BC Rugby Provincial Regional Championships to Take Place at UBC in 2019

Over 1,000 youth players expected to attend the three-day tournament in pursuit of silverware and selection to BC Rugby Representative XVs Teams

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A Vancouver South player escapes Thompson Okanagan Rugby Alliance players in a U18 Boys pool match during the 2018 PRCs. Image credit: name of photographer on behalf of BC Rugby

BC Rugby is pleased to formally announce that the Provincial Regional Championships (PRCs) has a new home for 2019, the Gerald McGavin Rugby Centre at UBC.  Taking place over the Canada Day long weekend from June 29th to July 1st , the Championship draws in excess of 1,000 young rugby players from across the Province.

The PRCs is one of the most anticipated weekends in the rugby calendar in British Columbia, with teams of U14 to U18 athletes representing regions across the Province vying for championship glory.  Drawing on players from Campbell River to Nelson and everywhere in between, the event is a fantastic celebration of age-grade rugby talent.  The move to UBC for the 2019 tournament will give teams greater access to a range of accommodation and facilities right on their doorstep.

Furthermore, the PRCs is used as a key tool in process of identification and selection of rising stars to represent BC in tournaments across the country later this summer.  This process begins in the Spring with open ID Sessions held across the Province.  “The talent identification process is designed to uncover and develop athletes that have the potential to play Provincial and National level rugby,” explains Tony LaCarte, Head of Rugby Growth and Development at BC Rugby. “We want to provide them with the opportunity to express themselves on and off the field in front of Provincial and Regional Coaches.”

The PRCs play a pivotal role in the selection process, providing coaches with the chance to watch players in action at a level higher than local club or school rugby.  With so much on the line, the on-field action at the PRCs is always high quality, with players striving for both silverware and selection.

Each summer, approximately three hundred female and male rugby players represent BC in Western Canada and National Championships, as well as fixtures against touring sides from Europe and the US.  For many of the athletes, this is the first step towards a spot on Canadian National Junior programs and beyond.  Indeed, a number of current Men’s and Women’s National XVs players can count a spell on the BC Provincial Representative Teams as a key stepping stone to their place on the international stage.

U14 Girls and Boys

BC Rugby Provincial Representative Team – Open ID Sessions

The below dates are for U15 – U18 Girls and Boys (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004).

U14 Girls and Boys will be observed at the PRCs by selectors.

U19 Male Athletes will have a separate set of open training sessions (Dates TBC).

Date: April 7th
Time: Girls 10:00am-12:00pm , Boys 1:00pm-3:00pm
Location (city): Abbotsford
Region: FVRU
Address: 3106 Clearbrook Rd, Abbotsford, BC V2T 4B9
Field name: Matsqui Rec Centre – Field 1

Date: April 13th/14th
Time: Girls Saturday April 13 1:30pm-3:30pm, Boys Sunday 14th, 10:00am-12:00pm
Location (city): Kelowna
Region: TORA
Address: 1800 Parkinson Way, Kelowna, BC V1Y 4P9
Field name: Parkinson Rec – P10

Date: April 14th
Time: Girls 10:00am-12:00pm , Boys 1:00pm-3:00pm
Location (city): Mill Bay
Region: VIRU
Address: 2735 Mt Baker Rd, Mill Bay, BC V0R 2P1
Field name: Brentwood College

Date: May 5th
Time: Girls 10:00am-12:00pm , Boys 1:00pm-3:00pm
Location (city): UBC
Region: VRU
Address: 3106 Clearbrook Rd, Abbotsford, BC V2T 4B9
Field name: Lord field and Buck field.

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