Ontario Senior Women's Program Update

December 18, 2018


Ontario Senior Women's Program Update


December 18th, 2018

(WHITBY, ON) - The Rugby Ontario High Performance Program is excited to announce a new structure for the Ontario Senior Women’s Team beginning in 2019. In partnership with Rugby Canada, Ontario will now be divided into ONTARIO EAST and ONTARIO WEST. “The rationale behind this change is to support our developing provincial athletes.” stated Rugby Ontario High Performance Manager Paul Connelly. 

  • Regional Hubs support increased training touch points.
  • Expanded player pool across the province.
  • Decrease in travel time and cost to the athlete.
  • Opportunities for professional development for local club and school coaches.

Rugby Canada Senior Women’s Head Coach Sandro Fiorino is in full support of this partnership. “Being able to directly provide S&C, Technical and Tactical support to the Rugby Ontario Regional Program(s) will help better prepare our elite athletes for competition at the International Level.” While the exact program structure is still being finalized, the ONE CALENDAR focus includes: February and March Regional Talent Identification Camps 

(U20 to Sr. Women)

  • April/May Regional Competition
  • End of May/June: Selection of Two Teams from the Two Regional Teams.
  • Ontario Senior Women’s Provincial Team
  • Ontario Developmental Team (U23)
  • July/August: Eastern Canadian Competition (Ontario/Quebec/Atlantic)

As with all Rugby Ontario HP Programs, the ONE CALENDAR approach will support athlete engagement with their home club program and of course, all NSWT events. 

Player Centred

Development Driven

Competition Supported

Regional coaching staff(s) will be finalized in early January, with more team information to follow. If you are interested in becoming involved with the Ontario Senior Women’s Program, please go to the Rugby Ontario Web-site for more information.


The Ontario Blues program is the high performance representative program for male and female rugby players in Ontario. Rugby Ontario is represented at the provincial level by the Ontario Blues. The program includes representative teams from Under-15 to Senior in both Women’s and Men’s Fifteens and Under-18 Men's and Women's Sevens. Specifically, the program is designed to develop and showcase rugby players for Canadian representative national teams.


Rugby Ontario is the provincial sports governing body responsible for the organization of rugby in Ontario. Our mission is to establish a stronger identity for rugby in Ontario by promoting the sport’s core values and by fostering a culture of inclusiveness and excellence on and off the field of play.

To learn more, visit https://www.rugbyontario.com/


Rugby Ontario High Performance Staff

Sean Medeiros - smedeiros@rugbyontario.com

Paul Connelly - pconnelly@rugbyontario.com