Many people are surprised to learn that rugby is a popular sport in Canada. Many assume that this is a UK sport only. However, Canadians have regarded this as one of their favourite sports and there are many teams throughout the country that enjoy various competitions.
The World Rugby Organization views Canada as being a tier two rugby country. Canada’s enjoyment of the sport dates all the way back to 1865, when the first recorded rugby game in Canada may have occurred.
Canada holds the record for competing in every World Cup since this particular tournament began in 1987. Canadians are proud of this record, as it is the only North American team that can claim this.
The professional game of rugby in Canada is governed by the Rugby Canada organization. It is a union and has approximately 28,966 players registered. It is a sport that is played by both men and women and over the years has grown in popularity with the growth of its fan base.
Many of the provinces throughout Canada will have their own professional rugby league. For example, in Ontario Toronto has the Toronto Wolfpack as their professional rugby team. Some of their major competitions are the English top-tier super league along with many others.
There are plenty of opportunities for young ones to enter this sport. Many of the schools will incorporate it as part of their sports offerings. In addition to this, kids in neighbourhoods will often get together and form their own street teams so they can enjoy the game on an amateur level.
For a country that isn’t always recognized for its rugby sport, it is known to be the second strongest in this sport in North America following the United States. It is a sport that has grown and will continue to grow as the interest in it seems to be here to stay.