From BC Rugby with Photos by Erich Eichhorn – ISN

VICTORIA – British Columbia’s U18 men’s provincial sevens team defeated Ontario 38-10 on Saturday in the Cup Final of the U18 Victoria International Sevens. Their third straight sevens title sees the U18s go undefeated in 2012 competition.

The U18 sevens team is part of the BC Elite Youth Sevens program led by former Canadian national team coach and player Shane Thompson. Under Thompson the U18s lifted titles at the Las Vegas Youth Invitational Sevens in February and cruised through competition at the Hong Kong Youth International Sevens in March.

James Piblado on U18 BC Gold looks to spread out the field as BC’s running game was dominant Saturday  Erich Eichhorn image ( )

Scoring in the Victoria final were a number of BC U18 players graduating from the program this year who will move onto university and senior men’s rugby in the Fall. Nathan Yanagiya recorded two tries during the cup final with tallies also recorded by Haydn Evans, Ollie Nott, James Pitblado and Fergus Hall. Hall kicked four converts to round out BC’s 38 points.

BC Gold player #2 Nathan Yanagiya runs down a ball kicked forward by teamate on his way to the try line for one of his 2 tries during the Cup final – Erich Eichhorn image (

Competing as the BC ‘Gold’, the U18s went 5-0 in pool play with a 34-0 win over Utah, 22-5 win over BC Blue, 31-5 win over Ontario, 33-0 win over Washington and a 22-7 win over BC White.

“It was a great way to end it with this team, especially against one of our biggest rivals Ontario,” said Yanagiya, a senior player in the BC Elite Youth Sevens program who represented Canada at the 2011 Youth Commonwealth Games. “We’ve been together for almost three years and I’ve made some of my best friends on this team,” Yanagiya added.

U18 BC Gold sevens team raises their arms in victory as they defeated Ontario 38-10 to win the U18 Victoria International Sevens rugby tournament Saturday at UVIC’s Centennial Stadium – Erich Eichhorn image (

BC’s under-17 team competing as the BC ‘White’ defeated Washington in the Bowl Final, while BC Blue fell 15-21 in the Plate Final to finish in fourth place.

“It was a good effort by all three teams,” said BC’s head coach Shane Thompson. “The results show that the athletes are working hard and how important it is to get these guys more hours on the field playing sevens.”

U18 Men’s Placement Games

  • CUP FINAL: BC Gold 38-10 Ontario
  • PLATE FINAL (3/4 playoff): BC Blue 15-21 Utah
  • BOWL FINAL (5/6 playoff): BC White 26-12 Washington

A dominant U17 Tide performance is demonstrated hear as Tide player crosses the line with Cowichan player in tow. Vancouver Island’s U17 Tide would shut out the Cowichan side 42-0 in U17 Women’s play (Photo by Erich Eichhorn – ISN).

U18 Men’s Round Robin Results

  • BC Gold 34 – 0 Utah
  • Ontario 17 – 5 BC Blue
  • Washington 19 – 24 BC White
  • BC Gold 22 – 5 BC Blue
  • Ontario 22 – 14 BC White
  • Utah 20 – 26 Washington
  • BC Gold 31 – 5 Ontario
  • BC Blue 24 – 5 Washington
  • Utah 22 – 19 BC White
  • BC Gold 22-7 BC White
  • Ontario 46-5 Washington
  • BC Blue 31-0 Utah
  • BC Gold 33-0 Washington
  • Ontario 22-5 Utah
  • BC Blue 21-14 BC White

Valley West U14s take Cup, Plate and Shield at Victoria Sevens

The Fraser Valley West U14 boys program took home three pieces of hardware from the Victoria International Sevens event on Saturday, winning the Cup, Plate and Shield Finals. The program looks strong ahead of next week’s BC Summer Games, scheduled for July 19-22 in Surrey. The Valley West-1s were down 12-10 in the final minute of the Cup Final before speedster Wylie Gillette sprinted down the near touch line and dotted down for the game winning try. Tournament runners-up Vancouver Island fielded two teams and lost out on the trophies as they finished second and fourth in the tournament. Full results on

Crimson Tide player Garrett Conolly demonstrates a little showmanship as he launches himself in to the endzone for a try during Senior Men’s action – Erich Eichhorn image ( )

Vancouver Island U17s win Victoria Sevens women’s title

Vancouver Island’s U17 Tide were convincing winners of the women’s division at the Victoria Sevens on Saturday, coming away with a 42-0 cup final victory over the North Island representative side. In the final Leah Theobald paced the Island Tide with four tries for 20 points. Nicole Crowley recorded a brace while single tallies were scored by Lydia Toorenbourgh and Allie White. “Today was a big step for this group who haven’t played very much sevens,” said Island Tide head coach Craig White. “We were missing four or five of our top players at the BC U18 camp so this was huge for us. It’s great to go into the BC Summer Games having played in this tournament and I’m glad we had this opportunity.”

Vancouver Island women’s U17 Tide pose with the legendary Fijian player Waisale Serevi after winning the women’s side of the 2012 Victoria International Sevens Rugby Tournament with a 42-0 trouncing of Cowichan in the final game- Erich Eichhorn image ( )

Canadian Maple Leafs are Victoria International Sevens senior men’s champions

The Canadian Maple Leafs, a Rugby Canada senior mens development side, won the Victoria International Sevens men’s competition on Saturday with a 43-7 Cup Final win over British Columbia. In pool play the Maple Leafs blanked the USA Military 45-0, defeated Crimson Tide 48-0, and lost to OPSB 17-10. In the cup semifinals the Maple Leafs edged USA development side Atlantis 19-17 before going on to defeat BC in the Cup Final. Full results on

The Mapleleafs show the spoils of victory becoming the 2012 Victoria International Sevens Senior Men’s champions by defeating team BC Saturday evening at Centennial Stadium – Erich Eichhorn image ( )