VICTORIA, BC - Head Coach of the BC Elite Youth Sevens program Shane Thompson has announced a series of ID Sessions for U16 and U15 athletes, starting with open trials in Abbotsford and Vancouver on February 21st. After a successful campaign in Las Vegas this past January that saw BC U18 and U17 athletes advance to the High School Elite Cup Final, Thompson will be looking to identify and develop the next batch of provincial sevens representatives.
Jorden Sandover-Best is a Bateman graduate who is a starter at scrum half for the UBC Thunderbirds, the current Div 1 league leaders. He is also the only Abbotsford player presently in the mix with the Canadian U-20 squad preparing for the Junior World Trophy competition in Hong Kong in April. 28 players will be selected to travel to a England for preparation matches in March and 26 will make the trek to Hong Kong for the official JWT competition.
Jason Hignell, a grade 12 student at Yale Secondary, has been selected for the BC U-18 team travelling to Hong Kong to defend the title. We wish Jason luck!
VANCOUVER, BC - BC Elite Youth Sevens head coach Shane Thompson announced his roster today for the program's upcoming tour to Hong Kong, slated for March 23-30, 2014. A total of 12 players from across the province will head to the rugby hotbed for the world-renowned IRB Hong Kong Sevens and will be competing in the Standard Chartered Bank International Youth Sevens.
The start of the 2014 Spring Season will see the women of Abbotsford Rugby Club joining British Columbia’s top level club league.
With what is anticipated as the most competitive women’s premier season to date, the ladies are looking forward to the challenge of tough opposition. Coming off a very strong Fall season, they hope to continue their cohesive momentum into the Spring.
The USA Sevens just finished this past weekend in Las Vegas and it was an amazing weekend for Canada and the ARFC. Bateman grad Justin Douglas and the Canadian Sevens team finished 3rd with two thrilling comeback victories over France and Samoa to claim their best finish ever at a World Series tournament. Many other Abbotsford players were in action for various teams.
The last couple months of 2013 basically amounted to an epic rugby field trip for Abbotsford native Ryan March.
In October, the 20-year-old tighthead prop out of Abbotsford's Robert Bateman Secondary was summoned for his first stint with the Canadian senior men's national 15s team, and he got into a game vs. the United States during the Americas Rugby Championship tourney in Langford, B.C.
January 1st marks the day of the annual ARFC Hangover Bowl, a break from rugby to embark upon a different adventure during the NFL playoff season. It's a full contact football tradition on New Years Day where the younger players in the club take on the old to see who earns a spot on the club trophy. Of the 22 who played this year, the cutoff was age 28, which saw Byron Toutant as the youngest player on the Old Boys team at 28.