WINNIPEG (6 August 2020) — Through guidance from government and public health officials and consultation with the Prairie Football Conference and the Canadian Junior Football League, the Winnipeg Rifles have decided that we will not compete on the gridiron this season. The safety challenges created by COVID-19 place our football athletes, coaches and staff at an unacceptable level of risk this summer and fall.
With careful and thorough consideration, this decision has been made with the best interests of the health, safety, and well-being of our team. We remain united and strive to use the remainder of 2020 in preparation towards a Canadian Bowl championship in the 2021 CJFL season.
Please send all media requests directly to: Geordie Wilson, Winnipeg Rifles Head Coach, 204-792-1379, email@example.com
RIFLES RECEIVER AND PUNTER DALLAS OPIOLA joins Darrin Bauming of RiflesFootball.com. Opiola shares his experience handling Winnipeg’s punting duties, the unique skillset required of a special-teamer, what his career has seen through five Rifles seasons, and facing Saskatoon this weekend.
RIFLES LINEBACKER MIKE HART JOINS DARRIN BAUMING of RiflesFootball.com to discuss where Winnipeg needs to be better, the culture shift he has experienced through his five Rifles seasons, and what it will take to come out of Saskatoon this weekend with a win.
COACH STU HEATON CATCHES UP WITH DARRIN BAUMING of RiflesFootball.com to discuss his coaching career, teachable moments in Winnipeg’s season, the impressive depth they hold on offence, and insight into the Rifles’ opponent this week; the Saskatoon Hilltops.
RIFLES TAILBACK MATHE MITAYANGO joins Darrin Bauming of RiflesFootball.com to discuss how Winnipeg utilizes his offensive versatility, the 1-2 rushing punch he provides alongside Brandon Urciuoli, and what it will take for the Rifles to get into the postseason.
RIFLES SPECIAL TEAMS COORDINATOR GRAEME JONES joins Darrin Bauming of RiflesFootball.com ahead of their rematch with the Edmonton Huskies at home. Jones dives into Winnipeg’s growth on specials and what it will take for the Rifles to capture a playoff spot.
RIFLES SAFETY TROY WILSON joins Darrin Bauming of RiflesFootball.com to discuss his Player of the Week performance in Edmonton. Wilson touches on keys to success in Week 6 against the Wildcats, putting together a full 60-minute defensive effort, and how to practice creating turnovers.
RIFLES RIGHT TACKLE JADEN LAKIE joins Darrin Bauming of RiflesFootball.com ahead of their Week 6 matchup with the Wildcats. Lakie shares about how Winnipeg has only allowed one sack through their first four games, their balanced offensive attack, and how the Rifles growth and maturity as a team has evolved.