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SAGM Notice

Notice is hereby given that the Saskatchewan Rugby Union Inc. Semi Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday October 23rd, 2022 at 11am for the following purposes:

  1. To approve the 2023 Membership Fees
  2. To approve amendments and additions to the Bylaws
  3. To hold elections for the Board of Directors (Role and Responsibilities)

President – 2 year term

VP Finance – 1 year term (vacancy)

VP Women – 2 year term

VP Junior – 2 year term

VP Men – 1 year term (vacancy)

VP Coaching – 2 year term

VP Minor – 1 year term (vacancy)

Nominations need to be submitted on the Nomination form. The deadline to submit nominations is Oct 14, 2022.

The location will be in room 140 at the Administration Center for Sport Culture and Recreation located at 510 Cynthia Street in Saskatoon.

By Order of the Board of Directors.

$100 fine will be applied to each voting member that does not have a representative.

 

Working Papers (coming soon)

Agenda

Past 2022 AGM Minutes

Proposed Bylaw Changes

2023 Membership Fees

 

Saskatchewan Rugby Update regarding the NSRU City Final Incident

Saskatchewan Rugby Union received a complaint regarding an incident at the NSRU city final. The dispute resolution policy, along with the alternative dispute resolution policy were activated and the complaint has been resolved. The individual identified in the complaint has been banned from any remaining 2022 to Rugby events. In addition his former club faces a stiff financial penalty should he return prior to 2023. We would like to thank the members of the Rugby community who immediately addressed the situation and we continue to take steps to uphold Rugby‘s core values which include keeping our spaces safe and inclusive for everyone. The NSRU may, at its discretion, impose additional sanctions. 

Former National Team Player Jamie Cudmore Visits Saskatchewan

Look out Saskatchewan!

Sask Rugby is happy to welcome Jamie Cudmore to Saskatchewan from September 27th to October 1st, 2022. While in the province, Jamie will be working with coaches and players to help spread his rugby knowledge around the country. Jamie will also be speaking to youth in schools about his life journey and the power of sport. See below for more details on the various opportunities that our community members will have to learn from Jamie!

About Jamie: Jamie has represented the Canadian Men’s National Team 43 times including at an incredible 4 World Cups. Jamie played professional rugby in France for over a decade and was a key player in helping ASM Clermont win the club’s first French Top 14 title in its 100-year history (2010). Jamie is currently coaching with the Newfoundland & Labrador Rugby Union and was formerly head of Rugby Canada’s national development program.

The following sessions have been scheduled and are open to the rugby community:

Date: Tuesday, September 27th
Session: Coaching Professional Development and Q&A
Time: 7pm-9pm
Location: SaskSport Saskatoon Office, 510 Cynthia St, Room 201

Date: Wednesday, September 28th
Session: Open Training for Junior (U18 and younger) Athletes*
Time: 6pm-7pm (please be ready to train at the specified start time)
Location: Saskatoon Rugby Fields, 134 English Crescent

Date: Wednesday, September 28th
Session: Open Training for Senior (19+) Athletes*
Time: 7pm-8pm (please be ready to train at the specified start time)
Location: Saskatoon Rugby Fields, 134 English Crescent

*Individuals wishing to participate in the open training sessions should have an active Rugby Canada playing membership, which can be purchased via the Rugby Canada Registration Portal.

In order to help us prepare for these sessions we would appreciate it if you can RSVP for the sessions that you wish to attend below. We have set up the RSVP form so one person can RSVP on behalf of an entire group of individuals.

Saskatchewan Rugby Official Statement from NSRU City Final Incident

The Saskatchewan Rugby Union has been made aware of an incident that took place during the NSRU City Final in Saskatoon. We would like to express that homophobic slurs have no place in the sport of rugby. Our rugby community remains inclusive and safe, and promotes the core values of World Rugby. The Saskatchewan Rugby Union, the North Saskatchewan Rugby Union, and the Badgers Rugby Club condemn this type of behaviour as unacceptable on the field for any of our players, coaches or officials and off the field in our spectator areas as well. Immediate action was taken on site and further investigation into the incident is ongoing and will be resolved in line with the Saskatchewan Rugby Union’s Dispute Resolution Policy.

Junior Rugby in Sask

After losing out on 2 seasons of summer rugby programs due to COVID-19, Saskatchewan’s junior rugby players have been busy catching up this summer. A number of junior programs and events brought our players back to the pitch, including training with local senior clubs. 

These activities wouldn’t have been possible without the support of community coaches, managers, organisers, and players, and the Sask Rugby High Performance Committee who continue to drive rugby’s progress in the province. Your sport thanks you. 

NORTH VS SOUTH

Organised by a group of women’s coaches, junior girls will be taking the pitch in Saskatoon on August 21 and Regina on August 28 for some North vs South 15s exhibition games. Each day will consist of 2 games with 20 minute halves, and team lunch in between. Good luck ladies!

U18 BOYS CANADA CAMP

Sask Rugby is hosting a U18 Boys Canada camp August 21-22 in Regina for invited athletes. Out of those selected a number of Saskatchewan athletes will have their shot at a tour with the national team in December 2021 to January 2022. Good luck boys!

CANADA SUMMER GAMES TEAM TRAINING

Initially planned for 2021, the  Niagara Canada Summer Games were rescheduled for August of 2022 due to COVID-19. Team Sask started its training with coaches Kayla Mack-Thiel and Gillian Allen in June of 2021. Any U18 girls interested in participating can learn more here: www.saskrugby.com/canadagames

RUGBY ID COMBINE

Organised by the Sask Rugby High Performance Committee, Sask’s first ever Rugby ID Combine took place in July 2021, open to all athletes interested in developing in sport. The all-day session in Regina brought in over 30 athletes and tons of talent.

COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

Regina Minor Rugby

Formerly Regina Mini Rugby, Regina Minor has expanded in recent years to include players ages 15 to 18. After getting cancelled in 2020, the program returned in full force August of 2021 and plans to run until October. One of the longest standing community rugby programs in Saskatchewan, RMR is an excellent option for juniors looking to get into the game or develop in a fun environment.

RMR still delivers Minis for its 4-14 ages and the kids love it.

MacDowell Prairie Academy

The Prairie Academy was one of the only training opportunities for juniors during 2020, running sessions whenever possible. The program restarted in May of 2021 and is slated to return for fall sessions in September.  The academy focuses on developing high performance rugby athletes but is open to all ages and skill levels.

NSRU Minor Rugby

Formerly Saskatoon Mini Rugby, the NSRU came together to deliver minor and junior rugby sessions in Saskatoon at the beginning of June 2021. The junior side of the program brought a number of North juniors back to the field and helped in reconnecting them with senior clubs.

New Air Quality Guidelines

With the recent forest fires and the worsening air quality there is an elevated risk when playing sports. With this increased risk Sask Rugby is implementing a new policy for the health and safety of the members of the community. This policy uses the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) to help make the decision to […]

Saskatchewan 2020/2021 Gilbert Champions

8 Saskatchewan athletes, Gabrielle Senft (Regina, SK), Elle Douglas (Saskatoon, SK), Molly Watson (Avonlea, SK), Laney Aikens (Briercrest, SK), Brett Kannenberg (Lumsden, SK), Madisyn Pluhowy (Regina, SK), Matt Klimchuk (Regina, SK) and Owen Watson (Avonlea, SK), were named Gilbert Champions in the 2020 Gilbert Champions program. These players received a Gilbert training kit and the opportunity to promote and mentor the growth of rugby in their communities with Gilbert Canada. Senft and Douglas will also be working with and mentored by the incredible team of 2020 ELITE GILBERT CHAMPIONS: Kayla Moleschi, Josiah Morra, Britt Benn and Jake Thiel – ALL members of the Rugby Canada team, and passionate advocates for how rugby has provided incredible life experiences both on and off the pitch.

Gabrielle Senft started as a high school player in Saskatchewan and quickly gained a reputation in the sport for her athleticism, talent, and tenacity. Senft has now played both 15s and 7s across Canada in British Columbia and across the world in Australia and England, all while being a force to be reckoned with on the Canadian National Team. In her Gilbert Canada profile, Senft reflects on the value of community in rugby: “Most importantly the community that rugby holds is something that has really drawn me to continue playing rugby all over the world”. 

Elle Douglas started as a mini player in the Saskatoon Mini Rugby program and has since played for the Saskatoon Sirens, North Sask Wolverines, and Team Saskatchewan. You might recognize her from Sask Rugby’s 2016 #ChampionHer video. In her Gilbert Canada profile, Douglas recalls this experience as an inspiration for her rugby dreams: “A big role model for me would be Kayla Mack. I first met her when I was 11 years old and I was doing an interview for women’s rugby. I remember being super excited to meet somebody who had played for Canada and was from Saskatchewan. She gave me a signed Canada warmup jersey from her playing days. I was so starstruck! Kayla really inspired me to pursue my dreams!”. 

Molly Watson started as a mini rugby player with Regina Minor Rugby, and has been apart of the Macdowell Rugby Academy and has continued with these programs. In her Gilbert Canada profile Watson expresses her interest in the sport: “I like all the different skills you can do and learn! I like that it can be challenging and I can be competitive when I play”.

Laney Aikens is currently playing rugby for the national senior women’s 7s team and has helped coach at the Macdowell Rugby Academy in Saskatchewan. In her Gilbert Canada profile Aikens explains why she loves rugby: “I love the aggression that comes along with rugby. Ever since I was a small child I have always had so much grit and now that there is a sport where I can use my aggressiveness as an asset, it makes for more success”.

Brett Kannenberg is the head coach at Macdowell Rugby Academy in Saskatchewan. His Gilbert Canada profile explains that he enjoys the sport of rugby because “[e]veryone has a place… [t]he inclusiveness of the sport makes it possible to be invilved at all age levels, abilities, desired competition, not to mention it is global”.

Madisyn Pluhowy started playing on the provincial team in 2019 and is currently playing senior rugby with the Lady Condors in Regina. In her  Gilbert Canada profile Madisyn expresses her love for the sport and the community: “I love the community that surrounds rugby as a whole. After losing a great deal of weight one of my friends mentioned rugby and I’ve never looked back. Rugby has revealed true friends that have supported me in the continuation of my weight loss journey and overall in life. I’m forever thankful for being included and excepted in such a tight nit community that rugby brought to me”.

Matt Klimchuk started playing rugby in high school and has since played senior rugby and in the U.S.. In his Gilbert Canada profile Klimchuk shows his admiration for the sport: “I love not only the immense culture behind the sport, but also the dynamics of the game. To me, a rugby player is not only a prime example of a incredible athlete, but also a person of strong character and work ethic. To me rugby Is the ultimate sport”.

Owen Watson has played both high school and provincial rugby, with a bright future ahead of him. In his Gilbert Canada profile Watson shared why he loves rugby: “I love the fact that Rugby has provided me with opportunities to travel to Florida to play in the Tropical 7s last April and play in the LA 7s tournament this past March. I love how much fun I have playing and learning new skills and meeting new people. I love the fact that I am not a very big kid but there is a position for me to play in a sport that I love!”.

2021 Season Opener

Even though the 2021 season had a late start the enthusiasm for the game has only grown. The season opener saw a return to rugby for the Regina Rugby Union, while the North Saskatchewan Rugby Union was forced to delay their season due to poor weather conditions. This year the excitement of the games and the enthusiasm for the sport expanded further than the players on the pitch. The RRU saw the community come together as they welcomed rugby back to Saskatchewan. With many of the players staying behind after the games to welcome back and thank their opposition, while spectators congratulated the teams for their triumphant return.

Opening the season on Thursday, July 15, was an exciting 15’s game presented by Rage and the Lady Condors as both teams provided an excellent show of the game’s intensity. Rage managed to claim the season’s first win, with a final score of 63-14. Friday night brought the same intensity as the Highlanders faced off against the Grads as the Rogues faced the Condors. The excitement of the new season only grew as the games came to a close as the Highlanders won over the Grads with a score of 34-19, while the Rogues secured their victory over the Condors with a final score of 45-8. The first week of games ending with excitement and anticipation for the weeks to come.  

Rookie Rugby Returns!

Rookie Rugby is Rugby Canada’s mass participation program to introduce the game to boys and girls of all ages. Saskatchewan Rugby has been running the program since 2016 with massive success. With the support of Rugby Canada and its sponsors Sask Rugby has developed annual Rookie Rugby Jamborees in Regina and Saskatoon as well as partnerships with the school divisions. 

After the 2020 season cancelation and the uncertainty that began the 2021 season, rugby is finally back in Saskatchewan, including the Rookie Rugby Program! The reopening of rugby and the Rookie Rugby Program means there are both new and old faces joining the Rookie Rugby Team in Saskatchewan. The new team now includes: Geovonie Sparvier, Elle Douglas, Katelyn Kleisinger, and Madisyn Pluhowy. The late season start has motivated the Sask Rugby’s new Rookie Rugby Leaders into helping regrow the program after it’s year hiatus. 

Now that the summer is in full swing the Rookie Rugby Leaders are working hard to provide fun rugby activities to Saskatchewan youths. Working with different summer camps and school programs our Leaders have kicked off the season with a busy week of Rookie Rugby programs. Out in Saskatoon, Elle has shared and will continue to share her love for rugby with the Summer Play Program all around the city. Elle will continue to join the Summer Play Program every Monday to Thursday at 10:30-11:30a.m. and 2:30-3:30p.m., and Friday at 2:30-3:30. The Leaders out in Regina began their season showing off their stellar teamwork as they joined the PlayEscapes program, which they will be joining again July 27 and 28. With a growing schedule our Rookie Rugby Leaders are going to be visiting many different camps and school programs. With days planned for Katelyn and Madisyn to join some of the Girls in the Game Camp Days in Regina as well as future events with schools and smaller organizations being planned. To learn more about the program or to book a session check out the Rookie Rugby page on our website at https://www.saskrugby.com/rookierugby/ . 

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