Written by: Chris Perrotte      "Building Community through Rugby and Rugby through Community."  Since the inception of the Toronto Inner City Rugby Foundation, this organization has lived by that motto, providing opportunities for many young men and women throughout the communities of Toronto. “TIRF has provided me with the opportunity to share my love for the game with children and youth who might not otherwise get a chance to be involved in organized sport", says 19 year old Thomas. “I know, from personal experience, the immense value that comes with participation in sport generally, and rugby specifically. It is incredibly...
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Written by: Brock Smith   Photograph by: Michael Schroeder   Growing up, Rob Brouwer didn't have much time for sports. As a teenager, long summer days were spent working on his family’s farm on the outskirts of Lindsay, Ontario, a largely rural community about two hours northeast of Toronto. Back then, you’d be more likely to find the soon-to-be-formidable prop out in the fields, rather than in the middle of a scrum on the pitch. At that point in his life, Brouwer had never even picked up a rugby ball. “We worked until the work was done,” says Brouwer. “That’s life on...
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Written by: Mark Janzen     His last name is Beukeboom. In Canada, that’s all you need to know. He’s going to be big (probably 6-foot-5). He’s going to work hard. And he’s going to be one bloody tough individual. Matt Beukeboom: Yup. Yup. And…yup. “Matt is a very physical guy,” says Canadian men’s U20 head coach Jeff Williams. “He’s a no-nonsense guy. If you can crack a smile from him, that would great. He just doesn’t switch off. His level of intensity is what’s so great and he makes everyone come with that intensity.” Sound familiar? His uncle, Jeff Beukeboom,...
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Written by: Karen Gasbarino-Knutt     On April 18, 2015, ASM Clermont Auvergne, top team in the Top 14 of France Rugby, played the Saracens of the English Premiership in the European Rugby Championship semi-final match. The finals in the ERC are anticipated by rugby fans; it’s a fantastic showcase for the best teams from France and the UK at the end of their prospective seasons. Jamie Cudmore, a Canadian Rugby icon after a decade on the pitch and lock for ASM and Team Canada, found himself knocking heads with big Saracens and England number 8 Billy Vunipola midway through the...
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