COVID-19 Update on Rugby Activities in Saskatchewan

* The original post has been updated to reflect the new date that has come down from Rugby Canada**


Date Issued: March 13, 2020

Dear Member Club Presidents & Representatives,

Saskatchewan Rugby has been closely monitoring the rapidly evolving situation relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. We wish to acknowledge the growing concern presented by the spread of COVID-19 and increasing reports of community impact here in Canada.

Saskatchewan Rugby will be suspending all sanctioned rugby activities from March 14th until April 10th, 2020 as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19.  We will monitor the situation at that time and with all updated information available through the relevant governing bodies and public health agencies, we will be able to make further decisions moving forward.

“Saskatchewan Rugby’s number one goal is the Safety of our Athletes, and our Volunteers, and we support this suspension with the hopes of light at the end of the tunnel.” Said President Damon Leonard.  “Rugby is a family, and this is a time to not only take care of that family but ourselves. We know the Rugby community will find creative ways to interact and grow community and knowledge over the next several weeks. Be resilient and support each other however you can. Be safe out there, take care, if you need anything don’t hesitate to reach out”.

As a respiratory illness, the best method to protect yourself against COVID-19 is to practice everyday preventative actions, which include:

  • Practice proper cough and sneezing etiquette (into the bend in your elbow);
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands;
  • Maintain safe food practices;
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick; and
  • If you are sick, stay home.

If you have symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, stay home and call the Saskatchewan HealthLine (811). If you are not seriously ill, it is recommended you do not go to a physician’s office, a health care facility or a lab without consulting with the HealthLine first. If you are severely ill, call 911 or seek medical attention immediately.

If you desire additional information pertaining to Novel Coronavirus – COVID-19 – the following websites are good sources to use.

Board of Directors for 2019-2020 Season

Following the Sask Rugby AGM, as well as the AGMs for the NSRU and the RRU, we are happy to announce the Board of Directors for the 2019-2020 year.


Damon Leonard

VP Finance

Nathan Adams

VP Women

McKenzie Eckart

VP Men

Brennan Marcoux

VP Junior 

Jessica Berre

VP Minor 

Alex Rojas

VP Marketing

Jamie Lammerding

VP Coaching

Brennan Marcoux

SRRS President

Janet Marcoux

RRU President

Nathan Sgrazzutti


2019 Award Winners!

RECAP: U18 Westerns in Regina

Another Year Of U18 Is In The Books

Men’s and women’s teams from Alberta, Manitoba, BC and Saskatchewan were in Regina to compete in the U18 Western Championships of the August long weekend. 

On the men’s side, BC18 took gold with a 19-5 victory over Alberta Black. Meanwhile in an all-Alberta final on the women’s side, Alberta Black defeated Alberta White 27-12 to claim the top spot.

Bronze medals were awarded to Alberta White for their 12-5 victory over BC17 in men’s action, and women’s action saw BC18 shutout their fellow BC17 team 22-0.

Thanks to all of our volunteers and our sponsors for helping to make this event so successful.

Canadian Classics Defeat USA Misfits 43-27

In their first of two competitions this year, the Canadian Classics –featuring Brennan Marcoux (Saskatoon Wild Oats)– defeated the USA Misfits 43-27 in Anchorage, Alaska on the July 13 weekend. 

This is the second time that Marcoux has played for the Classics team, after making his debut in Regina in 2018.  Marcoux was a key contributor to the Canadian team’s success this time around, scoring a try and setting up another all while providing solid defense from the wing position. 

The Classics will next see action at the World Rugby Classic in Bermuda from November 2-9. Their match against the Misfits will help coaches and staff in selecting the team that will compete at that event. 

In 2020, the Classic Can Am will be back in Canada, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Canadian Classics program in Calgary.

RECAP: Saskatchewan U18 Teams at Tropical 7s

The Saskatchewan men’s U18 team walked away from the Tropical 7s tournament in Orlando with a bronze medal, while the women’s team finished 11th.

In men’s action, Saskatchewan went 4-0 in the round robin to finish first in their pool. Unfortunately, they lost both of their playoff games leaving them with a third-place finish. Meanwhile, the women finished the round robin fourth in their pool with a 1-3 record, but turned it around in the playoffs picking up back-to-back wins.

Full Results


Round Robin

Def. Cape Pirates 24-0

Def. Alliance Rugby Club 43-0

Def. New Brunswick Spruce 12-5

Def. Cayman Islands 19-10


Def. by Ontario Blues 24-5

Def. by EORU 20-10


Round Robin

Def. Upright Rugby Rogues 17-5

Def. by Alaska Youth Rugby 17-12

Def. by Celtic Barbarians 38-5

Def. by Nova Scotia Keltics 15-5


Def. GALIAS LFM 22-0

Def. Toronto Saracens 12-10

RECAP: Saskatchewan Teams at University 7s Championships

Both the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Regina had men’s and women’s representation at the Canadian University Rugby 7s Championships from March 22-24 in Kingston, Ont.

Women's Results

University of Regina

Round Robin (2-1 record)

Queen’s 33, Regina 7

Regina 27, SLC 0

Regina 20, Montreal 15

Cup Playoffs

QF: Guelph 27, Regina 5

Consolation SF: U of A 48, Regina 0

University of Saskatchewan

Round Robin (1-2 record)

Guelph 29, Saskatchewan 0

Concordia 46, Saskatchewan 0

Saskatchewan 15, Humber 12

Challenge Trophy Playoffs

QF: Saskatchewan 35, SLC 0

SF: Western 19, Saskatchewan 17

Men's Results

University of Regina

Round Robin (1-2 record)

Regina 17, Trent 12

Bishop’s 20, Regina 0

Queen’s 36, Regina 0

Cup Playoffs

QF: Bishop’s 27, Regina 0

Consolation SF: Guelph 31, Regina 14

University of Saskatchewan

Round Robin (1-2 record)

Quebec Selects 21, Saskatchewan 14

Waterloo 27, Saskatchewan 7

Saskatchewan 28, RMC 5

Cup Playoffs

QF: Concordia 19, Saskatchewan 12

Consolation SF: Quebec Selects 24, Saskatchewan 12

Canadian Rugby Championship Kick-off Event

Introducing 2018 Canadian Rugby Championship Kick-off Event!

One Touch Automation invites all children 5-16 to come out and participate in the first annual FREE The Gift of Sport Rugby Day Camp in Saskatoon on July 14th, 2018! This event will teach kids various game skills and techniques, allow them to play and meet athletes from championships

Click the link to register:

Saskatchewan Rugby Signs Responsible Coaching Movement Pledge

Saskatchewan Rugby is pleased to sign the Responsible Coaching Movement Pledge with the Coaching Association.

Prior to signing the pledge, in 2017 the Coaching Association of Canada’s CEO, Lorraine Lafrenière, presented an overview of the Responsible Coaching Movement to the 10 Provincial Unions in attendance. This was an opportunity to share practice from other sports across the country, but most importantly highlighting the importance in making rugby safe for all that engage and participate.

“Taking the pledge for our province aligns with our values and our mission for 2018 #higherstandard.  We strive to create the most attractive sport for young people, because we love this sport, we want to make it a safe option for both players and volunteers.  Players should be safe, that goes without saying, giving volunteers the tools to run safe and successful programs helps us achieve our goals.  We focus on our four pillars, Players, Coaches, Referees and Volunteers, this is a pledge for all of us, this is a minimum standard for all our provincial programs” said Damon Leonard President Saskatchewan Rugby

By signing the Responsible Coaching Movement pledge, Saskatchewan Rugby has committed to conducting an audit of internal practices which will include, but not limited to: Code of Conduct, Coach Agreements, Policies and Procedures.

Phase I of the Responsible Coaching Movement will focus on the ‘Rule of Two’ where all Provincial Team sanctioned training camps and competitions with minor athletes will require two adults in coaching/supervisory roles. One coach/volunteer must reflect the genders of the athletes participating or being an appropriate identity in relation to the athletes. Saskatchewan Rugby will also monitor and review the ‘Background Screening’ for all Provincial Team coaches and ensure all coaching job advertisements require screening as a condition of employment  (contractual, volunteer, or otherwise). All team coaches are required to complete the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) ‘Make Ethical Decisions’ workshop, the Respect Group’s ‘Respect in Sport’ ethics training, or other comparable training.  

‘By signing the Responsible Coaching Movement Pledge it allowed us to look at our strategies that we currently have in place, and ensure that they are current and also where we can enhance what we are currently doing. It has always been a priority for Saskatchewan Rugby to ensure the governance of our sport promotes safe rugby for everyone that is involved’ said Jordan Astrope, Executive Director Saskatchewan Rugby.

Saskatchewan Rugby has joined a group of growing Provincial Sporting Organizations in adhering to the Responsible Coaching Movement. Saskatchewan Rugby is the first Provincial Rugby Union to sign the Responsible Coaching Movement that will assist clubs and community programs in being supported in creating a safe environment for those that participate in our sport. For more information about the Responsible Coaching Movement and all of Rugby Canada’s Player Welfare information please visit

‘It is great to see Saskatchewan Rugby taking the Responsible Coaching Movement pledge said Dustin Hopkins, Rugby Canada Interim General Manager of Rugby Operations and Performance who added we have been working with our Provincial Unions since our AGM in 2017 to ensure that are Provincial Unions and Rugby Canada are aligned with the Responsible Coaching Movement, our intention is that Saskatchewan Rugby  is the first but with more our provincial Unions to follow’