2023 Marshall League Preview

May 09, 2023


2023 Marshall League Preview


May 9, 2023

(WHITBY, ON) – It’s that time again! Men’s summer rugby is back! Rugby Ontario is pleased to announce the schedule and league structure for the 2023 Marshall League.

The 2023 Marshall League will consist of 16 clubs, divided into two conferences. Within each conference, the teams have been placed into two regional divisions of four.

Conference A

North: Aurora Barbarians, Barrie RFC, Markham Irish, Toronto Scottish.

East: Ajax Wanderers, Balmy Beach, Oshawa Vikings Peterborough Pagans.

Conference B

South: Burlington Centaurs, Crusaders RFC, Toronto Nomads, Vaughan Yeoman.

West: Brantford Harlequins, Guelph RFC, London St. George, Waterloo County.

The league will open the regular season on May 13th and run for ten rounds. Each club will field a 1st and 2nd side. The 1st XV for each club will compete in the Marshall 1st League and the 2nd XV will compete in the Marshall 2nd League. Each league will crown a league champion.

The Marshall League playoffs will take place on August 12th and August 19th. Teams will playoff versus the liked ranked teams from the other regions in a semi-final and finals format. The results will determine the seeding for the McCormick Cup and Fall Cup, as well as which teams will participate in the Intermediate Cup versus the branch representatives.

Both the 1st and 2nd team competition points will be counted equally towards a Club Championship. The winner will be based on total 1st XV and 2nd XV points. All 10 rounds of regular season play, and 2 playoff weeks will be counted.

The McCormick Cup will feature the top seven Marshall teams and the top men’s team from the EORU. The Fall Cup will run simultaneously and will feature the next 7 Marshall teams with EORU 2 being invited to round out the bracket. The Cups will begin with Round One on September 9th. The finals will be played at Fletcher’s Fields on Saturday, September 30th, 2023, as part of McCormick Cup Day.

“It is exciting to be geared up for another summer of Marshall rugby. Based on last year we are set for another competitive Marshall season, and I personally am looking forward to seeing how it all shakes out.” said Rugby Ontario's Manager, Competitions & Events, Mark Kellington.

 To view the full Marshall schedule click here. Stay tuned to the Rugby Ontario social media channels to see weekly schedules and league updates. For more information on Senior Leagues, please contact Mark Kellington at mkellington@rugbyontario.com.


Rugby Ontario is the provincial sports governing body responsible for the organization of rugby in Ontario. Our mission is to lead, support and promote Rugby for All from communities to clubs to province. This mission signals a movement toward creating a more cohesive, supportive and progressive sporting environment that is responsive to the needs of all members.

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Mark Kellington

Competitions and Events Manager - Rugby Ontario


Rugby Ontario



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