Bobbie Thomas

Campbell River youth rugby players not turning down any opportunity to play

Opportunity to participate in the America’s Rugby Championship half-time events last weekend

Local youth rugby players from the Campbell River Athletic Association have had a busy enough fall season so far with their league play.

But they didn’t think twice about accepting an opportunity to participate in the America’s Rugby Championship half-time events last weekend held at Rugby Canada’s Center of Excellence in Langford.

“Our U12’s suited up and had a great time in front of over 3,000 fans during the Argentina and USA match, then our U18 Women (combined Campbell River and Comox Valley players) played a long 10-minute, seven-aside match against the Velox Valhallians of Victoria during the Canada vs. Uruguay match. I say long because sevens rugby is all-out sprinting with very few stoppages and normally a match consists of two seven-minute halves,” says club president and coach, Erin Young.

This weekend sees U8’s, U12’s and U14 girls travelling to Oak Bay for a Jamboree and the girls will have an added treat of a training session with some of Canada’s national senior women’s team. The U18 Women will also travel south to face a strong Cowichan side. The U14 boys and U18 men will have a bye weekend.

Young says that new players are always welcome and that U14’s and younger will continue to play in spring as well.

“Rugby is fun, challenging, affordable, and you cannot beat the family atmosphere that rugby clubs have at their youth events,” Young says.

For more information call 250-202-7642 or visit www.campbellriverrugby.webs.com.