Abbotsford Rugby Club product Aaron Flagg has been selected to the Canadian senior men's team who square off against Japan on Wednesday, June 19. The 6'4, 250lb lock/prop Chilliwack product made the move to Victoria in the early spring to train with the national group. Luckily for Abbotsford, he made the rare choice to stay loyal to his local club, making the weekend trips to train Thursday and play on Saturdays until the conclusion of season in May. His hard work has paid off, earning him his first potential cap in Japan as an impact sub.
ABBOTSFORD, BC - Our latest BC Rugby First XV Volunteer was recently recognized by Rugby Canada as their 2012 Female Coach of the Year. Abbotsford's Jen Ross began volunteering in 1991 and has since coached at the high school, club, youth and rep levels.
The Abbotsford Rugby Club had its annual general meeting on May 30 and voted in a new executive group for the 2013-14 season. After two successful years, Todd Di Guistini has stepped down from president due to work commitments. Chris Farley, Mouat teacher and rugby coach, as well as Abbotsford men's assistant coach, was elected as the new club president. Jerusha Dunsmore was elected into the role of Vice President. Youngster Bryce Hewko is a new member at large, who demonstrated his commitment to the club during recent renovations and as the first mini-rugby player to move through all of our youth programs and play men's. The executive is full of strong leaders and the group looks forward to another successful year for the club. Please read on to view the 2013-14 ARFC executive.
Courtesy of Dan Kinvig - Abbotsford News
Conventional sports wisdom holds that it's tougher to defend a championship than to win it in the first place.
The Abbotsford Senior Panthers girls rugby team certainly found that maxim to be true, but nevertheless managed to claw their way to back-to-back provincial AA titles on the weekend.
Fraser Valley representative trials are now underway in the Fraser Valley. This year there will be Valley teams competing for boys at the U-14, U-15, U-16 and U-18 levels. For girls there are U-16 and U-18 teams. Please read on for more information on trial dates and locations.
Justin Douglas, Ryan March and Jorden Best, all products of Robert Bateman Secondary, have been selected to play for Canada U-20 in the World Junior Trophy (WJT) competition in Chile. Of the 26 traveling players from across the country, 11 are from BC and three are Abbotsford products. We wish our local players the best of luck in their trip!
Abbotsford's Jen Ross was recognized as the 2012 Canadian Female Coach of the Year this past weekend at the inaugural Rugby Canada Awards Dinner.
A former national team player, Ross has volunteered hundreds of hours to help develop girls rugby in British Columbia and specifically, in the Fraser Valley. Several of her players have gone on to play for BC’s provincial programs, including those recently shortlisted on the Rugby Canada U20 roster announcement ahead of the junior women’s Nation’s Cup this summer.
The ARFC had their annual awards banquet on Friday, May 17 to recognize the achievements of the year. Players from 5 different senior teams were recognized, as were recipients of club awards, including Fan of the Year and Club Member of the Year. Jen Ross was also recognized for her achievement of Rugby Canada Female Coach of the Year.