About Capilano Rugby Club

The Capilano Rugby Football Club was formed in 1969 after the amalgamation of the North Shore All-Blacks and the West Vancouver Barbarians, two teams that had been playing locally since the 1930s.

From its humble beginnings playing on “borrowed” fields and using a small second-floor warehouse space at the bottom of Lonsdale as a clubhouse, the Capilano club took steps to move forward and secure permanent grounds with an adjoining clubhouse. In 1982 a deal was struck with West Vancouver District to designate Klahanie Park the home of North Shore Rugby. “Klahanie” in the local First Nations dialect means “Welcome”.

After ongoing numerous renovations and improvements, the clubhouse and field facilities have become the park of choice for hosting major games in British Columbia. In the past few years Klahanie has been used for a variety of B.C. representative, Canada Junior and other feature matches. Test sides from Canada, Japan, Georgia, the United States, New Zealand, Hong Kong and England have all used its grounds and clubhouse for training.

In the 1990s the Capilano club focused its attention on growing the player development base from within. Unlike other clubs in B.C. that rely on recruiting players from other clubs or regions, our players help coach students at almost every rugby-playing high school on the North Shore and encourage them to come down to the club and play in what has now become the strongest junior program in Canada. As a direct result of this investment in local youth rugby, the 2003-’04, 2004-’05 and 2011-’12 seasons saw the Capilano Premier Men’s side claim provincial championship titles, while the Capilano Premier Women’s squad also claimed West Coast Women’s Rugby Association championship crowns in 2003-’04 and 2009-’10.

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of rugby on the North Shore, the Club has undertaken the steps to improve the facilities — doubling the size of the clubhouse, adding a new bar and kitchen, change rooms and showers and upstairs washrooms.


Capilano Rugby – Club Presidents

1969 – 1971 Bill Ewing

1971 – 1975 Bucky Ellison

1975 – 1977 Jeremy Dalton

1977 – 1979 Kevin Davies

1979 – 1983 Robin Dyke

1983 – 1984 Eric Cable

1984 – 1987 Iain Sellers

1987 – 1991 Tony Scott

1991 – 1994 John Olmstead

1994 – 1996 Eric Carlson

1996 – 1999 Mark Slay

1999 – 2002 Tony Scott

2002 – 2006 Alan Snowden

2006 – 2009 Steve Cook

2009 – 2014 Ken Robinson

2014 – 2016 Kes Kasha

2016 – Present Nick Belmar

About Burnaby Lake Rugby Club



Players of all abilities from all over the world have enjoyed the spirited play and camaraderie available at BLRC. In addition to offering a first rate Canadian rugby program, BLRC is a friendly and welcoming club, with a vibrant social atmosphere open to all players, regardless of skill level.

We field competitive teams at all skill levels while maintaining a vibrant and collegial club atmosphere. Located just 15 minutes from the heart of beautiful Vancouver, BLRC is home to players of all abilities from all over the world.

Anyone thinking of playing with the Club is welcome to come out to practice and meet the coaches and players. If you’re not sure who to talk to, ask around for Simon Smoldon, Mike Devlin or any one on the executive, any of them would be happy to talk to you.


A Few Technical Glitches : UPDATE


The bcrugbynews.com site is back up in it’s original form, on a new server but all the stories are there. If you don’t see it right away your internet provider DNS server may not be updated yet, it may take a few hours to update.

It has been a tough couple of days with our server going down Wednesday and the techs promising to fix it within the day, then it was the next day, then the next day… etc. It’s still not fixed. So the work around was to resurrect a project I had started last year, nationalrugbynews.com using WordPress. I started it in February 2018 with the idea of perhaps expanding coverage nationally with contributors from various provinces.  It was put on the back shelf but there are a few old articles you’ll see from 2018 that were used to seed the project.Continue reading

Regional Rugby Starts Saturday with Three Matches at Westshore RFC

McKechnie CupThere are three matches at Juan de Fuca park, the home of Westshore RFC.

At 10:30am it will the U23 men’s game, Vancouver Island vs Fraser Valley. BC U19 coach Curry Hitchborn says he’ll be watching the U19 players closely in these matches for his team selection.

Then at noon it will be the senior women with Vancouver Island vs Vancouver, followed by senior men South Island Tide vs North Island Tsunami

We’ll add rosters as we get them but these are the

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Damian and Deb McGrath Farewell at James Bay Clubhouse on May 17th


WHEN – Friday May 17 starting at 5:00 pm
WHERE – James Bay Athletic Association club house , 205 Simcoe Street, Victoria BC

Come join the Canadian National 7’s Team and have a farewell / thank you drink with Damian and Deb who have made such a significant contribution to Canadian rugby !!

If you can’t make it but would like to send Damian and or Deb a message please forward it to –  karl_v_fix@hotmail.com  and it will be passed on to them that evening .

BC Premier Results March 24th 2018


We thought Seattle at home in a must win situation would get the job done but it didn’t happen. CW came away with a win by 12, the score we received was 46-34 for CW but the BCRU website hasn’t confirmed yet. That result puts CW in 3rd at 60 points, 2 ahead of Burnaby at 58. They still trail 2nd place UBC by 10 with 3 games left so little chance of claiming a top two spot. Next weekend is a make-up weekend, no CW activity, but they host UBC on April 7th in their next match. Seattle host UVic next weekend for a game postponed on Feb 24th. Seattle are tied with JBAA for 7th, 5 points behind the Vikes with only two games remaining to make up the difference.Continue reading

Canterbury Rugby Union and Crusaders buy into new Seattle Seawolves team

 The Canterbury Rugby Union and Crusaders have extended their reach and taken minority ownership stakes in the American professional rugby side, the Seattle Seawolves.

​The Canterbury union is a major stakeholder of the Crusaders and both say they will do what they can to help develop players for the Seawolves.

The Seattle-based team was formed last year and will kick off its inaugural season in the new North American professional competition, the Major Rugby League, in April.Continue reading

Allen Vansen Apology Letter: What’s the Reaction

Allen Vansen – Rugby Canada CEO

Within hours of Canada losing to Uruguay, Rugby Canada released the Allen Vansen apology letter. The letter seemed to be pre-written and ready to roll in case of this outcome.

The reaction on facebook was swift and ranged from anger to supportive, but mostly anger.

All 150+ comments can be read in the facebook post shown below.Continue reading