Like the beginnings of rugby in other countries, Canada rugby’s history started with the members of the regimental armies and the Royal Navy. Rugby’s initial appearance in Canada dates back in 1864, as a game played by artillery men in Quebec. Also in 1864, the Trinity College in Toronto published the first set of rules for rugby.
Canada’s governing body for the sport, Rugby Canada, was incorporated in 1974; and was initially known as the Canadian Rugby Union. Since the formation of its governing body for rugby, Canada became a permanent fixture on the international rugby arena. Canada participated in each of the five Rugby World Cups in 1987, 1991, 1995, 1999, and 2003. To date, the International Rugby Board ranks Canada as among the top teams in the world.