VICTORIA — One of the gems of the B.C. high school rugby calendar becomes less of a secret outside of the provincial capital beginning this season.That’s because Thursday’s 26th playing of the annual Boot Game (6:30 p.m.) between storied rivals St. Michaels University School Blue Jags and Oak Bay Barbarians at historic Centennial Stadium on […]
SURREY — During the summer, as Walter van Halst contemplated some of the best ways to both recognize and enhance the many dedicated teachers who volunteer their time to coach rugby in B.C. secondary schools, he kept asking himself the same fundamental question.“Why can’t we develop coaches the same way we develop teachers?” asked the […]
LANGLEY — The 2019 Premier League season, one which opened with the St. George’s Saints last-second win over the Shawnigan Lake Stags in the opening round of the Stadium Series at Swangard back in April, and closed earlier this month with a B.C. finals re-match won at Rotary by the Stags, showcased B.C. high school […]
LANGLEY — We opened our look at B.C.’s best high school rugby players, by tier, with our Tuesday look at Double-A. It’s Wednesday and time to shift attention to the Varsity Letters/B.C. Secondary Schools Rugby Union Triple-A team, one defined by not only a heavy Fraser Valley flavour, but by its exclusive public school membership.
LANGLEY — After one year away, Varsity Letters is back with one of the most-read features in our young history. Two seasons ago, through the expertise of the B.C. Secondary Schools Rugby Union, we presented our first B.C.’s Top XV player list, featuring the top three high school players from around the province at each position.
ABBOTSFORD — You can never mask elation, yet to see it emerge from the deepest of places in a moment of celebration is to better understand why the best things in life are worth fighting for.
ABBOTSFORD — They celebrated a program first knowing full well that their future is bright.With a starting XV boasting 14 Grade 11 players along with its graduating senior captain Erik Niehbur, Surrey’s Earl Marriott Mariners are a juggernaut waiting to happen in 2020.But forget about all of that. How about what they did Saturday?“It was […]
ABBOTSFORD — There is a faded banner hanging at East Vancouver’s Sir Charles Tupper Secondary signifying a B.C. high school rugby championships from the mid-1960’s.
ABBOTSFORD — Mike Mallette didn’t need to be reminded that a signature moment had just arrived in his life, and in the lives of the Lord Byng Grey Ghosts rugby program, one which he has made his life’s work.
ABBOTSFORD — Jeff Williams hammered the point home in the victory celebration.