Rugby Canada announces 2021 Hall of Fame Inductees

Rugby Canada is pleased to announce the class of 2021 Hall of Fame Inductees. These six Canadian rugby icons and one outstanding team join the Class of 2020 as the most recent members of the Canadian rugby community to have their legacy cemented in the Hall of Fame.

Rugby Canada is pleased to announce the class of 2021 Hall of Fame Inductees. These six Canadian rugby icons and one outstanding team join the Class of 2020 as the most recent members of the Canadian rugby community to have their legacy cemented in the Hall of Fame.

Since the inaugural Class of 2016 , the Rugby Canada Hall of Fame has recognized and welcomed the most dedicated and decorated members of Canada’s rugby community to its growing list. In 2022, eight of Canada’s ten provinces feature an inductee, a testament to the growth of the game nationwide.

The Rugby Canada Hall of Fame was established to honour and preserve rugby’s culture and heritage in Canada by recognizing the extraordinary achievements of rugby participants throughout our country.

“This year’s Hall of Fame class continues the tradition of recognizing members of our Canadian rugby community who have contributed significantly to the sport and its growing presence in Canada today,” said Rick Graham, Chair, Rugby Canada Hall of Fame Project Team. “We are excited to welcome this year’s inductees who are more than deserving of this prestigious honour.”

Please view a brief overview of the inductees below and click on the corresponding link to learn more about each inductees’ outstanding contributions to the sport of rugby in Canada.

Class of 2021

J. Barrie Burnham

Burnham was British Columbia and Canada’s finest fullback and goal kicker for a decade. Canada only had six international matches between 1962 and 1971 and Burnham appeared in four of them. Of the 35 points Canada scored in those games, Burnham kicked 15. During this period, Burnham played for Canada & BC, against New Zealand, Australia, England, Japan, the British Lions and the Barbarians.

Ted Hunt

Hunt was an extraordinary player for his high school, university, club, sub-union, provincial union and country at a time (1950’s & 1960’s) when there were very few Rugby Canada teams to play international matches. He played rugby at the top level for two decades, competing nationally and internationally, often as captain. During the period of 1957-1967, Hunt played and (in most) captained Canada & BC, against New Zealand, Australia, Japan, British Lions, England and the Barbarians.

Mandy Marchak

Mandy Marchak played a prominent role in Rugby Canada’s fifteens and sevens programs during her career. Marchak began playing in Manitoba and was inducted into the Manitoba Rugby Hall of Fame in 2017 following an outstanding career. She moved from Winnipeg to British Columbia to play with Capilano in 2004, and in 2009 she was named BC Premier Player of the Year. Marchak competed for historic club Saracens RFC for three seasons and represented both Canada’s U-19 and U-23 fifteens sides. She was selected to Canada’s World Cup roster in 2006 and competed in a total of three World Cups, capturing a silver medal in 2014. Marchak also competed with the women’s Sevens program in 2007 and went to the first Sevens World Cup in 2009.

Heather Moyse

Heather Moyse is widely considered as one of the best fullbacks in the game and was inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame in 2016. She is one of only six women overall and one of only three Canadians to have received this honor in addition to being one of Canada’s all-time top multi-sport athletes. Moyse led try-scoring at two Rugby World Cups in 2006 and 2010. She captured the silver medal at the Rugby Sevens World Cup, played in 22 international 15’s matches, and appeared in five 7s tournaments for Canada and was She was named to the All -Canadian, Canadian Interuniversity Sport (now U SPORTS) team on three occasions.

Jill Zonneveld

Jill Zonneveld has held a presence in the development of the game of rugby at the national, regional and international levels of the sport. During her tenure as VP, Canada’s National Women’s Team, Zonneveld was instrumental in furthering competition for women and Canada with the introduction of the Canada Cup, improved funding for national team players, increased international fixtures and increasing the number of teams in attendance at the WRWC .

R.P. “Bobby” Ross

R.P. “Bobby” Ross entered the rugby world as a student at Victoria’s St. Michaels School, and by the time he retired in 2003, he had received 57 caps, kicked 421 points, and played in three Rugby World Cups, a qualifier match, the Pacific Rim and Pan American Series and the inaugural Churchill Cup in 2003. His 14-year career total of 421 points places him third overall in points standings. With his value extending far beyond just points and appearances, Ross is remembered as a respected leader and one of BC’s finest players.

2016 Women’s Olympic Sevens Team

Selected to this year’s Hall of Fame inductee list is the 2016 Women’s Olympic Team, winners of the Rio 2016 Olympic Bronze medal in Women’s Rugby Sevens competition. The Women’s Sevens team joined the Canada’s women’s soccer team as the only team sport medalists for Canada since 1936. The team’s success spurred Rugby Canada’s programs to new heights and had an immediate impact on participation and funding for the sport in Canada.

ABOUT THE RUGBY CANADA HALL OF FAME
In October 2016, a nine-member ‘Ways and Means Committee’ was established to develop a plan to honour and preserve rugby’s culture and heritage in Canada by recognizing the extraordinary achievements of rugby’s participants throughout the country through the Awards and Recognition program. The Awards and Recognition Program and the Rugby Canada Hall of Fame recognizes the efforts of those that have made a significant impact on the sport of rugby in Canada.

ABOUT RUGBY CANADA
Rugby Canada is the national governing body of the sport of Rugby Union in Canada. They administer and operate Men’s and Women’s Senior and Junior National programs in both rugby 15s and 7s, as well as govern the Club and community game for more than 30,000 registered participants from coast to coast in conjunction with ten Provincial Union members.