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Canadian Rugby Union 1898-1906

CANADIAN RUGBY UNION 1898-1906

In 1898 the Canadian Rugby Union adopted a Divisional format with a set game schedule and playoffs for the first time. Initially three divisions: Onatrio Rugby Football Union, Quebec Rugby Football Union and Canadian Intercollegiate Union, they were joined in 1902 by the Manitoba Rugby Football Union. In 1907 the Canadian Rugby Union introduced the Alberta Rugby Football Union and in 1909 the first Grey Cup, donated by Earl Grey was played. Irish involvement during this era included the Winnipeg Shamrocks in 1903 and 1905 and Ottawa St. Patrick College in 1906

1898 CANADIAN RUGBY UNION

ONTARIO RUGBY FOOTBALL UNIONGPWLTPFPAPTS
Ottawa Rough Riders 6 6 0 0210 20 12
Hamilton Tigers 6 4 2 0 77 88  8
Osgoode Hall 6 2 4 0 60118  4
Toronto Argonauts 6 0 6 0 19140  0
QUÉBEC RUGBY FOOTBALL UNIONGPWLTPFPAPTS
Ottawa College 42 2 0 23 66  4
Kingston Granites 42 2 0 69 43 4
Montréal Amateur Athletic Association 4 2 2 0 72 554
CANADIAN INTERCOLLEGIATE UNIONGPWLTPFPAPTS
University of Toronto 4 3 1 0 48 20 6
McGill University 4 2 2 0 15 294
Queen’s University 4 1 3 0 14 282

PLAYOFFS

Ottawa College23Montréal AAA1
 ROUND 2   
Ottawa CollegedefeatedKingston Granitesby default
[References: see Canadian Football Almanac list of Sources]

CANADIAN RUGBY UNION SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP

Ottawa Rough Riders11Ottawa College 1
[References: see Canadian Football Almanac list of Sources]

1899 CANADIAN RUGBY UNION

ONTARIO RUGBY FOOTBALL UNIONGPWLTPFPAPTS
Kingston Granites 6 5 1 0 81 38 10
Ottawa Rough Riders 6 5 1 0 75 27 10
Toronto Argonauts 62 4 0 46 91 4
Hamilton Tigers 60 6 0 13 59  0
QUÉBEC RUGBY FOOTBALL UNIONGPWLTPFPAPTS
Ottawa College 6 4 2 0   8
Brockville 6 4 2 0    8
Montréal Amateur Athletic Association 6 3 3 0 47 69  6
Westmount Britannia Athletic Club 6 1 5 0    2
CANADIAN INTERCOLLEGIATE UNIONGPWLTPFPAPTS
University of Toronto 4 2 1 1 56 18  5
Queen’s University 4 2 2 0 20 234
McGill University 4 1 2 1 21 56  3
[References: see Canadian Football Almanac list of Sources]

PLAYOFF

Kingston Granites8Ottawa Rough Riders0
[References: see Canadian Football Almanac list of Sources]

1900 CANADIAN RUGBY UNION

ONTARIO RUGBY FOOTBALL UNIONGPWLTPFPAPTS
Ottawa Rough Riders 6 4 2 0 89 25  8
Toronto Argonauts 6 4 2 0102 42  8
Kingston Granites 63 3 0 25 816
Hamilton Tigers 6 1 5 0 32100  2
QUÉBEC RUGBY FOOTBALL UNIONGPWLTPFPAPTS
Brockville 6 6 0 0   12
Montréal Amateur Athletic Association 6 4 2 0 73 87  8
Westmount Britannia Athletic Club 6 1 5 0    2
Ottawa College 6 1 5 0    2
CANADIAN INTERCOLLEGIATE UNIONGPWLTPFPAPTS
Queen’s University 4 2 1 1 43 26 5
McGill University 42 2 0    4
University of Toronto 4 1 2 1    3
[References: see Canadian Football Almanac list of Sources]
PLAYOFF   
Ottawa Rough Riders30Toronto Argonauts 12
CANADIAN RUGBY UNION  SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP 
Ottawa Rough Riders17Brockville10
[References: see Canadian Football Almanac list of Sources]

1901 CANADIAN RUGBY UNION

ONTARIO RUGBY FOOTBALL UNIONGPWLTPFPAPTS
Toronto Argonauts 6 5 1 0 65 28 10
Ottawa Rough Riders 64 2 0111 34  8
Hamilton Tigers 6 2 4 034 69  4
Kingston Granites 6 1 5 0  5 84 2
QUÉBEC RUGBY FOOTBALL UNIONGPWLTPFPAPTS
Ottawa College 6 4 2 0145 32  8
Westmount Britannia Athletic Club 6 4 2 0 53 78  8
Brockville 6 3 3 0 53 72  6
Montréal Amateur Athletic Association 6 1 5 0 20 89  2
CANADIAN INTERCOLLEGIATE UNIONGPWLTPFPAPTS
University of Toronto 4 4 0 0    8
Queen’s University 41 3 0 30 43  2
McGill University 4 1 3 0    2
[References: see Canadian Football Almanac list of Sources]
PLAYOFF   
Ottawa College defeated Westmount Britannia Athletic Club 
CANADIAN RUGBY UNION  SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP 
Ottawa College 18Toronto Argonauts 3 *
[References: see Canadian Football Almanac list of Sources]

*(replay of 12-12 tie game)

1902 CANADIAN RUGBY UNION

ONTARIO RUGBY FOOTBALL UNIONGPWLTPFPAPTS
Ottawa Rough Riders 4 4 0 0 29  4  8
Toronto Argonauts 4 2 2 0 21 32  4
Hamilton Tigers 4 0 4 0  3 17  0
QUÉBEC RUGBY FOOTBALL UNIONGPWLTPFPAPTS
Ottawa College 6 6 0 0115 20 12
Westmount Britannia Athletic Club 6 2 4 0 21106  4
Brockville 6 2 4 0 75 47  4
Montréal Amateur Athletic Association 6 2 4 0 34 72  4
CANADIAN INTERCOLLEGIATE UNIONGPWLTPFPAPTS
McGill University 4 2 1 1 42 18  5
University of Toronto 4 2 2 0 22 32  4
Queen’s University 4 1 2 1 13 27  3
MANITOBA RUGBY FOOTBALL UNIONGPWLTPFPAPTS
Winnipeg St. John’s College Rugby Club 2 2 0 0 28 11  4
Winnipeg Rugby Football Club 2 1 1 0 18 29 2
Winnipeg Rowing Club 2 0 2 0 28 34 0
[References: see Canadian Football Almanac list of Sources]
Hamilton Tigers defaulted 3 games

CANADIAN RUGBY UNION SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP

Ottawa Rough Riders 5Ottawa College 0
[References: see Canadian Football Almanac list of Sources]

1903 CANADIAN RUGBY UNION

ONTARIO RUGBY FOOTBALL UNIONGPWLTPFPAPTS
Hamilton Tigers 4 4 0 0129 48  8
Toronto Argonauts 42 2 0 70 75  4
Hamilton West End Pleasure Club 4 0 4 0 35111 0
QUÉBEC RUGBY FOOTBALL UNIONGPWLTPFPAPTS
Ottawa Rough Riders 65 1 0 65 28 10
Montréal Amateur Athletic Association 6 4 2 0 76 438
Ottawa College 6 3 3 0 47 43 6
Westmount Britannia Athletic Club 6 0 6 0 23 97  0
CANADIAN INTERCOLLEGIATE UNIONGPWLTPFPAPTS
University of Toronto 4 3 0 150 21  7
McGill University 4 2 2 0 39 38  4
Queen’s University 40 3 1 28 58  1
MANITOBA RUGBY FOOTBALL UNIONGPWLTPFPAPTS
Winnipeg Shamrocks 4 3 1 0   6
Winnipeg Rowing Club 4 2 2 0    4
Winnipeg St. John’s College Rugby Club 4 1 3 3   2
[References: see Canadian Football Almanac list of Sources]

1904 CANADIAN RUGBY UNION

ONTARIO RUGBY FOOTBALL UNION       
EAST DIVISIONGPWLTPFPAPTS
Peterborough 4 2 2 0 61 58  4
Toronto Argonauts 4 2 2 0 39 64  4
Torontos 4 2 2 0 82 604
WEST DIVISIONGPWLTPFPAPTS
Hamilton Tigers 4 4 0 0205 21  8
London4 2 2 0 41110  4
Toronto Victorias 4 0 4 0 26141  0
QUÉBEC RUGBY FOOTBALL UNIONGPWLTPFPAPTS
Ottawa College 65 1 0   10
Montréal Amateur Athletic Association6 4 2 0 59 54  8
Ottawa Rough Riders 6 3 3 0    6
Westmount Britannia Athletic Club 6 0 6 0 351050
CANADIAN INTERCOLLEGIATE UNIONGPWLTPFPAPTS
Queen’s University 4 3 1 0 64 31  6
McGill University 43 1 045 32  6
University of Toronto4 0 4 0    0
MANITOBA RUGBY FOOTBALL UNIONGPWLTPFPAPTS
Winnipeg Rowing Club4 3 1 0 56 34  6
Winnipeg St. John’s College Rugby Club 4 3 1 0 43 21 6
Winnipeg Rugby Football Club 4 0 4 0 23 67 0
[References: see Canadian Football Almanac list of Sources]

CITY FINALS

Ottawa College 21Ottawa Rough Riders 5
Montréal AAA30McGill University18
[References: see Canadian Football Almanac list of Sources]

PLAYOFFS

Torontos14Toronto Argonauts 4
 ROUND 2   
Torontos21Peterborough 7
Queen’s University 13McGill University0
 FINAL   
Hamilton Tigers 77the Torontos15 *
[References: see Canadian Football Almanac list of Sources]

* in two games, total points series

1905 CANADIAN RUGBY UNION

ONTARIO RUGBY FOOTBALL UNIONGPWLTPFPAPTS
Hamilton Tigers 6 6 0 0248 23 12
Toronto Argonauts 6 4 2 0 57 90  8
Toronto Victorias 6 2 4 022112  4
London 6 0 6 0 6108  0
QUÉBEC RUGBY FOOTBALL UNIONGPWLTPFPAPTS
Ottawa Rough Riders 6 6 0 0126 36 12
Montréal Amateur Athletic Association 6 4 2 0 87 668
Ottawa St. Patrick College 6 1 5 0    2
Westmount Britannia Athletic Club 6 1 5 0    2
        
CANADIAN INTERCOLLEGIATE UNIONGPWLTPFPAPTS
University of Toronto 66 0 0107 57 12
Queen’s University 6 2 3 1102 99  5
McGill University 6 1 3 2 831014
Ottawa College 6 1 4 1 73108  3
        
MANITOBA RUGBY FOOTBALL UNIONGPWLTPFPAPTS
Winnipeg Rowing Club 3 3 0 0 72  7  6
Winnipeg Rugby Football Club 3 2 1 0 28 234
Winnipeg St. John’s College Rugby Club 2 0 2 0  3 46  0
Winnipeg Shamrocks 20 2 0 14 41  0
[References: see Canadian Football Almanac list of Sources]
London defaulted 4 games

CANADIAN RUGBY UNION SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP

University of Toronto11Ottawa Rough Riders 9
[References: see Canadian Football Almanac list of Sources]

1906 CANADIAN RUGBY UNION

ONTARIO RUGBY FOOTBALL UNIONGPWLTPFPAPTS
Hamilton Tigers 66 0 0205 2212
Toronto Argonauts 6 4 2 0 75 488
Peterborough 6 1 5 0 43128  2
Toronto Victorias 6 1 5 0 45170  2
QUÉBEC RUGBY FOOTBALL UNIONGPWLTPFPAPTS
Montréal Amateur Athletic Association 6 5 1 0169 34 10
Ottawa Rough Riders 6 4 2 0164 82  8
Ottawa St. Patrick College 6 2 3 1 83151  5
Westmount Britannia Athletic Club 6 0 5 1 44193  1
CANADIAN INTERCOLLEGIATE UNIONGPWLTPFPAPTS
McGill University 6 4 2 0 97 72  8
University of Toronto 6 3 3 0 74 36 6
Ottawa College 6 3 3 0    6
Queen’s University 6 2 4 0    4
MANITOBA RUGBY FOOTBALL UNIONGPWLTPFPAPTS
Winnipeg Rowing Club 4 4 0 0 59  7  8
Brandon 4 3 1 019 316
Winnipeg St. John’s College Rugby Club 4 1 3 0  8 52  2
Winnipeg Rugby Football Club 6 1 5 0 26 222
[References: see Canadian Football Almanac list of Sources]
Winnipeg Rugby Football Club defeated 3 games

CANADIAN RUGBY UNION SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP

Hamilton Tigers29McGill University3
[References: see Canadian Football Almanac list of Sources]

Report

Irish involvement in the Canadian Rugby Union between 1898 and 1906 included the Winnipeg Shamrocks in 1903 and 1905, who won the Manitoba Rugby Football Union Championship in 1903 with a 3-1 record, although only finished with a 0-2 record in 1905; and the Ottawa St. Patrick College playing the Canadian Intercollegiate Union, posting a 2-3-1 record in 1906.

References (Canadian Football Almanac 1875-2012 – David Stewart-Candy & Dave Clamen)

SOURCES

Ontario Rugby Football Union
Québec Rugby Football Union
Western Canada Rugby Football Union
Manitoba Rugby Football Union
Saskatchewan Rugby Football Union
Alberta Rugby Football Union
British Columbia Rugby Football Union
Canadian Intercollegiate Rugby Football Union
Kingston Rugby Football League
Winnipeg Rugby Football League
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kindly supplied by David Clamen
Thornhill, Ontario
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Many thanks to Jim Stevenson (Statistician – Ontario Football Conference) for kindly providing OFC material for 1984 to 2000
Many thanks to Mitch Soivenski of Hampton, New Hampshire for submitting errata corrections

Acknowledgements

Thanks to David Stewart-Candy

About this document

Data Compiled by Dave Stewart-Candy & Dave Clamen, (Canadian Football Almanac 1875-2012, unpublished, Vancouver 2012).

Text Written by Enda Mulcahy

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Last Updated: 27 March 2021

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