Rugby – Boys

Competition

The season starts in early April and finishes in the third week of May. Our team plays in the Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISAA), a league made up of independent schools from across Ontario. Our Bigside (Varsity) team plays 4-5 league matches plus playoffs and they enter the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) tournament (3-5 games). The team also goes on an international tour every other year. Past tours include South Africa, Argentina, France, Andorra and Spain. Our Littleside (Junior Varsity) team plays 4-7 matches over the course of the season including playoffs.

Bigside Coaches

Blair Keiser, Head Coach
Coach Keiser has been coaching rugby at TCS since 1999. He was a fly-half and fullback for the Ajax Wanderers Club and also played at the high school level.

Tom Tansley, Assistant Coach
Coach Tansley has coached rugby at TCS since 2006. He is an NCCP qualified coach and the head of the School's health and physical education department. Coach Tansley has enjoyed travelling the world with the rugby program over bi-annual tours to further broaden his international rugby knowledge.

Littleside Coaches

Campbell Hall
A former TCS Bigside rugby player, Coach Hall returned to TCS in 2014, currently teaching in the social sciences department and serving as housemaster of Brent. In addition to coaching Littleside rugby, he is on the coaching staff of Bigside football.

Matt Murray
Mr. Murray joined the School in 2013 as a faculty intern and returned to teach full-time in 2015 in mathematics and HPE. He has experience as a swim instructor, rugby coach and snowboard instructor. At TCS, he lends his talents to the squash and rugby programs.

Facilities

Both Bigside and Littleside teams play and practice on an all natural grass pitch. TCS’s athletic facilities include a hockey arena, eight full size multi-purpose fields for football, soccer, rugby, cricket and field hockey, three state-of-the-art squash courts, two gymnasiums, an indoor pool, a 5KM cross-country running course that hosted the 2002 Ontario High School Championships and two excellent weight training and aerobic exercise facilities. There is ample opportunity for our football players to train both in and out of season. To really complement our athletes, TCS also has a state of the art physiotherapy clinic on campus, staffed full time by two certified athletic therapists.

Development

  • Three practices per week and two matches
  • Bigside: 4-5 league matches, plus playoffs and CAIS tournament
  • Littleside: 4-5 league matches, plus playoffs and 2-3 exhibition matches
  • Individual support is given to players interested in pursuing rugby after TCS

Program Successes

  • CISAA Champions in 2008, 2009, 2010 (undefeated)
  • CISAA Littleside Champions in 2019
  • OFSAA participation: Bronze medal at OFSAA 2010

Athletes

Our coaching staff works diligently to identify student-athletes who we feel will fit into our school program. Above all, we look for rugby players who are strong academically and can handle the rigours of a rugby schedule, a complete academic program and are willing to be involved in school life beyond the classroom. We believe that good rugby players are made better by playing different sports, therefore, athletes are required to contribute to the competitive program in all three seasons of sport in Grades 9 and 10 and a minimum of two seasons in their senior years of Grade 11 and 12.

Notable Alumni

  • D.J. Allen ’10, flanker/8-man at Bishop's University
  • Ade Ojo ’10, Western Mustangs and Team Ontario U18
  • Justin Lewis ’08, Team Bahamas fullback
  • Devon Howard ’08, former captain at McGill University
  • Marcus Mitchell ’05, Team Canada winger