Young rugby team will work for money

Members of the Fort St. James Secondary School (FSJSS) Rugby Football Club were out collecting garbage on Pinchi Road recently.

The group of grade 8 and 9 boys were giving back to Teck, the company which gave them $1,500 towards new uniforms.

Members of the Fort St. James Secondary School (FSJSS) Rugby Football Club were out collecting garbage on Pinchi Road recently.

The group of grade 8 and 9 boys were giving back to Teck, the company which gave them $1,500 towards new uniforms.

Teck is also the company working on the reclamation of the Pinchi mercury mine site, and their activity there made them want to do something to clean up the access and camp area of the mine.

So the rugby boys provided the bodies and the company then provided the uniforms.

Some of the team, coaches John Butler and Russ McDonald and parents Lynn Jackson and Chris Greenaway all walked the ditches picking up garbage for the 20 km of the Pinchi Road, and then cleaned up around a camp area.

Twenty new uniforms are now on order, which the $1,500 will go towards.

The young team has also swept the Integris Credit Union parking lot and is open to other opportunities to help out the community.

“We need money, as any sports club does,” said coach Butler.

The team is a fairly new enterprise, with most of the boys new to rugby in general.

“If we can keep the interest by the time they reach grade 11, 12, these boys will be amazing,” he said.

While there wasn’t enough interest for a senior rugby team, there are also not many junior rugby teams in the area either, and the Fort team will have to travel to Williams Lake to play.

There have also been some set backs with the late snow melt shortening their playing season.

But the team has been to a scrimmage session at an indoor venue in Prince George and hopefully the new uniforms will help to maintain some morale in the face of a few stumbling blocks.

 

Just Posted

Nearly $500,000 available for internships with First Nations government

Funds announced through partnership with Northern Development and Government of Canada

Falcons host basketball invitational

40 student volunteers helped support 180 players, 28 games

Atom Stars host hockey tourney

Seven teams from the region clashed sticks

B.C. cougar kitten rescued after mother struck by vehicle

Conservation Officers find home for young kitten found dehydrated and frostbitten near Williams Lake

Two Canadians, two Americans abducted in Nigeria are freed

Kidnapping for ransom is common in Nigeria, especially on the Kaduna to Abuja highway

Are you ready for some wrestling? WWE’s ‘Raw’ marks 25 years

WWE flagship show is set to mark its 25th anniversary on Monday

B.C. woman who forged husband’s will gets house arrest

Princeton Judge says Odelle Simmons did not benefit from her crime

Women’s movement has come a long way since march on Washington: Activists

Vancouver one of several cities hosting event on anniversary of historic Women’s March on Washington

Liberals’ 2-year infrastructure plan set to take 5: documents

Government says 793 projects totalling $1.8 billion in federal funds have been granted extensions

Workers shouldn’t be used as ‘pawns’ in minimum wage fight: Wynne

Comments from Kathleen Wynne after demonstrators rallied outside Tim Hortons locations across Canada

John ‘Chick’ Webster, believed to be oldest living former NHL player, dies

Webster died Thursday at his home in Mattawa, Ont., where he had resided since 1969

World’s fastest log car made in B.C. sells for $350,000 US

Cedar Rocket auctioned off three times at Barrett-Jackson Co., netting $350,000 US for veterans

Most Read