2021 Saskatchewan Summer Games Cancelled

As of December 21, 2020, the 2021 Saskatchewan Summer Games are officially cancelled. This is following the earlier postponement from July 26 – August 1, 2020 to the summer of 2021. The decision to cancel the Games was made to protect the health and safety of athletes, volunteers, spectators, event staff, and residents of Lloydminster from the continued threat of COVID-19. These Games would have marked Rugby Sevens debut in the competition.

From the Saskatchewan Games Council media release:  “Following the cancellation of these Games, the event will return to its quadrennial cycle, with the next Summer Games taking place in 2024. Saskatchewan Games host communities are typically awarded through a bid process, but due to circumstances surrounding the cancellation of the 2021 Summer Games, the Saskatchewan Games Council will provide the city of Lloydminster the right of first refusal to host the 2024 Saskatchewan Summer Games.”

 

Saskatchewan Rugby supports this decision and will continue to develop and train our athletes, coaches, and managers for the 2024 Games. Athletes with questions about how this will affect their eligibility to compete at the Sask Summer Games are encouraged to review the Cancellation Q&A file below. Updates and information regarding the cancelled 2021 Games are available at the Sask Summer Games and Sask Rugby websites.

See below links for additional information:

Media Release: 2021 Saskatchewan Summer Games Called Off Due to Health and Safety Concerns

2021 Saskatchewan Summer Games: Cancellation Q&A

Rugby is Returning to Saskatchewan

As of September 1st, Saskatchewan has 5 clubs delivering rugby in the province! During this gradual return to sport Sask Rugby wants to recognize and congratulate clubs – and sub-unions – that have completed sanctioning requirements in order to deliver the game we love in a safe and fun environment. To all our registered clubs who were unable to deliver rugby this season, we thank you for all your work to sustain the rugby community and hope to see you on the pitch next season.

MacDowell Rugby Academy, Regina

MacDowellRugby is a Canadian rugby academy and mentorship program focused on developing high performance rugby athletes. We are open to any skill level from beginner to experienced!  During the academy sessions, you will be provided with the opportunity to gain knowledge and ask questions of our position-specific coaches who will be available throughout the length of the program. Our specialist coaches work in one-on-one and mini-unit situations with the players, so you have the opportunity to observe and interact with these position specific specialists during this time. There will be a focus on problem solving in different game situations. You will discover the intricate details of each playing position and the various roles, responsibilities, skills, techniques, and physical and mental attributes that players require to play at the highest level.

Check out their Facebook and website here

Sundays 1:00-2:30PM, September 13 to October 25

Regina Rugby Fields (4025 25th Ave), Regina SK

Regina Minor Rugby, Regina

Regina Minor Rugby is back! After we had to cancel our spring sessions for the high school boys and for our minis, we knew that we had to do everything we could to get going in the fall again. Our goal this year was to keep the costs as low as we could, encourage kids to come out and remember how much they love rugby! Regina Minor Rugby always wants to grow the sport of rugby in Regina and we are proud to say that we have 40+ kids aged 4 to 14 joining us on Sunday afternoons at the RRU. We are doing skill based training with the kids, while limiting contact to the best of our ability!

Check out their Facebook and website here

Sundays 3:30-5:30PM, August 30 to October 4

Regina Rugby Fields (4025 25th Ave), Regina SK

Gophers RFC, Saskatoon

Gophers Rugby is happy to announce that we have been sanctioned to return to play. We are now able to resume official rugby activities in line with Saskatchewan Rugby’s Return to Play Plan and our own COVID-19 safety protocols. Training sessions will be resuming shortly at the Saskatoon Rugby Fields (134 English Crescent). Individuals must be registered with Rugby Canada to participate in training. Information on training times can be found on our website (http://saskatoongophersrugby.com/) or Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/SaskatoonGophersRugby/)

About Us: Founded in 1968, the Gophers Rugby Club has a long tradition in Saskatoon of combining serious rugby with a strong social atmosphere. We pride ourselves on being a family, albeit one that also likes to play rugby. Rugby is a game of teamwork, determination, and respect. As a club, we seek to embody these values off the field as well by creating a strong and supportive network of individuals that extends far beyond the chalked lines of the pitch.

Please contact the club to get details on how to register and the specific protocols that the club is taking to combat COVID-19. Our club email is gophersrfc@gmail.com.

Check out their Facebook and website here

Moose Jaw RFC, Moose Jaw

Returning to the rugby scene in full force, Moose Jaw RFC has men’s and women’s programs for all skill levels. While their 2020 season has come to a close, they are already preparing for a 2021 spring season.

Check them out on Facebook here

Rage, Regina

The Regina Rage was created in 2009 with the goal is to promote and help foster the growth of women’s rugby within Regina and Saskatchewan. The club is open to any women who are interested in trying out the sport. While their 2020 season has come to a close, they are already preparing for a 2021 spring season.

Check them out on Facebook and Instagram (@reginaragerugby)

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**

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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.

President

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

Men

Round Robin

Def. Cape Pirates 24-0

Def. Alliance Rugby Club 43-0

Def. New Brunswick Spruce 12-5

Def. Cayman Islands 19-10

Playoffs

Def. by Ontario Blues 24-5

Def. by EORU 20-10

Women

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

Playoffs

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: http://thegiftof.ca/rugby/