Wednesday, March 9: The Vancouver Rugby Festival begins Thursday, March 10th, and it will be giving Rugby enthusiasts, as well those curious about the sport, a chance to catch some of the world’s top Rugby players for free in the world-renowned Stanley Park in Vancouver, BC.
Several National and National Select Teams will be competing in the Elite Women’s Sevens Division, as they continue preparations for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, including Canada, the USA, Great Britain and France.
Rugby Canada’s Maple Leafs, plus select teams from across Western Canada, the United States and Fiji will compete in the Elite Men’s Sevens Division.
The action at Stanley Park’s Brockton Oval begins Thursday at 10:40 am and continues until 5:00pm, with a similar schedule set for Friday, March 11. The Men’s Elite Division Final is scheduled for Friday at 4:00pm.
The top four Elite Women’s Teams will have the chance to play the Cup and 3rd Place matches at BC Place Stadium in the afternoon of Saturday, March 12th, during the HSBC Canada Sevens Vancouver Tournament.
While the games in Stanley Park are free of charge, tickets are required for the HSBC Canada Sevens Vancouver Tournament at BC Place on March 12-13. Fewer than 2000 tickets remain, and are available at ticketmaster.ca.
The Vancouver Rugby Festival also features an Open Women’s Sevens Division at Stanley Park, while Under-18 and Under-16 Boys’ and Girls’ Divisions are set for Thursday and Friday at UBC’s Ken Woods Field. An Over 40 Men’s Fifteens competition will be held on Friday at Vancouver’s Connaught Park.
To see the full Vancouver Rugby Festival schedule, click here.
Elite Women’s Division Teams:
Rugby Canada Maple Leafs – White
Rugby Canada Maple Leafs – Red
Team Great Britain Select 7s
Team France Selects
Elite Men’s Division Teams:
Rugby Canada Maple Leafs
BC Rugby U23 Sevens
Prairie Wolf Pack
UBC Old Boy Ravens
About the Vancouver Rugby Festival
The inaugural Vancouver Rugby Festival has been created to provide Teams, from National to Club and School, the opportunity to join in the fun of playing Rugby in advance of the HSBC Canada Sevens Vancouver Tournament.
Matches will take place just outside downtown Vancouver at Brockton Oval (Elite and Open divisions), University of British Columbia (U18 and U16 divisions) and Connaught Park (Men’s 40-plus division).
The tournament will take place ahead of the HSBC Canada Sevens Vancouver Tournament at BC Place – which will be a great way to culminate a fantastic two days of competition!
Dates: March 10-11, 2016
For more information, visit www.bcrugby.com/vanrugbyfest
More information about BC Rugby
The British Columbia Rugby Union, commonly known as BC Rugby, is the governing body for Rugby in British Columbia and is a Provincial Union of Rugby Canada, the national governing body. Representing over 7,500 individuals registered through around 60 Member Clubs and Associations across the Province, BC Rugby leads and manages the sport with the aim to grow participation and develop excellence in all games of Rugby and in all facets of the sport.
Photos – Williams Lake’s Kayla Moleschi (far left) and Victoria’s Caroline Crossley (far right) are both looking to grab a spot on Canada’s Olympic Team with Rugby Sevens featuring in the Rio2016 Olympic Games. Both players have been named to the lineup for Rugby Canada’s Maple Leafs Red Team in the Vancouver Rugby Festival, March 10th and 11th in Vancouver’s Stanley Park.