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The Tzinquaw Dancers perform during a blessing ceremony at the Cowichan Rugby Football Club grounds last Saturday afternoon. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Cowichan Rugby Football Club takes steps toward reconciliation

Blessing ceremony at Herd Road grounds includes Tzinquaw Dancers

 

An overhauled Canadian women’s rugby sevens team with a new coach opens the World Series season tomorrow in Dubai. The Canadian Press photo

Canadian women’s rugby sevens team opens new World Series season in Dubai

Jack Hanratty has been tasked with steering the team through the end of the year

 

Canada’s Ghislaine Landry runs the ball during rugby sevens action against Spain at the HSBC Women’s Sevens Series at Westhills Stadium in Langford, B.C., Sunday, April 17, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Canadian rugby sevens captain Ghislaine Landry calls an end to stellar career

Canada rugby sevens captain Ghislaine Landry, the all-time leading scorer among women…

 

Seen here in a home game earlier this season, Carolyn Gudmundseth was the Back of the Match for the Piggies against Westshore last Saturday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Cowichan Piggies adapt game to defeat Westshore in 10s

Accommodating opponents nothing new for Cowichan women’s team

Seen here in a home game earlier this season, Carolyn Gudmundseth was the Back of the Match for the Piggies against Westshore last Saturday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Pictured here in a home game earlier this season, Piggies captain Danny Hamstra scored one of the Piggies eight tries in a 46-5 win over Westshore last weekend. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Deep bench pays off for Cowichan Piggies against Westshore

Rugby team overcomes early injuries in decisive victory

Pictured here in a home game earlier this season, Piggies captain Danny Hamstra scored one of the Piggies eight tries in a 46-5 win over Westshore last weekend. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Lauryn Bons, a new addition to the Cowichan Piggies women’s team this year, runs for a try during jamboree play earlier this season. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Lauryn Bons, a new addition to the Cowichan Piggies women’s team this year, runs for a try during jamboree play earlier this season. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Cowichan’s Robin Gusse takes the ball out of a ruck a Piggies home game earlier this season. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Toughest test so far as Cowichan Piggies lose to Castaways

Players ‘shellshocked’ after hard battle with Victoria club

Cowichan’s Robin Gusse takes the ball out of a ruck a Piggies home game earlier this season. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Veteran forward Laura Russell, shown in this undated hahdout photo, and the third-ranked Canadian women’s rugby team return to action for the first time in almost two years when they take on the sixth-ranked U.S., in Glendale, Colo., on Monday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Rugby Canada

Canadian women’s rugby 15s team returns to action after two-year layoff

Canada-U. S. matches are part of the Pacific Four Series, a new competition that launches in full next year

Veteran forward Laura Russell, shown in this undated hahdout photo, and the third-ranked Canadian women’s rugby team return to action for the first time in almost two years when they take on the sixth-ranked U.S., in Glendale, Colo., on Monday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Rugby Canada
Ty Benson breaks away from the pack to score a try during the second half of the Cowichan Piggies’ 60-0 win over the visiting Comox Kickers last Saturday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Cowichan Piggies romp past Comox Kickers

Piggies tune up in preparation for matches against tougher teams

Ty Benson breaks away from the pack to score a try during the second half of the Cowichan Piggies’ 60-0 win over the visiting Comox Kickers last Saturday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Cowichan’s Lily Clarke pushes aside a Comox defender during last Saturday’s U16 girls game at the Cowichan Rugby Football Club. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Season kicks off for Cowichan junior girls rugby

Mixed results as several players get their first taste of XV or 10-a-side rugby

Cowichan’s Lily Clarke pushes aside a Comox defender during last Saturday’s U16 girls game at the Cowichan Rugby Football Club. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Cowichan’s Jenna Bugden takes a pass from Laura Russell before running in to score in a jamboree game against Nanaimo last Saturday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Cowichan’s Jenna Bugden takes a pass from Laura Russell before running in to score in a jamboree game against Nanaimo last Saturday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
The U.S. has launched a bid to host both the men’s and women’s Rugby World Cup with Vancouver billed as a potential host city. Canada’s Corey Thomas tackles Chile’s Nicolas Garafulic during the second half of a Rugby World Cup 2023 qualification match at Starlight Stadium in Langford, B.C., on Saturday, October 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Vancouver could help host as U.S. launches Rugby World Cup bid

U.S. bid is to host the men’s tournament in 2027 or 2031 and the women’s event in 2029

The U.S. has launched a bid to host both the men’s and women’s Rugby World Cup with Vancouver billed as a potential host city. Canada’s Corey Thomas tackles Chile’s Nicolas Garafulic during the second half of a Rugby World Cup 2023 qualification match at Starlight Stadium in Langford, B.C., on Saturday, October 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Cowichan Piggies forward Myles Vaneeuwen powers ahead during Cowichan’s win over Port Alberni at the Herd Road pitch last Saturday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Cowichan Piggies power past Port Alberni in season opener

Bruce Moss and Louis Gudmundseth score two tries apiece

Cowichan Piggies forward Myles Vaneeuwen powers ahead during Cowichan’s win over Port Alberni at the Herd Road pitch last Saturday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Canada's Alysha Corrigan, front left, passes the ball as Britain's Megan Jones grabs her during a women's HSBC Canada Sevens rugby match in Edmonton, Alberta, Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Vancouver, Langford both back on HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series calendar in 2022

Men coming to Vancouver, as global series announces pair of 2022 events in Canada

Canada's Alysha Corrigan, front left, passes the ball as Britain's Megan Jones grabs her during a women's HSBC Canada Sevens rugby match in Edmonton, Alberta, Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)
Cowichan’s Noah Dobson pulls away from a pair of desperate Port Alberni tacklers, with Myles Vaneeuwen coming in to provide support. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Cowichan Piggies trounce Port Alberni in rugby’s return

Piggies pull away for 50-7 win in preseason preview

Cowichan’s Noah Dobson pulls away from a pair of desperate Port Alberni tacklers, with Myles Vaneeuwen coming in to provide support. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Cowichan RFC’s U16 girls team finished third in their division at the September Start Up Sevens last month. (CRFC photo)

Excellent start for Cowichan RFC junior teams

U16, U17 and U19 rugby teams look good at Westshore tournament

Cowichan RFC’s U16 girls team finished third in their division at the September Start Up Sevens last month. (CRFC photo)
Canada’s Renee Gonzalez, left, is tackled by United States’ Sarah Levy during HSBC Canada Sevens women’s semifinal rugby action, in Vancouver, on Sunday, September 19, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Rugby Canada provides details of its high-performance program review

Panel named and parameters given for review triggered by complaints from the women’s sevens team

Canada’s Renee Gonzalez, left, is tackled by United States’ Sarah Levy during HSBC Canada Sevens women’s semifinal rugby action, in Vancouver, on Sunday, September 19, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Matt Percillier and Ciaran Breen, seen here after a game last summer as members of the national sevens academy, made their debuts with the senior national team at tournaments in Vancouver and Edmonton this month. (Liz McDougall photo)
Matt Percillier and Ciaran Breen, seen here after a game last summer as members of the national sevens academy, made their debuts with the senior national team at tournaments in Vancouver and Edmonton this month. (Liz McDougall photo)
Mill Bay’s Ciaran Breen (back row, second from right) and Matt Percillier (back row, fourth from right) join their teammates at the airport in Victoria before leaving for the Vancouver Sevens this weekend. (Liz McDougall photo)

Mill Bay boys join Canada for World Sevens stops

Matt Percillier and Ciaran Breen on board for stages in Vancouver and Edmonton

Mill Bay’s Ciaran Breen (back row, second from right) and Matt Percillier (back row, fourth from right) join their teammates at the airport in Victoria before leaving for the Vancouver Sevens this weekend. (Liz McDougall photo)
Canada’s Jake Thiel, left, jumps for the ball against Australia’s Nick Malouf during the Challenge Trophy final at the World Rugby Sevens Series action in Vancouver, B.C., March 10, 2019. Only seven of the men’s core teams are taking part in next week’s HSBC Canada Sevens in Vancouver with New Zealand. Fiji, Australia, Argentina, Japan, France and Samoa among those missing. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ben Nelms

Field for Canadian rugby sevens events diluted by pandemic-related issues

New Zealand. Fiji, Australia, Argentina, Japan, France and Samoa among countries missing

Canada’s Jake Thiel, left, jumps for the ball against Australia’s Nick Malouf during the Challenge Trophy final at the World Rugby Sevens Series action in Vancouver, B.C., March 10, 2019. Only seven of the men’s core teams are taking part in next week’s HSBC Canada Sevens in Vancouver with New Zealand. Fiji, Australia, Argentina, Japan, France and Samoa among those missing. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ben Nelms