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Unsung Hero - Off the Field - Dave Crossley

Unsung Hero - Off the Field - Dave Crossley

A Recent History of Women’s Rugby at CW – Installment #1 Rugby Clubs in Canada are built on and rely on volunteers. Dave Crossley, almost single-handedly has been responsible for developing girls’ and women’s rugby at CW. Within a two-year window, Women’s Premier rugby has become an integral...


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”....


A Man of Action - Dylan Jones, R.I.P.

A Man of Action - Dylan Jones, R.I.P.

Posted in CW Rugby / Rugby Club / Victoria BC / News / Community / Senior Men

 In a word - UNCOMPROMISING    ...


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...


Two Of The Finest

Two Of The Finest

Posted in CW Rugby / Victoria BC / News / Community

  The past twenty four hours have been nothing short of devastating for Castaway Wanderers Rugby.  Our club has lost two of the finest people to have worn the colours, Tom Browne and Dylan Jones.  Tom was taken ill most unexpectedly with a very rare disease and has gone down hill...


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...


Further Aftermath

Further Aftermath

Posted in CW Rugby / Giving Back / Rugby Club / Victoria BC / News / Community

Today's is a GOOD NEWS blog. Despite the sadness that has been the case, CWRFC has been left with a huge void with the passing of photographer extrordinaire, Ron Willems.  The neat thing about family, is that it always finds a way. We are ecstatic to report today that Wendy Thornber filled...


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 #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...


Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Day #3 One day closer to Gala Day. One of the many highlights on the day for the club will be the unveiling of the Ron Willems Commemorative Plaque on our Memorial Bench – a bench that is all so sadly, starting to “fill up”. We will take a few moments to remember Ron, with a few words from...


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...


Canada Women Light Up World Stage

Canada Women Light Up World Stage

Posted in CW Rugby / Giving Back / Rugby Club / RWC / News / Community / Fifteens / NSWT / Senior Women

"CW's", Karen Paquin, concludes a fabulous tournament as W-o-M Vs Aussies Ruggernut's cap off to our NSWT for a fantastic showing and comprehensive victory over Australia, their last two games offering an exclamation mark.  It was always going to be difficult when the three-pool draw saw...


SUPPORTERS' INITIATIVE

SUPPORTERS' INITIATIVE

Posted in CW Rugby / Giving Back / Fundraiser / Victoria BC / News / Community

Past President, ‘The Don’ Swainson informs us of an initiative he is leading for the club – something to fill the void of no longer having Presidential agendas! Don will be contacting alumni in an effort to increase our Supporters Club membership. We now have a means of effortlessly doing this...


VALE - Ron Willems

VALE - Ron Willems

Posted in CW Rugby / Giving Back / News / Community

It is with sadness that we bring our readers the news of the recent loss of our ultimate cheer-leader, Ron Willems. Ron passed away quietly in the presence of his wife, Bert and son, Alan, last weekend. Ron has been connected ‘indirectly’ with the club for some 25 years and ‘directly’ for some...


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

Fake News Abounds! It’s the same the whole world over…..aka, this site not exempted……aka, reasons why The Ruggernut should be history! It is with liberal amounts of crow on the plate that today we bring you a number of corrections from weekend’s musings. COACHING CORRECTIONS: It is with...


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...


CW - Seeking Coaching Applications for Head Coach - Senior Women's Program

CW - Seeking Coaching Applications for Head Coach - Senior Women's Program

Castaway Wanderers – Women’s Program Head Coach Castaway Wanderers is seeking a Head coach for its Senior Women’s program for the upcoming 2017/2018 season. The CW women’s program was established in the 2015/2016 season and had an incredible inaugural season going on to win the...


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...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

A clean pair of heels from Charity Williams. Summer Is A ‘comin’ Weekend News – Women’s 7’s – Day#1 – Canada's NSWT went undefeated in Pool play. Caroline Crossley got a few trots and played her role. For me, most interesting news of the day was that the Kiwis left their three top ladies...


Chef de Mission Message

Chef de Mission Message

Posted in Canada Rugby / CW Rugby / News / Community / NSMT / Under 20 / Senior Men

Ryan Smith reports in that the Pride boys will be a little later to arrive at The Temple this 'arvo, as they will be coming from SLS where they will have had an inspirational tete a tete with Canada's U20 men, lashing at a Possibles vs Probables encounter.  Also, he informs us that the BIG...


They Are the Champions!

They Are the Champions!

Can’t think of enough congratulatory comments for our NSMT 7’s – winners in Singapore this weekend. Just sooooo happy for the core group who have laboured so hard for so long to finally reach this pinnacle, surrounded by youngsters to carry the torch and some pace in the mix to boot and this...