President's Message

originals-presidentsmessageThe 2016/2017 Season is the 44th year of rugby for the Abbotsford Rugby Football Club.  Established in 1972 we have a long history of quality teams and players with various BC Championships on both our Men’s and Women’s sides.

Our Youth and Minis program continue to develop and experience amazing growth.  With several representative players for BC and Canada in our youth program we have secured Championship wins at many levels.  Our Mini program is one of the largest in BC with upwards of 100 boys and girls in the program.  We are one of the few Clubs that has teams for all ages and skill levels of players.  From our Mini’s (5-13 Years Old) to our Old Boys team the Abbotsford Originals (37 Years Old and Older) we have members ranging from 5 to 50+ playing on any given weekend.

This season we will be running Premiere, First, Third, and Old Boys Division Teams for men, and a First Division Team for Women.  There will be Youth teams for players ranging in age from 14 to 17, and of course Minis Program for players ranging in age from 5 to 13.  The ARFC is building for the future and developing our players to maintain a Premiership level of rugby with ‘home grown’ talent.  We pride ourselves on being able to maintain our teams with local players thanks to the strong Mini and Youth Programs we have established.

The Abbotsford Rugby Club has produced many international players. Players such as Mike Schmid, Ken Peace, Brian Mosychuk, Harry Toews, Ryan Banks, Rob Phillips, and John Cannon were all Abbotsford players at one point who went on to represent Canada. In recent years, Bryn Keys, Brodie Henderson, Ryan McWhinney, and Scott Hunter all earned the honour of playing 15's for Canada. Mike Schmid, Callum MacIntosh, Matt Kehler, Tony Rietsma, Brodie Henderson, and Bryn Keys all played for the Canada 7's team. Many Abbotsford players have also represented Canada at the youth levels. See our representative players page for more information on Abbotsford National players.

One of the great things about the game of rugby is that it is very popular internationally and the social aspect of the game is an integral component.  The Clubhouse is open every Thursday night and Saturday after home games, and we encourage everyone to come by for a visit.  For those that love the game, but choose not to play, we offer Social Memberships so you can enjoy the Clubhouse and be a full member of the Abbotsford Rugby Football Club.
Thank you for visiting our site, and best wishes in all of your rugby pursuits.

Yours in Rugby,
Tyler Adams