Big Rugby Numbers at Yale and Fraser

Fraser Middle Langford 2014Courtesy of The Province

ABBOTSFORD — One of the most significant sights in the world of B.C. high school sports happens with daily frequency through the spring months in Abbotsford, yet you won’t find its time or location publicized online or in any newspapers.

But if you happen to be taking a stroll in the late afternoon through the adjacent fields that join both Yale Secondary and Fraser Middle School, you’ll walk right into its midst.

The best way to describe it?

Hignell Helps BC Win Gold

Hignell 2014 BC SevensCourtesy of the Abbotsford News

Jason Hignell, a rugby player from Yale Secondary, helped Team B.C. win gold in the under-18 division at a renowned sevens tournament in Hong Kong. The provincial side won all three of their pool-play games at the Standard Chartered Bank International Youth Sevens without surrendering a try – they beat the Singapore-based DHL Lions (49-0), the DEA Tigers (35-0) and the Flying Kukris (47-0). The final was a different story, as they were taken to double-overtime by a local side, the DP Pirates. B.C. ultimately prevailed 12-7. Hignell was one of 12 players on the squad, and he notched a try during pool play.

Abby Men on a Roll

Graeme MacRury 2014Courtesy of the Abbotsford News

Enhanced depth has pushed the Abbotsford Rugby Football Club's men's teams to greater heights this spring.

After some struggles during the first half of the season, the club added five first-division athletes to their player pool – among them 20-year-old tighthead prop Ryan March, who had spent the latter months of 2013 with the Canadian senior men's national team.

2nd Annual John Buchanan Memorial Game

The Abbotsford Originals hosted its 2nd Annual John Buchanan Memorial game on March 16th, 2014.  Over 25 pleyers dressed up to face the Preist Valley Vicars from Kelowna.  The visiting team came a few players short so Abby lent them 3 players in the true spirit of the game.  With a packed sideline watching, Abby was victorious 8 tries to nil but the tone of the game was very cordial.  Special thanks to referee Norm Upton for officiating an efficient game as well as Jesse Tranberg who make the trek out from Nanaimo that day to participate in the game.  After the game, the clubhouse was packed wall to wall where several pints were hoisted in honour of our fallen friend. 

It's been a year since we lost our beloved Beaker and although he's been missed by all, his true spirit lives on.  This will be an annual game so if you missed it this year, mark it on your calender for next year.  

BC U-16 Trials Friday, Feb 21 at Yale

BCRugbySevensLogo 400Courtesy of BC Rugby

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 earns starts for Canada U-20 Trials

Jorden BestJorden 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.

Hignell Makes BC U-18 Sevens Team

HignellJason 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!

Courtesy of BC Rugby

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. 

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