Into 2020

Fun fact, CRFC (in it’s current iteration) entered our 7th decade of existence in 2020!  

Keg Donations

We’re sad to report that the house didn’t receive a single key donation this past fall.  The kegs are an easy way to support your club!  Purchase a keg (two sizes available) and all the money made from sales and good cheer stays at club!

Contact Red Arrow to order your keg and get your name on the wall of fame at the brewery!  Red Arrow will take your order over the phone or in person, if you’re in Duncan.  

Also, please let House Manager Darrin know so he can arrange a pick up.

1st Division Men

This weekend the Piggies host Castaway-Wanderers at 1 pm in Times Cup action.  For those keeping track, this game was originally scheduled to be a CW home game but the venue changed from Windsor Park to Cowichan due to weather related field closures in Oak Bay.
The boys are excited to get going after a long break.  For remainder of the season, we are pleased to welcome two young athletes from the prairies to the Senior Men’s Team and one from up-island.  

Roan Carter Regina, SK (Prop/2nd Row) 
Easton Smith Hudson Bay, SK (Utility Back) 
Sky Smyricinsky, Cumberland (Utility Back)

Roan and Easton are looking for work while they are here.  If you have anything to offer, short term or something longer please contact Angie or Robin MacDowell.

In addition to our new members, we are very pleased by the number of junior Piggies of the 18-19 year old bracket who have turned up to train with the Senior team.  They will be in good hands as Coach Wright has Peter Budina assisting with the backs and Robby Wright assisting with the forwards for the remainder of the season.

1st Division Women

This weekend the reconstituted CowShore side (Cowichan combined with Westshore) travel to Abbotsford.  

Note:  the game is listed on our website at Exhibition Park in Abbotsford but the game will be played at an alternate location.  Details for those interesting in watching will be posted on social media later today (when they are known).

The girls are excited to get started.  And what better way then to hit the road against one of the strong sides in the league?  Abbotsford is the longest road trip for the CowShore side so this match will be an early test for the new side.

The women’s first home (at Piggy Park) game of 2020 will be next weekend against Bayside.

Referee’s Course

BC Rugby is holding two referee courses on the Island in February.

South Island (Oak Bay): Friday February 14th 
Registration & Additional Information:
North Island (GP Vanier): Friday February 14th
Registration & Additional Information:

Both courses are being held in conjunction with school district pro-d days and are open to the anyone. Parents, teachers, players and students are encouraged to register. If we fill these courses, there is a possibility we can arrange another.

Please contact Chris Assmus for more information:

Junior Rugby 

We are thrilled to announce the U19 and U17 Men’s Coaching Staff for the 2020 Season! All of these coaches are long time Cowichan Valley Rugby products that are motivated to work with the next generation of up and coming Piggies.  

U19 Cowichan Junior Men

  • Head Coach Carlin Hamstra
  • Assistant Coach Danny Hamstra
  • Manager Andrew Gudmundseth

U17 Cowichan Junior Men

  • Head Coach Mike Rea
  • Assistant Coaches Kieran Lauridsen, Noah Dobson
  • Manager Ian Clarke

Vision 2020 

The junior rugby coaching announcement is tied to our goal is to build a team around the team and to set our coaches and athletes up for success.

  • To use our resources within the Cowichan Valley and within our CRFC Alumnus to support the growth and development of our sport and Club sustainability. 
  • Promote our Youth and Senior Teams through our social media channels as the most desirable club in the country for the retention of athletes in the valley and for those interested across the world. 
  • Build strong bond and pathway from school programs,  junior programs to healthy senior programs and strengthen relationships and consistency between coaching staff:
  • Align language, culture, vision of the club collectively and pull in the same direction. 
  • Coaching Staff/Athletes follow Professional Standards, Ethics, Code of Conduct to provide a class experience at all levels as ambassadors and leaders of CRFC.

Program Support:

Kenton McNutt Director of Junior Piggie Rugby
Mike Rea Vice President Cowichan Rugby Club
Ted Zinkan CRFC Alumni Coach & Builder
Jason Finlayson Club Analytics & Player Retention
Robin MacDowell coach mentor, 

Upcoming Games

Bow Valley RFC (Alberta) will be visiting February 22, 2020 

  • U-15 (Grade 8 & 9) & U-17 (Grade 10 & 11) Boys (We will have some room for grade 12 boys who want to participate)

Spring Junior Schedules 

The schedules for the spring junior season are being tweaked and will be available shortly.  Stay tuned.

Joe McGeachy Memorial High School Tournament

In line with our goal to re-energize our junior program and build ties with the local high schools, Cowichan Secondary and CRFC are planning to bring back the ‘Joe’ in the early spring. 

The date and teams yet to be determined.  Stay tuned for details as they are formed.

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