NSSAF Cancels High School Rugby

May 2, 2019 by  
Filed under Canadian Sport Features

Nova Scotia athletic federation to stop offering high school rugby

By Alexander QuonOnline Producer/Reporter  Global News

Nova Scotia's high school athletic federation has decided to no longer offer rugby as a school sport.
Nova Scotia’s high school athletic federation has decided to no longer offer rugby as a school sport.File/Global News

The governing body of Nova Scotia’s high school athletics has cancelled high school rugby, effective Thursday.

A memo obtained by Global News says that the board of governors at the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation (NSSAF) came to the decision after a “thorough review of incident report data provided by the School Insurance Program.”

A request for comment from the NSSAF was not immediately returned.

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A copy of the memo from the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation informing the province’s schools that rugby will no longer be offered.

Rugby Nova Scotia has issued a response to the news, saying they were “very disappointed with the decision.”

They’ve requested a meeting with the NSSAF to better understand what led to the decision.

“This will affect thousands of students, parents, coaches, match officials and supporters,” said Geno Carew, president of Rugby Nova Scotia, in the release. petition titled “Bring rugby back to NS schools” and created shortly after 2 p.m. had gathered more than 600 signatures as of 4 p.m

The Cape Breton Victoria Regional Centre for Education has confirmed to Global News that an international student at Sydney Academy was injured during a rugby match on Wednesday.

“EHS responded to the site and the student is receiving medical attention,” Marjorie Graham, a spokesperson for the schoolboard said in a statement.

“Out of respect for the student’s family and their privacy, we will not be providing any further comment or information at this time.”

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