History of PEI rugby

 

Rugby has a long history on Prince Edward Island. In 2015 we honoured the first Island team from 1884 the “Abbies” by resurrecting this name for all provincial representative teams going forward.
From our robust high school programs on the Island we saw many representative teams participate at the Canada Games throughout the 1980’s/90’s.

To address the growing popularity of the sport our current administrative body the Prince Edward Island Rugby Union Inc. was incorporated in 2000 and has been managing rugby programming ever since. We now have hundreds of Islanders who play, coach or referee, in both recreational and competitive programs.

We are concerned with the whole rugby community, and have options ranging from Rookie Rugby to co-ed Flag Rugby, to Jr and Sr representative programs for both Women and Men. Our clubs offer the primary access points for anyone interested in getting started or transitioning from High School or University play. Our courses are aimed at everyone with an interest in rugby.

The Mudmen Rugby Football Club was formed in 1999 and competes with two teams in the Nova Scotia Senior Men’s League. Our newest club, the Charlottetown Rugby Football Club, formed in 2017 and competes in the Nova Scotia Women’s League.