Since its inception in 1923, Brentwood has cultivated and nurtured a vibrant rugby tradition. Many Brentonians have represented Canada at the international level, and many provincial championship banners hang in the Woodward Sportsplex. Recent history continues to reflect the strength of our programme: in the past five years, Brentwood has finished in the top three at the provincial level, winning the boys' championship in 2008 and 2009.
The rugby programme’s coaching staff comprises former professional, international, university and club players, as well as coaches who are currently working in the Canadian national team rugby programs. The cumulative experience of the Brentwood College rugby coaching staff provides unparalleled insight into this fast game, and the underlying philosophy is to ensure that the students have fun and play fairly.
Rugby is the major team sport for junior boys in the first term. All boys have the opportunity to represent the school in competitive play.
The Junior Colts (Grade 9) are involved in mid-Island competition, as well as the Independent Schools Association (ISA) league. They also play in the Vancouver Island league.
The Colts (Grade 10) and Senior rugby is offered in all three terms. Skill development and fitness are the focus in the first and second term. In the third term the 1st and 2nd XV teams play in a north Island league. The 1st XV also competes in a Premier Exhibition League comprising the top 10 teams in BC, and annually competes for a place in the BC provincial championship. Over all three terms, the senior rugby squad follows a comprehensive strength and conditioning program.
The rugby programme tours on a regular basis. Recent tours have taken teams to France, Australia, Argentina, Scotland, New Zealand, Fiji, and California.
Rugby is one of the fastest growing team sports for girls in North America and has found a very comfortable home at Brentwood College School. Girls' rugby was introduced in 2003 on an experimental basis. It proved so popular that a team was formed the following year and played its inaugural match in March, 2004. A 20-12 victory sealed the programme's future, and the team went on to win successive tier II provincial championships in 2004 and 2005.
- Rugby is offered in all three terms and is open to all grades and all ability levels. Second term rugby concentrates on the acquisition of basic skills: ball handling, tackling, kicking, and strategy.
- In the third term, the team enters its competitive season with the girls' 1st XV playing in the South Island league and competing at the AA level at the BC provincial championships.
A number of Brentwood students have gone on to play for prestigious universities at home and abroad. Marlee Hahn (UC Berkeley), currently represents her country on the international stage.