Future Rugby Stars Awarded Player Bursaries

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Four top athletes are the first recipients of the BC Rugby Representative Player Bursary program

BC Rugby is delighted to announce the first four recipients of the Representative Player Bursary program.  Each recipient is awarded a $2,500 bursary to assist them in achieving their national and international rugby goals.  The 2019/20 Representative Player Bursary recipients are:

Emma Feldinger – UBC Thunderbirds (Alexis Creek, BC)
Josiah Levale – Abbotsford RFC (Abbotsford, BC)
Talon McMullin – Earl Marriot Senior Secondary (Surrey, BC)
Shoshanah Seumanutafa – UBC Thunderbirds (Surrey, BC)

Emma Feldinger Under 20s Women Tri-Nations 2019, Loughborough University, England 20th July 2019
Emma Feldinger Under 20s Women Tri-Nations 2019, Loughborough University, England 20th July 2019
Shoshanah Seumanutafa in action this year with the Canada Women's U20 XVs
Shoshanah Seumanutafa in action this year with the Canada Women’s U20 XVs

Collectively, these four players have a wealth of rugby experience at the provincial level including multiple selections to BC Representative XVs and Sevens teams.  Furthermore, they have all been invited to play with Rugby Canada in U18 and U20 programs in the last twelve months, identifying them as some of the most promising young rugby talents in BC.

“No player in this province should be restricted from pursuing their rugby goals on the grounds of financial constraints, which is exactly why the Representative Player Bursary program was conceived,” said BC Rugby CEO Annabel Kehoe.  “We have a rich history in this province of supplying our national men’s and women’s rugby teams with top athletes and, thanks to the generosity of many in our rugby community, we are proud to be able to support players  and ensure that they don’t miss out on the opportunity to represent their province and country due to costs.”