Boys rugby provincials start Saturday

Four teams from Cowichan Valley high schools will be in action on Brentwood College School’s fields this Saturday as the provincial boys rugby championships get under way.

Brentwood, Frances Kelsey, Cowichan Secondary and Shawnigan Lake School will all take to the pitch for the first round of the B.C. tournaments.

In the AA tourney, both Brentwood and Kelsey will be in action at 1 p.m. Thirdseeded Brentwood will take on 14th-ranked Glenlyon Norfolk, while the 13th-seeded Breakers will meet fourth-seeded St. Michael’s University School.

This will be the first appearance by the Breakers in the provincial championships since 2006.

In AAA, 14th-seeded Cowichan Secondary will face third-seeded Oak Bay at 11:30 a.m. Top seed Shawnigan will begin its quest for a sixth consecutive provincial title with a battle against 16th-seeded Gleneagle of Coquitlam at 2:30 p.m. Following Saturday’s games, the tournaments will continue in Abbotsford on May 28, 29 and 31.

Cowichan, Brentwood and Shawnigan also have teams in the girls provincials in Port Alberni this weekend.