Rugby is beginning to thrive again in BC, with many schools and universities across BC (and Canada) offering strong Rugby programs that cater to all types of student athletes.
Murten believes it is a great sport for students to try. Rugby provides the support and opportunities not necessarily found in other sports, and it is a great way to meet new people.
“In our environment, education is absolutely critical. If you want to play some Rugby along the way, you’re going to be in a team environment straight away. You’re going to connect with like-minded people who want to have fun, play Rugby and be part of a team. That helps so much with academic advancement,” Murten said.
“As soon as you open the door, you’ve got 65 people all on the same page as you. People who love the game, who are there to get the academics and do the best they can on the field.”
Murten added: “You might not have the aspirations to play for Canada. You might just want to play Club Rugby and enjoy the values of the sport: the integrity, the friendships. We cater for people who want to go on to the Olympics or play for Canada, but we also cater for the high-school girl who might have only been playing for a year or two and says: ‘I really need to go to university because it’s very important to me, but I’d like Rugby along the way.’”
“There are so many opportunities we offer, that BC Rugby offers, Rugby Canada offers, and our schools offer. So many good things come from just picking up that ball.”
For more information and fixtures, visit the 2021 Canada West Championship website.