Competitive Sports

Competitive Sports

Competitive Sports

SMUS competes at the varsity level in 13 sports. At the Senior level (Grades 11-12) and Junior Level (Grades 9-10), all athletes compete through to the Vancouver Island championships, with some sports hosting provincial tournaments.

In most sports, SMUS competes at the AA level (based on school size). At the Senior School level, all teams are competitive and have a tryout component. Students who also play on a non-SMUS team outside of school are expected to prioritize their school team. 

Senior School sports require a high level of commitment. Players will often travel for competitions, occasionally miss class time for games, and can expect to train 4-6 times per week. Students should ensure that they are able to meet the requirements outlined by their coach.

Boy catching ball in rugby
SMUS rugby teams have a long tradition of producing some of the country's best players

The SMUS rugby program has a long tradition of excellence and is renowned throughout the province, including a recent three-year stretch of winning the AA Provincial Championship (2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17).

Producing Canadian rugby greats such as Canada's Sports Hall of Fame 2014 inductee Gareth Rees '85, Ed Fairhurst '97 and David Spicer '03, rugby at SMUS is committed to developing players' fundamental skills and awareness. With a low player-to-coach ratio, focused skill sessions, and individually designed weight training programs, SMUS is one of the best locations in Canada to improve as a player. Quinn Ngawati '17 joined the Toronto Wolfpack rugby league team and represented Canada on the national team.

SMUS also has a Senior Girls sevens team that competes against schools in Victoria and BC. 

SMUS Advantages

Some of the highlights and advantages of rugby at SMUS include:

  • Elite coaching from Ian Hyde-Lay (former national player and junior national coach), Eliot Anderson (former varsity player and Canadian premier player) and Clayton Daum
  • Four fields on campus, one being international size
  • Tours to Australia, Spain and Portugal in the past five years
  • Travel to local sevens tournaments and provincial championships
  • The annual 'Boot Game' against rivals Oak Bay is a big local event

Senior School Rugby


  • Grade 9 Boys
  • Grade 10 Boys
  • Senior Boys
  • Senior Boys Developmental
  • Senior Girls

Recent Highlights


  • 1st at Provincials three years in a row (2016-17, 2015-16, 2014-15)
  • 1st in Victoria City Championship six years in a row (2017-18, 2016-17, 2015-16, 2014-15, 2013-14, 2012-13)
  • 1st on Vancouver Island (2016-17, 2015-16)
  • Junior teams competed in the city and Island Championships as well as a variety of seven-aside tournaments


  • 3rd in Victoria (2017-18)
  • 5th on Vancouver Island (2017-18)
  • 2nd in National Independent Schools (CAIS) tournament (2016-17)