British Columbia has a rich Rugby history and is widely acknowledged for its diverse Rugby community.
The British Columbia Rugby Union was officially formed in 1889 in New Westminster and, across three centuries, has overseen remarkable growth in both the men’s and women’s game.
Clubs based in British Columbia began touring parts of western America as early as 1893. Rugby’s seven-a-side format was first played in Vancouver in 1956 and continues to be a popular format throughout the Province today.
For over 130 years, British Columbia has attracted many Rugby heavyweights to the Province. It has been the perfect touring location for nations and teams such as the All Blacks, New Zealand Maori, Japan, Australia, England, British Lions, Scotland, Barbarians and Fiji.
The 1980s was a pivotal period for Rugby in British Columbia and saw huge growth across women’s rugby, mini rugby for boys and girls, and age-group Championships throughout the Province.
BC Rugby also has a deep relationship with Rugby Canada. The Province has proudly seen many of its male and female players represent Canada at International and Olympic level over the years, culminating in a bronze medal for the women’s Rugby Sevens team at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Brazil.