International Tournament Showcases Rugby

Rogues president Chris Patten (L) and vice-president Shaun Cushing address the media at a press conference in support of the Rose City International Rugby Tournament, on 11 May 2017.Photo by John Skinner.

Rogues president Chris Patten (L) and vice-president Shaun Cushing address the media at a press conference in support of the Rose City International Rugby Tournament, on 11 May 2017.
Photo by John Skinner.

(WINDSOR, ON) – Rivalries will be renewed when the Windsor Rogues take the pitch this weekend during the inaugural Rose City International Rugby Tournament. Six teams will be competing for the Cup and bragging rights during two days of intense rugby action.

Starting at 12noon on Saturday, May 13, the six teams from Toronto, Chatham, Detroit, and Windsor will carry out divisional play in a series of 50 minute matches at AKO Park. Once the dust settles, Sunday will see three full-length games at Windsor Stadium, with the first kickoff at 10:00am, to determine the 3rd, 2nd, and 1st place finishers and the awarding of the tournament Plate, Bowl, and Cup, respectively.

The weekend activities are free to attend. The full tournament schedule can be seen online.

Matt Bourdeau (L), the Windsor Rogues media rep, speaks with Matt Rajt, of Detroit RFC, at a press conference on 11 May 2017, ahead of the Rose City International Rugby Tournament.Photo by John Skinner.

Matt Bourdeau (L), the Windsor Rogues media rep, speaks with Matt Rajt, of Detroit RFC, at a press conference on 11 May 2017, ahead of the Rose City International Rugby Tournament.
Photo by John Skinner.

Two clubs, Michigan RFC and Detroit RFC, have a long history of friendly competition with the Rogues, while the Kent Havoc are co-competitors with Windsor in the Niagara Rugby Union. Etobicoke RFC and Toronto Buccaneers RFC, both members of the Toronto Rugby Union, are lessor known to Windsor rugby football fans.

Matt Bourdeau (L), the Windsor Rogues media rep, speaks with Jared Foster, of the Kent Havoc, at a press conference on 11 May 2017, ahead of the Rose City International Rugby Tournament.Photo by John Skinner.

Matt Bourdeau (L), the Windsor Rogues media rep, speaks with Jared Foster, of the Kent Havoc, at a press conference on 11 May 2017, ahead of the Rose City International Rugby Tournament.
Photo by John Skinner.

The goal of the tournament is to raise awareness of rugby in the Windsor and Essex County area and to reintroduce the sport at the high school level. The Rogues are working with WECDSB to help rugby gain traction at area high schools for both boys and girls.

Matt Bourdeau (L), the Windsor Rogues media rep, speaks with Bin Qamruzzaman, the Michigan RFC captain, at a press conference on 11 May 2017, ahead of the Rose City International Rugby Tournament.Photo by John Skinner.

Matt Bourdeau (L), the Windsor Rogues media rep, speaks with Bin Qamruzzaman, the Michigan RFC captain, at a press conference on 11 May 2017, ahead of the Rose City International Rugby Tournament.
Photo by John Skinner.

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1 Comment on "International Tournament Showcases Rugby"

  1. Please come to all Rogues home games.

    They’re completely free.
    Bring the kids to meet the players and get autographs.

    Home Games: AKO Park – corner of Alice and Bernard
    Games are always on a Saturday and start at 1:30p

    Next game on Sat. May 27 vs Bruce Co.

    http://www.windsorrugby.com

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