We are starting our outdoor practices!
Please be at W-O high school 1206 Snyder's Rd W New Hamburg for 6:30 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays Starting April 24th. Wear weather appropriate clothing.
Practice goes until 8 pm. Beer and fun to follow every Thursday at the 'Scan and Dran' in New Hamburg
Our registration link is open!! Click Here to register
Our next executive meting will be held on Tuesday, May 1st, 2018 at the New Hamburg Legion. Meeting will start after practice, around 8 pm.
All Executive members please plan on attending, we have a lot to discuss surrounding this upcoming season.
Rugby Ontario Statement RE: Rugby Canada Dues Increase
To the Ontario rugby community,
There has been a lot of backlash in response to the announced increase in Rugby Canada (RC) dues. Much of it is based on misconceptions.
There was in fact a Special Meeting of the RC members (the 10 provinces) at which the dues increase was overwhelmingly approved. Not because anyone was happy with it - far, far, from it - but because, after many weeks of searching for a workable solution, there was no other alternative. Rugby Ontario did insist that the increase was tied to a minimum three-year dues freeze.
What is at stake here is qualifying for the Rugby World Cup and the approximately $1.2 million per year that brings to RC revenue. Money that is spent across all programs. Women’s. Men’s. Fifteens. Sevens.
What the provinces voted to do was invest $450,000 in an effort to return nearly $5 million over the next four years. To do otherwise would have a devastating effect on us as a rugby nation.
There have been many comments that it is unfair for everyone to have to pay for the men’s program. The reality is that there are only really three meaningful areas that generate money for rugby in Canada. The Rugby World Cup for men’s fifteens, the Vancouver Sevens for men’s sevens, and Own the Podium support for women’s Olympic sevens.
That money, combined with dues and sponsorships, pays for all of the programs that RC is involved with. You cannot pick and choose to accept funds from one program but refuse to support other programs. That road leads to division and failure.
Rugby Ontario was a strong leader amongst the provincial unions to eliminate pay-to-play for women and we will take a strong role to hold RC fiscally accountable going forward, while working to ensure that all of our national programs - men and women – do not have to return to pay-to-play. That is how serious this situation could become.
It is at times of crisis such as this that the rugby community comes together and exhibits the culture that differentiates our sport from all the others.
We ask you to stand together now.
Yours in rugby,
Rugby Ontario Board of Directors
Rugby Canada raises dues for a second time it 2018.
Rugby Canada has decided to use its membership as an ATM to try and make up for its poor programing at a national level. Click on the link below to see the statement made by RC.
Rookie Rugby has a new financial partner; HSBC.
VANCOUVER, March 8, 2017 /CNW/ - As momentum builds for the 2017 HSBC Canada Vancouver Sevens happening March 11 and 12 in Vancouver, leading international bank HSBC will become Rugby Canada's official financial services partner, deepening its commitment to Rugby in Canada. A global sponsor of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series since 2010, HSBC's latest commitment will help Rugby Canada deliver a range of new and expanded programs across Canada over the next three years (2017-2020).
"Rugby resonates with HSBC's values and global operational footprint: it is growing in popularity in markets where we as a bank are growing, and its values of courage, respect, and teamwork align well with our own organizational values," said Sandra Stuart, President & CEO, HSBC Bank Canada. "Central to HSBC's vision for rugby sevens is a dedication to grassroots growth, and so we are very excited to join forces with Rugby Canada to help grow the sport in communities across the country."
HSBC will also assume the title sponsorship for Rugby Canada's Rookie Rugby program, a national grassroots initiative that aims to build participation in the sport at all levels.
"The Rookie Rugby program has reached over 85,000 participants across Canada. With HSBC's support, the program is expected reach in excess of 375,000 participants over a 3 year period," said Allen Vansen, CEO of Rugby Canada. "HSBC's multi-year investment in the sport of rugby in Canada sends a powerful message to all of the players in our system, and to those who are considering trying the sport for the first time, that rugby is on the rise, and that we are committed to its growth at all levels."
Rookie Rugby is played in schools, parks, recreation leagues, and community organizations across the country. The rules are simple, the game is easy to learn, and minimal equipment is required. Details on the program can be found at rookierugby.ca.
Growth of rugby in Canada and around the world
HSBC's 2016 Future of Rugby Report predicted that the seven million current rugby players worldwide will likely reach 10 million by 2020 and 15 million within the decade, "with most coming into the game through sevens."
Added Vansen, "This recent growth has seen its breakthrough in the North American market. In 2016, the inaugural Vancouver leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series drew the largest rugby crowd in Canada's history and the province of B.C. saw an estimated $17.8 million in economic activity. The 2017 leg has already shattered this record in ticket sales and promises to attract a growing broadcast audience as well."
HSBC has been a long term supporter of rugby around the world, and has been the title sponsor of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series since 2010. Already hugely popular in markets like Hong Kong and London, the newly expanded series is providing even greater opportunity for growth. From grassroots to high performance, HSBC is committed to supporting game of Sevens on its journey, helping elite players achieve their goal of being the best in the world, and introducing young players to the game.