Competitive Sports

Competitive Sports

Competitive Sports

SMUS competes at the varsity level in 14 sports. At the Senior level (Grades 11-12), all athletes compete through to the provincial championships. At the Junior level (Grades 9-10), all athletes compete through to the Vancouver Island championships.

In most sports, SMUS competes at the AA level (based on school size). At the Senior School level, all teams are competitive and thus, have a tryout component. Some competitive teams complete pre-season training, or fitness and conditioning programs, in addition to attending practices and games. 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. SMUS has won the BC AA Provincial Championships now three years running (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. Recent grad Quinn Ngawati '17 joined the Toronto Wolfpack rugby league team.

As of 2016/17, for the first time, SMUS introduced a girls team. 

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), Elliot Anderson (former varsity player and Canadian premier player) and Clayton Daum (current Canadian premier player)
  • Four fields on campus, one being international size
  • Tours to Scotland, Ireland, Argentina, 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 1st XV Boys
  • Senior 2nd XV Boys
  • Senior Girls

Recent Highlights


  • BC provincial AA Champions 3 years in a row (2016/17, 2015/16, 2014/15)
  • Victoria city champions 5 years in a row (2016/17, 2015/16, 2014/15, 2013/14, 2012/13)
  • Vancouver Island campions (2016/17, 2015/16)
  • Junior teams competed in the city and Island Championships as well as a variety of seven-aside tournaments
  • Support and fundraising for the Gainline Africa initiative, which uses rugby to rehabilitate conflict regions in Africa


  • Finished 2nd in National Independent Schools (CAIS) tournament (2016/17)


  • Year-round training
  • All teams compete in the Spring Term


  • Eliot Anderson
  • Clayton Daum (Senior boys)
  • Ian Hyde-Lay (Junior boys)