VICTORIA – The UVic Vikes men’s rugby team kicks off a busy 2017-18 schedule with their first game of the BC Premier League taking place Sep. 9, in Langford against the Westshore Valhallians at 2:45 p.m.

The game starts an expanded twenty match Premier League schedule, as the season now runs from early September all the way until the championship game on May 5.

The Vikes recorded the sweep of the Valhallians last season, beating Westshore by scores of 46-29 and 40-11.

Last Time Out

Posting a record of 2-6 in the Premier League last season, the Vikes failed to qualify for the playoffs despite a valiant effort in their final game of the season before eventually falling 41-26 to Burnaby Lake.

Westshore failed to qualify for the Premier League last season but will be making their debut this weekend in the new expanded league format.

By the Numbers

86: The number of points the Vikes scored in their two games against Westshore last season.

5: The prominence of rugby on Vancouver Island is clear with five of the 11 teams in the Premier League coming from the Island.

Coach’s Take
Doug Tate, Vikes head coach

“We are going to have a younger team, we had a quite a few guys graduate. That’ll be good though, we have a lot of strong young players coming up. A lot of good skill players coming up who have a year under their belt now.”

“The Premier League has a gotten a lot stronger than it was last year.”

“Westshore has been bringing in players and we are going to find them tough this weekend. There is no question they are going to be a good team.”

Game Information

Saturday, Sep. 92:45 p.m. – @ Westshore Valhallians, Colwood, B.C.