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BC Rugby – The focus is firmly on club rugby this weekend, as teams try to lock-in their spot for the upcoming playoffs. Teams on the bubble should beware. This Saturday’s results could decide their playoff fates.

Beyond club rugby, we also have news about the National High-Performance Academy, and news from Rugby Canada. Read on for all the details.

Club Rugby: Late Season Push Underway
The game to watch this weekend in the Women’s Premier Division will be Seattle (8-4) hosting Burnaby Lake (8-5).

Seattle’s championship aspirations were dashed by Burnaby Lake nearly one year ago in the playoff semi-finals, with their lone encounter of 2016 also going in favour of Burnaby Lake by a score of 26-12. The outcome of this one should have a significant bearing on this year’s playoff picture, with both teams right in contention. Kickoff at Magnusson park in Seattle is at 11:30am on Saturday.

In the Men’s Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League, teams finishing #1 and #2 in the standings get a first round bye. Saturday’s 2:45pm tilt at Victoria’s MacDonald Park between James Bay (5-2) and Burnaby Lake (5-1) will likely decide who gets that #2 seed, with the loser consigned to a home fixture against the #6 seed on April 16th. Both teams have been off the field for a couple weeks and will come into Saturday’s game healthy and with plenty of motivation.

There will be a moment of silence held before the game to honour former James Bay and Canada forward, Norm Hadley, who passed away this month at age 51.

Capilano-A (4-2) travel to Kelowna (6-0) in what should be a very interesting Men’s Third Division match. It has been ages since Kelowna lost at Parkinson Rec, but Capilano will be hopeful to spoil that streak and cast themselves as contenders for the Division 3A title. Kickoff on Saturday is at 1:00pm.

To see a full list of this weekend’s fixtures, click here.

To see the upcoming playoff structure and schedule for each Division, click on the links below:

Women – Premier Division
Women – Division 1
Women – Division 2

Men – Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League
Men – Library Square Cup 
Men – Division 1
Men – Division 2
Men – Division 3

National Rugby High-Performance Academy:

Application Deadline is April 8th

This Academy represents a significant opportunity for male and female athletes aged U16-U19 who aspire to one day represent Canada at the Olympic Games and the Rugby World Cups to immerse themselves in a high-performance training environment.

With individualized instruction, monitoring, testing, and performance analysis overseen by Canada’s leading rugby coaches, the National Rugby High-Performance Academy is a crucial development opportunity for young players. 

Enrollment is by application only. To learn more, and to complete the application online, click here.

The application deadline is April 8th.

Rugby Canada News
Rugby Canada U18 XV Teams are across the Atlantic this weekend. The U18 Boys wrap up their tour of Ireland against Leinster Development on Saturday, while the U18 Girls have landed and begun preparations for next week’s matches against England U18.

At the Senior level, Rugby Canada announced this week that Mark Anscombe has been named the new Coach of the Senior Men’s XV Team. Anscombe had previously led Ulster and New Zealand’s U20 Men’s Team.

The Canada Sevens in Langford are only a few weeks away. This is your chance to catch Canada’s Women up close as they take on the best Sevens Teams in the world. You’ll likely be treated to a preview of the Rio2016 Olympic Games Gold Medal Final too. To learn more and get your tickets, click here.

And speaking of Sevens, Port Alberni’s Luke Bradley (UVic Vikes) is set to make his debut for Canada on the HSBC Sevens Circuit in Hong Kong next weekend, after having been named to the 13 player squad. Good luck on the big stage to Luke and his Canada teammates!

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