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Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

Today is an opportunity to muse! Our header pictures Caroline Crossley, who will be playing Sevens with the NSWT in Dubai later this week. I muse about how seven years ago, Caroline might have enjoyed the game so much that she developed future goals?   Next we have Sammy Kahn and Lachie...


...... and now for The Rest of the Day

...... and now for The Rest of the Day

Premier Reserves. Men. Westshore 20 CW 17. After leading 17 – 12 at the half, aided by tries from CW “Mini grads”, Mike Makaroff and Brendan Schellenberger, the Reserves let this one get away. They will, no doubt rue missing the opportunity. In the waning moments they made three thrusts within...


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...


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...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

Sun sets on the winners!   CW Quintet After a seven year drought minus the MacTier Cup and a five year drought without a win over Ontario, B.C. men finally find themselves atop the Provincial heap after a close, 30 – 29 win in Saturday’s final. Ontario led 14 – 10 at the interval. The...


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...


Challenging Weekend Begins on Wrong Foot

Challenging Weekend Begins on Wrong Foot

Captain Kelly, dishes off.... The Canadian NSWT lost to the New Zealand Black Ferns "last night" by a score of 28 - 16. This was game #1 of three, being used as a `warm-up`for the Women`s RWC.  The Black Ferns improved their record to 13 - 0 vs Canada.  It was close at the break, 14 - 8,...


Game Day Dispensation

Game Day Dispensation

The Competition Committee of the BCRU have as a rule; that clubs with both Premier and Premier Reserve teams in playoffs had to schedule the Reserve game for Sunday. It has come to our attention that a dispensation has been permitted for UBCOB and the First Divvy game will now be forwarded...


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...


The Bigs K.O. Saturday for CW

The Bigs K.O. Saturday for CW

CW Men take their Premier and Reserve teams on the road to challenge Seattle at Magnussen Park tomorrow. By some quirk of scheduling, CW has drawn away games in succession to the Sarries, perhaps a mistake but one which costs CW some added $$ despite players paying for overnight...


Happy New Year

Happy New Year

FROM, the boys sporting their Canadian dinner jackets in the luxury of the London Irish dressing room, we bring you Ciaran Hearn who has just signed a new two-year deal with the Irish has started in six of the Irish 13 winning games this season. Ciaran is from Newfoundland however, has teamed...


CW/Westshore Split a Pair

CW/Westshore Split a Pair

Well and truly smothered! It was a throwback to over a decade ago when league rugby returned to Carnarvon yesterday – and a huge thanks to the neighbours who retrieved some balls booted over their fence – hope you enjoyed the games! Decimation of the Windsor site saw CW playng at Carnarvon...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

Sevens Seek to Right the Ship Rugby Canada has confirmed speculation by many of the appointment of Damian McGrath as the new Men’s 7’s coach.  The players have a week to sign contracts and it will be back to work this week, in the most literal sense of the word, be it verb or noun!  Hopefully,...



Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

Gala Kickoff to Rugby Season Today we bring readers a “teaser” notice for the tenth!  Saturday, 10th September, CW is planning a Gala Kickoff for this coming season, for players, parents and friends from minis to senior men and women.  It will be a day when newcomers will be introduced to...


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...


Boot Goes to Barbs

Boot Goes to Barbs

It was a veritable Who’s Who of CW mini and age grade “grads” on show at U.Vic’s Centennial Stadium last night. A tip of The Ruggernut’s cap to the winners, Oak Bay Barbs for their solid victory and overall lead in the series, over SMUS, 31 – 10. A very good partisan crowd was assembled to...


Thursday Rugby

Thursday Rugby

Posted in Boys U18 / CW Rugby / High School / Juniors / News / Victoria BC

6:30 tonight at UVic's Centennial Stadium Action tonight is for the 22nd time between the storied rugby programs of SMUS and Oak Bay HS.  Both of these teams contain the majority of CW U18 lads who won the B.C. Championship in the Fall. The overall results between the two schools are; 10 - 10 -...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

CW adds our condolences to the Hadley family following the death of their son, Norm in Japan over the weekend. "Stormin Norman" will be fondly remembered by many players at CW as they played with him at OBHS.  Norm was introduced to the game by Gary Johnston and he played for James Bay and...


Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

PRO Rugby in the U.S.A. Professional Rugby Union has come to North America.  Businessman, Doug Schoninger is the CEO of the League.  Schoninger, a 54-year-old former Wall Street bond trader, has been running Stadium Capital Financing Group for a couple years, since he bought them from...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

LASTING MEMORIES Can you forget? The Captain’s super-human effort to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in “extra time”, 19 – 17 vs France in Bowl Final? ‘onya, Mooner! Nate’s conversion of this tally to seal the deal, take him to 51 points and the tourney’s #2 scorer? Same man’s...


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...