Rugby, in its two main variations, rugby union and rugby sevens, has been on and off of the Olympic program on several occasions. Rugby union featured in the 1900, 1908, 1920, 1924 Olympics, not returning again until rugby sevens was added for 2016 and 2020. The Canadian women’s team won bronze in the inaugural rugby sevens competition in 2016.
Men’s rugby was first on the Canada Summer Games program in 1981 and 1985, sitting out the 1989 Games, and returning from 1993-2009. Rugby is making its return with women’s rugby sevens at the 2022 Games.
Notable alumni include Megan Lukan, Temitope Ogunjimi, and Patrick Parfrey.