Ernest Pinkham played for Vancouver from1927-1937, and as a nineteen year old, played on the wing against the New Zealand Maori at Brockton Oval in 1927. He also played for BC and Vancouver against Japan in 1930. Ernest was born in London, England in 1908 and came to Canada first in 1919, to Toronto, when business brought his father to Ontario. The family later returned to Britain where Pinkham took up rugby as a boarder at Merchant Tailors' School near Liverpool. In 1925, the Pinkhams returned to Canada, this time to Vancouver where Ernest and his two brothers, Arnold and Esmond, played rugby at King George High School.
All three joined the Vancouver Rowing Club after graduation and Ernest captained the club in the 1930/31 season.
In 1932, Ernest was selected to the Canada team to tour Japan where he played in six of Canada's seven matches, scoring seven tries and tying for top try-scorer. Injury prevented him from playing in the first test against Japan, but he played in the second test, winning his cap.
Of his tour to Japan Pinkham commented, "The trip to Japan was one of the highlights of my life. To cross the Pacific Ocean by ship and play for your country in a foreign country was a great thrill. We played well. We didn't make fools of ourselves and make Canada look bad. We put on a good show. It was a good team and we tried hard and gave a good account of ourselves. They were a hell of a nice bunch of guys and we made friendships that lasted a lifetime."