Athlete | Rugby
Abbotsford Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2015
Harry Toews was introduced to the game of rugby at age 16 at Abbotsford Senior Secondary, and helped the Abbotsford Senior Panthers win the B.C. AAA title in 1989. Harry also played on Abbotsford Rugby Football Club (ARFC) youth teams, and with the B.C. U17 squad.
Toews would go on to UBC, where he was a four-year starter on the varsity rugby team, and also played for the Valley Venom senior men’s all-star squad and won a pair of national titles with the B.C. senior men’s side.
Toews’s play drew the attention of Canada’s national program, and he got a taste of international play with the national development team in 1998. He used that experience as a springboard to a full national team roster spot, earning 11 caps over four years of service. Many of these caps were earned in qualifying games for the 1999 World Cup. Toews also played professionally in England – he joined the Leicester Tigers in 1998 and was part of their Premiership championship season before coming back to Canada to train for a new position with the national team.
Toews would return to England in 2001 to suit up for Rotherham, appearing in 66 professional games over three seasons and winning two titles in the National Division. He continued playing semi-professionally in England’s third tier, captaining Sheffield Rugby Club before returning home to complete his playing career with the Abbotsford Rugby Club.