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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...


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...


Saturday's Selections

Saturday's Selections

CW women play Westshore at Windsor at 12:45. Coach Jess has stated that she;”….is the most excited she has been all season with this selection!” WOW! Both teams will be missing key players to National team duties in England and Australia. News from Australia reports Canada being schooled 50 – 4...


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...


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!...


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”....


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...


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...


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...


CRC Opener

CRC Opener

Posted in Canada Rugby / CW Rugby / RWC / News / NSWT / C.R.C's / Senior Women / Senior Men

Whilst it's off-season for some, for others it's year-round rugby.  The Men's Annual CRC Championships open tonight when the B.C.Bears play the Prairie Wolf Pack.  This game will be streamed at 7:00 p.m. and can be viewed HERE. CW will have representation from Doug Fraser, Jake Ilnicki, Cam...


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

Nicholas bags a hat trick! CW U18 Boys have once again made their way to the B.C. Championship Finals. CW is defending Champ and this year’s version will seek to follow last year’s feat when they play Cowichan RFC in the Final next Sunday at Windsor Park. Yesterday, the lads defeated...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

M.M’s kicks off with a “hats off” to Doug Woolridge.  This erstwhile member of the FRF has inked an interim agreement with Clermont Auvergne in the Top XIV League and the Euro Champions Cup.  Dougie was one of Canada’s forwards who had a sterling RWC performance in this writer’s eyes,...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

Posted in Community / CW Rugby / Juniors / News / NSMT / RWC

  Do you believe in magic? ..... in a young boy's eyes?? Classic, first class action by N.Z.’s Sonny Bill Williams…maybe this is why the All Blacks are World Champs.Took in some boys U18 action yesterday to check out just how good they might have become following their Tour to the U.K. ...


VIRU WOMEN'S FALL FINAL

VIRU WOMEN'S FALL FINAL

Posted in B.C. Rugby / CW Rugby / Juniors / News / RWC / Victoria BC

The early play ebbed with positional advantage to Velox as their big pack ground out the yards.  It was about fifteen minutes in when they forced their advantage and following three or four sequences, the fullback burst some twenty meters for opening blood, 7 – 0.  The hosts were buoyed and...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

Posted in B.C. Rugby / Canada Rugby / CW Rugby / Juniors / News / NSMT / RWC / Victoria BC

U14 Boys:  CW welcomed JBAA to the VIRU Junior league yesterday in their first (ever?) age grade U14 match.  This is the Bays first attempt at this age level as far back as can be remembered and no doubt, in traditional James Bay fashion, will grow into a force to be reckoned with.  It is great...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

Posted in Canada Rugby / News / RWC

Gutted! RUGBY WORLD CUP REFLECTIONS Much of the sheen was rubbed off The Show this past weekend when Scotland was denied a heroic victory of epic proportions over the Wallabies.  The issue of officiating, once again reared its ugly head but more of that later. Japan was the real highlight...


You Be The Judge

You Be The Judge

Posted in Canada Rugby / CW Rugby / Juniors / News / NSMT / NSWT / Refereeing / RWC

Has rugby become “over-officiated”?  In days of yore it could be said that if a player “made as few errors as the ref”, he was doing okay.  Then came the AR, miked to the ref; then the TMO and now, the Citing Commissioners, to reduce officiating errors to virtually nil, so much so, that even the...


RWC and 'The Minnows'

RWC and 'The Minnows'

Posted in Canada Rugby / News / NSMT / RWC

Well, after looking at point differentials in the RWC, one notes that over 13 games there was an average of 40.6 in differential spread.  Announcers were regularly heard to applaud the IRB with the "narrowing of the gap" but really?  Rumour of quality salaries for coaches in Tier 2 countries...


A Painful Canadian Implosion

A Painful Canadian Implosion

Posted in Canada Rugby / NSMT / RWC

No doubt, all readers of this blog would have watched the Canada/Romania match and have their own opinion regarding the outcome, maybe even being able to propose reasons for it. The writer will leave it at that as the clichés and comments will be many. It is only fair to mention noted efforts....


Canada Vs Romania

Canada Vs Romania

Posted in Canada Rugby / CW Rugby / NSMT / RWC

Well, the campaign comes to a close tomorrow for Canada and despite some excellent play against Italy, with a rather unlucky result and long stretches of what might arguably be deemed, best ever Canadian rugby, against France, the campaign will be judged solely on the outcome of this match. We...


Dream Team Week Two

Dream Team Week Two

Posted in Canada Rugby / NSMT / RWC

Congratulations to DTH (aka 'TAG') Van de Merwe announced today on the Week #2 RWC Dream Team. DTH's tally, initiated by a sparkling, lengthy run and a combo with Hearn, thence getting the pass returned Vs Italy was debatably, the try of the tourney to date....


Les Rouges Allez-ed Pretty Good

Les Rouges Allez-ed Pretty Good

Posted in Canada Rugby / CW Rugby / News / NSMT / RWC

Although it probably was a foregone conclusion, the French victory was a mere touch of icing for this pundit after two weeks of meandering in Belgium and Normandy where I experienced the genuine honesty and respect of the French people for Canadians who fought in the two wars.  The French...


Thus Endeth the Drought

Thus Endeth the Drought

Posted in Canada Rugby / CW Rugby / NSMT / RWC

Glasgow’s, Fraser Lyle, circa 2012/13 Well, it will be a happy group of bandits wending their way across the Atlantic today, nursing bumps and bruises but travelling first class, compliments RWC!  Although this writer did not get a download, with the original plan by RC going awry when the...