British Columbia Rugby League

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British Columbia Rugby League
Current season or competition:
2017 British Columbia Rugby League season
Sport Rugby league
Instituted 2011
Inaugural season 2012
Number of teams 6
Country  British Columbia,  Canada (Canada Rugby League)
Premiers Valley Warriors (2017)
Most titles Surrey Beavers (3 titles)

The British Columbia Rugby League (or the BCRL or) is a domestic rugby league football competition in British Columbia, Canada operated by the Canada Rugby League. It currently features six teams. The first season had the Surrey Beavers winning the title in 2012.[1]


Team Stadium Capacity City/Area
Newtown colours.svg Bayside Sharks (2012) South Surrey Athletic Park, Surrey 2,000 White Rock, British Columbia
Bundaberg Colours.svg Burnaby Lake Rugby Club (2012) Burnaby Lake Sport Complex, Burnaby 2,482 Burnaby, British Columbia
Toowoomba Clydesdales colours.svg Kelowna Crows (2012) The Mission Fields M72, Kelowna 652 Kelowna, British Columbia
North Sydney colours.svg Richmond Bears (2013) King George Park, Richmond 700 Richmond, British Columbia
Western Suburbs colours.svg Sea To Sky Eagles RLFC (2012) Mamquam Elementary Fields, Galibaldi Highlands 950 Sea To Sky Corridor, British Columbia
Cairns Cyclones Colours.svg Surrey Beavers (2012) South Surrey Athletic Park, Surrey 2,000 Surrey, British Columbia
St. George colours.svg Vancouver Dragons (2013) Brockton Oval Stanley Park, Vancouver 1,657 Vancouver, British Columbia
  Are currently in the competition.
  Currently not in the competition

The BCRL competition started in May 2012 with 5 teams, Bayside Sharks, Burnaby Lake Rugby Club, Kelowna Crows, Sea to Sky Eagles and Surrey Beavers, making it the largest rugby league competition in Canada but the only stable clubs in existence are rugby union clubs. In fact The competition was contested over 6 weeks followed by the final series and a Premier's challenge. Surrey Beavers played against Kelowna Crows in the grand final winning 20 to 4 to then go on to the Premier's Challenge to take on the BC Selects (reserve grade team of the BC Bulldogs). The BC Selects defeated Surrey Beavers 28 to 6. Following the conclusion of the 2012 season, Burnaby Lake Rugby Club withdrew from the competition.

In 2013, the BCRL announced the expansion of the competition to include a further 2 teams, Richmond Bears Rugby League Club and the Vancouver Dragons Rugby League Football Club.

Structure and Finance

Under the current structure, rugby league teams are partnered with local Rugby Union Teams and typically adopt the union teams existing mascot with the exception of Sea to Sky Eagles & Vancouver Dragons Rugby League FC who are unaffiliated with local rugby union teams.

Currently the BCRL is a self-funded entity with little contribution from local, national or international sponsorship. Due to this the league's expansion relies heavily on the contributions made by players to help pay for the cost to tour teams.

Representative Squad

BC Bulldogs Squad
First team squad Coaching staff

Head coach

Assistant coaches

  • Wayne (Assistant Coach)
  • Ally Mac (Junior Development)
  • Mike Clark (Team Physio)

  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)

See also


  1. ^

External links

  • Official website
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