From the Editor's Desk - May 2018

May 09 2018


Jamie Cudmore - Clermont Auvergne
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Jamie Cudmore Hired as General Manager of Pro D2 club Provence Rugby; Burnaby's Sam Hayward Signs with Birmingham Moseley; Rural Saskatchewan Adds Two Rugby Pitches to Inventory


A few stories sent our way over the last couple of days.

Jamie Cudmore Moves to Provence Rugby as General Manager (translated from La Montagne)

ASM's former second row icon, Jamie Cudmore, has signed on with Provence Rugby, the new French Champion of the Federal Elite 1 and promoted to Pro D2 next season. He signs as general manager. His goal will be to maintain the club at the end of the season, before making it a stronghold of the championship of Pro D2. He will be assisted by Patrick Pezery, who will be in charge of the forwards, and Fabien Cibray, coach of the three-quarters.

As a reminder, after helping Oyonnax to join the Top 14 at the end of the 2016-2017 season, he made his first steps as a coach this year. In charge of the Oyonnax conquest, however, the experiment was shortened because after six months of exercise and disagreements with Adrien Buononato, the sports director, "the Canadian lumberjack" had to leave.

FIELDS OF DREAMS IN LASHBURN SASKATCHEWAN from Karl Fix

Talk about vision and leadership . LASHBURN SASKATCHEWAN a rural town with a population of less than 1,000 has just opened up 2 full international rugby pitches named after the man that started it all there some 35 years ago - MURRAY MCDONNELL. When Murray started the first high school program he was also literally new to the program. The school with a total of 200 boys and girls from grades 7 to 12 has won 6 provincial high school championships competing against schools that are up to 10 times as large. They also run a full mini rugby program which in turn adds up to over 100 kids under the age of 18 part of this amazing prairie town’s rugby culture where obviously rugby has become more than a game, but a way of life.



Sam Hayward Signs with Birmingham Moseley (from the Birmingham Moseley Facebook page

[ed. Sam played for Burnaby in the first part of the season and did well at both #10 and in the centres.]

Director of Rugby, Richard Protherough has used the current season to bring in new talented youngsters and integrate them with the more experienced members of the squad in readiness for a push for promotion in the 2018/2019 season.

To support that aim Richard has now begun recruitment for next season by signing new centre, Sam Hayward. He will join a backline which includes Ollie Allsopp and Sam Pointon, who have both now re-signed for next season. Also re-signing for next season we are pleased to announce are forwards Jay Tyack, Joe Wrafter, and Josh Poole. With 13 of the current squad on two year contracts, for the first time for some years Richard is able to begin pre-season with a team experienced in playing together and keen to build on this year.

The new signing brings a player with International experience to the club. Australian born Sam played his early rugby for the Sydney University Club at Colts level up to the age of 19. In December 2013 he re-located to Canada to pursue his ambition to play for the Canadian team. Sam’s mother was born and raised in Alberta and British Columbia. Sam made it into the Under 20’s team, playing on the tour to England in 2014 and played in every match in the Under 20’s Junior World Trophy in Hong Kong in the same year. Sam also toured the U.K. with Canada A and South America with Canada 7s in 2016.

Sam returned to Australia in 2015 when he joined the Parramatta Club in Sydney. Although the club did not enjoy great success in the Shute Shield last year, Sam was one of their stand out players.

Sam now 24, stands 6ft 5ins tall and should be a real handful in mid field. He also brings versatility to the backline being able to play at full back and fly half as well as centre.

Sam Hayward said “I’m really looking forward to playing at Birmingham Moseley. It’s a club with a lot of history and looks to be well positioned and organised for next season”.

Richard Protherough, Director of Rugby said “We are delighted to welcome Sam Hayward to Birmingham Moseley. He is an excellent addition to our backline and can play in 3 positions (centre, fullback and fly half). Having watched a number of his games, Sam is a ball player who also has a physical presence which is required in National 1.

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