Gareth Rees playing hard

Gareth Rees in a victory celebration

Gareth Rees truly earned the moniker "all-world" for his exploits on the international rugby stage in the 1980's and 1990's. Not only is he the only player to have suited up for his country in all four rugby World Cup tournaments, he is the most capped Canadian player in history. He is also the country's leading international points scorer and sixth all-time in the world with 493 points. Having received his introduction to rugby at Willows elementary and Saint Michaels University School, Rees captained Canada's national junior team at the age of 17 before playing four seasons at U.Vic. In 1986 he had his first taste of playing for an overseas club in Britain and a year later was the lone non-Brit to play for the professional London Wasps in England's premier league. During a second stint with the team in the 1990's, he helped the Wasps advance to two straight Cup final appearances. He would play or coach professional teams in Europe through the 2002 season. Rees had his first World Cup action for Canada in 1987 at age 19, as one of eight Victoria players in the lineup. Through that and three subsequent appearances in 1991, 1995 and 1999 he helped give his country a high profile on the world rugby stage. Rees went on to make significant contributions in the boardroom as Rugby Canada's CEO.

Mark Wyatt in action

Mark Wyatt in action

Mark Wyatt on the cover of Time magazine

Mark Wyatt emerged from Victoria High School to become one of the most elegant yet lethally dangerous rugby players Canada has ever produced. He was only five-foot-nine and 160 pounds but overcame that to become one of the finest fullbacks and goal kickers in the world. His career with the University of Victoria Vikings, Velox of the Island Union, Crimson Tide nationally and Team Canada Internationally was nothing short of dazzling as he lifted Canada to rugby respectability in the 1980's. Mark earned his first international cap in 1982 at age 20. In his 29 brilliant Test match appearances over 10 years, he became Canada s leading international points scorer of the day. Mark played in the 1987 and 1991 World Cups of rugby, captaining Team Canada in the latter. Three times he was named to the All World XV, which is essentially the world all-star team. He played in their celebrated fixture at Australia's Bicentennial in 1988 scoring a try and dominated with his kicking. He was twice named Victoria male athlete of the year.


Victoria enjoys a stellar sports history and we celebrate the many athletes, teams and builders who have contributed to that history.  Our displays are seen at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre (1925 Blanshard St.)  through Gate Three.


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