Burnaby Lake Rugby Club

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Burnaby Lake Rugby
Full name Burnaby Lake Rugby Club
Union Vancouver Rugby Union
Founded 1994
Location Burnaby, British Columbia
Ground(s) Burnaby Lake Sports Complex
Official website


Senior Men

BLRC fields four Senior Men's teams. The Premier XV and First XV play in the British Columbia CDI Premier League. The BLRC's Third XV and Third XV(B), are part of the Lower Mainland 3rd Division League. Burnaby's Premier XV finished the 2013 regular season in 1st place, but fell to the James Bay Athletic Association in the BC Premier Finals.

Senior Women

BLRC is represented in the Premier Division of BC Rugby Women's League. In 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2013 the BLRC Senior Women won the BC Premier Women's Provincial Championship. The club also fields a Women's team in the Lower Mainland Second Division League that focuses on player development.

Age Grade Rugby

The BLRC has a mini Rugby program (ages 5 – 12)that aims to teach young rugby players the basics of running and passing, as well as the laws of the game. The club also fields teams in the U-14, U-16, U-17 and U-19 Lower Mainland Leagues.

Club History[edit]

The Burnaby Lake Rugby Club was formed in 1994 when two Metro Vancouver rugby clubs, the Burnaby Buffaloes and the Vancouver Trojans, merged.

Because the Buffaloes played in the Fraser Valley Rugby Union and the Trojans played in the Vancouver Rugby Union, these two clubs did not have long-standing rivalries, which accounted a great deal for the success of the merger. As a result of the merger the newly formed Burnaby Lake Rugby Club (BLRC) became one of the larger clubs in the Metro Vancouver Area, consistently fielding teams at the most competitive levels in British Columbia.

The BLRC also has a long-standing association with Justice Rugby Club. The Justice Rugby Club is a social rugby club, that plays non-league invitational matches in Canada and abroad. The membership of Justice Rugby consists of police officers in the Metro Vancouver area and their friends. Many of these members are also members of the BLRC.

The Burnaby Lake Rugby Club first played in the Fraser Valley Rugby Union (FVRU) after the merger in 1994. However, the BLRC membership voted to join the Vancouver Rugby Union (VRU) during the 1995/1996 Annual General Meeting and the BLRC was accepted as a member of the VRU in 1996, where it has stayed a member since.


BLRC facility consists of two dedicated match pitches and a lit all weather turf practice field. The clubhouse is situated at the Burnaby Lake Sports Complex in Burnaby.

Representative Players[edit]

The BLRC has produced numerous players of distinction who have played representative rugby both in Canada and internationally.

Pat Riordan

Pat Riordan is a former captain of Canada's national rugby team. He was capped 43 times during his international rugby career. He earned his first cap as a hooker for Canada in 2003, and his last at the 2011 World Cup. As well, Pat has captained the BC Bears provincial Men's rep team. Pat has played club rugby in Wales, New Zealand, Australia and captained the Uvic Vikes to the CDI Premier Championship in 2010.

Mike James

James played Second Row professionally in France for both USA Perpignan and Stade Français . He was part of the Stade Francais teams that won the Top 14 titles in 2003, 2004, and 2007. In addition, James played for and captained the Barbarian Rugby Club in 2005.

James has captained the Canadian National team on several occasions and has earned a total of fifty caps for Canada. James has appeared in a total of four World Cups, his last in 2007.

Julia Sugawara

A former member of the Canadian Under-23 Development Program Julia earned her first full cap in 2004 against the Black Ferns. Since then Julia has gone on to earn 30 caps with the Canada team. Recently, she competed in her 2nd Women’s Rugby World Cup where she helped the team to a sixth place finish. She has recently returned to the BLRC after spending a year with the Saracens in London, UK.

Ryan Banks

Ryan Banks represented Canada 36 times on the national men's rugby squad. The former Team Canada captain and No. 8, played for the national team at the men's World Cup in 1999 and again in 2003. Banks played one season professionally for Bedford in England. Upon his return to Canada, he took over Head Coaching duties as well as starting on our Premier team. He is currently retired from competitive Rugby.

Colin MacKenzie

Former #8 and captain for Canada, Colin was capped a total of 16 times for Canada in the late 90's.

Maria Gallo

Originally from Argentina, Dr. Maria Gallo(Phd in Exercise Physiology from the University of Alberta) is one of Canada's most accomplished female Rugby Players. Maria's debut for the NSWT came against the USA in 1999. Since then, she has earned 55 caps in the 15's game, and 8 caps in the 7's game. She has played in 3 Women's Rugby World Cups,(Spain 2002, Edmonton 2006, England 2010) being named as Alternate Captain in 2010. She was also named Captain of Canada's team at the Women's 7's World Cup in Dubai in 2009. In addition to her contributions to our National Senior Women's Teams, Maria also represented Alberta from 2002 to 2006, and British Columbia from 2007 to 2010.

Anna Schnell

Anna Schnell has been a member of the National Senior Women's Team since November 2005. Anna earned her first cap against the USA in June 2006,and now has 20 caps to her name. She was a member of both the 2006 and 2010 World Cup squad's. At the 2010 World Cup she scored 46 points, making her the second highest point scorer of the tournament. Anna has captained the BLRC Premier Women's team for the past few years and was recently named BC Rugby's 2010 Women's Player of the Year. Upon her retirement, the Vancouver Rugby Union honored Anna's accomplishments by naming their Elite Women's League championship after Anna.

Corinne Jacobsen

Corinne has represented British Columbia at the Women’s National Championships since 2002, helping the team place 1st in 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2010. In 2009, she made her Canadian National Senior Women’s Team debut in Dijon France. Corinne started the game wearing the #3 jersey, and helped Canada defeat the French by a score of 14 to 5. Since then, Corinne has earned 7 more caps with our National Team; four of them coming at the 2010 Women’s World Cup.

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