VANCOUVER – The UBC Thunderbirds, Canadian Rugby Foundation and Rugby Network (TRN) are pleased to announce that TRN will be the exclusive, official streaming partner of the upcoming 2022 Canadian University Men’s Rugby Championship.
For the first time in CUMRC’s five-year history, the University of British Columbia will host this year’s competition at the Point Gray campus, with games scheduled to start Wednesday, November 30thth until Sunday, December 4thth at Thunderbird Stadium.
The tournament will feature representative universities from British Columbia, the Prairies, Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic Region in an 8-team, 12-game competition, all vying for the right to raise the Spence McTavish Trophy, named after the UBC rugby legend and former is named captain of the Canada national team and was awarded the top varsity 15 rugby team in Canada.
Participating schools in the 2022 CUMRC include the University of Victoria, UBC Thunderbirds from British Columbia, University of Calgary from the Prairies, University of Guelph and Wilfrid Laurier from Ontario, McGill University from Quebec, Memorial University from the Atlantic Region and a wild card entry, Trinity Western University.
The tournament consists of three days of play (Wednesday, Friday and Sunday) with four games per day, starting next Wednesday 30th Novemberth at 11:00 a.m. PT. when the number one seeded UVic Vikes meet the eighth seeded TWU Spartans.
As the official broadcast partner of the CUMRC, TRN looks forward to showcasing top-flight Canadian varsity rugby and raising awareness of the product on their platform, which has gained global reach and in-game profile. All 12 CUMRC matches will be available free, live and on-demand on the Rugby Network. To see all the action just visit www.TheRugbyNetwork.com/join and sign up for a free account.
Major League Rugby franchises will be keeping a close eye on the competition as it spotlights the best emerging talent in Canadian rugby, while North America’s premier professional competition continues its search for domestic talent.
The 2022 Major League Rugby Draft featured many athletes who have competed in the CUMRC in recent years including Cali Martinez (Old Glory DC), 3rd overall pick, 5th pick Owain Ruttan (Toronto Arrows), 8th pick Ethan Hager (Dallas Jackals) and 16th pick Sam Wegert (Seattle Seawolves).
Hosts UBC Thunderbirds have won three titles in CUMRC’s four years of existence, including last year’s 39-7 win over rivals UVic Vikes. The T-Birds enter the tournament as the third-placed team behind UVic and Guelph, but the ‘Birds will use that as motivation and are excited for the opportunity to capture another banner, this time in their own backyard.
Broadcast Schedule (all times listed Pacific Standard Time):
Wednesday, November 30thth
11:00 Quarterfinals 1 – UVIC vs. Trinity Western
14:00 Quarterfinals 2 – ONT 1 vs Memorial
17:00 Quarterfinals 3 – UBC vs Calgary
19:30 Quarterfinals 4 – ONT 2 vs. McGill
Friday December 2ndnd
11:00 consolation semi-final 1
14:00 consolation semi-final 2
17:00 Championship semifinals 1
19:30 Championship semi-final 2
Sunday December 4thth
9:00 consolation final (7&8)
11:00 consolation final (5&6)
13:00 Bronze medal game
15:30 Gold Medal Game
To watch the games
About the Canadian University Men’s Rugby Championship:
Established in 2017, the Canadian University Men’s Rugby Championship wasn’t just created
fill the gap in terms of a national championship with representatives from all parts of Canada,
but also aims to promote men’s rugby at university level among both students and athletes
Numbers, number of teams and audience interest and engagement and deepening of talent
Pool for Canada’s senior national team.
About the Rugby Network:
The Rugby Network (TRN) is a free streaming and digital content network offering fans a one-stop shop for all their rugby content, including live streaming of Major League Rugby matches, International matches, North American College, Club and Youth & High school games, highlights, reruns, weekly rugby shows and exclusive behind-the-scenes rugby documentaries. TRN is a collaboration between Major League Rugby and RugbyPass, the world’s leading publisher of digital rugby. For more information on TRN, see www.TheRugbyNetwork.com. For more information on RugbyPass go to www.rugbypass.com.