The road to the Dunbar Keg has begun as the 2023 Fall Season kicks off for BC’s Regional U20 Teams.
The first fixtures have been checked off for the South Vancouver Island Tide (VIRU), North Vancouver Island Tsunami (NVIRU), Fraser Valley Rugby Union (FVRU) and Vancouver Rugby Union Wave (VRU). In the opening weekend taking place September 9, the VRU defeated FVRU 61-0 in a convincing victory at UBC’s Gerald McGavin Center, and NVIRU Tsunami conceded to VIRU Tide on UVic’s Wallace Field.
BC’s Regional U20 Teams are now preparing for the next round of fixtures, starting this weekend as FVRU will take on VIRU in the Lower Mainland, followed by a double-header that will see all Teams in action on September 23.
During the Season, all teams will play a round-robin format, including a second game between the Island and Mainland teams to determine the top seeds that will face one another in the Cup Final. In addition to the honour of lifting silverware, players are looking to impress onlooking Coaches for selection to BC Rugby’s Senior Provincial Representative Team, the BC Bears, to enjoy both National and International competition with the Team in 2024.
As one of the highest accolades in regional Rugby, the Dunbar Keg is a thrilling Season for BC’s rising Rugby Stars. Come support BC’s regional Rugby scene at one of the 2023 Dunbar Keg Fixtures below!
2023 Dunbar Keg Fixtures:
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 9
Match 1: VIRU vs NVIRU @ 11:00 am PST, UVic
Match 2: VRU vs FVRU @ 12:45 pm PST, UBC
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 16
Match 1: VIRU vs FVRU @ 12:00 pm PST, Langley Rugby Club
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 23
Match 1: VRU vs FVRU @ 1:00 pm PST, Langley Rugby Club
Match 2: VIRU vs NVIRU @ 1:00 pm PST, Cowichan Rugby Club
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 30
Match 1: VRU vs VIRU @ 12:45 pm PST, UVic
Match 2: FVRU vs NVIRU @ 1:00 pm PST, May Bennett Pioneer Park
SATURDAY OCTOBER 7
Match 1: VRU vs NVIRU @ 12:45 pm PST, UBC
SATURDAY OCTOBER 14
Match 1: Seed 1 vs Seed 2 @ TBD, Seed 1 Field
Match 2: Seed 3 vs Seed 4 @ TBD, Seed 3 Field
To view more information about the 2023 Dunbar Keg Fixtures, visit the Competition Fixtures Page Here.
About the 2023 Dunbar Keg
The competition provides development and identification opportunities for U20 male athletes, enabling each region’s top junior boys to bridge the gap between competing in Senior competitions and help to retain them within Rugby programming.
BC Rugby will be the only provincial sports organization with a best-on-best Regional U20 competition that is strategically placed ahead of the annual Rugby Canada U20 Program selection and campaign. This competition will provide an advantage to BC U20 pathway athletes and directly benefit BC Rugby’s Senior Fall Leagues to develop these players for their respective Club’s season commencement.
Dunbar Keg matches will enable players coming from High-School, University, and junior Club Programs to experience further peer-to-peer Rugby, supported by regional Coaches to further develop their game understanding and experience ahead of consideration for the Senior Leagues that follow.
BC’s University Programs have all agreed to work closely within each region to provide junior athletes, coaching and logistical support wherever possible to help make this competition a success. This will help further develop a connection between BC’s Universities and their players with Member Clubs.
Through the support and partnership of the ONNI Group, subsidies will be available for hosting matches ($600) and ferry travel ($1k) to help offset costs that otherwise potentially limit this age band from participating.