originals-1stgameRugby has now become a lifelong sport in Abbotsford with the addition of an old boys’ side to the Abbotsford Rugby Football Club.

"The Originals" will begin play in the Pacific Northwest Over 40 Rugby League this September competing against teams from the Lower Mainland, Okanagan, Vancouver Island and Seattle.

“We are really pleased that The Originals will round out our rugby program in Abbotsford”, said ARFC president Ryan McWhinney.  “Our club now offers rugby from age five, with our mini program, right through to age 70-plus making it truly a lifelong pursuit.”

The formation of The Originals was spearheaded by long time club member Todd Di Guistini.  “With the club operating very successfully in Abbotsford for over 35 years we have a long storied history and a sizable core of players in the over 37 age group qualifying for the league and looking to continue playing rugby.”

The Originals will draw on players from Abbotsford, Mission and Chilliwack.  “We are an eastern valley team”, said Di Guistini. “Our friends at the Valley Vintage, based out of Langley, draw from the western valley and we anticipate some good friendly competition in the years to come.”

The Originals will begin practicing on Thursday evenings in early August with the first game scheduled for Sunday, September 13th.  The old boys’ league plays on Sunday freeing up players to participate, coach, or assist in club rugby on Saturdays.

Old boys’ rugby is full on rugby played in the true spirit of the game.  Unlimited substitutions and a game divided into four quarters, providing additional breaks, makes the competition appropriate for players regardless of age or acuity of skills.

If you turn 38 sometime in this calendar year or are older and are looking to continue or re-start your rugby carer contact Di Guistini at 604-859-0699 or via email to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For More Information
Please Contact David D. Hull,
Media Liaison, The Originals RFC
604 302 7212   24/7

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