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Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

Men's 7's Rise to Top Echelon Again Heady stuff for CW’s Mike Fuailefau, from the fields of Gordon Head and Windsor Park to the pinnacle of the Sevens world – the All Star (Dream Team) at the London Sevens. ‘onya, Mikey. The London event opened with a solid Canadian win over Fiji. The boys...


Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Zuss on the scoot! Well, it was a bit of an error prone game, some inconsistencies from the ref, although she did apply them equally to both teams! We applaud Canada’s NSWT effort in their 20 – 10 loss to N.Z.’s Black Ferns, 3 tries to 2, this morning (our time). A further try under the sticks...


Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Season Opens in Spectacular Style CWRFC kicked off the new season with an oleo of activity for all ages at Windsor Park last Saturday. Mini rugby and age grade rugby got underway on Sunday with good attendances. Saturday’s event was highlighted by the appearance of Olympic medalists,...


YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO MEET TWO OLYMPIC RUGBY MEDALLISTS!

YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO MEET TWO OLYMPIC RUGBY MEDALLISTS!

  Tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., CW kicks off a Gala Opening to the coming season. Parents can register, try their hand at rugby golf and rummage through available swag while the kids from 5 – 15 can test their rugby skills. There will be an opportunity for pre-minis to run around a most...


Yak is Back!

Yak is Back!

Posted in Canada Rugby / Coaching / Community / CW Rugby / Fifteens / News / NSMT / Rugby Club / Senior Men

Canada’s senior men’s head coach Mark Anscombe has named a 26-man Canada ‘A’ team that will tour the UK next month. Canada will face off against Greene King IPA Championship club Doncaster (August 20th) as well as Pro 12 side Ulster ((August 26th). “We’re looking to develop our player depth...


CWRFC Announces Men's Head Coach

CWRFC Announces Men's Head Coach

Posted in Coaching / CW Rugby / NSWT / Prems / Sevens / Victoria BC

President of CWRFC, Don Swainson has announced the appointment of the new Head Coach, Premiership Men, for the coming season. Scott Manning will lead a team of club coaches, still a work in progress, for the coming season. Coaching in the VIRU League and the B.C. CDI Premiership League is...


Rugby Ramblings

Rugby Ramblings

Team mates at club; arch rivals at school; friends for life! Howard Russell Cup. Congratulations to SMUS on their comprehensive 25 – 0 victory over the Oak Bay Barbs on Thursday. In the early going, the teams tested each other with physicality and unfortunately, for Oak Bay, by game’s end they...


Wednesday's Ruck and Maul on Thursday!

Wednesday's Ruck and Maul on Thursday!

CW SEARCHES FOR NEW PREMIERSHIP HEAD COACH & TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Today’s news brings a huge note of thanks to Lee Lindwall and Ian Hyde-Lay, senior men’s premiership head coaches of the 2015-16 season. Neither is available at this stage to continue the task of coaching the club’s senior...


The Story So Far.....

The Story So Far.....

Competing in the BC Premiership finals for women’s rugby is new to Castaway Wanderers, but the tradition of quality rugby on Vancouver Island is not.   “When we (re)started the senior women’s rugby program in 2015, we had to draw on all our strengths. We knew we had to have a feeder program,...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

Rugby Canada Recognition   Female Coach of the Year Award: Anna Wray Anna is a Rugby Canada Women’s 15's team alumni who has remained involved in rugby and gives back to the sport she loves by coaching the CW girls' teams.  She was instrumental in the program startup some five years ago....


Volunteers Needed

Volunteers Needed

Every summer a large number of CW players are selected for representative youth rugby.  The very successful, Crimson Tide Organisation is seeking volunteers for the following posiitons.  Not all positions require tecnical rugby skill sets and it isd a great opportunity for parents to be...


R.I.P. John Cannon

R.I.P. John Cannon

It is with sadness today that we offer condolences to the family of John Cannon.  John passed away over the weekend after suffering a heart attack.  A powerful inside centre, Cannon played for Canada at junior level (U17, U19 and U23), before making his senior debut aged 20, in 2001 vs. the USA...


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,...


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...


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

MAPLE LEAF WOMEN’S XV The women lost a tight game to England yesterday, 29 – 37.  Canada led 17 – 15 at the half and pulled away to a 29 – 20 gap with not a lot of ticks on the clock.  One could not tell from the Twitter feed what might have happened but the team allowed seventeen points in...


Hats Off to Hydes

Hats Off to Hydes

Posted in Coaching / Community / Men's Reserve Div / Senior Men / Victoria BC

When Simon Ibell, suffering from a rare medical condition, was bullied in Grade 8, three people came to his aid at St. Michaels University School. They were Grade 12 basketball stars Steve Nash and Milan Uzelac, and coach Ian Hyde-Lay.  Ibell and his family never forgot. In fact, Simon...


Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Posted in Coaching / CW Rugby / NSWT / Rugby Club

Thanks for the memories - JONAH LOMU, rest in peace. Website Cutover……………coming very soon.  Please take time to familiarise yourself with navigation around the new site before getting frustrated!   Caroline Crossley breaks history………………not only CW’s first female cap, the first blog to have...


Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

CW Boy’s Youth teams were in action this past weekend.  The U16’s defeated an old nemesis from Vancouver, Bayside and the U18’s had a good 40 - 22 win, over Abbotsford.  A good start to your season, lads.   Irish International, Shannon Houston (with Anna Wray and Meagan Gibbs), recently...


Game on! Castaway Wanderers launch Senior Womenís program for 2015-16 season

Game on! Castaway Wanderers launch Senior Womenís program for 2015-16 season

Posted in B.C. Rugby / Coaching / Girls Rugby

Oak Bay – Today, Castaway Wanderers Rugby Union Football Club (CW) President Don Swainson announced the storied club will field a senior women’s team for the upcoming 2015/2016 season. Interest in girl’s and women’s rugby has never been stronger. With last year’s unbelievable accomplishment...


RUGBY DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP - PLAYERS, 15 - 19.

RUGBY DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP - PLAYERS, 15 - 19.

Posted in Coaching / Juniors / Victoria BC

Gordon Kehoe will be running a two-day rugby development session at Windsor Park on Sunday, May 3rd and Saturday, 9th May. These sessions will prepare players for rep and provincial rugby and will be a great addition for players involved with their high school rugby programs. The camp will...


Minis Resume

Minis Resume

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

Under 8's to Under 12's boys and girls resume the "second half" of their club mini rugby season at Windsor Park tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. Speaking of mini rugby, CW is making an appeal for assistance with schools' annual mini programs, running from late Februaury for about twelve weeks (and we...


Monday's Musings - Seattle, A Saracens Satellite!

Monday's Musings - Seattle, A Saracens Satellite!

Posted in Coaching / CW Rugby / Giving Back / Refereeing / Rugby Club / Victoria BC

This week the site will bring readers a series of blogs that will provide some background about Seattle, this coming Saturday’s opposition in an exhibition match. Seattle is coached by Justin Fitzpatrick, in his second season with the club. Season #1 produced the following successes;...


Reminder!

Reminder!

Posted in Canada Rugby / Clinics / Coaching

World Rugby Level 1 Strength & Conditioning Certification Course Location: Langford, BCDate: January 25, 2015Time: 9:00am - 5:00pmCost: $90 Pre-registration is required. Deadline to Register January 20, 2015.A minimum number of registrants is required.Facilitators: Conan Cooper and...