Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Wednesday's Ruck & Maul


In times when players have played for a compendium of clubs from coast to coast, we bring you news of players who have all had a considerable number of showings in the Tricolour jersey.  It is rare these days that a club can take sole responsibility for a player’s development and allegiance.  In bringing readers an update of recent player doings we are proud to highlight the fact that Brennig Prevost, Sophie De Goede and Caroline Crossley all started their rugby as CW Minis.


Brennig earns his first selection from the Pacific Pride to a senior men’s National Sevens team, having worked his way through club age grade, Provincial Age Grade, National Youth, UVic Vikes and now the Pride.  CW wishes him well.

The following gives a summary of CW “grads” playing overseas or at a professional level.

EMIRATE INVITATIONAL SEVENS. (Dubai, this weekend, no link to viewing).

WOMEN:  Caroline Crossley (CW product) and players who have worn the Tricolour; Pam Buisa, Charity Williams and Karen Paquin.

MEN:  Brennig Prevost (CW product) and players who have worn the Tricolour; Josiah ‘Mercury’ Morra, Lucas Hammond, and Pat Kay.

MLR. (North American Men’s Professional League).  Jake Ilnicki, ‘DJ’ Sears-Duru (Seattle Seawolves); Robbie ‘Iceman’ Povey (Houston Sabre Cats); Doug Fraser & Ciaran Hearn (Old Glory, Washington D.C.)

OVERSEAS CLUBS. Sophie De Goede (CW product) and Olivia de Merchant (Saracens RFC, English Women’s Premiership); Gabby Senft (Queensland Reds, Super W, Australia) Grady Bowd (Ebar, Spain); Nathan Stewart (Christchurch, N.Z.)

CANADA RUGBY HALL OF FAME 2014 RWC Women’s Team.  Special congratulations to those ladies who wore CW colours in later years- Olivia de Merchant, Karen Paquin, Britt Waters, Julianne Zussman, Mandy Marchak, Emily Belchos and Kim Donaldson (senior team coaching assistance) recently retired, club women’s coach, Jess Dovanne.

CW would like to offer our congratulations to former Castaways player, Doug Manning, on the recent announcement of this special award. 

(Credit BC Rugby Union).  "March 26, 2021 – Vancouver, BC: Last night at the 54th Sport BC Athlete of the Year ceremonies, held virtually for the first time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, former BC Rugby Vice-President Doug Manning was honoured with the Sport BC Presidents’ Award.

“The President’s Awards promote and celebrate the spirit of volunteerism at the provincial, league, and community level”, said Annabel Kehoe, CEO of BC Rugby, who presented the President’s Award at the virtual ceremony. “Member organizations are given the opportunity to acknowledge and thank those individuals who have demonstrated outstanding dedication and commitment to their sport.

Manning is a former Director and Vice-President at BC Rugby who served on the Board from 2015 to 2020. As a former player and coach, Manning has been involved in the sport since 1970 when he joined the University of Victoria’s rugby team. In addition to his playing career which also featured stints at Rutland, Kelowna Crows RFC, and Priest Valley Vicars, Manning spent 20 years coaching high school rugby programs in the Okanagan and at the BC Summer Games before becoming president of the newly founded Central Okanagan Rugby Enthusiasts (CORE), a not-for-profit organization designed to support the growth of rugby in the Okanagan. In its first decade of operation, the number of rugby players in the Okanagan has more than doubled to over 1,400. As a coordinator of the CORE Rugby Endowment Fund, Manning has also helped CORE deliver bursaries to graduating local rugby players.

Outside of CORE, Manning also coordinates the hosting of several major rugby events in the Okanagan, including the U16 Western Canadian Championships and rugby tournaments at the BC Summer Games. During his time on the BC Rugby Board of Directors, Manning chaired the Governance Committee that led the development of a strategy-based model for Board operations.

“Doug’s work growing the sport of rugby in the Okanagan and his time spent on the BC Rugby Board have made great and lasting impacts on our sport in BC,” said BC Rugby President Mark Lewis, who selected Manning for the honour. “He has devoted so much of his time and energy to supporting rugby in this province, in particular at the grassroots level, and we’re delighted to be able to recognize that commitment with this Presidents’ Award.”
BC Rugby would like to sincerely congratulate Doug Manning and thank him for his countless hours over the years that he has dedicated to the growth and development of the sport of rugby in the Okanagan and across BC."  'onya, Mole!