Canadian women face Fiji in final international test before Rugby World Cup | NanaimoNewsNOW

Veteran forward Tyson Beukeboom will earn her 50th cap if she comes off the bench. The Canadian women could move up to No. 2 in the rankings with a win over Fiji combined with a New Zealand loss to Japan by more than 15 points, an unlikely scenario if truth be told given the Black … Read more

Dental care details and inflation update: In The News for Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022 | NanaimoNewsNOW

The benefit for qualifying children under the age of 12 is a key element of the Liberal party’s supply and confidence agreement with the NDP. The government will pay families up to $650 per child per year, depending on their household income. Some economists warned the benefit could lead to clawbacks if families don’t spend … Read more

NDP won’t bend any further on federal dental-care plan, Singh warns | NanaimoNewsNOW

Singh acknowledged in an interview that the timeline was ambitious, which is why the NDP was amenable to an interim measure. “That flexibility allowed for the government to deliver that in a flexible way.” Rather than launch a full-fledged program, the government opted to deliver checks directly to qualifying families. The new benefit provides up … Read more

Toronto Arrows sign Australian-born Canada-eligible prop Connor Grindal | NanaimoNewsNOW

Connor Grindal has been playing for the Gordon Highlanders in the Sydney Rugby Union Premiership competition. “We’re very excited to find and sign another Canada-eligible player in Connor Grindal, which is a name that carries some weight in Ontario rugby history,” Mark Winokur, the Arrows COO and GM, said in a statement. “Connor is a … Read more

Canadian women head to Fiji for one final test before Rugby World Cup in New Zealand | NanaimoNewsNOW

The team flies from Vancouver to Los Angeles and then to Fiji, where they will play the 21st-ranked Fijians on Sept. 23 in Suva. The Canadians will leave for New Zealand and the 12-country tournament two days later. “We are going in the right direction,” said Canada coach Kevin Rouet. “I see the girls start … Read more

The queen’s sporting fascination was racing: ‘I love horses’ | NanaimoNewsNOW

She became one of the biggest faces of British and global horse racing. The queen was also present at some of the most famous occasions in British sporting history. She handed the Jules Rimet Trophy to England captain Bobby Moore when the national soccer team won the men’s World Cup by beating West Germany at … Read more

Coach says Canadian women have turned corner ahead of Rugby World Cup Sevens | NanaimoNewsNOW

The tournament features the “winner takes all knockout” format introduced at Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 in San Francisco, with a single loss taking teams out of championship contention. Top-seeded Australia takes on debutant Madagascar, seeded 16th, while Olympic champion and second-seeded New Zealand faces No. 16 Colombia in other opening women’s matches. Some 150,000 … Read more

Nanaimo Hornets rugby welcomes new players as fall season approaches | NanaimoNewsNOW

Even though training has already begun the Hornets are always looking for new players. A recent appearance at a Vancouver Island University orientation event helped to spread the word about rugby in Nanaimo. “At ‘VIU Rocks’ we had a stand to promote the game of rugby and to let the students know we are here … Read more

‘For me, it’s an easy decision:’ Nanaimo girl among first in line for COVID-19 vaccination | NanaimoNewsNOW

Boutin said several members of their family suffer from chronic health issues, so it was important for them to receive the added protection once it was available. The four already went through a bout of COVID earlier in the year, but wanted to take steps to avoid a relapse. “(Eva) understands how a three-year-old understands … Read more

Canada hammers Belgium in men’s rugby | NanaimoNewsNOW

by Canadian Press Jul 2, 2022 | 5:13 PM HALIFAX — Canada cruised to a 45-0 win over the visiting Belgians on the rugby pitch Saturday afternoon in front of 4,412 fans who gathered in the heart of Nova Scotia’s capital city to take in the international action despite gray skies and the looming threat … Read more