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Player Profile - Burger

Player Profile - Burger

Is this a Canadian Schalk or not? Today we feature Clayton ‘Burger’ Thornber. Clayton had his introduction to rugby with CW Minis. He attended Shawnigan Lake H.S. and played on the wing. Clay and his best mate, Mac Poole, were two solid flyers who racked up many a tally. However, Burger at...


Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? This week we provide a brief profile of Morgan Tate. Yonks ago, when Morgan was five, his dad and the Ruggernut decided to give mini rugby outside of elementary school, a shot at the club level. Morgan is one example amongst many who represents the success of this...


Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

The Spirit of Rugby   Editorial Comment:  Last week we talked about a "golden opportunity".  Indeed, last Saturday we observed many players taking this opportunity and I laud your efforts.  The road ahead will only get tougher and I wish you well. At this point in the season, I would like...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

UNSUNG HERO - Dave 'Bing' Crossley CW Women's Rugby - A History - Final Installment CW: Dave, you were a player of some ability. Can you tell us how you were first attracted to the game? DC:  When my father was stationed in Chilliwack during my high school years, I played a multitude of...


Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

A Recent History of Women’s Rugby at CW – Installment #2 CW:  You are often heard to espouse the term “pathway”.  What do you mean by this term and how has it come to fruition with the club? DC:  Based on my experience in coaching and training with other sports (soccer, hockey), I felt...


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”....


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...


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

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...


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...


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...


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...


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

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

Posted in Canada Rugby / CW Rugby / Giving Back / Prems / Victoria BC / News / NSMT / Under 20

Second Coming of Casey Dunning It is a pleasure to blog on a massive upcoming weekend event – a Reunion of the Pacific Pride RFC. John Mac Millan reports that over 65 alum have indicated their attendance, coming from as far away as The Land of Oz. Both, Casey Dunning and Mike Pyke now reside...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

Doug dots down. South Island Men; Island Women Victorious Crimson Tide Men, liberally sprinkled with CW guys displayed superiority over the North Island Tsunami at Windsor on Saturday. For the Tide, Dougie Fraser and Jo Morris scored a brace in the 46 – 19 win. Other CW boys on the squad...


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...


Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Another Great Auction Item - Tickets for Two – Vancouver Sevens Two seats in 7’s Access Area, level 200, center section. These are special “reserved” seats which offer direct access to the Players Entrance and Exit Tunnels. Access ticket holders will also have exclusive access to view...