Toronto's inclusive rugby club

What We Do

We are a social club just as much as we are a rugby team and we have a lot of fun on and off the field. In addition to rugby practice and playing, we have a packed schedule of activities, fundraising and charity work.

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Practice

Our coaching staff provide members with expert rugby tuition as well as skills and fitness training. We practice regularly throughout the year to give us a fighting chance on game day.

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Play

We're here to play rugby, and we have a busy season packed with league games, tournaments and exhibition games. Our fixtures take us across the GTA, Canada and beyond.

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Socialize

Rugby is about friendship. There's nothing better than a cold drink after a tough game, and we celebrate and commiserate together. We also go out to social events together throughout the year.

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Practice

Our coach’s motto is “practice how you play”, and so our practices focus on core rugby skills, fitness, tactics and strategy.

In the winter, we hold non-contact skills sessions in the gym at Jarvis Collegiate Institute, and full contact practices under the dome at Soccerworld. At the gym, we focus on ball handling skills, positioning and other fundamentals. When we get under the dome, we get to grips with tackling, set-pieces and playing.

Once the weather warms up, we practice outdoors either at Jarvis Collegiate Institute or at the First Nations School of Ontario. Outdoor practices include a broad mix of training and conditioning. This is when we can really practice how we play.

Practice Locations

 
 
 

Jarvis Collegiate Institute

495 Jarvis St, Toronto, ON M4Y 2G8

When: Year-round

Nearest TTC Station: Wellesley

Gym Entry Instructions:

  1. Enter via the parking lot on Wellesley St

  2. Enter via the doors at the back on the left marked "Pool Entrance"

  3. Go down the ramp and through the doors, the gym will be on your left

Soccerworld

176 Cherry St, Toronto, ON M5A 3L1

When: Winter

Carpool Available: We organize a carpool from the Church/Wellesley area to this location.

First Nations School of Ontario

16 Phin Ave, Toronto, ON M4J 3T2

When: Summer

Neartest TTC Station: Donlands

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Play

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Toronto Rugby

Toronto Rugby administers and supports rugby clubs across the Greater Toronto Area and beyond. They arrange all of our league fixtures against other local teams.

Our Toronto Rugby season runs from May to August with a couple of games every month. Games are on Saturdays, followed by drinks and sometimes a bite to eat. Clubs with their own clubhouses tend to be super hospitable and provide us with beer and a barbecue, which is a great way to unwind following a tough match.

Tournaments

Robin Cup

Our season kicks off in May in with a tournament hosted by our friends the Ottawa Wolves. The one-day tournament is played between Canadas three inclusive rugby teams, with Armada Montréal RFC joining in the fun too. The tournament provides an excellent introduction to playing competitive matches to new players in a friendly, positive space.

Following the tournament, the Wolves invite us all to a party in their home city, with a fun night of drinks and dancing for all.


Bingham Cup

The Bingham Cup is the world cup of gay and inclusive rugby. Named in memory of 9/11 hero and rugby player Mark Bingham, the tournament is held every two years in different locations around the world. Recent locations have included Nashville (USA), Amsterdam (The Netherlands) and Sydney (Australia) and it gets bigger every year.

The tournament has a festival atmosphere and brings players from around the world to celebrate their love of rugby. The Bingham Cup is the highlight of our playing season.


Beaver Bowl

Our very own tournament, Beaver Bowl is held on Labour Day weekend every year, it brings together LGBT rugby players from across North America. The tournament lets us end the season on a high note, with fun, competitive games, legendary parties and all sorts of other shenanigans.

Beaver Bowl is our way of giving back to the inclusive rugby community by providing a friendly, welcoming environment for some hotly contested rugby. The tournament is organized by volunteers from our club who make every effort to pack as much fun into the weekend as possible, with parties and activities alongside the games.

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Social

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Events

Our social calendar is filled with events throughout the year. We mix things up and come up with new things to do together all the time, but some perennial favourite ways to hang out include:

  • Toronto Wolfpack rugby league games

  • Axe Throwing at BATL

  • Beach Days on Toronto Island

  • Karaoke nights

  • Pub and club nights

  • Picnics in the park

We also host public events throughout Pride Month, culminating with a march in Toronto's Pride Parade.

In addition to organized events, you can usually find a bunch of us enjoying a beer or two at our clubhouse Pegasus on Church.

 
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Fundraising

We have regular fundraising events for the team. Fundraising helps cover the costs of running the club and also allows us to run our financial assistance program, which ensures everyone is able to join our club regardless of their financial situation. Our fundraising events vary from year to year, but usually include:

  • A Bachelor Auction at the start of the season

  • A barbecue with prizes and surprises

  • Our legendary Drag Night, in which players volunteer to be their most fabulous selves for one special evening

 
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Giving Back

Toronto's LGBT community shows us unending love and generosity, and we find ways to say "thank you" whenever possible. We volunteer at various events throughout the year, but Pride Month is a time where we focus on showing appreciation for the people and organizations who support us. Recent efforts include: