Written By: Brock Smith It would have been perfectly understandable if Gordon Stringer just grieved. After his 17-year-old daughter, Rowan, died following a series of concussions while playing rugby in 2013, it would have been perfectly reasonable for Gordon and his wife, Kathleen, to remove themselves from the public spotlight. To take time to recover from the incomparable pain that comes with losing a child. To heal. Five years ago, the Stringers had a decision to make. They could either mourn the loss of their daughter in relative solitude – a choice that would have certainly been their prerogative – or share Rowan’s...
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Written By: Adam McQueen The game of rugby and the Svoboda family are inextricably linked; one simply does not go without the other. The Svoboda sisters – Katie, Sara, and Tia – are well aware of this fact. Their father and uncle are both former Canadian internationals; the latter represented Canada for the better part of a decade and appeared in the first three World Cups. Their cousin, Matt Mullins, is a current member of the Canadian 7s team. Nowadays, twins Katie and Sara, as well as their younger sibling Tia, are carving their respective names in the Canadian rugby landscape. Katie received...
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Photos and Text: Mark Janzen It wasn’t the result Canada had hoped for. A 38-29 home loss to Uruguay sent Canada to another defeat in its efforts to qualify for the Rugby World Cup 2019. Now, to earn qualification within the two-match total points series, the Canadian squad, which features an impressive selection of professionals, must steal a 10-point victory in the second leg in Montevideo, Uruguay Saturday (3pm ET/12pm PT). Indeed, Canada is in a quandary.   It looked good early on, with Canada holding a 17-7 lead midway through the first half, but it wasn’t meant to be...
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