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Ilnicki Inks Contract. CW’s Jake Ilnicki has become the third CW player to sign a contract with the fledgling, PRO Rugby League. Jake joins Hubert ‘The Moose’ Buydens and Phil MacKenzie with San Diego. Ray Barkwill has inked with Sacramento and will play in the league opener against San Francisco on April 17th. Sacramento will have Nick Blevins playing in the centers along with Kiwi and noted All Black, Muls Mulaina, an experience that can do nothing but improve the play of Blevins. Best of luck, Jake.
As a pundit, it was rather interesting to note a topic in a recent, “conference call” with RC and Canadian rugby press-types, where Anscombe stated; "The gap is too great from club rugby in Canada to international rugby". For clubs across the country, but specifically in B.C., this is not heartening news despite its reality. Recognised, it is NOT the National coach’s job to unify the pathway, rather the National body and the Provincial Unions. Ne’er-the-less, it is the clubs that will ultimately provide the players that can pursue the pathway and to hear what might be deemed as a snub, does not set the man on a solid footing in the eyes of many. Where else will the players come from?
The final comment from this writer relates to the centralisation of players at Westhills. It will be interesting to see just how this unfolds. With rumoured increased funding for XV’s, the garnering of players to be assembled locally may be well and good but with such a bounty of resources available, an “assembled side” to play, even at an exhibition level, in CDI would be so very disparate that the exercise would achieve little. On the other hand, if players were to be dispersed via “draft” amongst ALL B.C. clubs (mainland players going over on Thursday afternoon and returning to Victoria on Sunday), play against each other and return to train together, it might be such that a win/win could be created. I would suggest this might even increase interest and support at the club level, both of which are noticeably waning.
Enough said. I reiterate, personal best wishes and I know I can speak for CW with this comment. (Pov’s expressed by this pundit are not necessarily those of CWRFC).
FOOTNOTE: Jamie Cudmore has just been announced as player-coach of Oyannax, a few miles down the road from his current Clermont club. We wish Jamie all the best in his new venture. Maybe it will be such that this venture might even “groom” him for stint with RC at some time in the future.
Shaye is a “cross-discipline” athlete, a formerly, National ranked diver, B.C. Weightlifting Champ and BMX racer! She joined CW about three seasons back, playing Age Grade, she was quickly noted by scouts at the B.C. and National level. She has experienced success in 7’s at Vegas and the National level with B.C. Shaye attends Claremont HS. Best of luck to both girls and their team mates as they take on England.