Written By: Brock Smith There’s something about Swilers rugby that’s tough to quantify, to put into words. Chiseled and toughened by the harsh winds and the salt from the ocean breeze, St. John’s rugby players are a hardier stock than most; for 80 minutes, they’re notoriously fearsome, inspired competitors. Sleet. Snow. Gale force winds. They play through it all. Rugby weather, it’s called. However, the moment the final whistle blows, the twinkle returns to their eyes, wry grins return to their faces, hands are extended, and the east coast hospitality kicks into gear. Those who have toured to the City...
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Written By: Adam McQueen On a snowy November Sunday at the University of Guelph’s Alumni Stadium, the UBC Thunderbirds made history.  They also made a statement.  Long perceived as one of the top university rugby programs in the country, UBC settled the argument – at least for this year – in emphatic fashion, winning the inaugural Canadian University Men's Rugby Championship with a 37-12 victory over the Victoria Vikes. “We’ve been working to establish ourselves as the premier university program, not only in Canada but North America and even internationally,” says UBC coach Rameses Langston. “(This win) gave some official...
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Written By: Doug Crosse It was an email from Australian John Eales that delivered the news that Al Charron was in an exclusive club. The World Cup winner and iconic leader of the Wallabies in the 1990s also happens to be the Chairman of the World Rugby Hall of Fame, and was writing to inform and welcome Big Al into a very impressive and highly thought of group of players, including fellow Canadian Gareth Rees. In part, the email read: “It gives me great pleasure - to notify you of your selection as one of the five nominees for induction to the...
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