Keltics Academy Job Postings – Academy Director & Skills Coach

Rugby NS is hiring 2 Academy Directors (Halifax & Windsor) and 2 Academy Skills Coaches (Halifax & Windsor) for the 2022 Academy Season.

Please click below for full job specifications.

To apply please send your resume to with the title of the position you are applying for in the subject line of the email.

Halifax Academy Director

Halifax Academy Skills Coach

Windsor Academy Director

Windsor Academy Skills Coach 

Rugby NS Rookie Rugby School Liaison – Job Posting

Job Title:

Rookie Rugby School Liaison

Position Type:


(6-9 hours per week)


Halifax Regional School Board

Hours Breakdown:

4-6 hours on field coaching

2 hours of prep time per week

1 hour of admin per week

Level/Salary Range:

$5000 over 4 pay periods (September, October, November, December)

Length of Contract:

September 7th until December 16th with possible re-new in January 2023

HR Contact:

Start Date:

September 7th, 2022


  • Must have achieved Level 1 World Rugby Coaching Certification
  • Must be willing to provide criminal Record Check
  • Must have own transportation available
  • Must be willing to work non-flexible schedule (times for school visits have already been confirmed for 2022-2023).

Email Resume to:

Subject Line: Rookie Rugby School Liaison Application

Job Description

Role and Responsibilities

• Plan and deliver introductory Rookie Rugby sessions for after school Excel programming

• Liaison with Excel Programs daily to confirm start times and expectations

• Create and deliver promotional materials as requested by Excel Programming (flyers)

• Assist in planning and facilitating Rugby Nova Scotia fundraising events

• Lead Rugby representative for all Milk Sports Fairs in NS

• Manage the Rugby Nova Scotia social media platforms and provide website content

• Other duties as applicable

Qualifications and Education Requirements

• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

• Level 1 NCCP Certification required, Level 2 considered an asset

• Proficient computer skills (MS Word, Excel, Outlook, Internet)

• Ability to work both independently and as part of a team

• Ability to work flexible hours (some weekend and evening work is required)

• Knowledge of sport and of the Rookie Rugby Program is required

• Experience in program planning or delivery, particularly for children and youth, considered an asset

• Position requires access to a reliable source of transportation and own computer and cell phone

Preferred Skills

• Experience coaching Rookie Rugby aged athletes, men and women

• Experience working individually

• Experience working in Halifax Regional School Board


Rugby NS Summer Jobs 2022

Rugby Nova Scotia is looking to hire for the following positions for the 2022 season (please click on job title for full job details):

All applications must be submit by email to no later than May 31st at 11:59pm.

Rugby Nova Scotia would like to acknowledge the Government of Canada as proud funding partners for these positions which have been made possible by the Canada Summer Jobs Program.

Canada Summer Jobs is an initiative of the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy, which aims to provide flexible and holistic services to help all young Canadians develop the skills and gain paid work experience to successfully transition into the labour market.

The Canada Summer Jobs program objectives align with the redesigned Youth Employment and Skills Strategy and are as follows:

  • provide quality work experiences for youth
  • respond to national and local priorities to improve access to the labour market for youth who face unique barriers
  • provide opportunities for youth to develop and improve their skills

The program provides wage subsidies to employers from not-for-profit organizations, the public sector, and private sector organizations with 50 or fewer full-time employees, to create quality summer work experiences for young people aged 15 to 30 years. Funded employers are not restricted to hiring students — all youth aged 15 to 30 years may be eligible participants.

In delivering on the program objectives, the Government of Canada aims to ensure that youth job opportunities funded by the program take place in safe, inclusive, and healthy work environments free from harassment and discrimination.

High Performance Men’s Rugby Returns To Nova Scotia



Halifax, NS (May 10, 2022) Rugby Nova Scotia, in partnership with the Toronto Arrows Academy and Rugby

Canada, is pleased to announce the Coast to Coast Cup, a new high performance development men’s rugby

event to be held in Halifax May 28 to June 4, 2022.

The tournament will feature host team the Atlantic Selects along with the Toronto Arrows Academy and Canada

West Selects, with 90 of Canada’s best domestic rugby players, the majority under the age of 25.

The Halifax-based Atlantic Selects, founded in October 2021 to continue the proud tradition of the Atlantic Rock,

faced the Arrows in Toronto last October and, more recently, defeated the New England Independents in

Boston. The Arrows Academy is represented by top athletes in the development stream of Major League Rugby’s

Toronto Arrows. The Canada West Selects will be making their first appearance as a team when they take to the

field for a tune up match against the American Raptors on May 14.

“This event brings three matches of fast, exciting rugby to Halifax, as we raise the profile of the sport and bring

more big events to our city and region, “said Atlantic Selects General Manager and local event lead Dr. John


“More games at this level will make all of our up-and-coming players better and pave a renewed development

pathway to both Major League Rugby and our National Programs,” added Phil Mack, the

Canada West Head Coach.

“This level of high performance play is what helps build rugby at the grassroots community level,” says Halifax based

Rugby Canada board member Phil Otto. “I’m excited for what this event will do to help build the rugby

brand in our region and encourage kids to remain engaged in rugby.”

Game 1 tickets will go on sale at noon ADT Tuesday, May 17 at

For VIP boxes, contact or Dr. Gillis as noted below.

Tickets for Games 2 and 3 will be available at the gate for $20 adults, $10 youth, or in advance for $15/5 by



Game 1 May 28: Atlantic Selects vs. Toronto Arrows, Wanderer’s Ground, Halifax, 7:30 PM ADT

Game 2 May 31: Canada West Selects vs. Toronto Arrows, Graves-Oakley Park, Halifax 6 PM ADT

Game 3 June 4: Atlantic Selects vs. Canada West Selects- Graves-Oakley Park, Halifax, 4 PM ADT

For further information contact Dr. Gillis at or 9024885445

VIP boxes- offering food and drink service, both pre booked and on order. 

VIP Skybox Centre 8 seats- $560 plus HST.

VIP Side line, 22 yards line, 12 seats $600 plus HST.

VIP End Goal, 20 seats, $800 plus HST.

Premium Seating- with table Service 

Premium touchline Grandstand side- $60 per person plus HST and any fees (2 seat minimum)

Premium Corner tables- $240 plus HST and any fees (tables of 4)

Grandstand seating- Food and Beverage service available in area behind seats 

Sideline Centre Grandstand 104- $30 adult, $20 student/youth, plus HST and fees

Sideline Near Centre Grandstand 103 and 105 $25 adult, $15 student/youth, plus HST and fees

Sideline 22 yard line Grandstand 102 and 106, $20 adult, $10 student/youth, plus HST and fees

Sideline Goal line Grandstand 101 and 107, $15 adult, $10 student/youth, plus HST and fees.

Endline Grandstand 108 109 110 111 – $15 adult with $10 student/youth fill in as required

Atlantic Super League 2022

(April 8th, 2022) – We are pleased to announce that Atlantic Super League Rugby will be back for the 2022. Reformed in 2018, the Super League created a crucial bridge between club, CRC, and National team play. Senior Men’s & Women’s teams representing the NS Keltics, PEI Abbies and New Brunswick Spruce as well as Newfoundland Rock men will have round robin play through April and May. For the men the season is culminating in final matches played in Newfoundland on May 22nd.

“It is great to see the return of the Atlantic Super League to provide a higher level of competition to showcase the talent bases in the Atlantic region. The full schedule in 2022 is a welcome return and the players are excited to take the pitch and show the work out in over the last 2 years.” said Rugby NS President, Chad Mahoney.

In his first season, Sr. Women’s Head Coach Matt Melanson echoed the sentiments: “We’re excited to get going and to have the opportunity to compete over a full season full of fixtures. It will give us a chance to balance keeping our high performance players engaged and prepared while also working younger players into the squad.”

Make sure to follow all of the Provincial Unions on Social Media for up-to-the-minute photos, videos and other information:


Keltics Men’s Schedule:

Internal Mens Trial, April 16th, 2022

Newfoundland @ Keltics, April 24, 2022

Keltics @ PEI Abbies, May 7th, 2022

Gold and Bronze Final – Played in Newfoundland, May 22, 2022

Keltics Women’s Schedule:

Keltics @ Abbies, April 30th, 2022

Spruce @ Keltics, May 6, 2022

Abbies @ Keltics, May 8th, 2022

Keltics @ Spruce, May 21, 2022

Atlantic Final, May 28, 2022

Atlantic Selects To Face New England Freejacks In Boston

Atlantic Selects to Face New England Freejacks in Boston

The Atlantic Selects, Atlantic Canada’s renewed high performance Men’s Rugby team, announced today their 2nd ever match.   The team was founded in the fall of 2021 to help rebuild high performance Rugby in Atlantic Canada, and travelled to Toronto in October to play the Toronto Arrows.

On April 30, 2022, the team will face the development team of Major League Rugby’s the New England Freejacks.   The game will take place at the Freejacks’ home Veterans Memorial Stadium in Quincy, Massachusetts, with kickoff time yet to be announced.

The team will gather for a training camp in Halifax on April 26 and 27, bringing together players from all four Atlantic Provinces including players currently playing on the West Coast and several other locations.   Final selections will be made based on prior performance, performance in the first weekend of the Eastern Canadian Super League, and at the camp.

“We are excited to restore the proud tradition of an Atlantic High Performance Rugby team and to help restore the pathway for top players from our region to rise from Club Rugby to the professional and National team ranks,”  said Selects General Manager Dr. John Gillis.

Coach Jamie Cudmore added, “Since the end of the Canadian Rugby Championship a few years ago, there has been a real lack of top quality Canadian competition to help our players in all regions get better and take the next step they need to excel.   This effort, coupled with the Arrows Academy and efforts underway in Western Canada will hopefully help restore a regular top level competition in Canada and with our neighbours to the South.”

The Selects are also slated to face the Arrows again, this time in Halifax at the end of May, with more details to come soon.

There are a limited number of seats on the bus available to friends and family of the team for the trip.   The bus departs Halifax on April 28 at 10 am and returns late on Sunday May 1st.  The bus will stop as required in New Brunswick to pick-up and drop players and fellow travelers.  Cost for non-players is $519 including round trip transportation, 3 nights double occupancy in a hotel, and 3 breakfasts.   There is a discount for triple, and possibly quad occupancy.

If interested in sponsoring, supporting or joining us, or for general info or questions, please reach out to Team Manager Sarah O’Connor at, or GM John Gillis at

Selects Long List


Alex Forrest – Charlottetown RFC- Captain

Phil Lanthier- Charlottetown RFC

Tyler Matchem- Pictou County RFC/Pacific Pride

Edward Mahar- Moncton RFC

Mike McEachern- Halifax RFC

Sean Doyle- Charlottetown RFC

Jordan Power- Dogs RFC

Ethan McCarthy- TARS RFC

Jordon Montgomery- Charlottetown RFC/ Castaway Wanderers

Isaac Kelly- UBC

Liam Carter- Charlottetown RFC

Seif Sanad- TARS RFC

Sheldon Cudmore- Charlottetown RFC

Nigel Bannister- TARS RFC

Pat Davis- Charlottetown RFC


Tony Pomeroy-  Baymen RFC

Brandon Power- Eastern Shore RFC/ TARS RFC

Johnny Cullen- Loyalists RFC/ Castaway Wanderers

Elliott Ryan-  Ampo Ordizia (Spain)/ TARS RFC

Campbell Clarke- Swilers RFC/ McGill

Barnaby Dunscombe- TARS RFC

Lucas Shortall-  Swilers RFC

Tom Jarman- TARS RFC

Sam Newhook- Baymen RFC

Adam Anshan- TARS RFC

JS Cook- Swiler’s RFC

Jesse Mckay- Moncton RFC

Keith Graham- TARS RFC/ James Bay

James Mitchell- Loyalists RFC/ Castaway Wanderers

Dexten Fox- Loyalists RFC

Cameron Pope- Halifax TARS RFC

Team Staff

Coach- Jamie Cudmore

Coach- David Jackson

Coach- Curtis Lauzon

Coach- Morgan Lovell

Coach- Jack Hanratty

Manager- Sarah O’Connor

High Performance Advisor- Dr. Brendan Parfrey

GM- Dr. John Gillis