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From The Director's Desk

UBC Rugby Newsletter - December 18, 2013

2013 Christmas Edition

On and Off The Field

Dear Donors, Alumni, Parents and Players,

As 2013 draws to a close we can look back with some satisfaction with regard to our goal of becoming the best University rugby program in North America.

From a player perspective we,

· Increased the number of teams from 3 to 4

· Added a permanent 7’s program

· Birds and Braves are at the top of each of our respective divisions

· The Totems won the 3rd division “Shield”

· Won the first of the two “Boot” games against UVic

· Increased our depth of players and talent

· Strongly affiliated our club with Rugby Canada

From a Donor perspective,

· Increased our ability to provide scholarships

· Increased and quantified the financial security of the UBC Rugby Program

· Provided the ability to add the Las Vegas 7’s tour to our travel itinerary

From an Alumni perspective,

· Updated our website to reflect current and upcoming news and events

· Provided for the first ever Alumni event at the Las Vegas 7’s Collegiate tournament Jan 23-26

· Engaged more Alumni

From the parents perspective,

· We are providing your son’s with the ability to be a part of the best University rugby program and giving them the best education

In the spring 2014 our goals are,

· Win the second game of the “Boot” series against UVic Jan 18 (2:30pm, Wolfson Field)

· Win the World Cup against Cal Berkeley (February away game – Alumni support requested!)

· Win our respective division finals in May.

With all of your support and diligence, we are well on our way to accomplishing our goals.

We look forward to seeing you on the sidelines (“Boot” game) and in Las Vegas (See, Alumni Events to register)

In the meantime, the coaching staff and directors of the UBC Rugby Association would like to

Wish you all a very Merry Christmas.

Yours in Rugby,

Spence McTavish, Rameses Langston, Curry Hitchborn, Alasdair Hamilton, Kaz Futawatari,

Rod Holloway, Peter Bull, Andrew Hamilton, and Greg Obertas.


Las Vegas Invitational 7s tournament DATES

January 23 – 25, 2014 (Thursday – Saturday)


January 23 (Thursday) 8AM – 4PM January 24 (Friday) 8AM – 4PM January 25 (Saturday) 8AM – 12PM


Heritage Park - 310 S Racetrack Road, Henderson, NV 89015

Star Nursery Fields - 7000 E Russell Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89122

Silver Bowl Sports Complex - 6800 E Russell Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89122 College Teams so far registered… 1. Tennessee College Tri-Star 2. University of British Columbia 3. James Madison University 4. University of Regina 5. St. Bonaventure University 6. Ithaca College 7. University of Missouri 8. Stony Brook University 9. University of Pittsburgh 10. Claremont Colleges SHUTTLE BUS SCHEDULE (International Tournament ONLY)

Day/Date Time Friday, January 24th 2:00pm (1st Hotel Departure) – 10:20pm (Last Stadium Departure) Saturday, January 25th 10:30am(1st Hotel Departure) – 7:50pm (Last Stadium Departure) Sunday, January 26th 7:30am (1st Hotel Departure) – 3:50pm (Last Stadium Departure)


ROUTE # HOTEL BOARDING LOCATION 1 Monte Carlo West Valet Entrance 2 Aria Tour Bus Lobby 3 Excalibur/Luxor Excalibur’s Rear Bus Circle 4 Hard Rock HoteL TBD

SHUTTLE BUS TICKET INFORMATION Weekend shuttle bus tickets are available for $25. HOTEL TICKET VENDOR LOCATION Monte Carlo Just inside West Valet Entrance Aria Tour Bus Lobby Excalibur/Luxor Excalibur’s Rotunda Entrance Hard Rock Hotel TBD Sam Boyd Stadium Main box office Schedule of Events for College Tournament

January 23 (Thursday) Supporters Package pick-up: 10AM @ Aria Hotel concierge desk (time may change due to game schedule)

1st Game Kick-off: TBA

Post-match Festivities: 5:30PM @ Downtown Cocktail Bar 111 S Las Vegas Blvd

January 24 (Friday) 8AM – 4PM 1st Game Kick-off: TBA

Internationals 7s Tournament Kick- Off: 4PM

Post-match Dinner: 8PM @ Ramsey’s Pub @ Caesar’s Palace - $70/person

First Course: Herb Casesar Salad - Anchovies, Baby Gem Lettuce, Parmesan Cheese, and Torn Croutons Served with Caesar Dressing

Second Course: Yorkshire Ale Batter Fish & Chips Cod, Fresh Tarragon Tartar Sauce, Lemon, Mushy Peas or Roasted Jidori Chicken Breast, English Peas, Pearl Onion, Baby Gem Lettuce or Braised Lamb Shank, Stew of chickpeas, root vegetables, harissa citrus braise

Dessert: Pear Cobbler, Oat Crumble

January 25 (Saturday) 8AM – 12PM 1sT Game Kick-Off: TBA

International 7s Tournament continuation: 12PM – 7PM

If you are interested in joining us in Las Vegas please contact Daniel Holloway at

It’s all on the website under Alumni Events -



Come and join us on January 18th, 2014 as we host the Vikes in the second of our home and away match for the Wightman “Boot”. For the first time since 1997 we will take a 13 point lead into the second game. This is a game you do not want to miss so get your derriere’s out to the match and hang around post-match sampling chilly but refreshing ale after the game.


February 2014 will see the World Cup kick off in Berkeley. A small and dedicated fan base have made the trip down to San Francisco in the past years and the UBC rugby program would like to expand upon this. We invite you to come down on the 15th of February for the 1:00 pm kickoff. Our alumni and parent group will be organizing the UBC Tailgate party before and after the game. We plan on not only winning the game on the field but also putting on the best tailgate in the lot! We look forward to seeing you cheer on the Birds and soak up some California sun.

UBC Alumni Reunion Dinner

Please set aside Friday March 21st as we are going to have our alumni dinner at the UBC Golf Club. We have dropped the price significantly. No it is not $250! No it is not $200! No it is not $150! Yes it is $125 per person. Can you believe that! For all you guys out of town, get back into Vancouver and make a weekend of it as Sunday, March 23rd we host Cal. KO at 1:00pm

Check out our new website!


Spence McTavish Director of UBC Rugby

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