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The True North Strong and FREE

The True North Strong and FREE

A RECESS FOR THE RUGGERNUT....... A week off from scribing as ‘catch-up’ around the home has been on the agenda. Not a totally idle week for CW Ruggers, particularly our women. We brought you news about the Island’s Tide successes at last week’s PRC’s. CW had one sibling pair playing on...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

Posted in B.C. Rugby / Boys U16 / Boys U18 / Canada Rugby / CW Rugby / NSMT / Senior Men

Weekend InternationalsUpsets- Georgia d. Fiji, 14 – 3; France d. Argentina, 27 – 0To form; Samoa d. Tonga, 30 – 10; N.Z. d. Wales, 46 – 6; England d. Australia, 44 – 40; Scotland d. Japan, 21 – 16; South Africa d. Ireland, 19 – 13; U.S.A. d. Russia, 25 – 0 and Italy d. Canada, 20 – 18. To add a...


A Huge Dose of Crow!

A Huge Dose of Crow!

Posted in B.C. Rugby / Boys U18 / C.R.C's / Canada Rugby / CW Rugby / NSMT / Sevens

Well, the prognostications did not go too well and that’s to put it mildly! Tonga managed to get within five of Fiji in Suva, 23 – 18.  Samoa managed to eke out a tie with Georgia, 19 – 19 at home, rather an upset from this writer’s pov. Argentina won but it was close and not the spread...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

Posted in Community / CW Rugby / Rugby Club / Senior Men / VIRU Tide Rugby

Writing about Shawnigan’s Centennial and Gareth Edwards yesterday brings to mind, Edward’s beloved Cardiff touring Canada in their Centennial year, 1977.  Cardiff had  completed a pretty good season with Gerald Davies as Captain, they had just been nutted out against Newport, losing the Welsh...


Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Posted in Canada Rugby / Community / CW Rugby / NSMT / Senior Men

Saturday is ‘Internationals’ Day Around the rugby playing world a series of International encounters will take place this weekend. The Ruggernut thought it might be fun for readers to match their prognostications with his, so here we go! In Suva, Fiji takes on Tonga – I go for Fiji by more...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

Fun Facts:                          Giving Back – CW in the Community Tip of the Ruggernut’s cap to; Women’s Prem, Marlene Nedved who organized Chloe, Maelle, Adrienne, Amelia and the Knaggs party of four, to volunteer at the Oak Bay Tea Party this past weekend.  This group worked with Ocean...


Unsung Hero - Off the Field

Unsung Hero - Off the Field

Posted in B.C. Rugby / CW Rugby / Giving Back / Senior Men / Senior Women

A great scorer always beats a great player! CWRFC would like to recognise a long-time volunteer and supporter, Hugh Creighton. Every rugby club needs specific volunteers, be it with field set-up, take-down, “gate” greeters/collectors, field liners etc., etc., if it is to present as a...


Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Posted in B.C. Rugby / Boys U18 / CW Rugby / Senior Men / Senior Women

  B.C. BEARS Vs ENGLAND COUNTIES     CW offers congratulations to two of our boys who have been selected to play for the Bears in this one, taking place this coming Friday evening at Klahanie Field, North Vancouver, 7:00 p.m. kickoff. Brendan Kelliher has been selected at #6 and...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

   Seven’s Heaven:  The Sevens Show for both genders again proved it’s ‘never over ‘til it’s over'!  What an epic finish for our Canadian Women.  Where does one come up with enough superlatives for this magical 29 – 19 win over the Aussies?  Canada, after dropping a pool game, 17 – 19 to N.Z....


Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

CW Men on Tour Last weekend, CW Men T.O.T’s (Tricolours On Tour – TOT’s of brandy, single malt and Mount Gay), squad made their first timid venture forth for many a moon when they mustered some troops, supplemented from the West Shores (of all places), under the guidance of The Chaplain and...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

Unsung Hero – On the Field – Lauren Sargent Lauren, CW Women’s Rugby is a new page for many CW supporters and male players.  Fans are not aware of the background of most of the players, although in time, we hope that players will become as familiar as those on our men’s teams.  We have seen you...


A Triad of Tests

A Triad of Tests

Posted in Canada Rugby / CW Rugby / Fifteens / NSMT / Senior Men

“Party of Ten (…to the snack bar, please!)” It takes an army of support for the modern day National Rugby team. As a preview to the upcoming triad of tests; vs Japan at BC Place, June 11th; vs Russia, Calgary, June 18th; vs Italy BMO Field, Toronto, June 26th , R.C. has announced the coaching...


Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Posted in C.R.C's / Canada Rugby / CW Rugby / Rugby Club / Senior Men / Victoria BC

Unsung Hero - On the Field Clayton ‘Burger’ Thornber has been a tricolour since his days as an age grade player, passing through the levels, playing with a B.C.H.S. Champs team at Shawnigan, on to UVic and full circle, with some CRC competition thrown in, back to CW. During this time he moved...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

Posted in Canada Rugby / CW Rugby / Girls Rugby / High School / News / NSMT / Senior Men / Sevens

Canada Men’s Sevens Team has gone five and out for the second straight tourney.  To boot, Nate Hirayama has succumbed to injury.  Canada can only think as far ahead as the upcoming London Sevens and must not get entwined with the Road to Rio process.  We wish the men well, as gargantuan...


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...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

CW joins Newport in Saluting Rod “The Cod” Snow Rod Snow was honoured by Newport on the weekend, being placed in the Newport RFC Hall of Fame. “Codfish” Snow made 190 appearances for Newport over a decade long span. He’d go on to make forty appearances for the Newport Gwent Dragons after...


School Rugby Takes Over

School Rugby Takes Over

It is the time of season when the rugby focus reverts to our youth. Friday 13th will see the 44TH Annual GVSD Mini Rugby Jamboree. Over the years, this tournament has produced players who have continued to the highest echelons, most notable being Gareth Rees and more recently, Caroline...


Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

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

Unsung Hero – Off the Field Today’s Hero, Andreissa Lee (with another Hero, John Morley) Fondly known as “Dray”, Andreissa was recently honored by the club with the Jimmy Aitken, Most Outstanding Supporter Award and the time is right for us honour her with the above title as well! CW: Dray,...


Cinderella Saga

Cinderella Saga

The table was set at The Mac when the ghosts of Bateau, Mole, GG, Swinson, E-balls, Duke, Al Cave and Bubba carried The Crows to an upset victory over the favoured Westshore Velox, in the Men’s 3rd Div. B.C. Final. A toast to many a fine, Liftspan’s past! Well done, Kelowna. The women got...


BIG GAME Preview

BIG GAME Preview

Posted in B.C. Rugby / CW Rugby / Girls Rugby / Prems / Senior Women / Victoria BC

Tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. @ Mac Donald Park the B.C. Women’s Premier Final takes place between Velox Westshore and CW. This will be the fourth encounter this season between the two top women’s teams. The results have all gone Velox-way. Betting with one’s head would see one wager this way...


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....


..........And then there were Two

..........And then there were Two

Britt's Boot Does Damage! With 22 points, the day might have been expected to be called The Jess Neilson Show however, as with all CW women’s games witnessed by this critic, win or lose, it was all about TEAM. The game was only two minutes old when CW won a scrum, Waters observantly saw...


A Meteoric Rise

A Meteoric Rise

Posted in B.C. Rugby / CW Rugby / Fifteens / Prems / Senior Women / Victoria BC

It has been a season far beyond the wildest imagination for the CW Women’s Premier team. In their inaugural season they have finished in second place on the ladder, behind B.C. Champs, Westshore and have thus earned home field advantage for their semi-final match against Seattle Saracens....