Canada 'A' (5caps) 1993-1998
Canada (1 cap) 1993-1998
Winnipeg, Manitoba, October 11th, 1973
Early rugby :
1. St. Michaels University School, Victoria, Canada 1979-1991
2. Loretto Accademy, Musselburgh, Scotland 1988-1989
Castaway Wanderers U17 1987
Invited to Scottish School Boys trial but couldn't participate due to being Canadian
Crimson Tide U17 1988, 1989
Crimson Tide U21 1990, 1991, 1992,
BC U17 1988, 1989
BC U19 1990, 1991
Canada U19 1990, 1991 (only paper teams)
Canada U23 1992, 1993 (6 caps)
Later rugby :
University of Victoria 1991-1995
James Bay Athletic Club 1995-1997, 1999-2000
Cole Harbour Rugby Club, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1998
International Rugby Clubs:
Dunedin Rugby Club, New Zealand, 1995
Blackheath Rugby Club, England 1997-1998 (Professional, Allied Dunbar Premiership, coached by Graham Henry)
Bristol Rugby Club, England, 1998-1999 (Professional, Allied Dunbar Premiership, Coached by Bob Dwire)
Life Chiropractic College Rugby Club, USA, 2000-2002
Palmer Chiropractic College Rugby Club, USA 2002-2004
Crimson Tide 1991-1995
Nova Scotia Keiths 1999
EADP Elite Athlete Development 1995 (The early Pacific Pride Program)
Mark Ella (Australia)
Grant Fox (New Zealand)
Mike Walsh (St. Michaels University School)
Stuart Swan (St. Michaels University School)
Graham Henry (Blackheath Rugby Club and the New Zealand All Blacks)
Most memorable rugby game(s)/experience(s)/memories:
1996- Scoring a try for Canada vs Uruguay on debut
1995- Scoring a try at Cardiff Arms Park for Canada 'A' vs Wales 'A' on debut
1997- First professional Rugby game playing for Blackheath vs Coventry and dropping a goal from 40m to win. My opposite number was Jez Harris who was in line for the England number 10 jersey at the time.
1997- Playing in a Tetley Cup game Against the Saracens Rugby club. The Saracens line up included Michael Lynagh (my opposite number) Phillipe Sela, Fancois Pienaar, Kiren Bracken, Tony Diprose to name a few. We lost 53, 37 in an amazing game.
How did rugby effect/influence your life:
Rugby is my life. This is not a cliche, I owe my entire life to rugby from my career to my friends to my education.
Current involvement in rugby:
I have joined the St. Michaels University School Alumni Board to help get the SMUS rugby program back to the level of performance that it should be. SMUS used to supply international after international to the Canadian Rugby program. If SMUS is not performing well in rugby it not only hurts the school, it hurts international rugby.
What are you doing now :
I am a Chiropractor in private practice with my wife Marisa, who is also a Chiropractor, in Seattle, Washington. We have two children: Olivia who is 3 and Hayden who is 9 months.
Input/suggestions for Canadian rugby and or young players:
Canadian Rugby Suggestions:
1.We need to hire Coaches who are Canadian and who are incredibly passionate about Canadian Rugby. Hiring mercenary coaches who have no idea about Canadian culture takes us away from creating and developing our rugby identity. My suggestions for coach are Morgan and Jeff Williams, Mike James, Doug Tate and Rick Suggitt to name a few. We have always had the talent, skill and substance to be a top rugby nation. The only things currently standing in our way of reclaiming our top ten status are Canadian Rugby Politics, thinking globally and acting locally and reclaiming our rugby identity that lead us to the 1991 World Cup Quarter finals: uncompromising, hard working, skilled and courageous.
2. Rugby needs to go as 'professional' as it can in Canada and someone needs to step up and educate the Government about the merits of having a rugby playing nation.
1. If you have aspirations to go far in Rugby measure yourselves against the rest of the world, not just locally.
2. Work as hard on your mental game as you do on your physical one. Create a vision statement for yourself: the type of player you want to be, the skills you want to have, the goals you want to achieve and look at it and say it out load every day.
3. Utilize Chiropractic Care as a pivotal part of your health regiment. It is truly the way to help your body perform to its optimum level for your entire life.
4. Start early with skills and fitness. Both skills and fitness accumulate not only within a season but also over your entire career. This is how you develop a skills and fitness psychology: hard wired neurological patterns in your body that are automatic, even under pressure.
5. Don't worry about making mistakes. If you don't make mistakes you will not learn. Try things and have the courage to fail. As Winston Churchill said "Success is the ability to go from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm."
6. Don't blame others for making mistakes, support your teammates and encourage them to keep trying new things as well.
7. Learn how to communicate with others. Rugby is a team game that requires strong interpersonal relationships and trust.
8. Work on your weaker hand pass, weaker tackling shoulder and weaker kicking foot everyday, all the time, 24/7!!