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Von Richardson Wins 2024 Phil Mack Indigenous Player of the Year Award

Von Richardson presented Phil Mack Indigenous Player of the Year Award 2024 by Bobby Ross

The Phil Mack Indigenous Player of the Year award was started in 2017 to recognize Indigenous rugby athletes who have excelled during the year. This year’s winner was Von Richardson of the Pacific Pride, the  Rugby Canada national development academy. Von is of Apache ancestry and has represented Canada in rugby at the U18 level and BC at the U16 and U18 level. He described his pathway to rugby.
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Thunder 2024 Schedule

Thunder have mapped out their plans for 2024 while looking ahead to another tour to Aotearoa in 2025.

You can register for the 2024 camps online by clicking here.

Note the January 13th event has been changed to 1pm to 4pm.
Note the Shawnigan tournament is Saturday March 2nd, NOT Sunday March 3rd

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Thunder Rugby New Zealand Tour

Thunder Rugby New Zealand Tour

Tour Reflections from coach Clay Panga
Thunder Tour Wrapup on BCRN
Thunder NZ Tour Program
View Itinerary
View Google Earth Video of Tour

The Thunder Indigenous Rugby program is getting ready to soar and has its sights set on NZ for an August 2023 tour. They will be taking 28 players, representing a U18 boys team and an U18 girls team. The teams will get to experience rugby where it is an integral part of the culture and our youth will get to learn more about the Maori culture. The trip is set for August 13th to August 28th and we encourage supporters to follow us on social media to get updates and support our fundraising initiatives, Facebook at /ThunderIndigenousRugby, Instagram at /thunder_rugby and Twitter at /ThunderRugbyCA

John Lyall, Kwakwaka’wakw, Director of Thunder Rugby

“Going to New Zealand with our Thunder rugby team is a dream come true.  Confidence in who we are and where we come from is a key component of Thunder Rugby, and Aotearoa embodies cultural pride and rugby ethos. Our youth accepted the challenge of our 2022 California tour and came back the better for it, on and off the field, and made some lifelong friends doing so! We will continue to use the philosophy of Numwayut, or we are all one to guide us!” Read the rest of this entry »