BC Rugby Cancels 2019-20 Season
Final standings to be determined by Competitions Committee
Vancouver, BC – March 27, 2020: BC Rugby formally announced on Thursday that the 2019-20 Club Season is cancelled. This decision was made in light of numerous factors, including federal and provincial government announcements that social distancing measures will be remaining in place for some time and the Vancouver Parks Board’s decision to keep all outdoor recreational facilities closed until May 30th at the earliest.
This decision applies to senior, age-grade, and mini rugby competitions and jamborees that were scheduled for this spring, but a decision has not yet been made with regards to the BC summer season, which includes club, regional and representative competitions and programs.
The Competitions Committee will be determining final standings for the various senior club leagues, including the Men’s and Women’s Premier Leagues, as per the Rules of Competition at an April 6 meeting.
BC Rugby is continuing to evaluate the possibility and viability of running competitions and programs usually planned to take place during the summer. This includes the Interior Senior Club league, Provincial Regional Championships (PRCs) and the various senior and age-grade representative 15s teams. As and when BC Rugby is able to make well-informed decisions on the possibility and viability of these taking place, we will immediately communicate those decisions. Player welfare and the safety of the entire BC and Canadian community will be the absolute priority in all decision-making.
In addition, the BC Summer Games have announced that the 2020 event has been cancelled. The City of Maple Ridge was scheduled to host this year’s event, and has instead been awarded the 2024 edition of the tournament. Prince George will host the event in 2022. BC Summer games President and CEO Alison Noble said “It is very unfortunate for athletes and coaches across the province who will not have a BC Games experience this summer, but this is bigger than all of us.”
For additional information on how BC Rugby is responding to the coronavirus pandemic, please consult the BC Rugby COVID-19 FAQ page, which will be continually updated with information and resources.
More information about BC Rugby
The British Columbia Rugby Union, commonly known as BC Rugby, is the governing body for Rugby in British Columbia and is a Provincial Union of Rugby Canada, the national governing body. Representing over 7,500 individuals registered through around 60 Member Clubs and Associations across the Province, BC Rugby leads and manages the sport with the aim to grow participation and develop excellence in all games of Rugby and in all facets of the sport.