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BC Rugby – It’s Thanksgiving weekend, and while our senior clubs take a break from the action, there’s still plenty of activity here in BC!  So ahead of all the food, family and relaxation this weekend, take a moment to read up on the rugby stories in this week’s newsletter.

And of course…Happy Thanksgiving to every one of you from the staff at BC Rugby HQ.

UBCOB Ravens Ready for Canadian Rugby Club Champs

It’s a brand new tournament and it’s happening right here in BC.  The Canadian Club Championships, pitting the reigning champions from each provincial men’s top league against one another, will kick off today at Klahanie Park on Vancouver’s North Shore.  Bc Will be represented by UBCOB Ravens who will take on the Fredericton Loyalists (NB) in their semi-final at 4:30pm today.  We’ve got all the match details and more in our article below.

Finals will take place on Sunday, October 7.  Tickets are $20 for adults for the day, $30 for a 2-day tournament pass, students (under 19) with ID receive free admission.

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Elite Sevens Series: Changing The Game for Girls Rugby

This Fall has seen the introduction of a new series, aimed at pushing the development of Rugby Sevens talent for Age-Grade Girls in BC.  The Elite Sevens Series follows a similar model to the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series, with a total of four stops providing an opportunity to win points.  But this is more than just another set of competitive matches, read the full article to find out more.

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Canada “A” Roster Announced for Clash With Uruguay

BC’s Phil Mack will return to international duty as he captains Canada “A” against Uruguay “A” in Montevideo in the World Rugby Americas Pacific Challenge (APC).  Mack is one of seven BC players named on the roster by Kingsley Jones as the Men’s National Team look to build some momentum ahead of the World Cup Repechage in France next month.

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Elite Youth Sevens – ID Sessions Announced
BC Rugby’s Elite Youth Sevens Program is focused on identifying and developing talent for Rugby Sevens events.  The program is open to male and female athletes who were born between 2001-2004.  The program includes a talent identification process, followed by regional training and selection camps leading to final team selections.

ID Sessions will take place across the Province this Fall.  They are free to attend and are open to all athletes, even those with no previous rugby experience as they concentrate on core athletic skills.

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Surrey Beavers 7th Annual “Ruck for the Cure”
In the last 6 years, Surrey Beavers AA has raised over $95,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society and a local family in need. True to form, the club has arranged another fantastic event for October 20 this year, packed with rugby action and fundraising activities.  Not only with the Division 1 Men’s team be decked out in their magnificent sponsor jerseys, but there will be auctions and plenty of food on offer across the three games all taking place at Sullivan Heights Park.  The club hopes this will be their biggest event to date, so why not get behind this fantastic initiative!

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BC Referees Stepping Up to the World Stage
Two of BC’s top referees, Shanda Mosher-Gallant and David Smortchevsky, were recently in Barbados working at the Rugby Americas North Sevens Championships (RAN 7s). The tournament showcased the best Sevens players from across 15 countries from North America and the Caribbean.  To find out more about where the world of rugby refereeing can take you, check out our article below.

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Upcoming Events
Here are a few more dates to get in your diary as summer rolls on:

You can always keep up to date by checking out the BC Rugby Events Calendar – Click Here

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The Canadian Women’s Sevens Team have travelled to Buenos Aires in Argentina for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games.  The side, which includes BC Athletes Hunter Czeppel and Maggie Mackinnon, will be taking part in the opening ceremony tomorrow before preparing for their opening games on October 13.

Photo courtesy of Rugby Canada