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2016 CANADIAN RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE RELEASED
Monday, December 21, 2015 - Submitted by Rugby Canada Communications
Rugby Canada is pleased to announce that Johnsonville will act as presenting sponsor for the 2016 Canadian Rugby Championship (CRC) season, Canada’s top men’s domestic competition.
 
Comprising of four regional teams, British Columbia Bears, Prairie Wolf Pack, Ontario Blues and Atlantic Rock, the CRC is a vital development and talent identification tool for Canada’s Men’s National Team. 
 
Each team will have four games in 2016. The Rock and Blues will square off twice and face the Wolf Pack and Bears once. The Bears and Wolf Pack will then play each other in a home and away while facing the Rock and Blues once.
 
“The Canadian Rugby Championship is a critical part of Rugby Canada’s national pathway to the Senior Men’s team,” Jim Dixon, Rugby Canada’s General Manager of Operations and Performance, said.
 
“We saw that this year, with a number of CRC players representing Canada at the Rugby World Cup, highlighting the importance of this tournament for the growth and development of our players. We are very grateful to World Rugby for their continued support of this competition and welcome Johnsonville as title sponsors.”
 
The Prairie Wolf Pack clinched their first ever MacTier Cup Title in July on home soil at the Calgary Rugby Park as they beat the four-time defending champion Ontario Blues 33-25. The BC Bears claimed third place with a 31-30 win over the Atlantic Rock.
 
This past year’s tournament featured a number of players who represented Canada at the 2015 Rugby World Cup including Gordon McRorie, Doug Wooldridge, Kyle Gilmour, Nick Blevins, Ray Barkwill, Djustice Sears-Duru, Hubert Buydens, Nanyak Dala, Evan Olmstead and Andrew Tiedemann as well as Jamie and Phil Mackenzie.
 
The tournament also offers a chance for developing players to showcase their talents on the domestic stage as they seek to further their rugby careers. Guiseppe du Toit, Tony Pomroy, Luke McCloskey and Lucas Rumball were a number of age grade Canadian internationals that played in the 2015 tournament.
 
“Johnsonville is thrilled to announce our presenting sponsorship of the Canadian Rugby Championship.” Said Bob Fitzgerald, Director, International Business, Johnsonville Sausage.
 
“We are very pleased to be able to have the opportunity to help raise the profile of rugby in Canada through the CRC sponsorship, for which we will be providing donations to each of the teams participating as we'll as samples of tasty Johnsonville sausage for all the fans attending games. Our involvement in the CRC and the significant resources we’ve committed to putting behind the game of rugby in Canada will help continue to deepen our connection to Canadian rugby fans and players alike. And, after all, nothing goes together quite like sports and our world famous Johnsonville sausages.”
 
Supported by World Rugby, the CRC also allows Canada to increase its player depth and skillset across the country while providing elite competition week in and week out.
 
The Blues have won four MacTier Cups while the Bears, Wolf Pack and Rock have each claimed the trophy once.
 
2016 Canadian Rugby Championship Schedule:
 
June 4 — Ontario Blues vs. Atlantic Rock (Toronto)
July 2 — Prairie Wolf Pack vs. BC Bears (Calgary)
July 2 — Atlantic Rock vs. Ontario Blues (St. John's)
July 9 — BC Bears vs. Prairie Wolf Pack (Victoria)
July 21 — Ontario Blues vs. Prairie Wolf Pack (Toronto)
July 21 — Atlantic Rock vs. BC Bears (St. John’s)
July 24 — Ontario Blues vs. BC Bears (Toronto)
July 24 — Atlantic Rock vs. Prairie Wolf Pack (St. John’s)

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About Johnsonville
 
Johnsonville has a longstanding history originating in 1945 as a local butcher shop in Johnsonville, Wisconsin. Growing into the most popular brand of sausage in the United States, Johnsonville products are now available in 30 additional countries including Canada. Known as the sausage with big taste, the award-winning product lines include Brats, Italian, Smoked, Breakfast, and Snack. Dedication to product quality and excellence has made this trademark a huge success internationally. 
 
About Rugby Canada
 
Rugby Canada is the national governing body of the sport of rugby union in Canada. Rugby Football has a long history in Canada dating back to its initial appearance in the 1860s. Since 1964, Rugby Canada has been a permanent fixture on the global rugby scene, including trips to each of the seven Rugby World Cups. As a regular on the World Rugby Sevens Circuit, Canada continues to climb the world rankings and challenge the dominant rugby nations both versions of the game.
 
To support the growth of rugby at the grassroots level, and to ensure there are elite programs for prospering young rugby players to become involved with, Rugby Canada has put an emphasis on developing its junior programs. Our goal is to develop and train a competitive team for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
 
Rugby Canada continues to be a world leader in the development of women’s rugby. Currently the women’s team at the national, club and high school levels are flourishing all across the country.
 
The Rugby Canada logo is a registered trademark of the Canada Rugby Union.
 

 
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