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LINDSAY RUGBY CLUB AND ONTARIO BLUES ANNOUNCE PLANS FOR INVITATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL SEVENS TOURNAMENT

 

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11 June, 2013

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LINDSAY RUGBY CLUB AND ONTARIO BLUES ANNOUNCE PLANS FOR INVITATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL SEVENS TOURNAMENT

(TORONTO, ON) – Lindsay Rugby Club and the Ontario Blues provincial men’s rugby team are happy to announce details surrounding the Blues Invitational Sevens tournament.

The tournament will take place on Saturday, September 14th at the Lindsay Rugby Club, and will be held prior to the Blues’ Canadian Rugby Championship match against British Columbia (kickoff 4:30 p.m.). Round-robin matches will be played at four satellite pitches in the Lindsay area, with semi-finals and finals held at the Lindsay Rugby Club itself.

The tournament is open to 16 teams of high school senior boys.

National and provincial coaches will be in attendance, offering elite high school rugby players the opportunity to showcase their skills.

“This tournament is all about bringing young aspirant players into the elite arena,” said Lindsay club president Alison Westrop. “Coaches and scouts are always looking for upcoming players, this will give the teams an opportunity to play in front of these selectors.” 

One of the coaches present will include Blues head coach Chris Silverthorn.

“We’re looking to identify the best athletes on the field,” said Silverthorn. “It doesn’t matter the shape or size of the athlete, as this tournament gives us the chance to look at a wide range of up-and-coming elite players.”

The final games of the tournament will be played immediately before the Blues/BC showdown.

“After the tournament’s final, there is the opportunity to watch some of the best rugby players in Canada play,” Westrop added. “With all this rugby in one day, does it get any better?”

The cost per 12-man team is $180, which includes a ticket to the Blues/BC match.

“This is a big venue in a smaller town, and it will become a big event. I’m expecting a crowd of at least 1,200,” said Silverthorn. “The Blues will benefit from playing in front of a very vocal crowd of family, friends, and supporters.” 

Interested teams are urged to contact the Lindsay Rugby Club at info@lindsayrugby.com 

Further details, including ticketing information, prizing, and CRC match information will be released closer to the date of the tournament.

Ontario Blues 2013 Schedule

ATLANTIC ROCK @ BLUES

Saturday, August 17th, 2013

Kick off: 4:30 p.m.

Sherwood Forest Park, Burlington, Ontario


LIFE UNIVERSITY RUNNING EAGLES @ BLUES

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Kick off: 6 p.m.

Crusaders Park, Oakville, Ontario


BLUES @ BRITISH COLUMBIA

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Kick off: 4:30 p.m. local time, 7:30 p.m. EDT

Westhills Stadium, Langford, British Columbia


BLUES @ PRAIRIE WOLFPACK

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

Kick off, location: TBA


BRITISH COLUMBIA @ BLUES

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

Kickoff: 4:30 p.m.

Lindsay Rugby Park, Lindsay, Ontario


BLUES @ ATLANTIC ROCK

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

Kickoff, location: TBA


About Ontario Blues:

The Ontario Blues program is the high performance representative program for male rugby players in Ontario. It is designed to develop and showcase male athletes for Rugby Canada teams. 

The senior team represents Ontario in the annual Canadian Rugby Championship, and is looking for its third-straight title, having won the championship’s MacTier Cup in both 2011 and 2012. 

About Lindsay Rugby Football Club:

Founded in 1978, Lindsay fields a senior men’s team, a senior women’s team, a women’s flag rugby team, and a variety of junior teams from U8 to U18.

For more information, visit http://lindsayrugby.com/

About Rugby Ontario:

Rugby Ontario is the provincial sports governing body responsible for the organization of rugby in Ontario. Our mission is to promote, govern, and develop rugby at all levels in a safe, affordable and enjoyable environment within the province of Ontario.

For more information, visit http://www.rugbyontario.com/

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For more information, please contact: 

Brock Smith
Communications Coordinator
Rugby Ontario
Office: 416 426-7049
bsmith@rugbyontario.com

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