnie Cup and Dunbar Keg to increase their chances of being identified by the coaching staff.

For more information, contact Coaches James Thompson and Simon Fitzgerald

Player Subsidies

The BC Rugby Player Subsidy program aims to ensure that no player withdraws from a BC Rugby Team due to financial constraints by providing financial support to players in need in the form of discounts applied against team fees. Targeted towards players who require financial assistance in order to represent their Province, the Player Subsidy program was launched in 2017 and has provided over $40,000 of support to players in BC Rugby XVs and 7s Teams.

Eligibility

To be eligible to receive a player subsidy, you must:

  • Be a registered player with BC Rugby, directly or via a Member Club
  • Be in good standing and have a clean disciplinary record with BC Rugby
  • Be selected to a BC Rugby XVs or 7s Team as a travelling player
  • Fully complete and submit the application form no later than the advertised deadline
  • Provide an accompanying letter from rugby coach or manager, school teacher or counsellor, confirming your financial need and commitment to your rugby pursuits

For clarity, players may apply for a subsidy for both a XVs and 7s Team within the same year or season.

Please note, any recipient of a player subsidy that breaks the Athlete Agreement while participating in the relevant Representative Team will have their subsidy revoked and will be charged the full team fee amount.

Selection Criteria

All eligible Player Subsidy applications will be reviewed on their merit, subject to the following criteria (in order):

  1. Teams fees being charged (that is, the most expensive teams will be given priority)
  2. Value of financial need requested
  3. Compelling detail of player’s financial need
  4. Compelling details of player’s ambitions and supporting goals
  5. Details of ability to access other funding (that is, players that demonstrate a proactive approach to gaining financial support will be rewarded)
  6. Previous representative team selections with Rugby Canada
  7. Previous representative team selections with BC Rugby

Player Subsidy Discounts Available in 2019 and Deadlines for Applications

Please note – total funding is limited and therefore, depending on the number of applications received, players may receive less than the maximum amount available.

Protecting Players’ Privacy

The BC Rugby Player Subsidy program is managed so that applicants and recipients are unknown to Team Staff unless the player choses to share that information. Applications are assessed by a Committee comprised of the Past-Presidents of BC Rugby who are bound by BC Rugby’s Privacy Policy and Conflict of Interest Policy.

Representative Player Bursary

The BC Rugby Representative Player Bursary program aims to ensure the no BC player selected for National Teams or programs withdraws due to financial constraints by providing a $2,500 bursary directly to the player. The Representative Player Bursary program is made possible by donations to a dedicated account held by the National Sport Trust Fund, from which BC Rugby will be able to direct funds to players selected to receive the Representative Player Bursaries. With funds raised to date, four bursaries will be available annually.

If you’d like to support the continuation of the BC Rugby Representative Player Bursary program by donating, please visit the dedicated account held by the National Sport Trust Fund HERE. Donations receive a charitable tax receipt. 

Eligibility

To be eligible to receive a representative player bursary, you must:

  • Be a registered player with BC Rugby, directly or via a Member Club
  • Be in good standing and have a clean disciplinary record with BC Rugby and Rugby Canada
  • Be born between 1996 and 2003, inclusive
  • Represented BC Rugby as a travelling player in a XVs or 7s Team in 2017, 2018 or 2019
  • Selected by Rugby Canada to a National Team or Program in 2018 or 2019
  • Fully complete and submit the application form no later than the advertised deadline
  • Provide an accompanying letter from a relevant Rugby Canada representative confirming your playing potential for one of the four National Senior Teams within the foreseeable future
  • Consent to being publicly named as a recipient of the Bursary

Selection Criteria

All eligible Representative Player Bursary applications will be reviewed on their merit, subject to the following criteria (in order):

  1. Identified playing potential for one of the four National Senior Teams within the foreseeable future
  2. Compelling details of player’s ambitions and
  3. Compelling detail of player’s financial challenges faced to support their rugby ambitions
  4. Details of ability to access other funding (that is, players that demonstrate a proactive approach to gaining financial support will be rewarded)
  5. Previous representative team selections with Rugby Canada
  6. Previous representative team selections with BC Rugby

Applications are assessed by a Committee comprised of the Past-Presidents of BC Rugby who are bound by BC Rugby’s Privacy Policy and Conflict of Interest Policy.

 

Bursaries Available & Deadlines for Applications

Four $2,500 bursaries are available for two male and two female athletes. 2019 applications are due July 15, 2019.

Other Funding Opportunities

BC Rugby is aware of the following opportunities for players to access support.

Team Programs 2019

Find out what each Rep Team has in-store this summer, including training sessions, warm-up matches and tournaments.  Regular updates will be made as coaches confirm training dates and times, so check back to stay up to date on your team schedule.

Best of the West - Results

BC win series 4-0 - Tournament Report

Regional training sessions are open to all athletes.  Squad training sessions on 7/14/21 July are mandatory for all players wishing to be selected.  Contact Curry Hitchborn for more information - curryhitchborn@gmail.com

Useful Links

Are you hoping to play Rugby for BC this summer?

The links below have got lots of helpful information to get you started:

Still have questions?  You can reach out to the coach of any team (details in the ID Sessions tab) or contact one of the Rugby Growth & Development Managers:

Aaron Takel (Men & Boys) – atakel@bcrugby.com
Darcy Patterson (Women & Girls) – dpatterson@bcrugby.com