Hans de Goede
Inducted 2007
After playing but one year at Victoria High School, Hans de Goede spent his entire club career with James Bay Athletic Association. It was generally acknowledged that he was the heart and soul of the club's forwards and his selection to the Vancouver Island Crimson Tide, British Columbia and Canada fifteens from 1973 to 1987 was rarely questioned.
De Goede's reputation was first enhanced internationally in 1976 when he was selected for an Overseas International XV that was drawn from nine countries, to play in Cardiff RFC's centenary match. He subsequently spent the 1978-79 season with Cardiff, becoming the first Canadian player to spend a
complete season with a first class overseas side, and was in the second row when they lost to New Zealand in October, 1979. In 1980, de Goede was on the losing Overseas XV side against Wales but on the winning side against North Wales in the Welsh Rugby Union's centenary matches.
A significant factor in de Goede's all-round ability was his three appearances for Canada at the Hong Kong Sevens from 1980-82, for which he was twice captain. First capped in fifteens for Canada against Tonga in 1974, the durable and charismatic lock was first asked to be its captain in one of the non-international matches on the 1982 Japan tour. His first international match as captain was against the USA in 1984. He continued in this role until1987 when he captained the inaugural Rugby World Cup squad in New Zealand. From 1974 to1987 he represented Canada 24 times in international matches.
De Goede was inducted into the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame in 1996 and the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.
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