Doug has been the Honorary Historian for four rugby organizations, researched and compiled information for several rugby players inducted into the British Columbia Rugby Union and the British Columbia Sports Halls of Fame, and undertaken just about every position one can during his life-long commitment to the sport. For his longstanding contribution to rugby in British Columbia, he was inducted into the British Columbia Rugby Union Hall of Fame in 2015.
Since completing his master’s thesis on the History of Rugby in Canada (1971) 45 years have passed, and, as no other history of the sport in Canada has been written, the need to add to and update his thesis, and perhaps most importantly turn the work into a book, became self-evident.
It’s a Try! The History of Rugby in Canada is the result of Doug’s many years of involvement with the sport and his painstaking research throughout the country. It is the first such undertaking for rugby in Canada.
It's A Try!
The History of Rugby in Canada
By Doug Sturrock
PO Box 772 STN Fort Langley, Fort Langley, BC
To purchase a copy of It's A Try! The History of Rugby in Canada, please use the form below. Cost is CAN$65.00 plus applicable taxes, shipping and handling. Payment may be made by Interac email money transfer, cheque or money order. I will confirm the details by email and look forward to hearing from you! --Warmest Regards, Doug
I enjoyed Doug’s account of Canadian rugby. This is a long overdue telling of some great rugby stories and events. Doug should be thanked and commended for his considerable efforts to capture the fabric of our great game here in Canada. There are many fond memories of teammates and matches from the past as well as a serious education of how the game has developed and changed over the years.
-- Gareth Rees
Gareth Rees is currently Rugby Canada’s Director of Commercial and Program Relations. As a player, he won 55 caps for Canada, was on four Rugby World Cup teams, two as captain and had a professional career overseas. He was three times a Barbarian and an accomplished Sevens player. He has been inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame. the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame, the British Columbia Rugby Hall of Fame, the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame, Rugby Canada’s Hall of Fame and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, where he was the first rugby player so honored.
At over 1100 pages, this tome is the first comprehensive account of the development of rugby from its humble beginnings in eastern Canada to the well-established sport it is today. It's A Try! The History of Rugby in Canada is a must-have for every rugby player, fan and historian in the country.