Cranbrook native helps B.C. U-16 squad to victory at Victoria Elite Youth Sevens Rugby tourney

Conor Sinclair and B.C. U-16s elevate play to capture U-18 open title at Victoria Elite Youth Sevens Rugby Tournament

Cranbrook’s Conor Sinclair

Cranbrook’s Conor Sinclair

Cranbrook’s Conor Sinclair continues to have an impact in the world of B.C. sevens rugby.

Sinclair, a student at Mount Baker Secondary School, has been suiting up for B.C. Rugby’s U-16 sevens rugby squad since the fall of 2014 and on July 10 and 11, he helped the outfit claim the U-18 open title at the Victoria Elite Youth Sevens Tournament.

Sinclair and the U-16 squad went undefeated at the tournament, culminating with a 20-15 victory over Alberta’s Celtic Barbarians in the championship finale.

Leading up to the finale, Sinclair and Team B.C. knocked off a South Vancouver rep team 19-5 before working past the Utah Lions 27-17. They then ran past the Vancouver Island Thunder by a 22-5 final before edging the Utah Cannibals 21-17.

Despite facing competition up to two years older than them, the B.C. U-16 squad more than held its own in claiming the tournament title.

The decision to play in the U-18 open division was made by the team’s coaches, as they felt the unit would dominate the U-16 division. After claiming the U-18 open championship, the decision to play an age group up proved the right one for the development of Sinclair and his U-16 mates.

Rugby sevens is a variant of rugby union in which teams are comprised of seven players to a side, as opposed to the typical 15 players a side.

Rugby sevens has been recognized as an Olympic sport and will debut at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.