Cleve Dheensaw / Times Colonist
There wasn’t a pair of uprights Don Burgess couldn’t clinically slice right through the heart.
Burgess, one of Canada’s greatest rugby kickers, influenced hundreds of young players as a coach and invented the Burge kicking tee. He died Tuesday at age 85.
He competed at the club, Island, provincial, national and international levels and was inducted into both the B.C. and Victoria sports halls of fame. He played 17 games for Canada and was the national team fullback through much of the 1960s, when Test matches were rare.
Brent Johnston, manager of the Castaway Wanderers club and former national team manager, said Burgess “was as good, if not better, in his era” than D.T.H. van der Merwe, the all-time Test tries leader for Canada.
Claremont Secondary School in Victoria is hosting the 10th annual Scrum Fest exhibition rugby tournament on April 12-14. This event is open to school teams in the following categories:
- Sr. Boys 15's (Grades 11 & 12)
- Jr. Boys 15's (Grades 9 & 10)
- Mixed Grades Girls 7's (Grades 9 -12)
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BC High School 7’s Championship
June 9 - 10, 2017
Brentwood College School
1) Shawnigan Lake
2) Oak Bay
4) St. George's
6) Earl Marriott
7) Mt. Boucherie
8) Aberdeen Hall
1) R.E. Mountain
8) Edward Milne
11) G.P Vanier
12) Brentwood B
13) Earl Marriott B
14) Burnaby South
16) Charles Hayes