BC Rugby is disappointed to confirm that the 2022 BC Rugby Age-Grade Club Finals crossover event due to take place at Cowichan Rugby Club on Sunday, December 4 has been cancelled due to the inclement weather in the area.
Following several days of snow and freezing temperatures in Duncan, and with the weather expected to further deteriorate there over the weekend, we are left with no option but to cancel the event and reschedule fixtures as a matter of safety for all involved.
At midday on Thursday, December 1, the playing fields at Cowichan Rugby Club were inspected by Officials and deemed unsafe to play on in accordance with Law 1.1 of the World Rugby Laws of the Game. With low temperatures and more snow predicted in Duncan on Friday, we do not anticipate conditions improving enough to safely move ahead.
While we appreciate many will be disappointed by this decision, safety and player welfare is always the primary concern.
BC Rugby Staff have been in direct contact with all teams involved and have worked collaboratively with Clubs to reschedule all championship fixtures. Games have been rescheduled in an effort to limit travel as best as possible.
We can confirm that the U16 Boys and U16 Girls Age-Grade Club Final gold medal matches will now take place at Windsor Park on Sunday, December 4.
The U14 Boys Regional Final (Castaway Wanderers vs. Comox Valley Rapids Rugby) will also take place at Windsor Park on December 4.
Should the weather deteriorate as such that fixtures are postponed, the U16 Finals will be rescheduled to take place at Windsor Park on December 11.
U16 Finals will kick off at the following times on December 4:
- U16 Girls Final: Castaway Wanderers vs. Langley RFC (12:30pm)
- U16 Boys Final: Castaway Wanderers vs. Bayside (1:30pm)
The U18 Girls Finals (Cowichan RFC vs. Abbotsford RFC) has been rescheduled to take place at Cowichan Rugby Club on Sunday, December 11.
We are still working with Salish Sea Warriors and UBCOB Ravens to rearrange the U18 Boys Gold Medal match.
Should the situation change, a further update will be given after 12:00pm on Saturday.