Ken W. Banks
Inducted 2006
Builder / Coach
    
Ken Banks began his thirty year involvement with rugby in 1937 as a clever scrum-half with the Meralomas, continued in 1939-40 with the Vancouver Representatives and ended as Canada's coach against England in 1967. In the interim he coached the Meralomas from 1948 to 1964 and British Columbia from 1952 to 1967. It will be a long time before his coaching record will be equaled when one considers the opposition his provincial teams faced in that period: Queen's University (Belfast), New Zealand All Blacks (three times), Oxford-Cambridge Universities, Barbarians, Australia (twice), Ontario, Eastern Canada, British Lions (twice), Yawata Iron and Steel (Japan), Japan and New Zealand Universities. Add to this
list British Columbia's tours to Eastern Canada and to Japan and Kats tour to Japan, for which Ken was the manager.
   
With his vast knowledge of the game he was one of the four selectors on the Rugby Tours Committee that chose the Canada team to tour the British Isles in 1962.
   
He was secretary of the Canadian Rugby Union (now Rugby Canada) in 1965-1966, president of the BCRU in 1969-70 and the Jack Patterson Memorial Trophy winner in 1975-76.
    
Ken's coaching expertise, coupled with his sense of humour and conversational skills with people from within and outside of the rugby community, placed him at the forefront during his lengthy rugby career.
     
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