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Canada’s Brock Webster runs for his second try against Scotland during HSBC Canada Sevens rugby action, in Vancouver, on Sunday, April 17, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Canadian women finish sixth in Toulouse in HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series finale

The Canadian men tied for 15th after falling 27-7 to Wales

 

Team Canada rugby fans take in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series action at Starlight Stadium just outside Victoria Saturday, April 30, 2022. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Vancouver rugby fans on alert as United States to host World Cup for first time

U.S. bid group included Vancouver in an original list of cities under consideration

 

Canada women’s sevens rugby head coach Jack Hanratty said the team is building cohesion and momentum during this recent block of training and games. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

National women’s rugby 7’s back on the Island ahead of weekend international tournament

Team back from qualifying for World Cup berth at Bahamas tournament

 

Jacob O’Riain of the Port Alberni Black Sheep picks up his third try of the game against the Castaway Wanderers on March 26, 2022. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Jacob O’Riain of the Port Alberni Black Sheep picks up his third try of the game against the Castaway Wanderers on March 26, 2022. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Canada’s Kyle Baillie (centre) celebrates with teammates after a try against Chile during the second half of a Rugby World Cup 2023 qualification match at Starlight Stadium in Langford, B.C., on Saturday, October 2, 2021. An independent review into Rugby Canada’s high-performance programs paints a damning picture of a dysfunctional organization at odds with its athletes, staff and supporters. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Independent review paints damning, dysfunctional picture of Rugby Canada

‘Culture of Rugby Canada and the high-performance program is described as ‘empty’ or ‘non-existent”

Canada’s Kyle Baillie (centre) celebrates with teammates after a try against Chile during the second half of a Rugby World Cup 2023 qualification match at Starlight Stadium in Langford, B.C., on Saturday, October 2, 2021. An independent review into Rugby Canada’s high-performance programs paints a damning picture of a dysfunctional organization at odds with its athletes, staff and supporters. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Cody McClary of the Port Alberni Black Sheep makes a pass to teammate Ty Shannon during BC Rugby action against Cowichan on Saturday, March 19. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Port Alberni Black Sheep pick up rugby win on home turf

Cowichan Piggies fall 43-14 at Black Sheep rugby pitch

Cody McClary of the Port Alberni Black Sheep makes a pass to teammate Ty Shannon during BC Rugby action against Cowichan on Saturday, March 19. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Ava Ference, a current student at Shawnigan Lake School, has earned RBC Future Olympian funding and multiple-year commitments from Rugby Canada as a result of the talent she displayed in basic testing. (Submitted by RBC Training Ground)

Vancouver Island athletes unearthed by RBC Training Ground

Rugby players now on the national program fast track

Ava Ference, a current student at Shawnigan Lake School, has earned RBC Future Olympian funding and multiple-year commitments from Rugby Canada as a result of the talent she displayed in basic testing. (Submitted by RBC Training Ground)
FILE — Canada’s Charity Williams (left) is tackled by Ireland’s Amee Leigh Murphy Crowe during the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series in Langford, B.C., Saturday, May, 12, 2018. Canada’s bid for a women’s rugby sevens berth in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics came closer to reality Saturday with wins over Brazil and Ireland on home soil at Westhills Stadium. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Mexico to replace Russia at Langford rugby sevens

Russia barred from all international rugby and cross-border club activities until further notice

FILE — Canada’s Charity Williams (left) is tackled by Ireland’s Amee Leigh Murphy Crowe during the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series in Langford, B.C., Saturday, May, 12, 2018. Canada’s bid for a women’s rugby sevens berth in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics came closer to reality Saturday with wins over Brazil and Ireland on home soil at Westhills Stadium. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
FILE — Canada’s Charity Williams (left) is tackled by Ireland’s Amee Leigh Murphy Crowe during the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series in Langford, B.C., Saturday, May, 12, 2018. Canada’s bid for a women’s rugby sevens berth in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics came closer to reality Saturday with wins over Brazil and Ireland on home soil at Westhills Stadium. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Mexico to replace Russia at Langford rugby sevens

Russia barred from all international rugby and cross-border club activities until further notice

FILE — Canada’s Charity Williams (left) is tackled by Ireland’s Amee Leigh Murphy Crowe during the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series in Langford, B.C., Saturday, May, 12, 2018. Canada’s bid for a women’s rugby sevens berth in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics came closer to reality Saturday with wins over Brazil and Ireland on home soil at Westhills Stadium. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A Bayside player attempts to get past the Black Sheep during snowy BC Rugby action on Feb. 26, 2022. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
A Bayside player attempts to get past the Black Sheep during snowy BC Rugby action on Feb. 26, 2022. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Starlight Stadium was packed with fans as the Toronto Arrows played for the first time in British Columbia in their game against LA Giltinis in Langford on Feb. 11. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Langford hosts first-ever Major League Rugby game in B.C.

Toronto Arrows felt embraced by West Coast crowd in loss to LA

Starlight Stadium was packed with fans as the Toronto Arrows played for the first time in British Columbia in their game against LA Giltinis in Langford on Feb. 11. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Cowichan Piggies senior men’s head coach Andrew Wright, club president Angie Gudmundseth and VP Admin Mike Rea address club members during a blessing ceremony at the Cowichan Rugby Football Club grounds last Saturday afternoon. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Vancouver Island rugby club takes steps toward reconciliation

Blessing ceremony at Cowichan’s Herd Road grounds includes Tzinquaw Dancers

Cowichan Piggies senior men’s head coach Andrew Wright, club president Angie Gudmundseth and VP Admin Mike Rea address club members during a blessing ceremony at the Cowichan Rugby Football Club grounds last Saturday afternoon. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
An overhauled Canadian women’s rugby sevens team with a new coach opens the World Series season tomorrow in Dubai. The Canadian Press photo

Canadian women’s rugby sevens team opens new World Series season in Dubai

Jack Hanratty has been tasked with steering the team through the end of the year

An overhauled Canadian women’s rugby sevens team with a new coach opens the World Series season tomorrow in Dubai. The Canadian Press photo
Canada’s Ghislaine Landry runs the ball during rugby sevens action against Spain at the HSBC Women’s Sevens Series at Westhills Stadium in Langford, B.C., Sunday, April 17, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Canadian rugby sevens captain Ghislaine Landry calls an end to stellar career

Canada rugby sevens captain Ghislaine Landry, the all-time leading scorer among women…

Canada’s Ghislaine Landry runs the ball during rugby sevens action against Spain at the HSBC Women’s Sevens Series at Westhills Stadium in Langford, B.C., Sunday, April 17, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
A player from the Nanaimo Hornets attempts to pass the ball as he is taken down by Kyle Parkar of the Port Alberni Black Sheep. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Port Alberni Black Sheep pick up third win in a row

Black Sheep beat the Nanaimo Hornets 40-10 during final home game of the season

A player from the Nanaimo Hornets attempts to pass the ball as he is taken down by Kyle Parkar of the Port Alberni Black Sheep. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Sti Rokotuiwakaya of the Port Alberni Black Sheep breaks away from the pack to score a try during a game against the Comox Valley Kickers on Nov. 6. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Port Alberni Black Sheep dominate in win against Comox

Port Alberni rugby team picks up a 64-0 win

Sti Rokotuiwakaya of the Port Alberni Black Sheep breaks away from the pack to score a try during a game against the Comox Valley Kickers on Nov. 6. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
A Port Alberni Black Sheep player, left, attempts a kick while a Westshore player comes in for the block during a B.C. Rugby Union game at the Black Sheep pitch on Argyle Street, Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Port Alberni Black Sheep win at home over Westshore in rugby action

Returning players bring depth, experience, offence to Black Sheep

A Port Alberni Black Sheep player, left, attempts a kick while a Westshore player comes in for the block during a B.C. Rugby Union game at the Black Sheep pitch on Argyle Street, Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Veteran forward Laura Russell, shown in this undated hahdout photo, and the third-ranked Canadian women’s rugby team return to action for the first time in almost two years when they take on the sixth-ranked U.S., in Glendale, Colo., on Monday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Rugby Canada

Canadian women’s rugby 15s team returns to action after two-year layoff

Canada-U. S. matches are part of the Pacific Four Series, a new competition that launches in full next year

Veteran forward Laura Russell, shown in this undated hahdout photo, and the third-ranked Canadian women’s rugby team return to action for the first time in almost two years when they take on the sixth-ranked U.S., in Glendale, Colo., on Monday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Rugby Canada
Port Alberni Black Sheep players team up to take down a Castaway Wanderer during rugby action on Oct. 23. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Port Alberni Black Sheep fall to visitors in 2021 home opener

Port Alberni rugby club also hosted two high-level teams in Coastal Cup action

Port Alberni Black Sheep players team up to take down a Castaway Wanderer during rugby action on Oct. 23. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
The U.S. has launched a bid to host both the men’s and women’s Rugby World Cup with Vancouver billed as a potential host city. Canada’s Corey Thomas tackles Chile’s Nicolas Garafulic during the second half of a Rugby World Cup 2023 qualification match at Starlight Stadium in Langford, B.C., on Saturday, October 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Vancouver could help host as U.S. launches Rugby World Cup bid

U.S. bid is to host the men’s tournament in 2027 or 2031 and the women’s event in 2029

The U.S. has launched a bid to host both the men’s and women’s Rugby World Cup with Vancouver billed as a potential host city. Canada’s Corey Thomas tackles Chile’s Nicolas Garafulic during the second half of a Rugby World Cup 2023 qualification match at Starlight Stadium in Langford, B.C., on Saturday, October 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito