Foster Inducted into Rugby Canada Hall of Fame

VANCOUVER, B.C. – University of Regina women’s rugby coach Julie Foster will be inducted into the Rugby Canada Hall of Fame on Mar. 7 in the player category.

Foster, who has coached the Cougars rugby program since 2012 has also been an assistant coach for the university’s women’s hockey team since 2004.

As a player, Foster had a career that spanned over 10 years and saw her compete at numerous international tournaments. Foster always made time to coach and referee in Saskatchewan, helping to grow the game and support young athletes.

“Being inducted into the hall of fame is something that I never thought would happen. I played the game because I loved it, and as an athlete or coach or referee it’s never something you would expect,” Foster said. “There were many who taught me about the game so it’s the best thing in the world for me to be able to give back to others who enjoy the game as much as I do. I have a great love for the game, and I’m always happy to share that.”

The induction ceremony is set for Mar. 7, 2019 at the Annual Awards and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Vancouver, BC. Tickets can be purchased here.

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National playing record:

* First cap, 1996 vs New Zealand
* Last cap, 2006 vs France
* Participated in three Women’s Rugby World Cups (1998, 2002 & 2006)
* Was on Rugby Canada’s first National Women’s team at the 1997 Hong Kong Sevens.
* Has 44 caps (third most in Canadian Women’s record of those eligible for nomination)
* Scored 13 international tries for a total of 65 points, played mostly on the wing.

Provincial and Club playing record:

* Began rugby career with Regina Breakers in 1991
* Represented Saskatchewan Rugby in National Championships from 1991 to 2012.
* Founding member of the Regina Rage RFC, 2008 to present.

Refereeing appointments:

* High school level from 1995 to present
* Senior league game (men and women) from 1995 to present
* Touch Judge at Canada Games 2005
* Referee at Western Canada Games 2013 (date to be confirmed)
* Fourth Official Canadian Rugby Championships in Regina 2016

Coaching appointments:

* High school level from 1995 to present
* U16 for the 2012 Western Canadian Championships
* U18 for the 2018 Western Canadian Championships
* Coach, University of Regina Women’s Ice Hockey team, 1998 and then 2004 to present.
* Coach, Regina Rage, 2008 to present.
* Coach, Saskatchewan Women’s Team, 2013 to 2015 (one year was a combined Sask/Manitoba squad).
* Coach, University of Regina Women’s 7s, 2012 to present

Awards:

* CIS 2000 and 2001 All Star Ice Hockey honours (University of Regina)
* 2001 recipient of the Isobel Gathorne-Hardy Award (ice hockey)
* 2011 recipient of the Collette McAuley award, a national award recognizing rugby athletes that give back to their province.