B.C. Rugby pulls plug on rest of season

The B.C. Rugby Union officially announced the cancellation of the remainder of the 2019-20 season on Saturday due to the COVID-19 epidemic.

The league, which oversees numerous men’s, women’s and youth divisions, had halted play earlier in the month when Canadian and provincial health officials called for social distancing measures and other efforts to help combat the spread of the deadly virus.

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The BCRU decision applies to senior, age-grade, and mini-rugby competitions and jamborees that were scheduled for this spring. A competitions committee will determine the final standings for various senior club leagues.

The Burnaby Lake Rugby Club was positioned second overall in the men’s premier league with a 9-0-4 record. The Burnaby side trails only the UBC RC, whose only loss of the year came last September, 10-3, to Burnaby. In their last league game, Feb. 29 against Pacific Pride, the Lakers fell short in a 27-25 contest.

The Lakers hold top spot in the Men’s Premier Reserve division with a 13-0-1 record, after defeating United 36-15 in their last game.

On the women’s side, Burnaby is alone in first place with a perfect 4-0-0 record, outscoring the competition 307 to 26. In their final test before the season was scrubbed, the Lakers rolled over United 87-14.

Simon Fraser University is in fifth place, at 2-0-2, while New West-based United is ninth overall at 1-0-4.

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