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Coach Sees Hope in Mid-Season Slump

Coach Sees Hope in Mid-Season Slump

  Coach Manning comments on much to be noted from efforts against Burnaby last week, as process seemed to be more on track. FROM THE SIDELINES:  CW offers our belated congratulations to the NSMT who defeated Sapin last weekend.  For this fan, the fact that the men came from behind...


Wednesday's Ruck & Maul, (on Thursday!)

Wednesday's Ruck & Maul, (on Thursday!)

Boys’ U18. On the weekend, Coach Manning and a cadre of Tricolour lads were in attendance at a National Selection clinic in Vancouver. The five boys were; Hector Jardine, Jarvis Dashkewytch, Tom Abercrombie, Connor Hills and Nick Carson (pictured above). The club also had Lachie Kratz, Luke...


Points Aplenty Assured

Points Aplenty Assured

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

No matter the final outcome of tonight’s Canada Vs NZ Maori match, it is pretty much a guarantee that there will be plenty of points scored. Previous encounters have seen score lines of; 65 – 27; 30 – 9; 59 – 23; 32 – 19 and the latest in 2013, 40 – 15, all in favour of The Maori. CW congratulates...


Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

CAPTAIN CANADA: We at CW Rugby join the many rugby fans across Canada who have lauded the selection of Phil Mack, announced this week to captain Canada in its November series of tests. From Philly’s new coach, Kingsley Jones; “Phil Mack will lead the side (Canada) for the November series....


Honouring Big Al

Honouring Big Al

Today, CW joins the rest of Canada’s rugby supporters in congratulating Al Charron to his selection to the World Rugby Hall of Fame. The special moment that comes to mind for this writer was in 2003 at Win Stadium, Wollongong, when Al was floored with a straight shoulder charge by a Tongan...


Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Finally, catching up on more results from last weekend. Kamloops RFC hosted a mammoth sevens tournament for B.C. Youth. CW Girls made up the South Island #1 team that won the U14 title and others joined Westshore girls to place third in this pool. CW U18 Elite Girls finished in second place,...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

Overheard at practise last week from newbie, Kris Uschold from Winnipeg, a journey-man prop; “Geez, I saw these guys playing in the World Cup.” This was in reference to a couple of blokes he was training with. Well, Kris, hang on, for you will learn a lot from the Front Row Fraternity around CW!...


Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Posted in Canada Rugby / CW Rugby / Prems / Victoria BC / News / NSMT / Boys U18 / Senior Men

Carnage in Cowichan Hats off to CW U18 Boys who had a very solid win at Piggie Park last Sunday. The lads posted nine tries to Cowichan’s three. Heard on the pipeline it was pretty good rugby. ‘onya, boys, carrying on the tradition! Commitment Midweek results on BC Premier League table...


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...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

.....there is still room for the "average-sized" bloke in the game!   On the local scene – nada, Ebb Tide off to New Orleans! Otherwise an opportunity for a Saturday “off”, reflection, time with family and friends. Afar, Canada’s NSMT in action Vs Argentina, not exactly sure where on their...


A Tantalizing Treat

A Tantalizing Treat

  There are many sub-plots to tomorrow’s quartet of matches at the House of Windsor. The First Divvies – VIRU League Div.1, sees CW’s Islanders, containing a cross-section of age and youth, face up to Westshore at 10:30 a.m. Great to see Minis “grads”, Jackie Carson, Gareth Sander,...


Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

THE HARD YARDS FROM FRF TANDEM CW Six Pack Gets the Call.  Barkwill and Buydens both used to the hard yards, will lead Canada ‘A’ in Montevideo. Arguably, as goes the FRF, so goeth the team. It is with pride and pleasure that we congratulate the following players who have been selected...


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

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...


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. ...


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...


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...


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...


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...


Saturday Summary

Saturday Summary

Posted in Canada Rugby / News / NSMT / Senior Men

Today Canada goes into the fray against U.S.A. to determine who will be Americas #1 pick for RWC 2019.  One change has been made to last week's starting XV with McRorie replacing an unavailable, Mack, leaving no obvious replacement at #9 if needs be.  Coach Anscombe has offered a number of...


Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Posted in Sevens / Canada Rugby / Game Reports / Fifteens / NSMT / NSWT / Senior Women / Senior Men

CHANCES GONE BEGGING? This past weekend produced two results which may have players rueing missed chances.  Canada's NSWT 7's finished third in the season's final tournament in France and third overall in the Series, a placing I am sure they felt could have been one higher, leading the Aussies...


Rugby Begats Politics!

Rugby Begats Politics!

Posted in Sevens / Canada Rugby / CW Rugby / Girls Rugby / NSMT / NSWT / Senior Women / Senior Men

Congratulations to our CW mate, Steve Thompson, better known in Rugby circles as the “Ox”!  The announcement was made this morning of his selection as B.C. Speaker of the House.  Unfortunately, in the crazy world which is B.C. politics, his reign may be a short one.  No matter your politics,...


Prognostications Gone Awry

Prognostications Gone Awry

Posted in Canada Rugby / Game Reports / News / Refereeing / Fifteens / NSMT / Senior Men

The absolute cock-up of the Canadian National Anthem at the NSMT Vs Romania match on Saturday was most unfortunately emblematic of that which was to follow. I cannot recall watching such an abysmal game of rugby for a long time, as well, Canada had a man advantage for three quarters of the...


Hat-trick Predicted

Hat-trick Predicted

Posted in Sevens / Canada Rugby / CW Rugby / News / NSMT / NSWT / Under 20 / Senior Women / Senior Men

Canada’s NSWT has made a few “tweaks” for this afternoon’s (Canada time) game against Australia. CW’s Britt Waters returns to the centre slot and Belchos moves back to #10, a move that makes both players more effective, with the backline being a little better orchestrated by Belchos in...