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Naramata man inducted into the BC Rugby Hall of Fame

More commonly known throughout the rugby world as 'Ro', Robert Hindson of Naramata will be the newest inductee into the B.C. Rugby Hall of Fame.

The dinner and induction ceremony will be held Friday, Aug. 12 at the Deklta Grand in Kelowna, during the Okanagan Summer Rugby Festival.

Hindson played lock for Canada 31 different times over a 17-year span, playing his first national game against Wales in Toronto in the summer of 1973. He was Canada’s most capped player for many years, in a time when the country played only two or three international games a year.

Hindson also played many times for Canada at the Hong Kong Sevens tournament, and was the only Canadian to be selected to the Southern Hemisphere Barbarian Tour of South Africa in 1987.

He was recognized internationally for his jumping ability in lineouts, in an era where ‘lifting’ was penalized. His running skills and ‘fifth gear’ made him a very difficult athlete to tackle. Hindson even was an accomplished goal kicker, an uncommon skill for a rugby forward. Even forty years ago, Ro’s ‘toe-punch’

style of kicking was a throw-back method for kicking at goal.

Jeff Sauvé, Chief Executive Officer of B.C. Rugby said it was an easy choice.

“Ro’s athletic accomplishments are well known to anyone who played rugby in the 1970’s and 80’s,” said Sauvé. “Ro is a B.C .Rugby legend and are proud to add this outstanding international player from the Okanagan to our B.C. Rugby Hall of Fame.”

Tickets for the dinner are available from the Central Okanagan Rugby Enthusiasts. Tickets are $75 and include a ticket to the Canadian Rugby championship game to be played at the Apple Bowl the next day.

Contact Doug Manning (dmanning@corerugby.com) to purchase a ticket or table.

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