Many of Canada’s top senior women’s rugby players will be in Kelowna this weekend to compete in the Western Canada Rugby Championships at the Apple Bowl. Future prospects for Canadian Olympic, World Cup, and Sevens rugby teams will also be here competing at the U18 and U16 level.
More than 250 athletes will compete to be the ‘best in the west’ and hope their quality of play earns them a tryout for the national team.
The weekend tournament features eight teams competing for a western championship. Four different B.C. provincial teams (16 Men, U18 Women, U18 Men and Senior Women) will compete twice (Friday and Sunday) against a rep team from the Prairies.
Action begins Friday at 2:30 p.m. at the Apple Bowl with the BC U16 men playing Prairie U16 Men, the BC U18 women play the Prairie U18 women at 4 p.m., the BC U18 men vs Prairie U18 men at 5:30, followed by BC Senior Women vs Prairie Senior Women at 7 p.m.
There will also be games Sunday at 10:30 and noon at both the Apple Bowl and Parkinson.
“We are pleased to host the Prairie sides in Kelowna this year,” said Dean Murten, Performance Development Manager for BC Rugby. “We look forward to some quality competitive rugby this weekend.”
“This is a great opportunity for local rugby enthusiasts to see top-level rugby in our own town,” said Doug Manning, tournament organizer. “Our Canadian women’s 15’s and Sevens teams are ranked No. 2 in the world. Many national players will be here to represent B.C. or the Prairies. Also, on the provincial youth teams, many future stars for Canada will get a chance to shine.”
All games are free of charge to the public. Spectators are asked to bring donations to the Food Bank, which will be collected at the Apple Bowl gate.
Games will be live streamed to rugby enthusiasts across the country. The live stream for Apple Bowl games can be viewed at www.bcrugby.com/live.