Development is key when it comes to varsity university programs such as those offered at TWU, UBC or UVic. By pitting athletes against other universities and predominantly older, more senior players in the regional sides, Evans hopes it will further the selection pool for international Rugby down the line.
It takes resilience, patience and desire to train consistently for three years without competitive action. However, that time has allowed Spartans to focus extensively on the technical aspects of the game and broaden its Rugby program to cater for all types of players.
“Rugby is such an inclusive sport. Typically, there is a spot for everyone on the University programs,” Evans added. “It doesn’t matter what your shape is. If you’re short or tall, slim or built – there is a spot for everyone. Men and women, all kinds of backgrounds it doesn’t matter – Rugby is a great sport and I think those values are reflected in the University programs.”
“There are scholarship opportunities, chances to travel and have a really amazing experience. If you’re looking for that community and a fun sport, you can find a home in one of these University programs.”
The Coastal Cup kicks off September 25. Check out all fixtures or learn more about the team’s involved here.