Rugby school from England to visit lakecity

The Williams Lake rugby community will welcome students and rugby players from Shropshire, England this July.

In a unique display of international camaraderie the Williams Lake rugby community will welcome students and rugby players from Shropshire, England this July.

The guests, 44 students from the Adams’ Grammar School (AGS) in Newport, Shropshire, will arrive the evening of July 25 and leave July 28.

Rodger Stewart, a Williams Lake Rustlers member helping organize the tour, said it’s a testament to the fact that Williams Lake is becoming more widely known as a hotbed for the sport.

“Rugby in Williams Lake is experiencing some exciting times in both the high school programs and with the Williams Lake Rustlers,” Stewart said, noting the Williams Lake secondary girls finished fifth in the province this year, and the Rustlers won bronze at a 24-team tournament in May in Edmonton.

“While rugby is progressing at all levels in our community we continue to celebrate the successes of Kayla Moleschi as she plays around the world for Canada’s women’s sevens team and Jake Ilnicki, who leads the scrum for Canada’s U20 men’s team.”

The community’s youth rugby program has combined with the Rustlers to form two 15-a-side teams — a junior Williams Lake Rustlers and a group of younger high school students — who will host, billet and play against two squads of 17- and 18-year-olds from Adams’ Grammar School.

Games will be played the evening of July 26 at the Ottoman Drive Rugby Fields beginning at 5:30 p.m. with AGS’s second 15s taking on Williams Lake’s high school students, followed by the second game starting at 7 p.m. between AGS’s first 15s and the Williams Lake Junior Rustlers.

Stewart is inviting everyone in the community to attend the matches.

Additionally, the Rustlers are searching for billet families to host the athletes while they visit the community.

Stewart said they still have about 14 players who will require billets upon the group’s arrival.

Following the games July 26, Stewart said AGS players will be toured around the city, showcasing our resource-based community the following day.

“We’re hoping to go into one of the sawmills and have an overview of forestry in a community such as this,” he said. “For a group like AGS to become more familiar with a resource community in B.C. it should be great.

“This is going to be the smallest community they visit in Canada [on their tour]. They’re staying in major centres with the exception of Williams Lake.

“We hope when they come here, we’d like to be able to get them to develop at least a passing awareness and appreciation of what a resource-based community is like in B.C.

“And, we want to show that here, too, rugby is one of our passions.”

Anyone interested in billeting is asked to contact Stewart at 250-296-4295.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Gibraltar Mine general manager and community sports coach Ben Pierce moved to Williams Lake in 2008 for a career, and has fallen in love with the area while raising his family in the Cariboo. (Photo submitted)
OUR HOMETOWN: Mine manager on solid ground

Juggling academics, sports and a family was a challenge, but Pierce said he and Liselle made it work

RCMP crest. (Black Press Media files)
Stolen truck found broken down on Highway 97C, Williams Lake suspect arrested near Ashcroft

A security guard first noticed the truck, and thought it looked suspicious

Habitat Remediation Working Group takes a tour in 2020 of what was then the newly-constructed confluence of Edney and Hazeltine Creek channels. Mount Polley Mine is expected to reopen by September, 2021. (Photo submitted)
Mount Polley mine expected to open by fall 2021: Imperial Metals

The reopening will create about 300 full-time mining jobs

The red rock garden in Williams Lake was filled with new rocks in recognition of the National Day of Awareness of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Wednesday, May 5, 2021. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Red rocks left as reminder of missing and murdered local women in Williams Lake

May 5 marked the National Day for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

A woman wears a face mask and shield to curb the spread of COVID-19 while walking in North Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
57 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health region

Thirty people in the region are in hospital, 16 of whom are in intensive care

Protesters attempt to stop clear-cutting of old-growth trees in Fairy Creek near Port Renfrew. (Will O���Connell photo)
VIDEO: Workers, activists clash at site of Vancouver Island logging operation

Forest license holders asking for independent investigation into incident

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Two passengers were recently fined thousands of dollars after they faked their pre-flight COVID-19 test results. (Paul Clarke/Black Press)
2 passengers fined thousands for faking pre-flight COVID-19 test results to get to Canada

The government issued a warning Thursday to others thinking of doing the same

With revenge porn on the rise in 2021, B.C. seeks feedback for new legislation

New legislation could help victims take down images and receive compensation

(Kamloops This Week file photo)
Federal police unit takes over probe of B.C. regional district’s spending

Financial Integrity Sensitive Investigations Unit is now reviewing the case

A black bear made a visit to downtown Vancouver Tuesday, May 4. The animal was spotted on train tracks in Gastown shortly after at 2:30 p.m. (Twitter/Craig Minielly)
VIDEO: Black bear spotted meandering around downtown Vancouver

The bear was reportedly tranquilized by conservation officers Tuesday afternoon

Flow Academy is located at 1511 Sutherland Avenue in Kelowna. (Michael Rodriguez/Capital News)
Interior Health locks out Kelowna martial arts gym following COVID violations

Actions were taken after all other steps to gain compliance were exhausted, says health authority

A man who allegedly spat at and yelled racial slurs at an Asian family was arrested for hate-motivated assault Tuesday. (Black Press Media file photo)
Arrest made after man spits, yells anti-Asian racial slurs at Victoria mom and kids

The man was arrested for hate-motivated assault near Quadra Elementary School Tuesday

A lady wears a vaccinated sticker after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Canada may find it challenging to reach herd immunity from COVID-19, experts say

Level of immunity among the population changes with the variants, especially the more transmissible strains

Most Read