With strong on field performances and equally strong off field management, the Crusaders are set to lead the sport of Rugby in Ontario forward in the years to come.
Anyone who has ever set foot in a rugby club or spent the afternoon watching matches, knows it’s the people that make a rugby club what it is.
The Crusaders pride themselves on having a history full of colorful characters as well as some outstanding rugby players. Who in Ontario rugby hasn’t heard the name or experienced the exploits of Bob ‘Fly’ Nye? One of the original and certainly one of the most colourful Crusaders around.
On the field, the likes of Tony Godziek, Randy McKellar and Dave Speirs drew the eyes of Canadian selectors while playing for Crusaders in the 1980′s, thus paving the way for the stars of today: Phil Murphy and most recently Dan Pletch, Sean-Michael Stephen, Mike Pletch, Andrew Wilson and Phil Mackenzie.
Born out of a group of ex-pats longing for the game of their homeland and with no clubs in existence in the Mississauga/Oakville area, the founding members of the Crusaders were compelled to create their own club: we officially came together as the Crusaders Rugby Club in 1968. We’ve been growing and have been playing quality rugby ever since and are now the largest club in the country.
From humble beginnings – playing on under developed fields and beer-ups in basements and back yards – to the Crusader Park of today – boasting three quality pitches and one of the top clubhouses in Canada – we’ve come a long way!