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BC Rugby – Vancouver, BC – February 6, 2017: BC Rugby would like to announce some exciting changes that have been made to the Men’s and Women’s Open Division for the upcoming 2017 Vancouver Rugby Festival. The format of the Open Division competitions has been revised and will now run as a single-day tournament. Because of this change, the original CAD$500 entry fee is now reduced to only CAD$300.

In addition to the $5000 prize money for the winning Men’s and Women’s teams in the Elite Division competitions, BC Rugby will be awarding $1000 to each of the winning Men’s and Women’s teams in the Open Division. These changes have been made to drive more high-level competition into the Open Division.

With the registration deadline extended to February 17th, it’s important for teams interested in entering the Open division to secure their spots soon!

About the Vancouver Rugby Festival
The Vancouver Rugby Festival is an annual tournament hosted by BC Rugby, complementing the HSBC Canada Sevens Vancouver Tournament. Headlining the Festival is the Elite Division, comprised of world-class international and provincial teams. In addition, the Festival will host competitions in the Open Division, Age-Grade Division (Under 16 and Under 18) and Over 40s Division. With teams coming from South Africa, USA and across Canada, there will be no shortage of world-class rugby.

As an added incentive, registered teams will have access to discounted group tickets to the 2017 HSBC Canada Sevens tournament. However, ticket availability is limited and will be offered on a first come, first serve basis.

For more information about the Vancouver Rugby Festival and to register your team, visit

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.





For further information, please contact:


BC Rugby

Cassie Xiong

Marketing & Communications Manager

Tel: +1- 604-737-3070