About Rugby Outaouais
In 2004, Rugby Outaouais was formed.  It served as a blanket association under which our rugby programs in the area were able to cultivate and operate.  This included our civic teams, school leagues and provincial pursuits. We are forever grateful to our friends, families and volunteers over the years. We are especially thankful to Loisirs Sport Outaouais who were a key funding partner in our ealier years.

In 2015 les Gladiateurs were officially formed with the union consisting of; Rugby Outaouais juniors, Chelsea Rugby mini's and Hull Volant seniors. A strong 'Fun-First' philosophy produced great local rugby teams, players and memories. We can even boast our success on the field;
  • Seven local athletes have been capped on a Canada age-grade side; Keegan Watcham-Roy, Natasha Watcham-Roy, Patrick Lynott, Fabio Moniz, Pamphinette Buisa,Sasha Guedes and Thomas Davidson.
  • Our senior women played in two league championships
  • Our juinios have won a Jeux du Québec, U18 championship and 3 FRQ U18 7s.
  • Our minis have won many youth touraments over the years.
Our History

2004 - Rugby Outaouais is formed to promote and develop the sport of Rugby in the Outaouais region.  It was also the fastest path to 'get some money and make a team' - principal architect was Marc Wolvin. With coaches Kirk Finken, Andrew Matsukubo and Gord Tennant, the U18 men and women participated in the FRQ's 4 region junior program. The first ever games were at an exhibition high school tourament in Montebello (Sedbergh school) and yes, Alex Lepage was on the team! The future looked bright with only 2 no-shows for the 6am bus ride and most players singing in tune on the way home. The early days weren't easy.  The girls played in borrowed sweaters. Our first 'home game' had to be moved when the visiting team refused to play on our field (granite and other unmentionables...) The guys do not win a game until the final minute of their last. A first season short on victories however full of new adventures, friendships and fun.  This is Rugby after all.

2005 - Growth is continuing to happen. There was a high school league formed within RSEQ with 4 schools participating (Philemon Wright, Darcy McGee, Sedbergh and St-Alexandre). Mini-rugby was launched in the Fall in Chelsea with Wolvin, Dennis Walker and Rob Burr at the helm.


2006 - Le Mirage was formed with Nicolas Dugal as primary inspiration. A group of enthusiastic, mostly ‘non-rugby’ men learn their way. What they lacked in skill (no wins) they made up in ‘spirit’ – easily taking the season’s Red Card derby. They also have the best looking kit EVER. The minis won their first tournament in Montreal with long-time players Michael Wolvin, Scott Thompson, Tate and Keil Walker on the field.

2007 -  Welcome Didier Peries! Didier brought Grand Riviere into the school league. They went on to become a tireless, guiding force in the region’s rugby. His school teams never came close to winning, but his players were loaded with life-lessons.




Our History  Continued...
2009 - Rugby Outaouais boys won Jeux du Québec Rugby (it’s first as a demonstration sport – and has 8 regions participating). Allison McGlashan helped coach her first team. Heritage girls played in the RSEQ Cegep league and posted a perfect record (0-6). Heritage Men’s Rugby was formed as an exhibition program.

2010-2013 - A group of women with ties to the junior and college programs ignited a movement to put together mens and womens sides into the EORU. We partnered with the Hull Volant social club to connect with the historical roots of the game in the region, taking their name. Steph Smith, Parisa Sarah, Jean-Francois Gaudreau guided; Stuart Robinson and Nick Mosher coach. Natasha, Brody, Samantha, Bruno, Dillon, Georges, Mylene and many more started to build a ‘club’. The girls were amazing on the field in their first year and contested for the FRQ Div 3 league championship. They also went on the first-ever club tour to the New York 7s. The men made playoffs in the EORU Div 3. Cégèp de l’Outaouais launched programs that run for only 2 seasons (we’ll try again!). Greatest plays during this period were made off the field…this is rugby, after all.

2014 - Stephanie Crawley arrives, guides and then brilliantly leads the club, with grace and vision – she becomes our most amazing president ever. Bryce Thomassin also arrives on the scene, first as coach and then as an executive member. With a great cast of interested friends and family and members helping out, we become a true club with our strongest administration and support ever! Our Men join the FRQ Development league and register yet another perfect season for Outaouais rugby (0-10, but everyone remembers we were leading in 7 of those games) – this is a young and very talented team. 3 of our feeder teams, all guided by Gladiateur coaches, get to championship games: U16 school ‘all-stars’ win FRQ 7s; U18 boys incredibly score 3 tries in 5 minutes to tie Kingston - but lose in overtime; Heritage College men lose to John Abbott in first-ever trip to RSEQ finals.
 
2016 -The club got a shed!  The men won 4 games! The men received numbers! The women were dwindling in numbers, but strong in determination…they got to finals of EORU Division 1! Parisa should be Coach/Player of the Year of the World! Natasha wons bronze medal at the Rio Olympics!
 
2017 -The Senior Women were second in the league, and made it to the Semi-Finals . This was a great start for there first time in the FRQ league. Senior Men made it to the finals and were 3rd in the season. A huge accomplishment for the club as it is there first season in the Provincial Division 3. U18 Men & Women had a tough time with numbers but the group of athletes played hard, and showed how good of a group the Glads really are. 14 women dominated their division showing us our younger players are going to be amazing once they become senior athletes. The Youth program struggled however we look forward to what will happen in 2018 under the guidance of Steph Crawley.
 
Thank you
Marc Wovin,
one of the founding Fathers of
Rugby Outaouais.