Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Canada: BC Bears announce South American tour

Photo BC Rugby News
The 2014 calendar has been released for the BC Bears. The Canadian provincial side is to celebrate 125 years of the British Columbia Rugby Union by participating in a new match series including a tour to South America in July. The team will begin by facing the Canada Selects side in three weeks time and will continue playing until the completion of the Canadian Rugby Championship (CRC) in September.

The opening match of the season for the BC Bears is to be an official commemoration for British Columbia rugby as the May 31 fixture agaisnt the Canada Selects side will be the official 125th anniversary match. It is to be played at Klahanie Park in West Vancouver and will be the only match before the team embarks on a tour of Argentina and Uruguay.

The BC Bears are to play matches in Buenos Aires and Montevideo and do so on a very short turn-around. The Canadians are to face a Buenos Aires representative team on July 16 and then take on Uruguay on July 19 on the other side of Rio de la Plata. 

The CRC is to start three weeks after the match against Uruguay. The BC Bears are in search of returning to the top of Canadian rugby as the province which had fourteen of the fifteen players who started the Rugby World Cup 1991 Quarter Final against New Zealand has been off the pace in recent years. Indeed the BC Bears have not won the CRC MacTier Cup since 2009 as the Ontario Blues have instead dominated winning the previous three editions.  

BC Bears 2014 Schedule 
May 31: BC Bears vs Canada Selects (Klahanie Park, West Vancouver) 
July 16: BC Bears vs Buenos Aires Reps (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
July 19: BC Bears vs Uruguay (Montevideo, Uruguay)
Aug 9: CRC BC Bears at Prairie Wolf Pack (Calgary Rugby Park, Alberta) 
Aug 16: CRC Prairie Wolf Pack at BC Bears (Apple Bowl, Kelowna)
Sept 4: CRC Atlantic Rock at BC Bears (Klahanie Park, West Vancouver)
Sept 7: CRC Ontario Blues at BC Bears (Klahanie Park, West Vancouver)
Sept 18: CRC BC Bears at Ontario Blues (Guelph University Stadium)
Sept 21: CRC BC Bears at Atlantic Rock (Swiler’s Rugby Complex, West Vancouver)

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