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June 3,2014(ISN) – BURNABY, BC – Defending men¹s under-20 Dunbar Keg champions Vancouver Rugby
Union will kick off their 2014 campaign with a clash against the Vancouver
Island Crimson Tide (1-0) on Saturday at Burnaby Lake Sports Complex. The
match will be part of a triple-header at the Lake with the two unions set to
square off in McKechnie Cup (senior men¹s) and Ruth Hellerud-Brown Cup
(senior women¹s) competitions as well.

The U20 tilt will feature a rematch of last year¹s title-deciding game where
Vancouver edged their Island rivals 34-27 in a contest of wide open, fast
paced rugby.


BC Rugby Cups Competitions

Date: Saturday, June 7, 2014

Vancouver Island at Vancouver

Location: Burnaby Lake Sports Complex (3760 Sperling St, Burnaby)

Kickoff Times:

11:00am (Women¹s) Ruth Hellerud-Brown Cup

12:30pm (Men¹s Under-20) Dunbar Keg

2:00pm (Men¹s) McKechnie Cup

The 2013 match featured a number of players who have since represented
Canada at the Under-20 and Senior Men¹s levels and will once again be a key
platform for players to get noticed by provincial and national team

³The Dunbar Keg is important for these guys on so many levels,² said
returning Vancouver U20 coach Curry Hitchborn. ³For some it¹s an opportunity
to play their first every rep rugby as well as another chance for some of
these guys to be seen by provincial selectors. With so much rugby during the
Fall and Spring, not every potential candidate can get seen and this
competition affords them that chance.²

Led by coaches Hitchborn, Rameses Langston, Chris Robinson and Alasdair
Hamilton, Vancouver¹s training sessions have seen over 40 players in
attendance. Key players making their return to VRU rugby include Cody
Pittman, Connor McRae, Ben Bethune, Evan Coleman, Austin Karius and Nathan
Yanagiya. The forwards at training have included UBC Thunderbirds no.8
Connor Weyell as well as Canada under-20 reps Neil Courtney and Reid Tucker.

Vancouver is set to face Vancouver Island who are fresh off a 78-12 win
against Fraser Valley on May 25. The Island side boast plenty of talent
including scrum half Crosby Stewart, Canada U20 prop MacBryan Bos and
utility back Fergus Hall.

³Whenever you have guys like that on the field it¹s going to be tough.
Fergus can put a ball anywhere he wants and if Crosby breaks past the line,
you¹re in for a long day,² added Hitchborn. ³There are so many weapons out
there for them that it¹s tough to prepare for. Add in a coaching staff led
by a man who has set records and won championships abroad in Winston
Stanley, and you have a pretty good idea of just how tough this game will

And while there may be a strong rivalry between Vancouver and Island teams,
Hitchborn and Stanley share the same views when it comes to getting their
players the opportunity to be seen.

³It¹s great to see that no matter what the outcome of the match is, he and I
both have the same goals in mind,² added Hitchborn. ³The game will be tough
and feature some key talent, but Winston and I just want more exposure and
chances for guys to compete for spots at the highest level.²

Saturday¹s rugby event kicks off with a 11:00 senior women¹s Ruth
Hellerud-Brown Cup clash followed by the U20s at 12:30pm. Like the U20s,
Vancouver Island could lift the Ruth Hellerud-Brown Cup on Saturday if they
were to defeat Vancouver. The McKechnie Cup fixture is slated for a 2:00pm
start with all three clashes played at Burnaby Lake Sports Complex.

Rosters will be made available on www.bcrugby.com by Friday at 12:00pm.


Sun. May 25th: Fraser Valley at Vancouver Island

Sat. June 7th: Vancouver Island at Vancouver

Sat. June 14th: Vancouver at Fraser Valley

May 25 Cups Results:

McKechnie Cup (Senior Men): Fraser Valley 29 – 16 Vancouver Island

Ruth Hellerud-Brown Cup (Senior Women): Fraser Valley 12 – 24 Vancouver

Dunbar Keg (Under-20 Men): Fraser Valley 12 – 78 Vancouver Island


The BC Rugby Cups Competitions are a series of representative rugby matches
to be played over three weekends between the Vancouver Island Rugby Union,
Vancouver Rugby Union and Fraser Valley Rugby Union. The competitions will
provide BC athletes the opportunity to further profile their abilities for
both provincial and national team selectors. The McKechnie Cup is contested
for by senior men’s representative sides and is a competition that dates
back to 1895. The Dunbar Keg competition features under-20 men’s athletes
and the Ruth Hellerud-Brown Cup is open to all British Columbia senior
women’s players.