National rugby event coming to Kelowna

Canada West championships come to Apple Bowl and Parkinson fields this summer

  • Wed Mar 4th, 2015 8:00pm
  • Sports

Kelowna will play host to Rugby Canada’s recently implemented Canada West Rugby Championships.

Eight western teams will play back-to-back games at the Apple Bowl and Parkinson fields on July 30 and August 2.

Four provincial sides from B.C.—under-16 Men, under-18 Women, under-18 Men, and the provincial women’s team—will take on the Prairies representative program.

Players will be selected from the tournament to travel to Ottawa in August and represent Canada West. Canada West and Rugby Canada selectors will be in attendance in Kelowna, observing games and delivering skill development clinics.

Kelowna was selected because of its attractive summer climate and convenience for both representative sides. Jim Dixon, CEO of BC Rugby stated, “BC Rugby is very proud to have been awarded the hosting of the inaugural Canada West Rugby Championships, and Kelowna is the perfect host city. Great venues, a strong volunteer community and proven track record of delivering great events were a significant reason for choosing Kelowna.”

The event will be supported by the Central Okanagan Rugby Enthusiasts (CORE), a local sport development society dedicated to growth of the game of rugby.

“We are very pleased to host these eight elite rugby teams in Kelowna,” said Doug Manning, CORE President. “By featuring top-level games in our community, it promotes a modern awareness of the fast, enterprising, and fitness-oriented sport that rugby has become.”

For further information about the Canada West Rugby Championships in Kelowna this summer, contact Doug Manning at 4dougmanning@gmail.com.