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30 October, 2013



(TORONTO, ON) – Rugby Ontario is proud to announce the four individuals selected for induction into the Rugby Ontario Hall of Fame as the Class of 2013.

Honoured by the Rugby Ontario Hall of Fame Selection Committee as the eleventh group of enshrinees are David Burnett, Trevor Jones, Allen Piggott, and John Reich.

“The achievements and contributions made by these four individuals throughout the lengthy time they spent building the sport of rugby in Ontario make them an integral part of our history,” said Domenic Scuglia, Rugby Ontario President. “The Rugby Ontario Board of Directors is proud to unanimously approve the Selection Committee’s recommendation for their induction into the Rugby Ontario Hall of Fame.”

The Class of 2013 will be honoured at the Rugby Ontario Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony in Scarborough, ON, on the evening of Dec. 7th, 2013. The ceremony will be held at the Delta Toronto East Hotel, and will be followed by our Hall of Fame Dinner.

2013 Rugby Ontario Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony Schedule:

5:30pm - 6:00pm: Hall of Fame Reception
6:00pm - 7:30pm: Hall of Fame Inductions
7:30pm - 10:00pm: Hall of Fame Dinner

Tickets to the Hall of Fame Dinner are $85 each, or $750 for a ten-seat table. The deadline to purchase tickets to the event is Nov. 29th.

For more information regarding the purchasing of tickets, please refer to the Rugby Ontario Hall of Fame Dinner Ticket Order Form.

David Burnett – Builder:

David Burnett’s initial contribution to rugby in Ontario was as a player in the late 1980s; while playing for Niagara Old Boys, Burnett made the jump to coaching, leading the Burlington Centaurs to promotion to the Senior A League in 1989, a role he would continue to hold for the following five years. It was during this time that Burnett began his representative coaching career, taking charge of the Niagara Rugby Union’s Senior Men’s team for the Ontario Rugby Union’s inter-branch play.

Burnett would go on to serve as president of the Burlington Centaurs (1999-2002), as chairman of the Niagara Thunder (2004), as president of the Rugby Canada Super League (2007), as manager of the Niagara Thunder (2009-2010), and as secretary of the Eastern Canada Junior Rugby Championship (2011).

Burnett was also a member of the Niagara Rugby Referees Society for over 20 years, refereeing numerous Halton Region high school rugby fixtures, as well as NRU league matches.

Burnett’s legacy within Ontario’s rugby community is seen in the players, coaches, and administrators he mentored over the years, who carry forward his passion and desire to grow the sport.

Trevor Jones – Builder:

Trevor Jones has been an integral part of sport of rugby in Ontario for well over 50 years. After immigrating to Canada in 1957, Jones initially served as a player and member of the executive for the Canadian Bank of Commerce Rugby Club, before joining the Irish Canadian Rugby Club in 1963. Jones would play until 1975, captaining the 2nd XV, winning club MVP in 1972, and serving on the executive in various roles, including secretary, treasurer, social director, and club president (1976).

Jones has a very long list of notable contributions to the sport of rugby in Ontario: he is known for having served as the Ontario Rugby Union’s director of finance (1973), the Canadian representative on the International Golden Oldies Secretariat (1989-1993), Fletcher’s Fields’ director of finance during a period of heavy expansion (early 1990s), director of the Canadian Rugby Foundation (2007-2010), chair of the Irish Canadian Rugby Club’s Strategic Planning Committee that spearheaded the club’s merger with Markham Rugby Club (2010), and most recently, a member of the Rugby Canada Organizing Committee for the 2013 Canada vs. Ireland match that set a Canadian attendance record.

Jones is highly respected within Ontario’s rugby community. He never misses a Saturday match, and still tirelessly donates his time to developing the sport at the club, provincial, and national levels.

Allen Piggott – Builder:

Since arriving in Canada after emigrating from his native Wales in 1969, Allen Piggott has been a primary figure in the growth of the sport of rugby in Ontario. From 1969 to 1978, he played for Toronto Welsh, captaining the club in 1973 and 1974. From there, Piggott quickly established himself as one of Canada’s top rugby referees; he took up officiating the sport in 1978 with the Toronto & District Rugby Referees' Society and remained a member until 1990. During that time, he was also an Ontario Rugby Referees Society Panel Referee and a Rugby Canada panel referee (1982-1990). 

Piggott led the Toronto & District Referees Society from 1978 to 1985, serving as president, treasurer and development officer, and then became a member of the Ontario Rugby Referees Society from 1980 to 1989. Piggott also served as the director responsible for the National Referee Certification Program. Later, from 2002 to 2005, Piggott served as Chairman of the Rugby Canada Referee & Laws Committee. 

As a coach, Piggott helmed the Yeomen women's team in 1991 and 1992, and the Markham women in 1993 and 1994. However, club and national activities had to give way when Piggott was made the Executive Director of Rugby Ontario, a role he held from 2001 to 2009. Piggott assumed the Presidency of Rugby Ontario in 2010, to allow the Union to seek a replacement and establish a new Board. 

For more than 40 years, Piggott has worked tirelessly to champion the sport’s development in Ontario.

John Reich – Builder:

John Reich has been a pillar of rugby in York Region and the province of Ontario for the past few decades. Under his guidance, one of the most successful club mergers in Ontario rugby history took place in 2002, when the Toronto Barbarians and the Aurora Rugby Club amalgamated to become the Aurora Barbarians.

Serving on the Barbarians’ executive since 2002, in roles including president and treasurer, Reich has had a helping hand in the production and development of no less than fifteen national and provincial level players; whether he provided resources or gathered resources, Reich is known for going out of his way to ensuring players under his tutelage have had the necessary means to represent themselves and their club at the national and provincial levels.

Beyond the club level, Reich has contributed greatly to Ontario’s rugby community, playing vital roles in ensuring the effectiveness of numerous Rugby Ontario Annual General Meetings, Special General Meetings, and steering committees.

Rugby Ontario Hall of Fame Inductees:


Paul Ambrose (2007)

Bob Illman (2007)

Ian Nicoll (2005)

Hedley Benyon (2006)

Dai Rhys Jones (2000)

George Pay (2000)

David Boswell (1999)

George Jones (1999)

Allen Piggott (2013)

Simon Blackwell (2008)

Ken Jones (2008)

John Platts (2002)

John Brown (1999)

Kevin Jones (2007)

Tony Postlethwaite (2006)

Eamonn Browner (2001)

Ron Jones (2001)

John Reich (2013)

David Burnett (2013)

Trevor Jones (2013)

Hal Rowan (1999)

George Carson (2000)

Vince Jones (1999)

John Russell (2001)

Al Charron (2006)

Helen Kaira (2006)

Ken Smith (2002)

Brian Chatland (2008)

Chris Krause (2000)

David Swift (2003)

Bill Curtis (2004)

Bishop G. Marshall (1999)

Glenn Tarver (2008)

Norm Donaldson (1999)

Jim McCann (2005)

Heather Vesh (2005)

Anthony Earl (2000)

Vic McCormick (2001)

Natascha Wesch (2007)

Bob Elder (2004)

Bob McGeein (2008)

Brian Williams (1999)

Denis Fletcher (2002)

Rev. Fred Miller (1999)

Paul Wilson (2007)

Arthur Fowler (2000)

Gina Minutillo (2003)

Stan Woodburn (2001)

Iain Greig (2008)

Ed Mitchell (2003)

Millar Young (2002)

John Guilfoyle (2003)

Malcolm ‘Mac’ Mitchell (2006)

Murray Young (2004)

Monty Heald (2004)

Ron Moss (2006)

James Hugh (2001)

Larry Nancekivell (2002)

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.

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About the Rugby Ontario Hall of Fame

Formed in 1999 to recognize, honour, and celebrate individuals for their outstanding achievements and contributions with Rugby Ontario and the Ontario Rugby Community, the Rugby Ontario Hall of Fame is housed online, and is accessible with a click of a mouse as part of the Rugby Ontario internet network.

To date, 58 individuals have been inducted into the Rugby Ontario Hall of Fame.

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For more information, please contact:

Brock Smith
Communications Coordinator
Rugby Ontario
Office: 416 426-7049 


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