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Kelowna to Host National Rugby Competition

Date: February 26, 2015


Kelowna has been selected to host Rugby Canada’s recently implemented Canada West Rugby Championships.  Eight western teams will play back-to-back games in Kelowna on July 30th and August 2nd.  Four provincial sides from BC (Under-16 Men, Under-18 Women, Under-18 Men, and the provincial Women's team) will take on the Prairies representative program. Players will be selected from the tournament to travel to Ottawa in August and represent Canada West. Canada West and Rugby Canada selectors will be in attendance in Kelowna, observing games and delivering skill development clinics.

Kelowna was selected because of its attractive summer climate and convenience for both representative sides. Jim Dixon, CEO of BC Rugby stated, “BC Rugby is very proud to have been awarded the hosting of the inaugural Canada West Rugby Championships, and Kelowna is the perfect host city. Great venues, a strong volunteer community and proven track record of delivering great events were a significant reason for choosing Kelowna.”

The event will be supported by the Central Okanagan Rugby Enthusiasts (CORE), a local sport development society dedicated to growth of the game of rugby.  "We are very pleased to host these eight elite rugby teams in Kelowna," said Doug Manning, CORE President.  "By featuring top-level games in our community, it promotes a modern awareness of the fast, enterprising, and fitness-oriented sport that rugby has become." 

The Canada West Rugby Championships game schedule is as follows:

Friday, July 31 (Apple Bowl Games)
2:30 PM – BC Under-16 Men vs Prairie Under-16 Men (Game 1)
4:00 PM – BC Under-18 Women vs Prairie Under-18 Women (Game 1)
5:30 PM – BC Under-18 Men vs Prairie Under-18 Men (Game 1)
7:00 PM – BC Women vs Prairie Women (Game 1)

Sunday, August 2 (Parkinson Fields Games)
10:30 AM – BC Under-16 Men vs Prairie Under-16 Men (Game 2 on P9)
10:30 AM – BC Under-18 Women vs Prairie Under-18 Women (Game 2 on P10)
12:00 Noon – BC Under-18 Men vs Prairie Under-18 Men (Game 2 on P9)
12:00 Noon – BC Women vs Prairie Women (Game 2 on P10)

For further information about the Canada West Rugby Championships in Kelowna this summer, contact Doug Manning (4dougmanning@gmail.com).

 
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