Two gold medals. Three silvers. It’s an impressive medal haul when you consider UCC’s Varsity Rugby team only started competing at the provincial level in 1998. Finishing in the top two in each of the last four years, and losing out in the Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISAA) final in 2015, the Varsity team continues to build on successes on the pitch while focussing on grit, commitment and character off of the pitch. Varsity players have gone on to play for various Canadian national teams (three as captains), provincial teams and top American, Canadian and British universities. From the graduating class of 2016 there are currently eight Old Boys playing at the University level - at McGill, McMaster, Queen's, OUA Champions Guelph and more.
The Junior Varsity and Under 14 rugby teams have also emerged as formidable foes in recent league play and CISAA competition. Thanks to tenacious rucking and clean passing, the Under 14 team swept the 2015 final against Hillfield Strathallan College to win CISAA gold and has been a powerhouse in recent years.
In addition to Varsity, JV and Under 14 teams, UCC also fields a seven-a-side Under 13 team - an excellent way for boys to get used to more competitive rugby. It was UCC who first introduced the Under 13 competition format to CISAA - an addition that has contributed to the flourishing of the sport across the province.
Boys are first exposed to rugby in the primary grades through UCC’s physical education curriculum. Boys play touch rugby in Grade 5, which removes the tackling aspect of the sport so that players can initially focus on handling, lines of running and building a love for the game.