Cowichan Piggies host Rugby School for exhibition game this Sunday

The Cowichan Rugby Football Club will welcome a very special guest to its hallowed turf this weekend.

A U18 Cowichan Select team will square off at 2 p.m. on Sunday against Warwickshire, England’s Rugby School, the originators of the sport. Legend has it, the eponymous sport was invented in 1823, when, during a game of soccer, William Webb Ellis took the ball in his arms and ran forward.

Rugby School insisted on making a stop at the CRFC as part of its Canadian tour.

"They are specifically coming to play Cowichan because of our reputation," CRFC junior program coordinator Kenton McNutt said.

Not surprisingly, Rugby School is a regular source of players for the English national side.

Following that game, there will be another exhibition between the B.C. senior women’s team and a B.C. women’s select squad at 3:15 p.m. Both teams are expected to include players from the Cowichan club.

The Cowichan U18 Select team defeated Bancroft’s School from Essex, England 17-15 this past Monday. The final visiting side this summer will be Scotland’s Edinburgh Academy, which will stop at the club on Aug. 16.