Carson Graham's Austin James (with ball) has been recognized as one of Quad-A's Game Day XXIII for 2019. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Meet The Quad Squad: Find out who made the grade in Varsity Letters’ 2019 Game Day XXIII B.C. Quad-A rugby Dream Team!

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 […]

St. George's Patrick Feng can small the try line during key second-half stretch of Friday's Quad A championship final, but Shawnigan Lake's Ciaran Breen has his ankle, and both Graeme Norris and Nico Falcon close in from the other side. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of 2019. All Rights Reserved)
Physical play was a hallmark of Saturday's B.C. Triple A girls rugby final between host Shawnigan Lake (left) and North Vancouver's Carson Graham Eagles. (Photo by Arden Gill property of Shawnigan Lake athletics 2019. All rights reserved)
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Shawnigan repeats as top-tiered BC girls rugby champs in landmark match marked by retirement of Carson Graham coaches Baker, Pimlott

If you have been a follower of B.C. senior girls high school rugby over the last quarter of a century, then Saturday’s championship Triple A finale was drenched in symbolism and brimming with questions.

Shawnigan Lake's Dakota Stevenson (right) gets grabby with Carson Graham's Austin James during Stadium Series Premier League clash Friday at Klahanie Park. (Photo by Blair Shier property of 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Varsity Letters B.C. High School Rugby Report Stadium Series Rd. 2 edition: Stags, Saints, Barbs, Sun Devils all part of our 15 match reports

LANGLEY — Welcome back to a full slate of action in the world of B.C. boys high school rugby. Key weekday matches as well as round two of Stadium Series 2019 highlight the docket:

St. George's Connor Palmer (centre) was a handful for the Shawnigan Lake Stags in Saturday's B.C. senior sevens provincial final. (Photo by Jon Hayduk property of St. George's athletics 2019) All Rights Reserved)
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It’s home, sweet home as St. George’s wins BCSSRU’s B.C. Sevens! Saints combine the best of their “…run, pass, catch” to top Stags!

VANCOUVER — They’re entirely different games, yet St. George’s head rugby coach Mike Stiles can clearly see the common threads which run through both his Quad A No. 2-ranked 15-man squad and his more streamlined squad which on Sunday finished a two-day run by capturing the BCSSRU’s provincial sevens title on their home field.

The Shawnigan Lake Stags topped Victoria's Oak Bay Barbarians in a rematch of last season's B.C. Quad A title match. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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04.15.19 Varsity Letters’ B.C. Boys Rugby Report: Stags top Barbs in B.C. Quad-A title rematch, Carson beats EMS to top Premier League table

LANGLEY — Monday’s Varsity Letters’ B.C. high school rugby report leads off with a re-match of last season’s B.C. Quad-A title final game.

St. George's players Matteo Mitchell (left) and Grant Madu (right) congratulate teammate Thomas Kirkwood after he scored the game's opening try vs. Shawnigan Lake during Stadium Series action Friday at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Stadium Series 2019 ‘Battle Royale’ edition: Palmer’s extra-time try lifts St. George’s Saints to dramatic comeback victory over Shawnigan Lake’s Stags

BURNABY — When last we left one of the best rivalries in all of B.C. high school sports, the contrast between that old cliche of the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat was about as pronounced as you will find.

Notice the nose? Oak Bay's John Truly Boehme, pictured scoring the final try of the Barbarians AAAA B.C. championship season, did what he had to do to help his team to an historic win last month in Abbotsford. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of
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Oak Bay’s John Truly Boehme: His story behind the photo!

I took thousands of photographs, both on fields and inside gymnasiums, over the course of the 2017-18 B.C.high school and university sports season. And while my personal favourites all, to some degree, attempt to convey a sense of emotion, the one that stands out most for me does so for a variety of reasons. 

The emotions of victory in the B.C. Quad-A rugby title game were almost too much for the Oak Bay Barbarians to handle Friday night at Rotary Stadium. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of
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Oak Bay coach Atkinson: “I’m almost speechless…” Barbs first public school in a decade to win B.C.’s top-tiered rugby crown!

LANGLEY — When you spend your entire high school rugby career growing up in the shadow of Goliath, finally getting a chance to step out into a spotlight of your own can be a little blinding.