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Rugby at St. George’s goes back almost as far as the inception of the School in the 1930s. The sport of Rugby is grounded in core values of integrity and respect, as is St. George’s School. Determination, trust, and humility are also focal points of our program, and our student-athletes learn to incorporate these lessons into the sport and into their daily lives.

The Rugby Program at St. George’s begins at the Junior School with Head Coach Aled Thomas establishing the foundational skills of the game with boys in Grades 6 and 7. At the Senior School under the guidance of Head of Rugby, Mike Stiles, and the Senior School Rugby coaching staff, Grade 8 and 9 participants continue to develop these skills and broaden their understanding of the game. 

Eventually, those who have taken to heart the values of camaraderie, hard work, and perseverance will join the Junior and Senior program. The strength of our rugby program is in the number of our participants and the healthy competition and development that this fosters. There are no cuts, and there is a position and role for every player who commits to the team.

St. George’s Rugby values the benefits of international tours. Every Spring Break, the school sends a team abroad to challenge themselves against traditional rugby countries while learning about different cultures and developing our own team values, cohesion, and camaraderie. As well, St. George’s has a storied history of hosting touring schools from around the world.  

St. George’s has an impressive record of success in Rugby, winning 6 Provincial XV Championships and 11 Provincial Sevens Championships in the past few decades. Graduates of our program have played all over the world at the university, club, and national team level; recently, three St. George’s alumni appeared for the first ever Canadian Olympic Men’s Rugby Sevens team at Tokyo 2020. 

Through the lessons we teach, and the philosophies we compete and train with, we are setting the boys up for a bright future wherever their paths may lead.

For more information, please contact our Head of Rugby, Mr. Mike Stiles, at

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  • Program Structure

    Term 1 – September to November
    Grade 8 and 9 Fall Rugby Season
    Grades 10–12: Off-season training
    Highlights include: Saints vs Shawnigan Lake series games, ISA competition, and 7-a side rugby tournaments
    Term 2 – December to March
    Junior Rugby (Grades 9/10) and Senior Rugby (Grades 11/12) Winter Training
    Pre-season training for 1st XV players
    Term 3 – March to June
    March Spring Break - International Tour
    Junior Rugby Season - includes A and B teams playing 7s and 15s
    Senior Rugby Season - includes 1st and 2nd XV squads, playing 7s and 15s
    Highlights include: Spring Break tour, Saints vs Shawnigan Lake Series, Saints vs Brentwood College Series, BCSSRU 7s Provincial Invitational Tournament, BCSS Rugby XV Provincial Championships
  • Goals

    The St. George’s School Rugby Program aspires to:
    • provide players the opportunity to develop their individual skills and game sense;
    • allow players to challenge themselves in an adverse but safe environment;
    • foster a space where individual and team values transfer to classroom responsibilities and school community belonging;
    • emphasize personal responsibility and accountability in all areas of school life;
    • prepare senior students to play at the next level — university, club, representative teams; and
    • encourage a positive and inclusive environment for all participants and their families.
  • Coaches

    Mike Stiles — Head of Rugby
    Chris Blackman — Head of Athletics 
    Bill Chamberlain — 1st XV Head Coach
    Connor Jaques
    Jonathan Mergui
    Wesley Paul
    Dr. Phil Webster
    Pat Palmer ‘80
    Jared Howes
    Lisa White — Performance Coach
    Ryan Pauls
  • Alumni Excellence

    Canada XV:
    Mike Chambers ‘53
    Barrie Stubs ‘56
    Tim Cummings ‘60
    Thomas Fraine ‘63
    Barry Legh ‘63
    Angus Stewart ‘69
    Robbie Greig ‘72
    Andrew Bibby ‘75
    Patrick Palmer ‘80
    Ian Cooper ‘87
    Richard Bice ‘88
    Stanley McKeen ‘00
    Tyler Houston ‘03
    Conor Trainor ‘07
    Theodore Sauder ‘14
    Canada 7’s:
    Andrew Bibby ‘75
    Robbie Greig ‘72
    Patrick Palmer ‘80
    Patrick Hamilton ‘82
    Michael Armstrong ‘96
    Trevor Hammond 96
    David Stockton ‘03
    Ben Grant ‘05
    Chris Barrett ‘07
    Conor Trainor ‘07
    Phil Berna ‘14
    Theodore Sauder ‘14
  • Program Highlights

    Provincial Championships:
    Junior 7s: 2019, 2022, 2023
    Junior XV: 2019, 2023
    Senior 7s: 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2019, 2022, 2023
    Senior XV: 1974, 1975, 1994, 2004, 2005. 2014, 2023

    Past Rugby Tours:
    2023 - Australia
    2019 - England & Wales
    2018 - Argentina & Chile
    2017 - England & Scotland
    2016 - New Zealand & Australia
    2015 - Ireland & Wales
    2014 - Argentina
    2013 - England and Wales
    2012 - New Zealand & Australia
    2011 - Scotland & England
    2010 - Argentina

April 2, 2022 | BC High School Senior Boys XV Rugby: St. George's v Shawnigan

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