Canadian Rugby Championship
The Canadian Rugby Championship (CRC) (French: Championnat provincial du Canada de rugby à XV) is an amateur rugby union league located in Canada, partially funded by the International Rugby Board (IRB). It is the highest level of domestic rugby in Canada. There are four representative teams from regions across Canada, competing for the MacTier Cup. The regular season goes from August to September, and there is no post-season. The CRC was started in 2009 by Rugby Canada. The league continues to grow each year, with further games being added to the schedule, and the format having changed in each of its first three years, making the league more competitive and a prospect of becoming professional one day.
|Current season, competition or edition:|
2018 CRC season
|No. of teams||4|
|Ontario Blues (5th title)|
|Most titles||Ontario Blues (5 titles)|
Gord Sneddon is the current league commissioner.
Canadian Rugby Championship Tournament (U19 Men, U20 Women, Senior Women)Edit
Rugby Canada also runs Canadian Rugby Championship tournaments for Under-19 Men, Under-20 Women and Senior Women. The national union hosts this week-long tournament in the last half of July annually. The most recent tournament took place from July 16-22, 2018 with the Ontario Blues winning the U19 Men's division, the Prairie Wolf Pack winning the U20 Women's division and Rugby Quebec winning the Senior Women's division.
For past results and more information: Canadian Rugby Championship website
The North America 4Edit
In 2006, the IRB started the North America 4 (NA4), to help create a higher level of rugby in North America, as well as to develop players and provide a pathway to national team selection and to make North American rugby teams more competitive at international level. It was contested by four teams, two each from Canada and the USA.
The American Rugby ChampionshipEdit
On September 7, 2009 the IRB scrapped the NA4 and unveiled the ARC competition, in which Canada, the USA and Argentina would send representative teams to play for a championship title (Tonga was later added in the second season, replaced with Uruguay from 2012 onwards)
In order to select a team that would play in the ARC, Rugby Canada unveiled the CRC, with the champion and runner-up advancing to the ARC. The BC Bears Coached by Mike James and Kris de Scossa were inaugural champions, who went on to play Argentina Jaguars, Russia and England Counties. Following the first season, a Canada Selects team was chosen by Team Canada coach Kieran Crowley instead, exclusively from players who competed in the CRC.
The following season, the same six game season was used, however a post-season was added—with the top two teams squaring off in a final at the home venue of the team which amassed the most points during the regular season.
In 2011 the format changed yet again, scrapping the final and instead going back to a round-robin competition. This time with ten games, each team playing five. The western teams (the BC Bears and the Prairie Wolf Pack) played three home games and two away games, while this schedule was reversed for the two eastern teams, (the Ontario Blues and the Atlantic Rock). In 2012, this was switched, having the western teams play two home games and three away games, with the eastern teams playing the opposite.
Also in 2011 a U19 (Under 19) Canadian Rugby Championship (U19 CRC) was launched. The results over the last four years have seen the BC Bears U19 winning 3 out of the four national titles with Ontario Blues U19 gaining one title. The head coach of the BC Bears over this period was also Kris de Scossa (BC Bears senior coach), who with the BC Bears U19 won 15 out of 16 championship matches.
The CRC is broken up into a pre-season and a round robin season, with no post-season. During the pre-season teams play exhibition matches against other teams, usually not participating in the CRC. The pre-season is not a formal one set by the league, but instead the individual teams can play club or touring sides at their own leisure, or may choose to not play any pre-season games at all.
Starting in mid August, and ending late September, the regular season follows the same format as The Rugby Championship, having teams playing in a round robin format, with the team that accumulates the most points throughout the tournament winning the MacTier Cup. Therefore, no post-season is required. Every team plays five games, the western teams playing three at home and two away, while the eastern teams play a reversed schedule. There are no divisions or conferences.
The points system for the season is the same as most rugby competitions around the world:
- 4 points for a win
- 2 points for a draw
- 0 points for a loss
- 1 bonus point for scoring 4 tries or more
- 1 bonus point for losing by 7 points or less
The Player of the Year award is awarded at the end of the season to recognize the best player that year. The award is decided by votes from all the coaches, as well as a Rugby Canada representative.
The league has no deals with any networks; however, some teams provide live online streaming of their games. CBC Television aired the 2010 final live, but this was the only match shown on national television.
List of teamsEdit
|Team||Provinces represented||Home field||Capacity||Head coach|
|BC Bears||British Columbia||Thunderbird Stadium||7,200||Tony Healy|
|Prairie Wolf Pack||Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan||Calgary Rugby Park||7,500||Col Jeffs|
|Ontario Blues||Ontario||Sherwood Forest Park / Fletcher's Fields||3,200||Chris Silverthorn|
|The Rock||Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Quebec||Truro Saints RFC / Swilers Rugby Park||6,500||Dr. Pat Parfrey|
The MacTier Cup was created in 1988 and awarded to the champion of the Rugby Canada Super League. Since the Super League folded, the MacTier Cup is now awarded to the Canadian Rugby Championship champion.
|2009||British Columbia Bears (1)||Ontario Blues|
|2010||The Rock (1)||Prairie Wolf Pack|
|2011||Ontario Blues (1)||The Rock|
|2012||Ontario Blues (2)||Prairie Wolf Pack|
|2013||Ontario Blues (3)||Prairie Wolf Pack|
|2014||Ontario Blues (4)||Prairie Wolf Pack|
|2015||Prairie Wolf Pack (1)||Ontario Blues|
|2016||Ontario Blues (5)||Prairie Wolf Pack|
|2017||British Columbia Bears (2)||Ontario Blues|
|2018||Ontario Blues (6)||Atlantic Rock|
|Prairie Wolf Pack||1|
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- "Bears Defeat Ontario to Win Mactier Cup". www.canadianrugbychampionship.com. Retrieved 2018-08-25.