Job Opportunity – Sport for All Sessional Coaches

Saskatchewan Rugby is seeking energetic, organized and collaborative people to join their team on behalf of Rugby Canada who is supporting the financial means for this position through Sport Canada.

The position requires great organization, communication and problem solving skills. Prior experience organizing sporting programs is ideal.

Reporting to Saskatchewan Rugby’s Development Officer, the position is a Part Time (9 hours per week) seasonal position running from March 2024 to July 2024. The YDO/Sessional Coach  will be expected to work approximately 10 hours per week although workload may vary.

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Sask Stars Shine in Pan-Am Games

Congratulations to Saskatchewan Rugby’s very own Kristine Lovatt and Carissa Norsten who represented Canada and Saskatchewan at the 2023 Pan-American Games in Santiago Chile.

  

Carissa Norsten was named to the Canadian National Women’s 7s team. The team opened the tournament with two impressive wins: 41-0 vs Chile and 69-0 vs Mexico with Norsten scoring 1 try in the second game. The squad booked their spot in the semi-finals with a 29-21 win vs Brazil with Norsten once again going over for her 2nd try of the day. On day 2, the team confidently beat Colombia 45-14 in the semi-finals with Norsten scoring once again. In the Gold medal match, Canada faced their rivals the United States and after a hard fought 14 minutes fell just short of the Gold medal with a score of 19-12. The young team finished the tournament with a Silver Medal!

Kristine Lovatt saw much of the pitch as a referee in the following games:

Paraguay vs Colombia

USA vs Paraguay

Paraguay vs Chile

Brazil vs Colombia (Bronze Medal Match)

David Jukes | 2023 Sports Hall of Fame

Congratulations to Moose Jaw’s David Jukes who has been inducted into the Moose Jaw and Districts Sports Hall of Fame for 2023.

From 1970 to 2010, Jukes established himself as a premier rugby player, coach, and administrator. David was named to the Saskatchewan provincial team from 1974-1987 and in 1980 he was named to the National team as an alternate.

Administratively, Jukes has spent countless hours supporting the community rugby program at the Barry MacDonald Rugby Field. He has been an executive member of both the Moose Jaw and Saskatchewan Rugby boards and has an award named after him: The Dave Jukes Award, for most outstanding junior forward.

Please join us in congratulating David Jukes on this great accomplishment.

Premier Rugby 7s x Sask Rugby

The 2023 Premier Rugby 7s expanded 2023 season saw multiple Saskatchewan Rugby stars competing for various franchise teams across the United States.

Spencer Boldt; Notre Dame Alumna and Sask Rugby star signed with the Experts franchise for her third season. The Experts started their season off strong winning the first stop of the series in San Jose on July 16, and clinching their ticket to the Championship tournament in DC.

Carissa Norsten & Christina Norsten; this Sask rugby sister duo have been making waves both in the US and Canada over the past few years. Carissa signed with the Loonies franchise for her second season and Christina signed for her very first season. The Loonies coached by Sask Rugby coaching legends Brett Kannenberg and Robin MacDowell had a fantastic season, winning at home in Minnesota on the first stop of the series, then clinching their championship tournament spot in San Jose and finally becoming the 2023 Premier Rugby 7s Champions for the second season in a row on August 7th.

Lucas Scheck; the Sask Rugby star resigned with the Headliners franchise for his second season. The team fell short of a championship tournament spot, battling against tough competition from the get go.

We are incredibly proud of these Saskatchewan athletes and their continued success. The future is bright!

Saskatchewan Rugby on the World Stage

This past summer International rugby competitions were back in full swing seeing Canadian rugby athletes shine on the world stage.

The Pacific Four Series took place at Ottawa’s TD Place July 8 & 14, 2023. Saskatchewan products Gabrielle Senft; former Leboldus Sun, Notre Dame Hound and Provincial Team Player, Emily Tuttosi; former Kirin player, and Alayna Scramstad; former Lashburn Lucky player were selected to the Canadian National Women’s Team pre-tournament camp with Senft and Tuttosi competiting in the doubleheader competition falling to New Zealand 52-21 on July 8th and beating Australia 45-7 on July 14.

 

The 7th Commonwealth Youth Games took place on the islands of Trinidad and Tobago August 4-11, 2023. Saskatchewan Rugby’s very own Elle Douglas was selected for Canada’s U18 women’s 7s team who opened the tournament with a 21-7 win over Wales and a 0-33 loss to Australia. The team then beat Fiji 19-17 and Trinidad and Tobago 59-0, facing Kenya in the semi-finals securing their place in the gold medal match where they lost to Australia and finished the tournament with a silver medal.

 

The Canadian Men’s National XVs team travelled to Tonga to play two test matches as they continue to build towards their 2025 Qualification matches for the 2027 Rugby World Cup. Saskatchewan Rugby’s Matt Klimchuk; former provincial team player, Howler, and Regina Rogue star was named to the team and faced Tonga August 10 & 15 unfortunately falling short on both occasions.

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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