Vintage Rugby embraces and promotes the special culture and values of rugby through competition, camaraderie and the enjoyment of such a great game.

The principles of Vintage Rugby are reinforced through the operation of fantastic events in outstanding destinations which provide the complete experience for both participants and their partners.

The flagship Vintage Rugby event is the World Vintage Rugby Carnival held every two years. Since its inception it has been held in places such as Limerick (2004), Buenos Aires (2006), Christchurch (2008), Cape Town (2010), Hawaii (2012), Perth (2014) and Queenstown (2015).

Idyllic locations, superb social programmes, the challenge of competing and above all the enjoyment and friendship forged through sport are the ideals Vintage Rugby strives to deliver.

If you want to be a part of the next World Vintage Rugby Carnival being held in Canada (August, 2017) then get in touch on rugby@govsl.com

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Rugby in Ottawa

Rugby Clubs in Ottawa are part of the Eastern Ontario Rugby Union and play in competitions and leagues that provide good quality rugby for men, women and youth teams. Three Ottawa Clubs compete in the Super League, the premiere league in the Fédération de Rugby du Québec (FRQ) for clubs playing elite rugby.

The Clubs taking part in Super League are Ottawa Irish and Bytown Blues.

The second-tier competition is Division 1 of the FRQ, featuring advanced level rugby and including the Bytown Blues, Barrhaven Scottish, Ottawa Irish and Ottawa Banshees.

Popular and growing, Rugby is becoming a well-recognised part of the Ottawa sporting culture.

Our host Club the Bytown Blues were founded by seven members on Hallowe’en night October 31, 1971 with the first annual general meeting held in February of 1972.

In the early years of the club, the Blues played their games within the Quebec Rugby Union. The 1st XV struggled in the first couple of seasons, with the first league victory coming at the end of the 1973 season against Deep River by a score of 20-3.

The 2nd XV began play with a winning record in their first season, 5 wins against 3 losses. The highlight of their campaign was a 62-10 victory over the Ottawa Irish 2nd XV.

The Blues 3rd XV began play in the 1980 season. The squad were undefeated in league play for the year, with their only loss coming in an exhibition match.

The Club now has 3 strong senior teams and a well-managed junior programs with teams at Under 18, Under 16 and Under 14 levels. Home to the Blues since it was built, Twin Elm Rugby Park hosts all of our home games throughout the year.