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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...


Saturday's Action - Senior Men

Saturday's Action - Senior Men

Posted in CW Rugby / Victoria BC / News / Fifteens / Senior Men / Men's Second Div

Two games in The House; 12:30 k.o. Vs Port Alberni Black Sheep ( VIRU Div. 1) and 2:00 p.m.  CW Islanders Vs Cowichan ( exhibition)....


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 Before Gala Day - Day #1

Day Before Gala Day - Day #1

Ones to Watch - One Man's Opinion! Today, the Ruggernut will seek to make a few prognostications as to which numbers you should keep your peepers on tomorrow!  Let's start with the Bays. Prem Reserves we don't know much about but we note a change of club by Brock Gallagher in the centers. ...


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...


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...


Di Nardo Leads CW Quartet

Di Nardo Leads CW Quartet

The club’s best wishes for success go out to Riley Di Nardo, Dusty Dobravsky, Doug Fraser and Ethan Hager as they take the field for the Canadian Maple Leafs Sevens, upcoming in Colorado. In the same vein, we offer all of our Mens U20’s our strong support for success in Uruguay in the U20...


Now You're Talking!

Now You're Talking!

Posted in Canada Rugby / CW Rugby / RWC / News / NSWT / Senior Women

CW's Olivia De Merchant, smashed over after fifteen recycles!  Canada 26 - 0 @ the...


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...


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...


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...


Anscombe Ousted!

Anscombe Ousted!

Adios, Canada. In a release yesterday by Rugby Canada, we read of a number of outcomes from the recent program review, to be implemented immediately for the NSMT’s XV’s. Salient points could be synthesized as follows; the addition of a "High Performance Director (responsible for both men’s...


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...