From the Editor's Desk - August 2017

August 11 2017

California In, China Out in 7s; Rugby Canada Academy at Belmont Secondary School; Age-Grade National Championships; Zaruba in Philly; Western Force Out in Oz

California In, China Out

Silicon Valley 7s on November 4th and 5th is going ahead but the Shanghai 7s billed as the "richest" 7s tournament ever - planned for October is apparently a no go this year. At least there will be one warm up tournament before Dubai in December when the World Rugby Series begins.

Rugby Canada Academy at Belmont Secondary School

In September 2017, the Rugby Canada Academy will begin its first year based in Westshore out of Belmont Secondary School. Its goal is for young female and male rugby players to attain the necessary skills to become leaders in their sport, academics and the community. However, for this program to be successful it needs to be supported by family members, friends, teachers, coaches and role models.

Adam Kleeberger (former men’s 7s and 15s national team player) is currently Rugby Canada’s Lead Development Strength and Conditioning Coach. He will be overseeing this academy. He wants to ensure these young athletes have a safe and positive experience on and off the field and would like to see them immersed in the Vancouver Island rugby community during their stay. Charlotte Haley will be the Academy Resource Teacher.

These homestay families will need to have an understanding of the expectations and unique requirements of student athletes.


- Complete Online Host Family Application Form
- Application reviewed by Rugby Canada Staff – Preference given for Homestay families that are able to accommodate more than one athlete, family of a current academy athlete, distance to school/training facility, and previous experience with billeting athletes.
- In House Interview Conducted
- Reference checks – Criminal and Vulnerable Persons
- Attend Orientation Meeting and Complete Agreement
- The host family and legal guardians of the athlete must agree in advance of the athlete’s re-location on the amount and method by which host families will be compensated for taking on the role of homestay family ($500 -$1000/month)

If you are interested in this opportunity and would like more information on Homestay Family Responsibilities please contact Adam Kleeberger at

National Age-Grade Championships from Rugby Canada

[ed. BC U18 teams are touring Ireland so these will be "B" teams for BC in U18 or U17 teams, BCRU haven't specified.]

The Canadian Rugby Championship (CRC) age-grade competition is set to kickoff at Calgary Rugby Park this Tuesday, August 15, 2017. The five-day competition will include the U16 men & women, and the U18 men and women’s tournaments across five fields.

Featuring a total of twenty-seven (27) teams and over 700 athletes across all four tournaments, the competition is set to feature some of Canada’s most promising young talents.

In 2016, British Columbia proved to be a dominant force claiming titles in the men U18, women U18 and men’s U16 tournaments with Ontario winning the women’s U16 tournament.

The men’s U18 competition will feature seven teams – Alberta, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia Keltics, Ontario Blues, BC Bears, Equipe Quebec and Prairie Blizzard – while the women’s U18 tournament includes Alberta, BC Bears, Quebec, Nova Scotia Keltics, Ontario Storm and Prairie Blizzard.

The men’s U16 competition will feature the BC Bears, Alberta, Ontario Blues, Rugby Manitoba, Sask, Equipe Quebec, and Newfoundland. The women’s U18 tournament includes Alberta, BC Bears, Nova Scotia Keltics and Ontario Storm.

Tickets are available to purchase at the gate. Tournament passes are only $20 and day passes will be $5.00.

Catch all the action live, as two fields (Fields 1 and 2) will be broadcasted LIVE throughout the entire tournament on

Zaruba in Philly from

Comments from Philly aren't encouraging after the Green Bay pre-season game. Zaruba only got involved in 4 plays, two snaps on offense and 2 on special teams. The lowest of any player. He missed practice for a day or two due to concussion so that may be a mitigating factor, time will tell.

Adam Zaruba only two snaps on offense and two snaps on special teams. Not a great sign for the long-shot tight end.

Western Force Out in Oz

Australia had to cut one Super Rugby team and there was debate as to whether it would be Melbourne Rebels or Western Force, today it was announced as Western Force.

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