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Canada’s Jake Thiel, left, jumps for the ball against Australia’s Nick Malouf during the Challenge Trophy final at the World Rugby Sevens Series action in Vancouver, B.C., March 10, 2019. Only seven of the men’s core teams are taking part in next week’s HSBC Canada Sevens in Vancouver with New Zealand. Fiji, Australia, Argentina, Japan, France and Samoa among those missing. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ben Nelms

Field for Canadian rugby sevens events diluted by pandemic-related issues

New Zealand. Fiji, Australia, Argentina, Japan, France and Samoa among countries missing

 

BC Grassroots Rugby coach Gavin Purewal leads young rugby players in a drill at the Black Sheep Rugby Club on Monday, July 12. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Grassroots rugby for kids coming to Port Alberni this summer

Camps will be hosted at the Port Alberni Black Sheep Rugby Club’s pitch

 

Victoria teenager Quinn Ngawati, who became the first Canadian-born player to appear for the Toronto Wolfpack, interacts with fans after their game against the Gloucestershire All Golds in Kingstone Press League 1 rugby action in Toronto on Saturday, July 8, 2017. Ngawati now wears the colours of Rugby United New York. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Neil Davidson

Young Canadian back Quinn Ngawati enjoying life in Major League Rugby

Former Wolfpack coach Paul Rowley called Ngawati a ‘rough diamond’

 

MacDowell Rugby Academy founder Robin MacDowell and national men’s rugby sevens player Pat Kay, both graduates of Cowichan Secondary, speak to students on Wednesday, Feb. 17 about the new academy program that will debut this fall. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Vancouver Island high school unveils rugby academy

Athletes from B.C., across Canada and around the world will benefit from world-class coaching

MacDowell Rugby Academy founder Robin MacDowell and national men’s rugby sevens player Pat Kay, both graduates of Cowichan Secondary, speak to students on Wednesday, Feb. 17 about the new academy program that will debut this fall. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Port Alberni Black Sheep David Symington, left, and Conner Alexander chase down Cowichan Piggies’ Louis Gudmensmith during the Black Sheep’s home turf victory in Div. 1 men’s rugby action back in 2019. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

Black Sheep Rugby Club gets a hand up to help them through COVID-19

Port Alberni club receives provincial sport relief grant

Port Alberni Black Sheep David Symington, left, and Conner Alexander chase down Cowichan Piggies’ Louis Gudmensmith during the Black Sheep’s home turf victory in Div. 1 men’s rugby action back in 2019. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO
Port Alberni Black Sheep coach Jas Purewal, centre, talks to son Gavin, right, and another Black Sheep player during a home game against Cowichan Piggies on April 7, 2018. (PHOTO COURTESY CHRIS WILSON, ISLANDWAVEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM)

Port Alberni Black Sheep coach earns B.C. Rugby award

Jas Purewal named Jack Patterson Memorial Trophy recipient

Port Alberni Black Sheep coach Jas Purewal, centre, talks to son Gavin, right, and another Black Sheep player during a home game against Cowichan Piggies on April 7, 2018. (PHOTO COURTESY CHRIS WILSON, ISLANDWAVEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM)
Port Alberni Black Sheep David Symington, left, and Conner Alexander chase down Cowichan Piggies’ Louis Gudmensmith during the Black Sheep’s home turf victory Saturday in Div. 1 men’s rugby action. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

BC Rugby suspends weekend games, any out-of-province travel over COVID-19

League taking cautious approach in wake of pandemic status

Port Alberni Black Sheep David Symington, left, and Conner Alexander chase down Cowichan Piggies’ Louis Gudmensmith during the Black Sheep’s home turf victory Saturday in Div. 1 men’s rugby action. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO
Port Alberni rugby fans will be treated to some high-level rugby this Saturday, May 12 as the Tsunami and Tide face off at the Black Sheep rugby pitch at the top of Argyle Street. LAURIE SMILLIE PHOTO

High-calibre rugby coming to Port Alberni

Black Sheep to host Tsunami vs. Tide in senior men’s competition

Port Alberni rugby fans will be treated to some high-level rugby this Saturday, May 12 as the Tsunami and Tide face off at the Black Sheep rugby pitch at the top of Argyle Street. LAURIE SMILLIE PHOTO
Port Alberni Black Sheep’s Brennan Tourangeau runs with the ball after his teammates clear a space for him against Nanaimo Hornets during a game in Port Alberni on Oct. 7. The Black Sheep won a nailbiter, 24–22.                                 LAURIE SMILLIE PHOTO

Port Alberni Black Sheep see signs of strength in rebuilding year

Head coach Jas Purewal encouraged by new players, deeper bench

Port Alberni Black Sheep’s Brennan Tourangeau runs with the ball after his teammates clear a space for him against Nanaimo Hornets during a game in Port Alberni on Oct. 7. The Black Sheep won a nailbiter, 24–22.                                 LAURIE SMILLIE PHOTO
Female Canadian rugby star to make history at inaugural tournament

Female Canadian rugby star to make history at inaugural tournament

Kelly Russell will play on the first ever women’s Barbarian team

Female Canadian rugby star to make history at inaugural tournament