Meanwhile, significant progress in the last six months in re-engaging with partners focused on the development and performance of the next generation of Sevens athletes, and in parallel with the majority of the country returning to Club and provincial Rugby, means now is the ideal time to relaunch Women’s Age-Grade 15s programming.
Over the coming months, Women’s Rugby will be front and centre in Canada. As the Senior Women’s 15s continue to build towards this Fall’s Rugby World Cup with the Pacific Four Series and two summer tests on home soil, coupled with the Senior Women’s Sevens team’s participation in the Commonwealth Games and Rugby World Cup Sevens – this is the summer of Women’s Rugby.
“There is no better time to get our Age-Grade programs back in the game. We are very cognizant that we have not had Age-Grade Women’s activity since the pandemic began. Along with most club and provincial programs being dormant and leadership transitions internally, Rugby Canada needed the appropriate timing and staff resources to relaunch these important pathway programs.”
“Continuing to partner with USports following the successful NextGen opportunities in March and April, we are excited to continue strengthening that partnership in U23 and U20 athlete development. Rebuilding with provincial and Club Rugby is taking priority this summer. As we look forward to putting key staff in place to continue advocating for all of these important national activities, we are happy to see U18 and U20 programming move forwards.” Kristy Martin Hale, Coordinator Women’s High Performance, Rugby Canada
The application process is now open for U20 and U18 Head Coaches, Assistant Coaches and Team Managers. These openings have a closing date of June 30th to allow for hiring before a busy summer for Clubs and Provinces, including the revival of Canada Summer Games, which will include Rugby Sevens for the first time.
Please click on the links below to view the job postings, which include information on how to apply:
Women’s Age Grade Coaches
Women’s Age Grade Team Managers
The positions will have a commitment of two years to allow for domestic talent ID over the next six months and preparation for the resuming of performance opportunities and competitions in 2023 and beyond.
“We are looking forward to seeing many Clubs and provinces back at full speed for the first time in many years. The Canada Games Sevens competition is one that we are so happy to see finally take off and there is huge excitement at the prospect of having a National stage for interprovincial activity once again.” Canada’s Senior Women’s Sevens Head Coach, Jack Hanratty
“Using our national underage programs for identification and development in both Sevens and 15s will allow us to re-engage across the country with athletes and coaches.” Canada’s Senior Women’s 15s Head Coach, Kevin Rouet