Vancouver, BC – May 3, 2019: BC Rugby happy to learn that rugby in High Schools in Nova Scotia has been reinstated. The events of the last 48hrs have resonated strongly with the rugby community in this Province and across the country. We are delighted that the efforts of Rugby Nova Scotia and Rugby Canada have resulted in a positive solution for those directly affected.
As one of the foremost arenas for exposing young minds to the game of Rugby, High School programs are a vital part of the sport’s grassroots. They are responsible for thousands of young people being able to make their first forays into the world of Rugby where opportunities extend all the way up to Men’s & Women’s Rugby World Cups. Furthermore, since 2016, the Summer Olympic Games is another world stage available to top Rugby players, with the Canada Women’s Sevens team claiming Bronze in Rio.
Brad Baker, President of the BCHSGRA, expressed his disappointment at the sudden decision, stating “As an avenue for bringing high school athletes together, Rugby is second to none. We have seen incredible growth in the popularity and quality of Girls Rugby in High Schools in the last decade and much of this comes back to the willingness of the community to get behind women’s Rugby as a sport, coupled with the positive relationship between the BCHSGRA and the BC Rugby Union. We continue to strive to grow the game in BC High Schools and encourage BC Girls to be successful in the sport of Rugby, along with continually supporting coach education and development to ensure a safe and fun sporting environment.”
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