The Ontario Blues Program

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Paul Connelly

Paul Connelly

High Performance Manager
Sean Medeiros

Sean Medeiros

High Performance Coordinator

The Ontario Blues program is the High Performance team of Rugby Ontario. This program includes high performance age-grade rugby from U15-U18, as well as Senior high performance rugby for men and women (and their respective development teams).

The Ontario Blues program has a history of successful development along the player and coach pathway to Rugby Canada’s national program. The Blues also have a history of success on the National stage, in both fifteens and sevens.

For the 2018 season, Rugby Ontario we will be expanding the number of junior teams across Ontario in an attempt to increase our developing player talent pool.

Our younger age groups will work in REGIONAL based teams, while our older age groups will be working as full provincial team programs.

Teams will be divided into a “AAA” and “AA” streams, where they will compete at appropriate levels of competition.

Each team will be composed of 24 players, 3 coaches and 1 manager. Within each age group structure there will be assigned a position specific skill coach focusing on the skills of Half-Back Skill Development, Line-out Throwing and Kicking.

Ontario Jr. Blues Sevens Teams

The Ontario Jr. Blues Sevens teams compete at Rugby Canada’s National U18 7s Championships in British Columbia. In 2018, the event will run from March 8-10, 2018. This year, the Sevens program will also be fielding a U18 Men’s and Women’s team at Tropical 7’s in Orlando, Florida on March 30-31, 2018.

‘The Program’: Ontario Jr. Blues Rugby Academy

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On top of the in-season teams, Rugby Ontario has introduced ‘The Program’ – a full year development experience for age-grade rugby players in Ontario.

More information can be found in the information document below.


  • To establish a Culture of Excellence within Ontario Rugby
  • To improve the overall quality of Rugby in Ontario
  • To develop Ontario’s top athletes for entry in National Programs


  • 12 Month Strength and Conditioning Program / Testing supported by ETS (Elite Training Systems)
  • Off-season position specific and core skill training
  • Comprehensive Competition Schedule


Centralized Combine Dates (Whitby Dome)

  • Combine #1: November 17th, 10am-4pm
  • Combine #2: January 19th, 10am-4pm
  • Combine #3: March 30th, 10am-4pm

West Academy (University of Guelph)

  • December 8th, 12:30pm-4:30pm
  • January 12th, 2pm-6pm
  • February 3rd, 2pm- 6pm
  • February 23rd, 10am-2pm
  • March 16th, 10am-2pm

Central Academy (Whitby Dome)

  • December 8th, 10am-2pm
  • January 12th, 10am-2pm
  • February 2nd, 10am-2pm
  • February 23rd, 10am-2pm
  • March 16th, 10am-2pm

East Academy (University of Ottawa)

  • December 9th, 8am-12pm
  • January 6th,   8am-12pm
  • February 3rd,  7am-11:30am
  • February 24th,  7:30am-11:30am
  • March 17th,  7am -11:3oam