St. George's players (from left) Max Mache and Luke Dixon try to deny Terry Fox Ravens' scrappy Jake McFarland for a loose ball during third-fifth game Saturday at the 31st annual Terry Fox Legal Beagle in PoCo. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Legal Beagle 2020: As Saints grab bronze ‘brass’ ring with win over pesky Ravens, coach sees promise of 2018’s B.C. JV champs

PORT COQUITLAM — When it comes to his Class of 2020 seniors, St. George’s Saints head coach Guy da Silva knows all about their championship DNA.

Holy Cross' Brent Padilla (centre) finds his way past Kelowna's Jarred Taylor (left) and Taye Parmar during 2020 Legal Beagle consolation final in PoCo. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Legal Beagle 2020: No. 2 Owls finally slip, yet Kelowna shows its resiliency with win fourth-place win over Holy Cross

PORT COQUITLAM — Harry Parmar moved his arm in an upward arc.“Very rarely does a season go like this,” he said, his body language indicating one upward step after another. “We hit a dip, and now we’ve got to get out of it.” By the time Parmar’s team, the Quad-A No. 2-ranked Kelowna Owls, left PoCo […]

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 VarsityLetters.ca 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 VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
Carson Graham's dynamic Austin James (with ball) straight-arms his way past the St. George's Saints in Thursday's tip-tiered New Zealand Shield clash at Brockton Oval. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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With its lone 2019 Quad-A loss avenged after win over Carson Graham, St. George’s Saints repeat as New Zealand Shield victors

VANCOUVER — The St. George’s Saints left no stone unturned in the season-long run-up to the week that matters most to every high school rugby program in B.C.

St. George's Dillon Hamilton (with ball), pictured here during the 2018 New Zealand Shield final against Carson Graham, scored a try as part of his team's LM semifinal win over Handsworth last week. The Saints and Eagles clash again for the Mainland bragging rights on Thursday at Brockton Oval. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. High School Rugby Report 05.20.19: Get ready for St. George’s vs. Carson Graham, Collingwood vs. Rockridge in New Zealand Shield title tests

Welcome to Varsity Letters’ weekly B.C. boys high school rugby report. Conference semifinals dominated the landscape as Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland teams geared up for title tilts Wednesday and Thursday.

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 Blair.photo 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.

North Vancouver's Carson Graham Eagles lost in last season's New Zealand Shield clash at Brockton Oval (above) but managed to win a Premier League Quad-A rematch last week at Klahanie Park. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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 VarsityLetters.ca 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.