Sport-Specific Information
Sport-specific information and Technical Packages will be available in the fall of 2019.

Sport Contacts
Head Office
BC Rugby Union
(604) 737-3065


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The origin of rugby dates back to the early 1900s and can be traced to Rugby School in Warwickshire, England.  The game grew quickly throughout countries associated with the British Empire, including the first recorded game in Vancouver in 1887.  The International Rugby Board (IRB) was established in 1886 and represents players in over 100 countries.

Rugby Facts

  • Rugby is one of the few ball games where the ball cannot be passed forwards
  • Rugby Sevens will be in the 2016 Olympics
  • A ‘try’ equals 5 points
  • Scrum – players from opposing teams interlock heads forming a tunnel into which the ball is thrown

Rugby has traditionally been a game played by two teams of 15 players and was part of the Olympic Games in 1900, 1908, 1920, and 1924.  The growth and popularity of the high tempo, seven-a-side game has led to its inclusion, for the first time, in the 2016 Olympic Games.

Rugby Sevens follows the same basic rules or ‘laws’ of Rugby with modifications of a smaller field size and shorter game time.  Points are awarded for scoring a try (5 points) or kicking the ball over the crossbar of the opponent’s goal while remaining between the posts either during the play (3 points) or as a conversion to a try (2 points).  If the game stops because of an infringement, play restarts with either a scrum (3 people per team), free kick, or penalty kick. If the ball goes into touch (out of the field of play), the game restarts with a line-out. 

Many athletes in BC begin with the Mini Rugby program that was launched in 1997 and now attracts over 2500 participants each year.  This progressive program introduces the game and passing, catching, and tackling skills at age appropriate levels, ultimately leading to decision making and game strategy by the time players are in high school programs.

The BC Summer Games features under 17 girls competing in a sevens tournament.  These athletes are part of the BC Rugby Union’s Elite Youth Sevens program which creates a pathway for junior athletes to realize their full potential and represent their region, province, and country in Rugby Sevens. 

The BC Rugby Union represents over 7,600 individuals registered through one of 59 community rugby clubs across the province.  Notable BC Games alumni include Nathan Hirayama and Adam Kleeberger, who were both members of the Canadian Men’s team at the 2011 World Cup.