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Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

  Saturday's Results: CW opened VIRU Division1 play with a lop-sided win over visiting Port Alberni Black Sheep. Port did not quite have the fire-power we have come to expect from them in the past however, some young players will progress with the season and they certainly “hung in there”....


Vale - Tom Browne

Vale - Tom Browne

Posted in Canada Rugby / CW Rugby / Giving Back / Minis / Victoria BC / News / Community / Coaching

Mid-week, CWRFC lost one of our finest members, Tom Browne. This writer played against Tom, took a post-grad Ed Admin course from him and some ten years back, craftily persuaded him to play a part in the CW Magic Mini Rugby program, when his grand-daughter showed an interest with the oval...


Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

CW takes some time today to ask all rugby-types to remember our southern neighbours and their recent plight. Canadians are extremely generous people and many of you have donated. We are not pushing such a move but were rather touched with last night’s appeals concert that we thought it prudent...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

Double at House of Windsor - Bonus Points to Boot! CW opened their season on Saturday with a pair of home wins – Reserves, 40 – 12; Prems 28 – 15, against cross-town rivals JBAA. The Reserves were ahead 19 – 7 at the half, with James Bay well “in it”. Both teams scored early second-half...


Day Before Gala Day - Day #1

Day Before Gala Day - Day #1

Ones to Watch - One Man's Opinion! Today, the Ruggernut will seek to make a few prognostications as to which numbers you should keep your peepers on tomorrow!  Let's start with the Bays. Prem Reserves we don't know much about but we note a change of club by Brock Gallagher in the centers. ...


Day #2

Day #2

  Last encounter; CW 36 d. JBA 25 (Season Opener, Saturday, 2:45 p.m., House of Windsor) Just what is the difference between Chile’s Jr Men’s programs and those of our country?  About seventeen points!  Just how can that be so and what must be done?  Hate to ask questions...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

Countdown to Saturday – Day 5 CW is very pleased to announce its second Annual Gala Opening Day this coming Saturday, commencing at 10:00 a.m. with skill stations competition for girls and boys, ages seven to sixteen. If all eight stations are completed, then the player will be eligible for an...


Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Something for Juniors to notebook. NSMT Maple Leafs Sevens.  Sad result, 0 - 4.  We were rather chuffed to see four of our boys with this squad but results for our Tier #2 Sevens guys leave much to be desired. Brennig Prevost, moons ago and currently member of Men's U20's team that dropped...


Di Nardo Leads CW Quartet

Di Nardo Leads CW Quartet

The club’s best wishes for success go out to Riley Di Nardo, Dusty Dobravsky, Doug Fraser and Ethan Hager as they take the field for the Canadian Maple Leafs Sevens, upcoming in Colorado. In the same vein, we offer all of our Mens U20’s our strong support for success in Uruguay in the U20...


Now You're Talking!

Now You're Talking!

Posted in Canada Rugby / CW Rugby / RWC / News / NSWT / Senior Women

CW's Olivia De Merchant, smashed over after fifteen recycles!  Canada 26 - 0 @ the...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

Sun sets on the winners!   CW Quintet After a seven year drought minus the MacTier Cup and a five year drought without a win over Ontario, B.C. men finally find themselves atop the Provincial heap after a close, 30 – 29 win in Saturday’s final. Ontario led 14 – 10 at the interval. The...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

WOMEN'S CHANCES DIMINISH Despite CW’s Karen Paquin escaping the clutches of a Welsh tackler, once again another good run would come to naught with an unforced error and this was the story of the afternoon in a contest that was somewhat lack-luster from a Canadian pov. From the kick off errors...


Super Sunday

Super Sunday

Doug Fraser on the fly for B.C.   The B.C. Bears (Men), travel to Calgary to play the Atlantic Rock tomorrow. B.C. has added CW’s Dustin Dobravsky and Riley Di Nardo to the team that had a comprehensive opening victory over the Wolf Pack. ‘The Magician’ Ngongo will be missing on U20 Rep...


Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Canadian Women Flex Muscles! Our NSWT opened their RWC campaign with a resounding 98 – 0 win over Hong Kong today. This pundit loved the way the pedal was never reduced and also, the overall team sharpness. Although Mag Harvey was chosen W-o-M, my vote goes to Captain Russell whose...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

Shaye Leads the Way CW congratulates Shaye Tudor who has led her country’s U18 Women to a brace of wins over their U.S. counterparts this past week. The team completed game #2 with a five-try, 25 – 5 victory on Saturday. Shaye is an example of a cross-sport athlete who has followed a...


Anscombe Ousted!

Anscombe Ousted!

Adios, Canada. In a release yesterday by Rugby Canada, we read of a number of outcomes from the recent program review, to be implemented immediately for the NSMT’s XV’s. Salient points could be synthesized as follows; the addition of a "High Performance Director (responsible for both men’s...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

Kudos to TSN who has planned extensive coverage of the upcoming RWC Women's Championships, held in Ireland.  The schedule is as follows; CAN Vs HONG KONG, Wed., Aug 9th, 9:00 a.m. PST; CAN Vs WALES, Sun., Aug 13th, 8:55 a.m. PST; CAN Vs NZ, Thurs., Aug 17th, 3:55 a.m. PST.  FINAL - Sat., Aug...


 CW Talent at the Youth Commonwealth Games

CW Talent at the Youth Commonwealth Games

  Canada's U18 Sevens teams ( M & F) are off to a great start at the World Youth Commonwealth Games Sevens held in the Bahamas.  The Men opened day # 1 with wins over Sri Lanka, 19 - 15; Fiji, 21 - 19 and dropped their game to England, 10 - 26.  Today they kicked off with a 42 - 0 sweep of...


CRC Opener

CRC Opener

Posted in Canada Rugby / CW Rugby / RWC / News / NSWT / C.R.C's / Senior Women / Senior Men

Whilst it's off-season for some, for others it's year-round rugby.  The Men's Annual CRC Championships open tonight when the B.C.Bears play the Prairie Wolf Pack.  This game will be streamed at 7:00 p.m. and can be viewed HERE. CW will have representation from Doug Fraser, Jake Ilnicki, Cam...


Friday Smorgasbord

Friday Smorgasbord

"Cosmo XV", winners of Williams Lake Rustlers Tournament. Last weekend, a CW initiated, Cosmopolitan XV, coached by a robust recovering, Riley Ilnicki and captained by 'returning' native, Nate Stewart, won the Williams Lake Stampeders' Tournament.  The composite group also included Tournament...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

Four of the day's best! And yet another calamity!  We have watched the men's team kick away hard won ball indiscriminately, for these past games and Saturday was no different.  If we can't beat "big opposition" in tight, the wide channels must be explored.  On one of the few occasions that...


Saturday Summary

Saturday Summary

Posted in Canada Rugby / News / NSMT / Senior Men

Today Canada goes into the fray against U.S.A. to determine who will be Americas #1 pick for RWC 2019.  One change has been made to last week's starting XV with McRorie replacing an unavailable, Mack, leaving no obvious replacement at #9 if needs be.  Coach Anscombe has offered a number of...


Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Posted in Sevens / Canada Rugby / Game Reports / Fifteens / NSMT / NSWT / Senior Women / Senior Men

CHANCES GONE BEGGING? This past weekend produced two results which may have players rueing missed chances.  Canada's NSWT 7's finished third in the season's final tournament in France and third overall in the Series, a placing I am sure they felt could have been one higher, leading the Aussies...


Rugby Begats Politics!

Rugby Begats Politics!

Posted in Sevens / Canada Rugby / CW Rugby / Girls Rugby / NSMT / NSWT / Senior Women / Senior Men

Congratulations to our CW mate, Steve Thompson, better known in Rugby circles as the “Ox”!  The announcement was made this morning of his selection as B.C. Speaker of the House.  Unfortunately, in the crazy world which is B.C. politics, his reign may be a short one.  No matter your politics,...


Prognostications Gone Awry

Prognostications Gone Awry

Posted in Canada Rugby / Game Reports / News / Refereeing / Fifteens / NSMT / Senior Men

The absolute cock-up of the Canadian National Anthem at the NSMT Vs Romania match on Saturday was most unfortunately emblematic of that which was to follow. I cannot recall watching such an abysmal game of rugby for a long time, as well, Canada had a man advantage for three quarters of the...