Saints Bi-Weekly Newsletter

Hello Saints! In this edition of the newsletter:

- Remembering Jon Runchel
- Meet the Saints Men's player: Bjørn Thered
- Saints Gear Store update! 👕 
- Shout out to Skip the Depot donors! 
- Rugby match of the week! 🦅
vs. 🥝
- and more!!

Remembering Jon Runchel

Jonny Runchel was a huge part of the Saints Dynasty having joined our club in 2005. He captained the team twice and was voted Best forward, Players Player and Most Valuable Player in various years. One award he should have received, but it didn’t exist, was the Ironman Award for most consecutive games without injury or “a spell.” For 5 years he practically played every 1st Division Game and even sometimes filled in for the 2’s. He was our heart and soul in the scrum and in the pub, the creator of the “Secret Shot Club” and lead singer at Ducky’s Karaoke Bar.

Although he has passed away much too young, we feel blessed for the time that we had with Jon and look forward to seeing Tara, Jane and Axel come to Canada so we can welcome them back as family.

From Marc Rampaul (Former Club president and team member to Runchel)

If you are looking for a way to support his family during this time, please see the Friends of Jon Runchel GoFundMe Page.
Saints Player Profile
Bjørn Thered

Originally a rural northern Albertan Bjørn found his way south and switched from sports on the ice to the pitch (We're thankful he did!). He likes to take a break from accounting on the weekend by playing rugby on Saturdays and scrambling up mountains on Sundays. (You might have gathered this if you've seen his Instagram... soo many mountains!).

Age: 28
Position: Back row (He toggles between 6,7,8 constantly)
Years Playing Rugby: 7 years (and his 2nd year as a Saint)
Favourite part about rugby: Love the collision aspect of playing rugby but off the field I appreciate the camaraderie, culture, support, and the club "family" aspect that comes with the game.
Saints Gear Store 📣

1st orders are being delivered today or ready for pickup! 

 If you made a kit order and requested delivery, it will be delivered today. If you requested pick up, please come to 4204 Varmoor Road NW during the afternoon of Monday June 15 from 1-4 pm. If you have any questions please reach out to Ryan Kemp via email: or phone: 587-893-1768

Didn't order anything? Not to fear! The store is still open so go check out all of the awesome new Saints gear at our online store. Open now with adult and youth sizing available! 👇

Thank you for the Skip the Depot donations!! 👏

As we look for alternative fundraising this summer due to the impact of Covid-19, we want to send a special thank you to everyone who has donated using Skip the Depot, as it enables us to offset some of the fixed costs this season and continue to plan for the next. Thank you to our most recent donors:
The Davis Family
Maryanne Forayi
Steve Belway
You can learn more about our partnership with Skip the Depot below!
Visit the following link to schedule a pick-up!
Miss rugby as much as us?!

Check out our match of the week to get your fill!
(Just click on the picture below)

All Blacks vs. USA

Calling all award winners! 🏆📸

Did you win an award this past season?! Take a picture with your glass and send it to so that we can share it on our social media.

Rugby Alberta: Call for nominations.

Volunteers are the heart of our rugby community, and Rugby Alberta is grateful for all the support and dedication, especially during these challenging times.

Nominate the game changers in your rugby community and Rugby Alberta will feature one every week:
Visit the following link to make an order:
Have an item worthy of our newsletter? Know a Saint who should be featured in our player profile section? Send us an email

Thank you to our sponsors.


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