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Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

Drive for the Prize Begins CW’s Men’s and Women’s teams get their campaigns underway next week. The Women travel to Burnaby Lake on Saturday, 16th to get started on the business of defending their B.C. Premier crown. With gaps in the starting line-up, the ladies will find out it is possibly...



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...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

PATHWAY PATTERNS With women`s rugby all the rage, CW is proud to announce its pathway for female rugby for the coming season. The club has taken a few shots about its women`s program with accusations of everything from poaching to payment. Not so!  Development of women`s rugby has been a...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

Posted in B.C. Rugby / C.R.C's / Canada Rugby / CW Rugby / News / NSMT / Senior Men / Sevens / Victoria BC

Exciting CRC MacTier Cup Finals. Oh well, exciting for some, as the Wolf Pack edged The Rock, 21 – 20 and Ontario pasted B.C. 50 – 21. The bonus point enabled The Blues to end up one point ahead of the Wolf Pack and reclaim the Cup for the fifth occasion. CW had Woolridge, Dingwall and...


Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Reflections (Or, where the heck is Gavin Kratz?) As CW announces LIVE connection for registration for another season, it is easy to take time to reflect on sixteen years of Mini Rugby, players the likes of Luke McClosky, Sophie De Goede, Caroline Crossley, Morgan Tate, Fergus Hall to mention...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

The Rugby Tour Schools and clubs seem to have become ambitious again in recent years about touring.  Education can be “topped up” and eyes widened by the months of fundraising and excitement leading up to the tour.  Sometimes the most rewarding aspect of the tour is that once you have...


Saturday's Smorgasbord

Saturday's Smorgasbord

Women’s Super Series: Hats off to the NSWT, winners of Super Series II after their victory over France, 29 – 10. Laura Russell and her team mates came up with a very inspirational victory for our Women’s Sevens who were presented to fans at Bullen Park, Esquimalt. CW’s Zussman and Waters...


CWRFC Announces Men's Head Coach

CWRFC Announces Men's Head Coach

Posted in Coaching / CW Rugby / NSWT / Prems / Sevens / Victoria BC

President of CWRFC, Don Swainson has announced the appointment of the new Head Coach, Premiership Men, for the coming season. Scott Manning will lead a team of club coaches, still a work in progress, for the coming season. Coaching in the VIRU League and the B.C. CDI Premiership League is...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

ZUSSMAN BAGS A BRACE CW’s Julianne Zussman led the parade to the posts for Canada’s NSWT in their marvellous victory over world #2 ranked, England women on Canada Day, (rather fitting). The Nats chalked up 52 points, 39 in the first half which was pure money. Described by R.C. as; “one of the...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

Fun Facts:                          Giving Back – CW in the Community Tip of the Ruggernut’s cap to; Women’s Prem, Marlene Nedved who organized Chloe, Maelle, Adrienne, Amelia and the Knaggs party of four, to volunteer at the Oak Bay Tea Party this past weekend.  This group worked with Ocean...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

   Seven’s Heaven:  The Sevens Show for both genders again proved it’s ‘never over ‘til it’s over'!  What an epic finish for our Canadian Women.  Where does one come up with enough superlatives for this magical 29 – 19 win over the Aussies?  Canada, after dropping a pool game, 17 – 19 to N.Z....


Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Posted in C.R.C's / Canada Rugby / CW Rugby / Rugby Club / Senior Men / Victoria BC

Unsung Hero - On the Field Clayton ‘Burger’ Thornber has been a tricolour since his days as an age grade player, passing through the levels, playing with a B.C.H.S. Champs team at Shawnigan, on to UVic and full circle, with some CRC competition thrown in, back to CW. During this time he moved...


Wednesday's Ruck and Maul on Thursday!

Wednesday's Ruck and Maul on Thursday!

CW SEARCHES FOR NEW PREMIERSHIP HEAD COACH & TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Today’s news brings a huge note of thanks to Lee Lindwall and Ian Hyde-Lay, senior men’s premiership head coaches of the 2015-16 season. Neither is available at this stage to continue the task of coaching the club’s senior...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

CW joins Newport in Saluting Rod “The Cod” Snow Rod Snow was honoured by Newport on the weekend, being placed in the Newport RFC Hall of Fame. “Codfish” Snow made 190 appearances for Newport over a decade long span. He’d go on to make forty appearances for the Newport Gwent Dragons after...


School Rugby Takes Over

School Rugby Takes Over

It is the time of season when the rugby focus reverts to our youth. Friday 13th will see the 44TH Annual GVSD Mini Rugby Jamboree. Over the years, this tournament has produced players who have continued to the highest echelons, most notable being Gareth Rees and more recently, Caroline...


Cinderella Saga

Cinderella Saga

The table was set at The Mac when the ghosts of Bateau, Mole, GG, Swinson, E-balls, Duke, Al Cave and Bubba carried The Crows to an upset victory over the favoured Westshore Velox, in the Men’s 3rd Div. B.C. Final. A toast to many a fine, Liftspan’s past! Well done, Kelowna. The women got...


BIG GAME Preview

BIG GAME Preview

Posted in B.C. Rugby / CW Rugby / Girls Rugby / Prems / Senior Women / Victoria BC

Tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. @ Mac Donald Park the B.C. Women’s Premier Final takes place between Velox Westshore and CW. This will be the fourth encounter this season between the two top women’s teams. The results have all gone Velox-way. Betting with one’s head would see one wager this way...


The Story So Far.....

The Story So Far.....

Competing in the BC Premiership finals for women’s rugby is new to Castaway Wanderers, but the tradition of quality rugby on Vancouver Island is not.   “When we (re)started the senior women’s rugby program in 2015, we had to draw on all our strengths. We knew we had to have a feeder program,...


..........And then there were Two

..........And then there were Two

Britt's Boot Does Damage! With 22 points, the day might have been expected to be called The Jess Neilson Show however, as with all CW women’s games witnessed by this critic, win or lose, it was all about TEAM. The game was only two minutes old when CW won a scrum, Waters observantly saw...


A Meteoric Rise

A Meteoric Rise

Posted in B.C. Rugby / CW Rugby / Fifteens / Prems / Senior Women / Victoria BC

It has been a season far beyond the wildest imagination for the CW Women’s Premier team. In their inaugural season they have finished in second place on the ladder, behind B.C. Champs, Westshore and have thus earned home field advantage for their semi-final match against Seattle Saracens....


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

Everything’s coming up Sevens! It has been seven days since the keyboard has been tapped and what a week it has been!  Must start with Langford. Did the English women ever look the goods in that Final? England’s full-on professional approach is starting to pay dividends. Canada’s performance...


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 -...


Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

A Plethora of Weekend Action This weekend offers a real smorgasbord of rugby, both locally and internationally. The local action starts at Windsor on Saturday, 11:30 a.m. when the Tricolours take on Westshore in a vitally important game.  CW has not beaten Westshore this year, yet stands atop...