The British Columbia Bears (formerly Pacific Tyee) are the senior men's representative rugby team for British Columbia. They were founded in 2009 to compete in the Americas Rugby Championship against other representative teams from Canada, Argentina, and the United States. In their inaugural season, the Bears went undefeated in round robin play against other Canadian teams and only fell to the Argentina Jaguars in the ARC Final.
|Top scorer||Connor Braid (83)|
|Most tries||Sean Ferguson (6)|
|League(s)||Canadian Rugby Championship|
Beginning in 2010 the team, along with the Ontario Blues, The Rock, and the Prairie Wolf Pack, have participated in the newly formed Canadian Rugby Championship. This offshoot of the Americas Rugby Championship sees these teams once again compete in a round robin schedule.
The Bears do not have a permanent home ground but play at various fields around British Columbia. In their inaugural year the team hosted matches at Brockton Oval in Vancouver and MacDonald Park in Victoria as well as at Westhills Stadium (then known as Bear Mountain Stadium) in Langford. The 2010 season saw the Bears play exclusively at Klahanie Park in West Vancouver. 2011 saw the team again play a majority of their home games at Klahanie with the exception of one match being played at the Apple Bowl in Kelowna. For the 2013 season, the Bears played exclusively at Westhills Stadium.
Americas Rugby ChampionshipEdit
|Canadian final||BC Bears 12 – 8 Ontario Blues|
|ARC final||Argentina Jaguars 35 – 11 BC Bears|
Canadian Rugby ChampionshipEdit
Squad for the 2018 Canadian Rugby Championship season
The following players have represented Canada at full international level.
The following players have achieved representative honours at an international level.
Games played against international oppositionEdit
|2009||17 October||Argentina Jaguars||Loss||11–35||2009 Americas Rugby Championship Final|
|2009||24 November||Russia||Win||38–16||2009 Russia tour of Canada|
|2010||12 June||England Counties||Loss||7–46||2010 Tour of Canada|
|2010||18 June||Royal New Zealand Navy (HMNZS Te Kaha)||Win||71–5||Part of Canadian Navy's Centennial|
|2014||16 July||Buenos Aires||Loss||7–38||BC Bears 2014 South American Tour|
|2014||19 July||Uruguay||Win||21–20||BC Bears 2014 South American Tour|
|2016||10 August||North Otago||Tie||22–22||North Otago 2016 Canadian Tour|
|2018||23 June||Royal Air Force||Win||23-19||RAF 2018 Western Canada Tour|
Head coaching historyEdit
|Kris de Scossa||2011||2-3||40.0%|
- "British Columbia Rugby Union Announces BC Bears Franchise". B.C. Rugby Union. 20 August 2009. Retrieved 2014-06-21.[permanent dead link]