The Ebb Tide Rugby Club played its first match in October 1972 against Japanese side Wak Wak of Osaka, who were visiting BC that Fall, after Bob Hutchinson wrote to all past Crimson Tide players asking if they were interested in forming an over-40s team to play against the touring side.
After an overwhelming response, over 30 players were on hand to play against Wak Wak. This showed there was an appetite for over-40s Rugby in Victoria!
The Club moved from strength to strength and has represented Rugby in BC on numerous overseas tours throughout the years, including on trips to Japan (2006), New Zealand (2009) and France (2012). The Club planned on touring Japan again in 2021 but had to postpone due to the global pandemic.
Alongside its partners at the Cascadia Masters Rugby Union, Ebb Tide Rugby Club has been instrumental in ensuring Masters Law variations have now been codified with both World Rugby and Rugby Canada – allowing Masters Rugby to thrive not just in BC, but the Pacific North West.