Campbell River’s Dylan Hewitt-Fair breaks through a Castaway-Wander tackle during a mini rugby camp at Willow Point Park last Sunday.

Rugby’s future stars put on a show

Willow Point Park was swarmed by over 140 Mini and U14 rugby players from various Vancouver Island clubs on Sunday

Willow Point Park was swarmed by over 140 Mini and U14 rugby players from various Vancouver Island clubs on Sunday.

Nine small rugby pitches had to be created to accommodate flag rugby matches at the U8 and U10 level, as well as tackle matches at the U12 and U14 age grades.

The Island U14 Girls were given a pre-game pep talk by visiting Rio Olympic Bronze-winning Rugby Canada Coach Doug Tait, who encouraged the girls to keep playing rugby, work on their catch-pass and evasion skills as the opportunities to travel the world with teammates at all levels and earn University Scholarships in both Canada and the United States are close at hand.

All Campbell River Athletics girls will reunite with coach Tait as he will be joining some of his current National Team 7s and 15s players to run a skills clinic at Brentwood College School in Mill Bay on October 16.

For more information about the Campbell River Athletic Association Youth Rugby programs, visit www.campbellriverrugby.weebly.com or email campbellriverrugby@gmail.com