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BC Rugby  – Victoria, BC – July 10, 2016: The BC Rugby Elite Youth 7s Program has produced a tournament winning team for yet another time in 2016. The U18 Boys’ Gold Team took care of business in their Cup Final against Durham School to secure the title in the Elite Boys’ division of the Victoria International 7s at UVic on Saturday. The win follows on the heels of victories at the Las Vegas Invitational 7s and the Vancouver Rugby Festival earlier this year.

In the U18 Elite Boys’ Final, BC held off a late surge from Durham School to claim a narrow 24-19 victory. A lineup loaded with BC Rugby talent also powered Rugby Canada’s (West) Maple Leafs to a confident 27-0 victory in the U18 Girls’ division Final. Durham claimed top honours in the U16 Boys’ division, while Rangatahi took the Cup in the U14 Boys’ division.

This year’s tournament was an outstanding example of both the depth of youth rugby 7s in BC, and the growing interest in the 7s code across North America. From the nearly 40 teams involved, a majority were comprised of BC-based rosters, including the Aboriginal Thunder Rugby Program, Vancouver Rugby Union, Fraser Valley Rugby Union, Vancouver Island Rugby Union, White Rock Barbarians, plus the host BC Rugby Elite Boys’ & Girls’ 7s Programs. The tournament also featured club and school teams from the United States, England and New Zealand.

“Our U18 Girls had two close matches against Utah Cannibals (who went on to finish runner-up in the tournament), losing on the last play of the game on both occasions,” said Darcy Patterson, who oversees the BC Rugby Elite Girls’ 7s Program. “It was a good learning experience, and they finished the day strong with a win over the Thunder.”

Eight of their BC colleagues had drawn into the Maple Leafs U18 Girls’ side, with all the players auditioning for roles on Canada’s U18 Sevens Team tour to France in September. Oak Bay Secondary School teammates Sophie de Goede and Caroline Crossley (both Castaway Wanderers RC / Vancouver Island Rugby Union) made a strong case for inclusion with a solid showing at the tournament, while Brooke Bazian (South Kamloops Secondary) and Tausani Levale (Abbotsford Senior Secondary / Abbotosford RFC / Fraser Valley Rugby Union) offered the selectors a chance to see their superior work-rate both on and off the ball.

The Victoria International 7s mark the conclusion of the youth 7s season, with many of the BC players getting ready for Provincial Age-Grade Fifteens competitions, which will take place this August.


U18 Boys’ Elite division:

Cup Final: BC Gold 24 – Durham 19
3rd vs 4th: Utah Lions 19 – BC Blue 14
5th vs 6th: Celtic Barbarians 19 – CK McClatchy
7th vs 8th: Utah Cannibals 14 – Utah Lions 10
9th vs 10th: Rocky Mountain 14 – Bedford One 7
11th vs 2th: Bedford Two 12 – Durham Two 10

U18 Girls’ Division:
Cup Final: Maple Leafs 27 – Utah Cannibals 0

U18 Boy’s division:
Cup Final: Utah Cannibals 27 – BC Red 12
3rd vs 4th: White Rock 10 – Celtic Barbarians 7

U16 Boys’ division:
Cup Final: Durham 38 – CK McClatchy 0

U14 Boys’ division:
Cup Final: Rangatahi Thunder 17 – Fraser Valley One 5
3rd/4th: White Rock 22 – Fraser Valley Two 10


U18 Boys Elite Division 
1.    BC Rugby Elite Youth 7s Gold (BC)
2.    BC Rugby Elite Youth 7s Blue (BC)
3.    Utah Cannibals (Utah, USA)
4.    C.K. McClatchy High School (Sacramento, California, USA)
5.    Rocky Mountain Rebels (Colorado, USA)
6.    Bedford School Team 1 (England)
7.    Bedford School Team 2 (England)
8.    Durham School Team 1 (England)
9.    Durham School Team 2 (England)
10.  Utah Lions 1 (Utah, USA)
11.  Celtic Barbarians (BC and Alberta)
12.  Utah Lions 2 (Utah, USA)

U18 Girls’ Open division
1.    BC Rugby Elite Girls’ 7s (BC)
2.    Rugby Canada West Maple Leafs
3.    Utah Cannibals (Utah, USA)
4.    Thunder Rugby (BC)
5.    Vancouver Island Rugby Union (BC)
6.    Fraser Valley Rugby Union (BC)
7.    Utah Lions (Utah, USA)

U18 Boys’ open division
1.   BC Rugby Elite Youth 7s Red (BC)
2.    Utah Cannibals (Utah, USA)
3.    Thunder Rugby (BC)
4.    White Rock Barbarians (BC)
5.    Celtic Barbarians (BC and Alberta)

U16 Boys’ Division
1.    Utah Cannibals (Utah, USA)
2.    Rangatahi (North Harbour, New Zealand)
3.    Thunder Rugby (BC)
4.    C.K. McClatchy High School (Sacramento, California, USA)
5.    Vancouver Rugby Union (BC)
6.    Durham School (England)

U16 Girls’ Division
1.    Thunder Rugby (BC)
2.    Vancouver Island Rugby Union (BC)

U14 Boys’ Division
1.    Rangatahi (North Harbour, New Zealand)
2.    Fraser Valley Rugby Union Team 1 (BC)
3.    Fraser Valley Rugby Union Team 2 (BC)
4.    White Rock Barbarians (BC)
5.    Vancouver Island selects (BC)

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 more than 50 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 about BC Rugby or this event, contact:
Brendan Munro
Communications Manager – BC Rugby 
Tel: +1- 604-737-3070
Cell: +1-604-349-3104