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Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

Bouquets to Bayside.  A long lost affinity with the Bayside club was re-established by CW Women on Saturday last. CW & Bayside had many a respected battles over the years with men’s rugby as well as age grade B.C. Finals and they always ended with mutual respect and comradery.  This writer...


CW Abroad

CW Abroad

HUGE shout out to Phil Mack playing in his 50TH IRB Sevens event in two hours’ time.  Philly is also just 44 points shy of 1000, in all, quite the career.  Thanks, Phil! Today we bring you a brief synopsis of CW players in action out of town.  In so doing, we hope we have not missed any of a...


Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Posted in Canada Rugby / Clinics / Coaching / Community / News / NSMT / Senior Men / Senior Women / Sevens

Vegas Sevens – NSMT The Burners are back!  Duke and Douglas are healthy and one can add them to the mercurial cadre of play-makers; Hirayama, Mack and Jones; the athleticism and pace of a healthy Trainor, Fuli, Hammond and Kay, the “peaking” of White; and round it out with the big men,...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

Unfortunately, this occured on eight occasions in Rosario on the weekend! Bienvenido, lo que es un abismo!  Yes, chasm rather than a mere gap. Canada NSMT suffered a rather embarrassing 54 – 21 loss to Argentina on the weekend.  Just what level of representative player it was representing...


Women Wonders

Women Wonders

Posted in Canada Rugby / Girls Rugby / News / NSWT / Senior Men / Senior Women / Sevens

Kish's try, right from the top drawer! Doff of The Ruggernut's cap to Canada NSWT Sevens, Runners-Up @ Brazil and they moved into second place, tied with N.Z. after two rounds of IRB play.  The Aussies must have realised they got a "get out of jail" card in pool play against Canada. No...


Saturday's Summary

Saturday's Summary

NSMT's ARC VICTORY Most readers were either present amongst a healthy 1800 fans or have read reports elsewhere of Canada`s 52 -25 win over Brazil, in their first ever test yesterday.  Hats off to Raymondo and the boys – well led and a 10é10 for the tally dive!  There was lots of "good" but...


Day #1 in Brazil

Day #1 in Brazil

Posted in Canada Rugby / Girls Rugby / News / NSWT / Senior Women / Sevens

Canada put aside lesser ranked, Ireland and Fiji early but hit a road block against #1 ranked, Australia.  Two early errors got the Aussies on the board but Captain Kish responded and Russell added one at the half for a 14-10 lead. Both players carted Australian defenders over the line with...


CANADA NSMT VS BRAZIL - SATURDAY

CANADA NSMT VS BRAZIL - SATURDAY

Interim Senior Men’s Head Coach Francois Ratier has made five changes for Saturday’s Americas Rugby Championship clash with Brazil at Westhills Stadium.  CW's, Ray Barkwill has been given the captaincy, deservedly so in our book. Loose head prop, CW’s Djustice Sears-Duru will get his first start...


Game Report - A Glum Day at Windsor

Game Report - A Glum Day at Windsor

Glum in the skies, on the pitch and on the scoreboard. On Saturday, James Bay schooled their hosts in two games laying down over half a century of points to a bagel by the hosts, far too courteous a visit! The Ones played with an improved effort but on the day had trouble both winning and...


Saturday's Preview

Saturday's Preview

Women’s Premier.  CW Women travel to Burnaby Mt. to take on SFU.  Although the teams are “miles apart” on the table – CW one point out of first place and Simon Fraser winless in the cellar, this is not one for the ladies to take lightly.  CW has not shown any resilience in travel, losing both...


Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

  CW’s Mike Fuli and Luke McClosky, all smiles after a stellar Sunday in Sydney!  Fun Facts! On the same day there was much ado about eight on the pitch in the N.Z./Australia Final. As the screen shot shows, eight on the pitch as the Kiwis managed to tie it up in “dead time” and go on to win 27...


Saturday's Doings - Where to Start?

Saturday's Doings - Where to Start?

Get your pipe and coffee for this diatribe! The weekend started with a ‘downer’. Sydney Sevens on day #1 and Canada drew a bagel. This outcome was particularly disappointing after an early brace of pretty good performances vs N.Z. and Australia, when the boys tanked in their day-end loss...


February 6th - A Fiesta of Footie.

February 6th - A Fiesta of Footie.

Where to start? Downunder, due to time differential!  Proximately 24 hours’ time, the Sydney Sevens will kick off. Sevens’ games can be viewed HERE. CW’s Yak (Nanyak Dala) and Fuli (Mike Fuailefau) have been added to the NSMT’s side for the Sydney event.  This venue will play to a full...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

Giving Back.  A huge thanks to Doug Woolridge, Ray Barkwill and Hubert Buydens for donating jerseys earned after games in the 2015 RWC. Wooly's jersey was from Eddy Ben Arous from France, Bark's was from Ireland's Rory Best and Hubie's from Italy's, Lorenzo Cittadini.  They have been mounted...


One Man's Opinion

One Man's Opinion

Day #2 at Wellington.  Canada (13th rank) vs Russia (14th).  When the dust settled on this one, the difference between these teams was huge, with Canada winning, 35 – 12.  Harry Jones was clearly M-o-M and bagged a hat-trick to boot.  Others to show were; Cejvanovic, Hammond and Hirayama. ...


Sage Returns - Game Report

Sage Returns - Game Report

(This week’s game report sees a return of The Sage on the side.)  Friday night at Westhills Stadium Turf Field….CW lads quickly found out that ‘’class was in session” vs U20 Canada…the exam day to test lessons learned will be coming next Saturday, same location Vs Capilano in the CDI Opener...


Talent Test - CW Vs NSMT U20

Talent Test - CW Vs NSMT U20

Thanks to DragonsEyeAnalysis for this utube video. (Video from U20 Camp @ SLS - Day #1) Game on.  CW Vs Canada NSMT U20’s Friday Nite Lights, Westhills Stadium 7:00 p.m. k.o. Tomorrow’s game will be a good hit out for both groups.  The U20’s under the whip of Jeff Williams and Ken...


Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Official Club Photographer It takes numerous volunteers to keep a rugby club on the go.  Ron Willems, our club photographer, was raised to the role of “official” when a local ref demanded his presence “outside the ropes”.  We thought we would give Ron “official” status with his...


Seven's Selections

Seven's Selections

Friday last, Rugby Canada finally announced the NSMT’s 7’s selections for the upcoming Wellington and Sydney stops of the parade, virtually as the boys stepped on the plane.  Good news for readers of this site was the inclusion of Luke McCloskey.  Luke is a product of CW minis, age grade,...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

"Rule changes will rob the game of its heroic qualities!" Website Video Feature.  One of a number of new improvements on our new site is the video feature.  This can be found by going under the “More” link on the menu bar or personal device “slug”.  When you click on that, a drop down will...


Saturday is a Rugby Day

Saturday is a Rugby Day

  The “second half” opens this weekend when CW Women travel to Cowichan on Saturday.  The last time these two teams met, a real contrast of styles, based on team strengths was on display.  CW used their speed advantage to record the W.  Since that match, Cowichan has chalked up a win...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

M.M’s kicks off with a “hats off” to Doug Woolridge.  This erstwhile member of the FRF has inked an interim agreement with Clermont Auvergne in the Top XIV League and the Euro Champions Cup.  Dougie was one of Canada’s forwards who had a sterling RWC performance in this writer’s eyes,...


Coaching Conundrum from Club to Country

Coaching Conundrum from Club to Country

Since our last blog, NSMT’s coach, Kieran Crowley has handed in his ticket.  Following a recent review, Crowley’s contract was extended for another two years with the NSMT.  There has been much reported by rugby scribes across the country as well as rugby fans, in relation to the review and...


Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

    The year in review to date has been quite successful for CW, with some outstanding Junior Boys results.  Our U14’s won the B.C. title; U16’s placed third and U18’s also won the crown. Our U18 girls played in a 2nd successive BC final vs a strong Abby team only losing 22-5. Our newly...


2016 Kicks Off

2016 Kicks Off

  And a Happy New Year to all ruggers and rugby fans, especially to the CW Family.  CW is pleased to hear of deserved Season Honors for our own, Spencer Robinson who has been announced by Rugby Canada as the NSMT Maple Leafs Sevens coach for their upcoming tour of Argentina and Chile. ...