6 Nations Round 2 is approaching!

Join us in the clubhouse for this weekend’s matches: Scotland v France (Saturday Feb 11, 9:15am), England v Wales (Saturday Feb 11, 11:45am) and Ireland v Italy (Sunday Feb 12, 10:00am).

No entry fee/cover and open to members and public. Bar open, Guinness on tap!

The following documents are available for download and review in preparation for the 2023 AGM.

 

NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF CRUSADERS RUGBY CLUB

NOTICE is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Members of the Crusaders Rugby Club (the “Corporation”) will be held on the 30th day of January 2024 at 7:00 pm for the following
purposes:

  1. To receive the report from the Directors on the activities of the Club for the 2022/2023 year.
  2. To approve amendments to the Bylaws of the Corporation to bring them into compliance with the Ontario Not for Profit Corporation Act (ONCA).
  3. To receive the audited financial statements of the Corporation for the financial year ended October 31st, 2023.
  4. To appoint the Auditors of the Corporation for the ensuing year.
  5. To appoint Directors of the Corporation.
  6. To transact such other business as may properly be brought before the meeting.

DATED the 26th day of December 2023.
BY ORDER OF THE BOARD

David Walker
Secretary, Crusaders Rugby Club

 

Join us on Saturday to celebrate World Cup Rugby the way it is meant to be celebrated – In a clubhouse filled with nostalgia, tradition, rugby fans, loads of food, and a well stocked bar. No entry fee!

We’ve got food and drinks representing both South Africa and New Zealand. Fans from all nations are welcome and this party is open to members of the club and members of the public.

The clubhouse opens at 12pm so if you want to claim a prime seat for the big game we suggest showing up early.

The game starts at 3:00pm and the celebration will continue well into the evening.

Come out and cheer for NZ, SA, or if you’re just for good game. Share this post with all your rugby loving friends.

See you there!

Crusaders World Cup Schedule - Cup Round

Cup Final Round Games - All times EDT

Finals

Friday 27th Oct

ArgentinaEngland3:00 pmYesBurgers

Saturday 28th Oct

FINAL

South AfricaNew Zealand3:00 pmYesBurgers & Boerewors

Records will tumble at Stade de France, when two triple champions, New Zealand and South Africa, face one another for the Webb Ellis Cup.

The Springboks have never lost a final, and are looking to become only the second side to win back-to-back titles. The All Blacks have already set one record – this is their fifth final appearance. Their only defeat at this stage was in 1995, against South Africa.

Will Jordan, meanwhile, could become the first player to score nine tries in a single men’s tournament.

Just 24 hours earlier, losing semi-finalists Argentina and England – two more sides with points to prove after contrasting defeats – will face one another in the bronze final.

This is how the semi-finals finals at Rugby World Cup 2023 unfolded.

ARGENTINA V NEW ZEALAND

After Jonah Lomu and Adam Ashley-Cooper, add Will Jordan. He became the third player to score a hat-trick in a men’s Rugby World Cup semi-final as New Zealand beat Argentina 44-6 at Stade de France on a drizzly, slippery Friday evening.

With his 73rd-minute final touchdown, Jordan joined a second exclusive club. His name now sits alongside Lomu, Bryan Habana and Julien Savea as players with eight tries at a single men’s tournament.

Between the winger’s first and second tries, in the 11th and 62nd minute, Mastercard Player of the Match Jordie Barrett, Shannon Frizell – with two – and Aaron Smith also scored in a blizzard.

Frizell’s second and Smith’s try came in the first nine minutes of the second half, as New Zealand, already 20-6 in front at the end of a dominant opening period, simply eased away from the frustrated Pumas, who could only muster two Emiliano Boffelli penalties in response.

And the reason for Argentina’s frustration was clear. They had started brightly enough, running through the phases in attack, only to crash repeatedly into the All Blacks’ impenetrable defensive wall and fall into a devastating counter-trap.

ENGLAND V SOUTH AFRICA

Handré Pollard’s ice-cool 50m penalty two minutes from time saw the defending champions take the lead against England for the first time, and was enough to see them through to the Rugby World Cup final next Saturday.

That’s the strapline to Saturday’s second tense semi-final, which ended 16-15. But the story – as it had been against France six days’ previously – was a tale of two benches.

England’s starting pack had achieved parity and better against South Africa. But, when RG Snyman came on, and most of the two front rows were replaced, the Springboks suddenly had the upper hand.

Four penalties and a drop goal from captain Owen Farrell had given England a 15-6 lead heading into the final quarter. It seemed, in a suffocating, rain-sodden match, to be more than enough.

Four scrum-penalties to the Springboks later, with the champions’ front row now very much on top, Snyman scored the game’s only try with 11 minutes left. Pollard – who had replaced Manie Libbok earlier than expected in a nod toward South Africa’s earlier struggles – converted, to pull them to within a penalty of victory. It still wasn’t enough.

But he would get one last shot at goal, in the 78th minute, after England conceded one more scrum penalty.

It was all he needed to break England hearts and give the Springboks a chance of claiming back-to-back titles.

England v Argentina:    Friday Oct. 27th @ 3:00 pm

South Africa v New Zealand:    Saturday  Oct 28th @ 3:00 pm

(Central European Summer Time)

Quote of the Day – ‘Playing South Africa in Paris is wonderful, magnificent’

“It certainly wasn’t easy. There was once or twice when I was roaring to Mack [Hansen] on the sidelines because I had forgotten one of the roles the winger is supposed to do.
Ireland centre Garry Ringrose on ending up on the wing in their last match against Scotland

“We’re always nervous before this kind of match. It would be a lie to say there’s no tension. Playing against them, in Paris, at Stade de France, in a World Cup quarter-final, is magnificent, it’s wonderful.”
France coach Fabien Galthié is excited about playing the defending champions in Paris

“I’ve got 13 people staying in my house in Toulon.”
Dan Biggar – presumably talking about his family – when asked about the traveling Welsh support in France

“How many tries in how many games? Three in three? I like that.”
All Blacks coach Ian Foster likes the sound of Will Jordan’s try-scoring record against Ireland

“He’s had that from early on. Even to the point where I’ve had to turn around and say ‘I’m going to have to say something to this guy, he’s gobbing off at me. I’ve been here 10 years and he’s gobbing off at me.’”
Joe Marler says Harlequins and England team-mate Marcus Smith was happy to bark orders at team-mates from a young age

“First and foremost I’m proud to be a Fijian but I am also proud of the so-called developing nations, pushing for the global game, how we can improve it and get more opportunities, how we break that barrier down.”
Fiji head coach Simon Raiwalui on flying the flag for Fiji as well as other nations who are trying to break into contention for the quarter-finals of a World Cup.

Crusaders World Cup Schedule - Cup Round

Cup Final Round Games - All times EDT

Finals

Friday 27th Oct

ArgentinaEngland3:00 pmYesBurgers

Saturday 28th Oct

FINAL

South AfricaNew Zealand3:00 pmYesBurgers & Boerewors

To build on our great season, we are excited to offer our members a co-ed touch league on Friday nights starting September 15 ending on October 27 (6 weeks).

If you are currently a registered playing or social member, there will be no cost to join this season extending league. If you are not registered, please click the button!

YOU MUST BE REGISTERED TO PLAY! (it’s an insurance thing)

We are looking for 6 teams to play 2 x 20 minute games each night. Games will be played 7 v 7.

If you want to enter a team, please email Pat Daniels (see below) with the names of your players.

Team Requirements:

Minimum Players / Team: 9 Players
Maximum Players / Team: 12 Players
Minimum Age Grade: U18+
Minimum Co-Ed Gender Split / Team: 2:1 (i.e. 6 men and 3 women, or 7 women and 4 men, you get the idea) with a minimum of 2 women per team on the field at all times.

So get your phone out this long weekend and start reaching out to your mates to get your CO-ED CRU together. All teams should be formed, named and submitted to Pat by September 14th.

If you can’t fill an entire team, but you get mostly there, submit your team anyway and Pat will fill in the missing players with single players.

If you are a single player, email Pat and you will be assigned to a team.

The bar will be open afterwards for Friday Night Socials.

Looking forward to seeing you!

Contact: Pat Daniels (pat.daniels@crusadersrugby.ca)

Kickoff: Friday 8th August at 3:15 pm EDT

As we come to the final countdown for the start of the Pool matches the warm up games produced some interesting results.

It was a weekend of ups and down for all the top-ranked teams except Ireland, who remain at number one, Scotland who stay fifth following a 33-6 win over Georgia, and Wales who remain in 10th, their lowest-ever position going into a Rugby World Cup, having sat out the last round of matches.

Twickenham Stadium was the scene of not one but two momentous matches less than 24 hours apart as the All Blacks suffered the worst defeat in their history on Friday night before Fiji stunned England on Saturday.

 

 

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The Rugby World Cup comes to Crusaders.

The majority of the Pool matches will be shown at Crusaders, starting on Friday 8th September at 3:15 pm.

  • There will be NO entrance fees to watch the Pool matches at the Clubhouse.
  • The Bar will be open and food will be available as indicated in the schedule below
Special Note: On Saturday, September 9th, the Crusaders will host the Saffella Festival starting around 2pm. This means we’ll be able to show the first 3 games  in our clubhouse, but the 4th game, England v Argentina, will be shown in the Saffella Festival Beer Garden and a Festival entrance ticket will be required.
Bar and food will be available for purchase as part of the festivities.
Grab your tickets HERE before they sell out.

 

Crusaders World Cup Schedule

Pool Games - All times EDT

Teams

Kick Off

Bar Open

Food Available

Friday Sept 8th

FranceNew Zealand3:15 pmYesYes

Saturday Sept 9th

ItalyNamibia7:00 amTBDTBD
IrelandRomania9:30 amYesBreakfast
AustraliaGeorgia12:00 noonYesBurgers

The England v Argentina game will be shown during the Saffella Festival in their tent. A Festival entrance fee will be required to view this game

EnglandArgentina3:00 pmYes, as part of the FestivalFood available at Festival

Sunday Sept 10th

JapanChile7:00 amNoNo
South AfricaScotland11:45 amYesBurgers
WalesFiji3:00 pmYesTBD

Friday Sept 15th

New ZealandNamibia3:00 pmYesTBD

Saturday Sept 16th

SamoaChile9:00 amYesNo
WalesPortugal11:45 amYesBurgers
IrelandTonga3:00 pmYesBurgers

Sunday Sept 17th

South AfricaRomania9:00 amYesBreakfast
AustraliaFiji11:45 amYesBurgers
EnglandJapan3:00 pmYesBurgers

Saturday Sept 23rd

GeorgiaPortugal8:00 amNoNo
EnglandChile11:45 amYesBurgers
South AfricaIreland3:00 pmYesBurgers

Sunday Sept 24th

ScotlandTonga11:45 amNoNo
WalesAustralia3:00 pmYesTBD

Friday Sept 29th

New ZealandItaly3:00 pmYesBurgers

Saturday Sept 30th

ArgentinaChile9:00 amYesNo
FijiGeorgia11:45 amYesBurgers
ScotlandRomania3:00 pmYesBurgers

Sunday 1st October

AustraliaPortugal11:45 amYesBurgers
South AfricaTonga3:00 pmYesBurgers

Friday 6th October

FranceItaly3:00 pmYesNo

Saturday 7th October

WalesGeorgia9:00 amTBDBreakfast
EnglandSamoa11:45 amYesBurgers
IrelandScotland3:00 pmYesBurgers

Crusaders World Cup Schedule - Cup Round

Cup Final Round Games - All times EDT

Finals

Friday 27th Oct

ArgentinaEngland3:00 pmYesBurgers

Saturday 28th Oct

FINAL

South AfricaNew Zealand3:00 pmYesBurgers & Boerewors

 

Join us for a day of music, food, and fun at the first Saffella Festival, where Canada meets South Africa! Experience the rhythm of diverse tunes, savor delicious South African dishes, shop at the vibrant market, and enjoy activities for kids. Let’s celebrate the end of the summer and the start of the school year together. Make new friends, and create unforgettable memories amidst the lively beats and friendly vibes. See you there!

Join us for an extraordinary day of celebration, music, and togetherness under the Canadian skies with a South African flair!

EVENT DETAILS AND TICKETS

(book early to avoid disappointment)

EVENT HISTORY

The Saffella idea was born from an unwavering commitment to support those in need. In alignment with this commitment the first Safella festival is all about the local community, we would like to share that all the proceeds from Pancake sales, crochet vendor proceeds, 50/50 raffle, silent auction along with other sales will go towards the Monique Mackie GofundMe foundation.

Many of you ask about, pray for, help and support Monique Mackie and her family. A valuable member of our South African community, a mom, wife and dear friend, and putting up the bravest fight of her life against her stage 4 cancer diagnosis. If you want to read more about Monique story and her brave fight, also see on : https://gofund.me/9c18fe11