The Senior Club Rugby season traditionally starts in September and ends with the Club Finals in May.
Club Rugby is the lifeblood of Rugby in BC. With 60+ registered clubs in the Province, there is usually lots of competitive 15s and 7s action taking place throughout the year.
Men’s Senior Leagues
Premier League & Premier Reserve League
The BC Men’s Premier League, sponsored by Onni, is the pinnacle of Men’s competitive Rugby in the Province. Clubs compete for the coveted Rounsefell Cup, first presented in the 1921-22 season. Clubs play each other twice throughout the regular season. The top six teams are then seeded and qualify for two rounds of Playoffs. The top two sides from the semi-finals then face each other at the BC Rugby Club Finals in May.
The Men’s Premier Reserve League runs in parallel with the Premier League season, with the same Clubs fielding a Reserve side. This is often used as a development pool for talented up-and-coming athletes.
Men’s Division 1, Division 2 & Division 3
The BC Senior Leagues also offer competitions in Division 1, Division 2 and Division 3 for Clubs across the Province. These leagues compete in a regular season format. The top 6 teams are then seeded for the Playoffs. The competitions culminate at the BC Rugby Club Finals in May.
Women’s Senior Leagues
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, a new format for Women’s Senior Leagues was agreed by BC Rugby and its Members. Clubs will play in Regional Tiers for the first half of the season before resuming more traditional structures in the Spring. This initiative is designed to lower travel costs for all teams while continuing to foster strong regional competition for the players involved.
Women’s Premier League
The BC Women’s Premier League is the pinnacle of female Club Rugby in the Province. Teams compete for the Gordon Harris Trophy, which has a rich history dating back to 1982.
Women’s Division 1 & 2
The BC Women’s Division 1 & 2 feature clubs from the Island, Lower Mainland and Interior. Division 1 clubs compete for the prestigious Karen Moore Trophy while Division 2 clubs compete for the Ged Griffiths Cup.