Raymond "Ray" Barkwill (born 26 August 1980) is a retired Canadian rugby union player who played for a number of teams before ending his career at Seattle Seawolves of Major League Rugby where he helped win the inaugural title including scoring a try in the final. Ray also played for the Canada national rugby union team[2][3] and was the first Canadian to play in Super Rugby.

Ray Barkwill
Ray Barkwill 2015 RWC.jpg
Date of birth (1980-08-26) 26 August 1980 (age 39)
Place of birthNiagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Height178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight105 kg (231 lb)[1]
Rugby union career
Position(s) Hooker
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Sacramento Express
Seattle Seawolves
Correct as of 17 April 2016
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
Ontario Blues
Western Australia
Correct as of 29 August 2015
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
2012 Western Force 8 (0)
Correct as of 15 April 2016
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2012–2018 Canada 56 (25)
Correct as of 1 January 2019

Born in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Barkwill began playing his rugby at Westlane Secondary School along with Niagara Wasp RFC,it was here that he and teammates learned the invaluable "Tooq Bomb". After which he went on to play for the Niagara Thunder while being educated at Brock University in St. Catharines. In 2007 he captained Brock University team to its first OUA Rugby Championship while being named OUA Finals MVP. Barkwill graduated from Brock University with a BSc. in Physical Geography. After this, he continued his post graduate studies at Curtin University in Perth, Australia. He then joined the University of Western Australia's Rugby Club in June and was then selected to the Western Australians Perth Spirit at the end of September of that season for their tour to Adelaide, South Australia.


At this time Barkwill continued to play the season with UWA where they won the Grand Finals of the PINDAN Premier Grade against rivals Nedland, where he was voted on as best and fairest at the tournament. Shortly after the finals Barkwill was invited again to join the Western Australian State side (Perth Spirit). In late 2011 Barkwill was selected to train with the Super 15 side Western Force "A" for the upcoming 2012 season. At this time he caught the eye of Canadian national coach Kieran Crowley.[4][5]


In January Barkwill made his first selection for the Force "A" side while continuing to play for the Perth Spirit side. In March he joined the Ontario Blues on their tour of South America versus the Argentinean provincial side from Salta, and the national sides of Chile and Uruguay. On this tour he was given the nickname " La Flama Blanca " by the Argentinean crowd. Concluding this tour Barkwill was informed about joining the Ontario Blues team for the 2012 Canadian Rugby Championship season back in Canada. The Ontario Blues went on to win their second consecutive CRC championship in September. Barkwill was then selected to represent Canada "A" at the Americas Rugby Championship held in Langford, British Columbia.[6] After the ARC concluded in October, Barkwill was then selected for Canada's autumn tour to the UK, versus Samoa, Russia, and the New Zealand Māori. On November 9, 2012 he started for Canada in his first cap vs Samoa in Colwyn Bay, Wales where they lost 42-12.[7]


Barkwill was selected for the Canadians team for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, which was held in England. He started the first two games vs Ireland and Italy while coming off the bench for the France match. He is recognized by his big beard; along with teammate Hubert Buydens they made news during the 2015 Rugby World Cup.


In March 2016 Barkwill announced that he had signed with Sacramento Express of PRO Rugby in its inaugural season.