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BC Rugby Tournaments

TOURNAMENTS FOR ALL LEVELS

BC Rugby runs several tournaments throughout the Province for Senior, Age-Grade and Mini Rugby Levels and players of all experience.  

Learn more about our tournaments in the following section. 

VANCOUVER RUGBY FESTIVAL

The Vancouver Rugby Festival (VRF) is a week-long celebration of the wonderful sport of Rugby, incorporating events for Rugby enthusiasts of all ages.

The VRF builds up to the HSBC Canada Sevens tournament at Vancouver’s BC Place Stadium. It is the perfect opportunity to learn more about Rugby and see the many ways you can get involved here in BC.

To learn about all the events available during the Vancouver Rugby Festival, use the drop-down menu below.

The Vancouver Sevens Invitational (VSI) is a two-day Rugby Sevens Tournament held at the University of British Columbia. Usually taking place in March, the VSI is the ideal stage for elite teams preparing for a packed summer of top-level Rugby Sevens. The VSI has become a regular feature in the West Coast rugby calendar and is one of the highlights of the Vancouver Rugby Festival. 

The proximity of the VRF to the HSBC Canada Sevens Tournament means this is more than just a couple of days of competition. Players and staff taking part in the VSI will have exclusive access to reduced rate tickets for the action at BC Place. This gives teams access to a perfect combination of playing and watching some of the best Rugby Sevens anywhere in the world.

The VSI has evolved over the years and found its place as a top-level, development focused tournament for the rising stars of Rugby 7s in North America and beyond. The Tournament offers three divisions to both male and female teams: Senior, U18 and U16.

  • Senior: The Senior Men and Women’s competitions are all about power, pace and performance. The division, open to players of all ages, is a perfect fit for the best collegiate, academy and Club teams who are seeking out quality competition. 
  • U18 Boys and Girls: The U18 Divisions at the VSI are bursting with exciting talent. Not only will your youth players find a high level of competition on the field, but they will also have a unique chance to observe and learn from some of the top athletes in the sport. 
  • U16 Boys and Girls: For teams in the U16 Divisions, it is all about exposure to high-quality Rugby. We are looking out for ambitious teams and ambitious players, one who will make older athletes turn their heads and say “wow”.

Venue: The Vancouver Sevens Invitational usually takes place at UBC’s Gerald McGavin Rugby Centre in Vancouver. 

Dates: TBC

Volunteers: Events like the VSI require a lot of work from Volunteers behind the scenes. BC Rugby could not host this event without the help and commitment of dedicated Volunteers. You don’t have to commit to both days – even a few hours can make the difference. If you would like to volunteer your assistance, please email: events@bcrugby.com

Referees: With so many divisions in action at the same time, we are always looking for qualified match officials to get involved. To register your interest in refereeing at the VSI, please contact Chris Assmus at cassmus@bcrugby.com

For more information on the Vancouver Sevens Invitational, please email events@bcrugby.com 

Rookie Rugby introduces the game of Rugby in a safe way for kids of all ages. The game is a non-contact, Co-Ed form of Rugby using flag belts, allowing players to learn the basics while being active and having fun with their friends. No previous Rugby experience is required!

This is a great opportunity for children aged 5-12 to come and experience Rugby free of charge. There is also the chance to meet Canadian National Team stars and win fantastic prizes!

Venue: TBC

Dates: TBC

Equipment: No special clothing is required. We provide belts, balls and field space! There is no need for cleats, normal trainers are best on turf. As always, dress for the conditions – it never hurts to have a hat, gloves and jacket nearby!

Waiver: All children wanting to TRY rugby for the first at these events will need to have a waiver completed.  Parents can complete a copy at the field or online here

HSBC has a proud history of supporting communities and sport. The “We Scrum as One” initiative gives Indigenous youth athletes from across the Province an opportunity to come together at Vancouver’s Andy Livingston Park to participate a day-and-a-half of learning, inspiration and sport.  

Put on by HSBC’s Indigenous Canadian Employee Resource Group, the program is a partnership with BC Rugby to identify Indigenous youth talent from across the Province.

Stay tuned for further information about future events. 

The HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series is one of the most dynamic global sporting events on the market. This exciting spectacle is a jewel in the BC sporting calendar. 

Vancouver’s BC Place Stadium has hosted the HSBC Canada Men’s Sevens Series for five years, while the HSBC Canada Women’s Sevens Series is held in Langford. The 2021 Women’s Sevens Series event has regrettably been cancelled due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Venue: BC Place (Men’s), Langford (Women’s). The HSBC Canada Sevens takes place on the traditional territory of the Coast Salish tribes – specifically the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. The tournament is proud to partner and engage with these communities. 

Dates: TBC 

For more information and updates about these fantastic events, visit the Canada Sevens Website

BC RUGBY EVENTS

Use the following dropdown menu to learn more about other BC Rugby Events and Tournaments that take place throughout the Province.

The Saratoga Cup is contested by teams from three regions: the Okanagan, the Kootenays, and the Interior. Contrary to the Island and Lower Mainland Rugby communities, these regions play their Rugby during the summer months on account of the challenging winter weather that they experience between Fall and Spring. 

This adapted Rugby schedule does nothing to diminish the players’ passion and enthusiasm for the sport, with club roots and traditions running deep in these communities. To play in these leagues, players can travel 10 hours or more across to play other teams, which really shows their commitment and love for Rugby. 

Venue: TBC

Dates: TBC 

Line-up: TBC 

When summer is here, there is no better way to enjoy BC’s great weather than a Rugby 7s tournament!

The BC Rugby Summer Sevens Series are three events across the Interior, Lower Mainland and Island that give you and your team a chance to take your silky skills and footwork on the road. The Centre of Gravity Festival takes place in Kelowna, the Bayside Sevens is hosted in South Surrey and Langford Sevens is in Langford, BC. The SSS events take place in July and August. 

The trio of events have numerous divisions including Elite Men’s, Men’s Social and Women’s Social leagues. Langford also held U19 Boys and U19 Girls divisions. 

The competitions feature prize pools for each Senior Division. 

Registration: Each team must be entered via the host’s website. Collated results across the Series will be tracked by BC Rugby to determine overall standings.

Venues: Kelowna (Centre of Gravity Festival). South Surrey (Bayside Sevens), Langford (Langford Sevens).

Dates: TBC

Other Information: Please plan accordingly for the weather and conditions. At this time of year, the weather can be very hot.

The Best of the West is a two-legged competition between Provincial level Senior Rugby teams in the west of Canada. 

For more information on the BC Bears, please visit our BC Bears section

JUNIOR TOURNAMENTS

Learn more about BC Rugby’s Junior events and tournaments in the menu below.

The BC Summer Games are British Columbia’s biennial celebration of sport and community. Since 1978, the BC Games (Summer & Winter) have taken place in 38 communities and involved over 350,000 participants and volunteers and thousands more as spectators and supporters.  

The purpose of the BC Games is “To provide an opportunity for the development of athletes, coaches, and officials in preparation for higher levels of competition in a multi-sport event which promotes interest and participation in sport and sporting activities, individual achievement and community development.”

The BC Games bring together British Columbia’s best emerging high-performance athletes, trained coaches, and certified officials for four days of competition.  This experience is an important development opportunity and steppingstone towards higher level sports competitions.

Unfortunately, the 2020 BC Summer Games was cancelled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

Venue: TBC

Dates: TBC

For more information, visit the BC Summer Games Website 

The Kamloops Sevens is the biggest Sevens tournament in western Canada. It has seen extraordinary popularity amongst Age-Grade teams across the Province. Specifically designed for Girls’ and Boys’ teams in the U14-U19 categories, the tournament delivers fun, action-packed games in a picturesque setting. 

Taking place over two days and drawing in over 50 teams from an area spanning Comox Valley/Prince George/Nelson, the tournament is a fantastic celebration of emerging youth Rugby talent.

The Kamloops Sevens takes place at McArthur Island Park on Kamloops’ North Shore. In previous years, the event was held across three separate venues, but the move to McArthur Park in 2018 helped to foster a more inclusive tournament for all players, as well as removing logistical challenges for clubs, parents, players, and event organisers.

BC Rugby acknowledges that this land is in unceded Secwépemc territory, situated in the southern interior of British Columbia within the traditional lands of the Secwépemc Nation. 

Venue: McArthur Island Park, Kamloops

Dates: TBC

Mini Rugby is offered at many clubs across the Province. In both Fall and Spring each year, several Clubs also offer TRY Rugby days. These are free events where clubs open their doors to the wider community and encourage children to give rugby a go.


TRY Rugby

TRY Rugby is a fantastic opportunity to experience the game of rugby in a Safe, Welcoming & Fun atmosphere. A TRY Rugby Event is a non-contact rugby event held as an introduction to the game for participants of any age. These events are typically flag rugby introductory sessions or small jamborees for potential players who are new to the game and want to give it a go.

The emphasis is on fun, enjoyment, ball handling skills, socialising and exercise.  It is a great way for young people to get a first taste of the wonderful sport of rugby.


HSBC Rookie Rugby Jamborees

The HSBC Rookie Rugby Jamborees that are part of the Vancouver Rugby Festival. Held in March each year, these events take place in Downtown Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, are free to the public and are perfect to sample the sport, meet new friends and talk to Clubs directly.

Visit the HSBC Rookie Rugby Jamborees webpage for more details about the venues and how you can get involved.