4 More Years of Canada Sevens

As Vancouver prepares to welcome the world to BC Place for the 2019 HSBC Canada Sevens tournament, Rugby Canada announced that World Rugby has awarded Canada Seven 4 more years, taking the tournament to 2023.

During the announcement at the Celebration of Rugby at šx????n?q Xwtl’e7énk Square (Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza) dozens of Rookie Rugby kids were mentored by Rugby Canada players, John Moonlight, Ghislaine Landry, Justin Douglas and others. Representing the grassroots growth and recognition in the sport Canada Sevens has brought to rugby in BC and across Canada, these youngsters will get to grow up with a world class event in their backyard.

In its’ first three years, HSBC Canada Sevens has raised the bar for rugby in Canada, sparking greater awareness and growth while generating more than $60million in economic activity The city hosts teams from 16 competing nations, including Canada, in addition to fans from near and far, booking more than 2,300 hotel room nights. Teams spend five days in Vancouver prior to the tournament, and visiting schools, community centres or First Nations during their stay to further promote the sport of rugby in the community.

Rugby Canada, Sponsors & Fans at Celebration of Rugby

“The HSBC Canada Sevens Tournament has been a game changer on so many levels, and we’d like to thank World Rugby, HSBC and the global Series partners for the opportunity to once again host this great event for another 4 years,” said Allen Vansen, CEO of Rugby Canada. “The success of this event is due to so many people and organizations.  From the world’s best athletes and fans who shine on and off the field of play, to the dedicated partners and sponsors who are critical in bringing the event to life, to the staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to make this event world class – a heartfelt thanks to all for their collective commitment to excellence.”

Sandra Stuart, HSBC Bank Canada President and Chief Executive Officer, added: “The Sevens Series in Canada has quickly become one of the most anticipated events each year. We’re excited to renew our partnership with Canada Sevens to further grow and celebrate the sport at all levels for years to come.”

Canada Sevens at BC Place

The 2019 HSBC Canada Sevens hits the pitch at BC Place, Saturday March 9th and March 10th, 2019. Limited general admission tickets are still available, book a ticket, grab a costume and cheer on your favourite team!

If you can’t make it to BC Place this weekend, head across the water to take in the HSBC Canada Women’s Sevens at Westhills Stadium in Langford, BC (outside Victoria) May 11 – 12, 2019.


Canada Women’s Sevens Single Tickets On Sale Now

This week single-day tickets for HSBC Canada Women’s Sevens, May 12-13, 2018, went on sale. The two-day tournament is hosted at the home of Canadian Rugby at Westhills Stadium in Langford BC, and will feature twelve of the world’s top women’s rugby sevens teams on Canadian soil. 

General Admission tickets are $30.00, with a reduced-price point of $25.00 for groups of 10 or more, and $35.00 for select Reserved seating.  In its fourth year the HSBC Canada Women’s Sevens will also offer a unique promotion in honour of Mother’s Day on the tournament’s Sunday, May 13th. Fans can buy three GA tickets and get a fourth ticket for free with the promo code MOMPLUS3, the perfect way for the family to celebrate Mom and cheer on our Rugby Canada Women. With Australia, England, Fiji, France, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Spain, and USA coming to Westhills, fans are sure to witness some of the finest rugby.

“Year over year, the HSBC Canada Women’s Sevens in Langford proves to be a great weekend for die-hard rugby enthusiasts, families of all ages, and the community at large that supports our players and our programs year-round,” said Allen Vansen, Rugby Canada CEO. “Once again, we look forward to welcoming the world’s best women’s sevens teams to Langford, and we strongly encourage the public to come out and be a part of this world-class weekend.”

The HSBC Canada Women’s Sevens is the fourth stop on the five-stop Women’s Sevens Series, which wraps in Paris on June 10. After three competitions, the Canadian Women’s Sevens team sits in fifth in the standings, hoping a successful showing in Langford will return the team to their usual Top Three ranking. Last year, in Langford, Canadian Women placed second, in an electric match against New Zealand who scored late to seal their victory. This year, Canadian women will be seeking their first tournament title on home soil to push them up the rankings.

Tickets for HSBC Canada Women’s Sevens can be purchased through canadasevens.com or by calling the Ticket Rocket Box Office: 1-855-842-7575 – hours 10am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Canada Sevens 2018 brings out a record crowd

The 2018 edition of HSBC Canada Sevens Vancouver wrapped up with a record attendance of 77,096 coming through the gates at BC Place this weekend.   If you haven’t attended Canada Sevens or any other stop on the Sevens Series, it’s hard to imagine just how much fun the fans have at the stadium.  Fancy Dress, costumed groups of supporters fill the stadium (and the city) from 8:30am until after 7pm for two days to watch two days of quick, high scoring, action-packed matches of Rugby Sevens.  With sixteen teams from around the globe competing, it feels like the world comes to BC Place for the tournament, even Marvel hero Thor got into the spirit and dressed up as Chris Hemsworth when he stopped by the stadium on Sunday.

Chris Hemsworth starts the countdown for the final

After 45 exciting matches over the two days, Fiji came away with their second win of then 2018 HSBC Seven Series.  The crowd packed in all 39,000 seats on a sold out Saturday, not an empty seat was had for the home team’s debut against Australia. A thrilling match that Canada pull even with Oz on the final play.  A hard fought match against the USA ended in a loss on a last minute turn over before wrapping up the day on a convincing 47-5 win over Uruguay.  Combined with an Australian win over USA on Day 1’s final match meant Canada finished 3rd in Pool A and wouldn’t advance to play for the Cup on Day 2.

A sunny Sunday brought more fancy dress wearing crowds and more action-packed matches.  A Canadian loss to Scotland early on Day 2 meant the home team wouldn’t challenge for the Challenger Trophy and at the end of the day one more win and loss meant 14th place for Canada.
The audience was far from disappointed with Canada’s good play over all their matches but Rugby Sevens moves so quickly one play can change the outcome in a snap.  The final set up to between Kenya and Fiji, both teams with large contingents of cheering fans.  Team Fiji has so many supporters in BC Place that it felt like a home match for them.

The 2019 Canada Sevens men’s tournament is set for next spring but this year Vancouver is bidding to bring 4 more years of Canada Sevens to the city from 2020 – 2023.  If you missed out this year make sure to get your tickets for next year’s HSBC Canada Sevens Vancouver.  For more great Sevens action,  catch Canada’s Olympic Bronze medal winning Women’s team at HSBC Canada Women’s Sevens at Westhills Stadium in Langford (Greater Victoria) May 12-13, 2018 and catch the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco July 20-22, 2018.

Picks of the Week : March 7, 2018

It’s already the second weekend of March and the city is brimming with activities to choose from for our picks of the week.

VTSL : Lady Power

Women: To celebrate International Women’s Day, March 8th, Vancouver TheatreSports League highlights the talented women of VTSL on stage and behind the scenes, with all-female casts for the 7:30pm & 9:15pm shows . Plus first-come, first-served Free admission (available starting at 6pm) to the 9:15pm #noFilter show on Thursday night.

Lila Downs

Pop: Continuing a focus on strong women, Grammy award winning Mexican-American songstress Lila Downs brings her immense talents to the stage at The Chan Centre for Performing Arts, on Saturday night.

Comedy: Laughter continues throughout the city as JFL Northwest brings the best and funniest comedians, like Bill Burr and Trevor Noah, plus Film Festival to Vancouver until March 10th

Kiwi: Rogers Arena will be filled with music fans as Lorde takes the stage on Thursday evening

Dance: Vancouver International Dance Festival brings global rhythm to the stages around the city until March 24th

Heaven: Relive those fumbling, exciting and confusing moments of youth as Eternal Theatre brings the award-winning Seven Minutes In Heaven at Studio 16 until March 10th

HSBC Canada Sevens

Sevens:  If you seen groups of outrageously costumed revellers around downtown, it’s not a timewarp to Halloween, it’s the the HSBC Canada Sevens filling BC Place with the excitement of Rugby Sevens on Saturday and Sunday.

Theatre: The Arts Club has the Tony award winning Fun Home at Granville Island Stage running until March 10 and Forget About Tomorrow, from a creator of Mom’s The Word, is onstage at Goldcorp Stage at BMO Theatre Centre until March 25

Ice: The Vancouver Canucks take to the ice on Wednesday to host Arizona then on Friday hosting Minnesota at Rogers Arena

Electronic: One of the Greatest DJs of all time, Tiesto hits the decks at Harbour Convention Centre (former Edgewater Casino) on Friday night

 

 

Canada vs Uruguay Rugby World Cup Qualifier

canada-uruguay-rugbyThis Saturday, Canada hosts Uruguay for 2019 Rugby World Cup qualification.
While the FIFA World Cup will be getting a lot of our attention this year. While us Canadian soccer fan bemoan our lack of attendance at the big tournament,  the general public might not realize Canada’s Men’s Rugby team have taken to the pitch at Rugby World Cup every tournament since its inception in 1987.

If Canada wins this home and home series against Uruguay they move on to their 9th appearance at the Rugby World Cup as the second qualifier from the Americas. Argentina, the number one ranked team in the Americans gained an automatic berth and Team USA has already qualified with a win over Canada for the Americas first qualifying berth.  In the unforeseen circumstances that Canada does not triumph over Uruguay, they can still qualify via the Americas repechage tournament.

Canada hosts Uruguay, in this first of two matches, at BC Place on January 27th, kick off 5pm.  Then Uruguay hosts Canada on February 3rd.  Following the nearly 30,000 audience for the exhibition match versus Maori All-Blacks, Rugby Canada is anticipating another large and excited crowd for this World Cup qualifier.
Gates open January 27, 2018 at 4pm, kick-off 5pm
Tickets from just $14 are available online at rugbycanada.ca

Rugby Canada v Maori All Blacks draw record crowd

On Friday night, BC Place hosted the largest audience for fifteens rugby ever in Canada as our national team played host to Maori All Blacks from New Zealand.

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The energy of the 29,480 fans in BC Place was electric as the two teams made to the pitch for the anthems.  Then the Maori All Blacks performed the much anticipated Haka.  It was a thrill for all in attendance to witness the iconic Maori challenge in person.

While it was a long stretch for a Rugby Canada team to triumph over any All Blacks team, especially with new head coach Kingsley Jones only having just come onboard and getting used to the team.  With just 4 practices in the books with the young team, Jones had to be pleased with their performance. Although it wasn’t a win, the Canadians held the Kiwis to 9-51, not nearly the rout expected.  The Canadians had chances throughout the match showing flashes of skilled play but some costly errors and turnovers allowed the visitors’ skill to shine through.

There was plenty of All Blacks fans amongst the Red and White army but everyone was a fan of an exciting rugby match, which these teams delivered, in spades.
Next up for Rugby Canada is a series of European matches then a World Cup qualifier at BC Place on January 27th as Canada strives to secure a berth in the 2019 Rugby World Cup

Canada Sevens Early Bird Tickets On Sale Soon

The HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series has announced the early bird on-sale dates for the 3rd annual Canada Sevens tournament.  If you’ve only witnessed the energy of Canada Sevens fans leaving BC Place the last couple years this is your chance to get in on the excitement.

Canada Sevens 2017 takes place March 11 – 12, 2018, at BC Place in downtown Vancouver.  Fans can sign up now for Early Bird access to tickets going on sale September 12th at 10am PT.   Early Bird members will receive an exclusive ticketmaster code on September 11th authorizing a seven day pre-buy window before tickets go on sale to the general public September 19th.

The sevens rugby tournament includes 192 athletes from 16 nations playing 45 matches over the two days with a global audience from 149 countries.  If you’ve not been to a Sevens Series tournament it’s hard to describe the inexplicable energy that takes over the stadium from the thousands of fans.  Morning until night of thrilling rugby matches, food, drink and fancy dress all build up for an amazing weekend. The HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series audience has been steadily growing with Canada Sevens only in its third year, the local tournament has surely contributed to the growth.

Don’t miss out on this year’s excitement; book your tickets, get your gang together and start planning your #SoFancy7s costumes. See you at BC Place in March!