EORU Profiles: Jackie Tittley and Megan Copeland Dinan

The EORU has many amazing athletes and leaders in our midst. This week, we are featuring Jackie Tittley and Megan Copeland Dinan. They are a married couple who are both involved with the Barrhaven Scottish Rugby Club (BSRFC). They first met as players, and both have storied rugby careers. Megan continues to play but, after getting married, Jackie retired from playing and is now coaching with the club. 
 
Position
 
Jackie
Primarily I played flyhalf, but I have spent time in the centres, at fullback and I had a brief stint in the second row!
 
Megan
Currently playing hooker but I have played flanker and 8-man and a horrible stint at prop when we were short with the Quebec team.
 
Previous and Current Team Affiliations
 
Jackie
Current: Barrhaven Scottish Senior Women and Ontario Senior Women (head coach of both)
Former: Barrhaven Scottish, Quebec U17/U19 and Senior Women (Player and Assistant Coach), U17/U19 and National Senior Women’s Team (NSWT), Capilano (Vancouver, BC), Montreal Irish, Montreal Barbarians, Concordia University, Opotiki Rugby Club (New Zealand), John Abbott College, St. Thomas High School (Player and Coach)
 
Megan
Current: Barrhaven Scottish Senior Women and Quebec Senior Women
Former: Capilano (Vancouver, BC), Senior Women Maple Leafs, UOttawa Gee Gees, Carleton Ravens, Conestoga College, EORU U19, Glebe High School
 
How did you two meet?
 
Jackie
At a Rugby Quebec tryout in March 2013 in Quebec City. We were both staying at a teammate’s house and my car arrived super late at night because we got lost on our way, so we only met the next morning right before the tryout.
 
Megan
What Jackie said. 
 
Favourite Rugby Memory (solo)
 
Jackie
Too many to choose from, but here are a few! Listening to the National Anthem before playing France in 2013 on tour with the NSWT. Waiting for the final whistle of the BC/AB game at the 2013 National Women’s League Championships knowing we, Quebec, had just won the tournament. All 5 years at Concordia. Getting the call to tell me I had been selected to the U19 Canada Team on Christmas Eve. Most recently, getting the opportunity to go to a High-Performance Coaching Academy in Stellenbosch, South Africa in 2019. 
 
Megan
The year Quebec won Nationals in Markham (2016). We didn’t have any props so we converted several back row and hookers and I don’t think we won a scrum all tournament. It was brutal, but we really came together.
 
Favourite Rugby Memory (together)
 
Jackie
It was always fun to play together, we’ve combined for a few nice passing plays while playing for the Scottish, it was also pretty cool to win the CRC with Quebec together. We took a trip down to Chicago to see the All Blacks play Ireland at Soldier Field and that was pretty amazing. But some of my favorite times are when we watch rugby together, on TV or sitting at a field, and we talk about what we see and we debate about strategy.
 
Megan
Waking up to watch the 6 Nations games together…and explaining to Jackie why scrums collapse. Winning the Club Championships in the Quebec League in 2014. Any time we play together.
 
Have you ever played against one another in a game?
 
Jackie
Yes, and let me tell you it was way more pleasant for Megan than it was for me! I was playing flyhalf for the Montreal Barbs at the time and she as flanking for the Scottish. We had just started dating that summer and our teammates on both sides thought we had broken up because Megan was having such a good time putting pressure on me all game and I was super frustrated. Not my greatest performance!
 
Megan
Yes, I look back on it quite fondly. I was playing 7 and Jackie and her scrum half seemed to be having some connectivity issues that day. So, as you can imagine, I was having a bit of a field day. There may have been a comment or two made, but all in good fun!
 
What does game day look like in your house? 
 
Jackie
Hectic, at least for me! No matter how many times I prep for game day as a player and coach, I’m still nervous! For home games we usually head out to the field a few hours early, help with field set up, for away games we usually head out the night before and stay with my parents in Montreal to cut the travel time. Light breakfasts, lots of water and sunscreen.
 
Megan
While Jackie likes to be prepared, I am usually running around finding all my stuff, which is probably the cause of her stress on game days. However, I have yet to forget anything, so I think my system works! I eat light breakfasts because summer rugby in Ottawa is always so hot. I am constantly drinking water and spending as much time in the shade as possible before warm up. I am also spending an increasing amount of time on my personal warm up, activations and position specific skills. After that, there is team warm up, a secret handshake with a teammate or two and the game begins!
 
Favourite post-game meal?
 
Jackie
Home Games – Angry Dragonz, amazing General Tao and its on the way home from Rowan’s pitch
Away Games – BBQ at my parents since they live in Montreal, and we are either always playing in Montreal or driving by on our way home to Ottawa
 
Megan
Home Games – Angry Dragonz, amazing General Tao and its on the way home from Rowan’s pitch
Away Games – On the way home from Quebec City, Quiznos!