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MacDowell Rugby Academy founder Robin MacDowell and national men’s rugby sevens player Pat Kay, both graduates of Cowichan Secondary, speak to students on Wednesday, Feb. 17 about the new academy program that will debut this fall. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

MacDowell Rugby Academy coming to Cowichan Secondary School

Athletes from Cowichan, across Canada and around the world will benefit from world-class coaching

 

Cowichan Secondary School graduate and national team hopeful Justin Marinier trains with a small group of rugby players at Maple Bay Elementary School on Sunday, Jan. 31. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Cowichan-based rugby stars won’t let pandemic slow them down

‘Once this is over, they’re going to be locked and loaded’

 

Mill Bay’s Will Percillier (left) is congratulated by a teammate after his first match and first try in France’s top professional rugby circuit. (Stade.fr PB)

Cowichan’s Percillier scores in French Top 14 rugby debut

Mill Bay product and Brentwood grad gets late try for Stade Français

 

Mill Bay’s Will McDougall-Percillier trains with French pro rugby club Stade Français in Paris. (Submitted)

McDougall-Percillier gets top Rugby Canada honour

“I’m really stoked about getting this award”

Mill Bay’s Will McDougall-Percillier trains with French pro rugby club Stade Français in Paris. (Submitted)
Pat Kay displays the trophy from the 2017 Singapore Sevens during a visit to the Cowichan Rugby Football Club later that spring. Kay and the Canadian men’s sevens team qualified for the 2020 Olympics, which have now been postponed to 2021. (Citizen file)

Duncan’s Pat Kay copes with Olympic roller-coaster

‘Confusing time’ as Canada pulls out due to COVID-19, followed by IOC postponement

Pat Kay displays the trophy from the 2017 Singapore Sevens during a visit to the Cowichan Rugby Football Club later that spring. Kay and the Canadian men’s sevens team qualified for the 2020 Olympics, which have now been postponed to 2021. (Citizen file)
Rugby games cancelled, Piggy Park closed

Rugby games cancelled, Piggy Park closed

Div. 1 men’s and women’s rugby games scheduled for Piggy Park last…

Rugby games cancelled, Piggy Park closed
A pair of Abbotsford RFC defenders resort to holding a Black Sheep player’s jersey to stop him from advancing toward the end zone, midway through a B.C. Rugby Union game in December 2018 at the Port Alberni rugby club. Abbotsford won 45-32. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

BC Rugby suspends weekend games, any out-of-province travel over COVID-19

League taking cautious approach in wake of pandemic status

A pair of Abbotsford RFC defenders resort to holding a Black Sheep player’s jersey to stop him from advancing toward the end zone, midway through a B.C. Rugby Union game in December 2018 at the Port Alberni rugby club. Abbotsford won 45-32. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO
Liam Simmonds gains ground for the Piggies deep in Alberni’s end during the first half of last Saturday’s Cowichan win. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Piggies build off great start for big win over Black Sheep

Rugby clubs have this weekend off for Canada Sevens

Liam Simmonds gains ground for the Piggies deep in Alberni’s end during the first half of last Saturday’s Cowichan win. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Carolyn Gudmundseth hands off to Dani Robb during a recent Cowshore home game at Piggy Park. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Another big win for Cowshore women’s rugby team

Combined team rolls right over Castaways; biggest games coming up

Carolyn Gudmundseth hands off to Dani Robb during a recent Cowshore home game at Piggy Park. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Megan Lee slides in for one of Cowshore’s 13 tries last Saturday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Cowshore dismantles United at Piggy Park

Cowichan/Westshore combination shows focus in 67-0 win

Megan Lee slides in for one of Cowshore’s 13 tries last Saturday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Interceptions, turnovers costly for Cowichan Piggies

Interceptions, turnovers costly for Cowichan Piggies

Game against United should have been closer, coach says

Interceptions, turnovers costly for Cowichan Piggies
Roan Carter gets support from Dylan Taylor and Louis Gudmundseth in a recent Cowichan Piggies home game. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Cowichan Piggies play their style of game in Comox

Youngest players get valuable experience

Roan Carter gets support from Dylan Taylor and Louis Gudmundseth in a recent Cowichan Piggies home game. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Rusty rugby teams take a half to find their legs

Rusty rugby teams take a half to find their legs

Cowichan teams improve after halftime in first games of January

Rusty rugby teams take a half to find their legs
Female Canadian rugby star to make history at inaugural tournament

Female Canadian rugby star to make history at inaugural tournament

Kelly Russell will play on the first ever women’s Barbarian team

Female Canadian rugby star to make history at inaugural tournament
After taking a timely pass from Carolyn Gudmundseth, Natasha Smith carries the ball during Cowichan’s 66-47 win over Seattle last Saturday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Cowichan women beat Seattle

Smith scores six times as her team tops strong opponent

After taking a timely pass from Carolyn Gudmundseth, Natasha Smith carries the ball during Cowichan’s 66-47 win over Seattle last Saturday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Last-second try propels Piggies to win

Last-second try propels Piggies to win

Cowichan victory sets up playoff rematch

Last-second try propels Piggies to win
Visiting national team player Kayla Mack carries the ball for Cowichan during the second half of last Saturday’s Premiership match against Castaways. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Cowichan rugby women fall to top team

Cowichan loses to Castaways in Premiership test

Visiting national team player Kayla Mack carries the ball for Cowichan during the second half of last Saturday’s Premiership match against Castaways. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Cowichan Piggies captain Robbie McDonnell goes for a run early in his team’s 34-12 loss to Westshore at the club’s Herd Road pitch last Saturday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

First-half struggles stall Cowichan Piggies

Home team mounts late comeback but falls 34-12

Cowichan Piggies captain Robbie McDonnell goes for a run early in his team’s 34-12 loss to Westshore at the club’s Herd Road pitch last Saturday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)