In 2010, Paul Connelly (head coach of the Oshawa Vikings) introduced the game of rugby to a 10 year old named Brock Webster.
Falling in love with the game Brock played his first official season of rugby in 2012 with the Oshawa Vikings. He would continue to play the game he loved for the Vikings and his high school (Uxbridge Secondary School), where Mr. Connelly coached him.
It was at the age of 14 that Brock decided to take things a little more serious in deciding to try out for the provincial team.
Making the team and travelling to Ottawa Brock competed with his Ontario teammates as they won a series against British Columbia.
He would continue his development with representing Ontario furthermore at the U16 and U18(7’s) age groups, where he found his teams and himself receiving bronze and silver medals at the Canadian Rugby Championships.
In the summer of 2017 Brock was selected for the Rugby Canada U18 team that would compete at the Youth Commonwealth Games in Nassau, Bahamas for 7’s rugby.
He would later be selected to represent Canada at the World School Sevens in Auckland New Zealand, the Youth Olympic qualifiers in Vegas, and to travel to Arizona and Hong Kong to represent Canada for 15’s rugby.
In the process he continued to play for his high school and his club the Oshawa Vikings, where he and his teammates won the Ontario championships.
This summer Brock was selected by For the Love of the Game as one of two from the Canada U18 age group to travel to Christchurch, New Zealand and train at the Crusaders International High Performance Unit for six weeks.
There he would learn from some of the best in the world, view professional rugby at its best, train in a professional environment, and gained the full New Zealand rugby experience by playing with the U21 Premier club in New Brighton.
“It was an experience I’ll never forget," said Brock, "Several surreal moments that I am so grateful for."
This fall Brock will continue his rugby pursuits moving out to Langford, BC to train fulltime with the National men’s program and continue his education as he begins studies at the University of Victoria.
Oshawa Vikings Rugby Club provides opportunities for people of all ages and skill levels in Durham Region the opportunity to learn the sport of rugby and all of the valuable life lessons that are a part of playing organized sports.