Suspension of Sanctioned Rugby Activities Continues Indefinitely

Suspension of Sanctioned Rugby Activities Continues Indefinitely

“With the continued uncertainty of this global pandemic, Rugby Canada will continue its suspension of all sanctioned rugby activities. We continue to support the directives of our National and Provincial health authorities in doing all we can to halt the spread of the COVID-19 virus.” Allen Vansen CEO, Rugby Canada The following is an updated statement from Rugby Canada, regarding the continued impact of COVID-19 on rugby programming across our country: As we all continue to navigate this unprecedented situation, Rugby Canada remains first and foremost committed to the health and safety of our members, supporters, players, coaches, officials and staff. In keeping with this commitment, and in conjunction with our Provincial member Unions and Board of Directors, Rugby Canada has made the decision to extend the suspension of all sanctioned national rugby activities indefinitely. These activities include all in-person registered participant team training sessions, all in-person match official and coach training/education courses and all inter-provincial, club, domestic and international matches and tours. National Senior Teams & players may conduct some training preparation under the approval and supervision of Rugby Canada’s Chief Medical Officer, subject to the ongoing guidance of the Sport Medicine Advisory Committee and National and Provincial health agencies. At this time, the Rugby Canada Victoria office, Al Charron Training Centre and Vancouver office remain closed with staff working from home. Due to the constant evolution of the pandemic, the suspension of activities will be re-evaluated by Rugby Canada management as required over the coming weeks. Further communication to our membership will be made no later than June 30, 2020 based on updated advisements from relevant health...
Impact of COVID-19 on the Rugby Season

Impact of COVID-19 on the Rugby Season

The following is a statement from Rugby Canada, regarding the impact of COVID 19 on rugby programming across our country: Langford, BC — As we all navigate this unprecedented situation, we remain first and foremost committed to the health and safety of our members, supporters, players, coaches, officials and staff. In keeping with this commitment, and in conjunction with our Provincial member Unions, Rugby Canada has made the decision to suspend all sanctioned rugby activities nationally effective March 14 until at least April 10.  These activities include all inter-Provincial and Club competitions and training sessions, international and domestic tours, and all training & education courses for officials & coaches. National Senior Teams & players may conduct some training preparation under the approval and supervision of Rugby Canada’s Chief Medical Officer, following the advice and guidance of the Sport Medicine Advisory Committee and National and Provincial health agencies. The suspension of activities will be reevaluated prior to April 10, and further communication to our membership will be made based on updated advisements from health authorities. In conjunction with World Rugby, we continue to monitor the evolving situation around the globe, and will provide updates on international events and tours as decisions are made based on the best available information. Rugby Canada CEO Allen Vansen stated, “The rugby community in Canada is brought together through the love of the game, which is founded on the principles of integrity, solidarity, and respect.  As we navigate our way through this evolving situation, we thank the entire Canadian rugby community for their patience and understanding.  We recognize the investment and commitment of our members,...
Kickers Women’s win streak continues; Men fall short

Kickers Women’s win streak continues; Men fall short

This past Saturday had double the rugby action as both the Comox Valley Kickers Women’s and Men’s teams travelled to the Cowichan Valley to face off against the Cowichan Piggies. It was a game of endurance for the women’s game as both squads only had 15 players. The Piggies scored the first points of the game, but the Kickers quickly fell into their groove and answered back right away. The back line was able to use their speed which helped to create overlaps that they used to their advantage. Inside Centre Natalie Nguyen, Outside Centre Daris Tendler and Wingers Carrie Weekes and Béatrice Sylvain each scored once with Flyhalf Paula Simpson scoring twice and making 5 out of 6 conversions for a 40-15 win. “It was a closer game than the score line indicates. Cowichan had some big runs. They were at our goal line for several plays, but we had a strong defensive stance and did not let them score. Once we were able to regain possession and relieve pressure, that’s when everything started to click. Our forward pack shined in the lineouts, winning all but a few and our back line kept on attacking,” said Kickers Coach JP Lussier. In their first game of the season, the Comox Valley Men’s team found themselves playing defense more often then attacking downfield. “Cowichan is a more experienced and seasoned team. When we had possession, we ran well, and our set pieces were sound. With more practices and games under our belt, I believe that we will improve steadily. There were a lot of good takeaways from this game,” said...
Strong start for the women’s team

Strong start for the women’s team

 This past Saturday, the Comox Valley Kickers Women’s Team hosted Victoria’s Castaway Wanderers at Vanier Secondary School and earned a 45-29 win to continue their winning streak. The Kickers started off strong with an interception by Chloë Speed in the early minutes of the game which helped to set the tone. The backline utilized their speed and capitalized on opportunities with Natalie Nguyen, Daris Tendler and Speed adding a try each and Paula Simpson scoring twice. It was a very competitive game with a lot of back and forth action. With some hard hits and offloads, forwards Jessica Leck and Karli MacFarlane also added points on the board. Simpson kicked five successful conversions. “We have several returning players this season which has made it easy to continue where we left off last spring. The new players on the squad fit right in and are already making a difference. This was a hard team to play against; they were very fast and had some long runs, but our team kept it cool and always answered back. Our game flow was great, and we kept the pressure on the opposing side. I am excited to see how the team continues to improve and grow. This has been a great start to the season.” said Kickers Coach Thyssen de Goede. Both Senior Women’s and Men’s team travel to Cowichan next Saturday, which will be the Men’s first game of the season. Both teams are still recruiting players for the season. No experience needed. We practice at Cumberland Village Park on Mondays and Thursdays from 6:30PM to 8:00PM. For more information, please visit...
COMOX VALLEY KICKERS LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD MEN, WOMEN, AND GOOD OL’BOYS

COMOX VALLEY KICKERS LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD MEN, WOMEN, AND GOOD OL’BOYS

The Comox Valley Kickers Senior (18+)  Men’s and Women’s and Old Boys Programs are recruiting for this season. All skill levels are welcomed, bring your friends! Rugby is a sport that aside being the most fun to play, offers a level of social engagement that keeps people coming back. The Comox Valley Kickers Rugby Club has been playing matches since as early as 1889 and continues with its proud tradition, and puts forward a mens and womens side that practice here in the valley and play on the island and sometimes on the mainland in the British Columbia Rugby Union. The season begins in mid-august with practices at Lower Lake Trail field. In September practices are held at Village Park in Cumberland as are the home games. The women begin  practicing on Aug.14th on  Mondays and Thursdays at 6:30 at The Lower Lake Trail fields. For more information on the women’s team, contact Aimee Burley at 250-703-6677 or aimeeburley@gmail.com . The men begin  practicing on Aug.18th on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 at The Lower Lake Trail field. For more information on the men’s team contact Jesse Ramsay at 250-702-3087 or cvkickerssrrugbyops@gmail.com . For more information on youth rugby contact Ona 250-792-0717 or by email cvkickersjrrugbyops@gmail.com For more information on the Coal Miners Old Boys program which plays more casually, contact Chris Ostertag at 250-334-4701. Keep up to date by liking our Comox Valley Kickers RFC Facebook Page, and visiting our website at www.comoxvalleyrugby.ca.  The Comox Valley Kickers would like to thank our sponsors, Reliable Auto Body Ltd., Cummins Fencing, Wedler Engineering, AFC Construction, Green Earth Carpet Cleaning, Arctic...
Comox Valley Kickers RFC Presents Summer CO-ED Touch Rugby

Comox Valley Kickers RFC Presents Summer CO-ED Touch Rugby

[notice] When: Mondays and Thursdays, 6:30pm Where: Lake Trail School (Lower Fields) Who: Men and Women of all experience levels welcome Ages: 14+ [/notice] ________________________________________________________________ Quick Version of the Rules: 6 on 6 with at least one female player on the field for each team. Play starts with a TAP at dead center field. Defense back 10M. TAGS can be made with as little as one finger anywhere on the ball carrier including the ball or the carriers clothing. A TAG creates a MARK on the field. The ball carrier must perform a ROLL BALL on the MARK, failure to do so is a turnover. The defense must retreat 5M from the MARK before attacking the ball. The DUMMY HALF must play the ball from the MARK with no delay on a tag. If the DUMMY HALF is tagged possession is turned over. Your team turns the ball over on the 6th TAG. ROUGH TAGS are a penalty. Penalties are started with a TAP, defense back 10M. If you are tagged and then pass the ball it is called a TOUCH PASS and your team turns over possession of the ball. You cannot smack the ball out of the carrier’s hands. ________________________________________________________________ [important] Games will have a referee/coach to help players get a good grasp of the rules and understand the game of Touch Rugby. We will run 2 games if required and skill levels can be split depending on attendance.  [/important] See you at Lake Trail!...