So when Rugby Ontario Director, David Butler, saw the over 500 fans that took in the contest, he pointed to them as proof that rugby is growing.
"This sort of high profile game between Canada and the USA is a rivalry across all sports and everyone in the country can appreciate that," he
"It's a very big deal, especially to bring this type of game to a place like Sarnia."
said that Canada's rise to the top of the world in rugby is due to more involvement of communities and their high schools, but it isn't even scratching the surface.
"Kids in Canada pick up hockey at five years old.
We want to get kids exposed to rugby at that age," he
pointed to the Sarnia Saints'
annual charity benefit game as an example of how rugby and the community can work together to grow the sport.
"Community involvement is very important and Chris (Groombridge), the Sarnia club president has been doing a very good job of getting out into the community," he said, adding that the Saints have been very receptive to the flag and mini rugby initiative the governing body is working on.
And for Butler
, the success that Canada has seen has been a long time coming, and can only continue.