Who the Dog River Howlers Rugby Club are

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Dog River Howlers rugby

by Howlers Rugby Club Communications

March 18, 2014 (ISN) – The Dog River Howlers are an invitational rugby club founded in early 2007 for the lovers of “our game.” The club is based in Regina, Saskatchewan.

The Howlers are made up of players and supporters from all parts of Canada, as well as a few from other countries who believe “rugby is more than a game, but a way of life.”

The club tours to interesting parts of the world, plays rugby and enjoys unique cultural experiences, while also giving something back to that country’s sport and/or people. The Howlers also raise funds and contribute to worthwhile endeavors, which are not rugby related. The Howlers use rugby as a vehicle to build bridges between people around the world.

Over 400 player from around the world have played in 41 sevens tournaments in 5 countries and five fifteens tours in three countries along with helping to raise over $900,000 for both rugby an non-rugby causes.

HOWLERS CLUB BADGE

The Howlers’ jersey brings together all of the club beliefs, into a badge that represents who they are, on and off the rugby pitch. 
 
The Harvest Moon represents the stark beauty of the Prairies and in turn also the game of rugby and life itself. 
 
Traditional Prairie Grain Elevator represents the co-operative spirit that prevailed amongst our early pioneers that survived and then prospered in such a hostile environment. This co- operative spirit also pertains to the often tough and hostile game of rugby where it also takes a co-operative team effort to succeed. This of course also pertains to everyday life it self.
 
The Coyote is a prairie animal that lives in a pack but hunts singularly; rugby of course is the same. Also in rugby, we work and play together as team on and off the pitch. We also each have individual duties and responsibilities as part of that that team. In life we also live in a community/family but we have individual responsibilities to be part of these units. 
 
“Individual commitment to a group effort that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work,” late great Green Bay Packer coach Vince Lombardi once said. 
 
HOWLERS COLORS
Red – color of the Canadian flag
Orange – color the Prairies’ harvest moon.
Black – color of the Prairies’ midnight sky
 
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Karl Fix (President) 
Kevin Blanchette (VP U-18 Men)
Chase Sereda
Leo Lane (Treasurer)
Randy Ludwar
Tim Young
Gren Thomas
Maria Mozak (VP Women)
Richard Cornish
Mike Holmes 
Davine Burton

HONORARY CAPTAIN
Lorne Cardinal who is the former cop of Dog River in CTV’s award winning comedy series Corner Gas. Lorne and cultish rugby man acquired the rights to use this name from CTV.
 
SOME OVERALL NUMBERS ON THE HOWLERS 7’S PROGRAM SINCE IT’S 2009 INCEPTION

  • Number Of Players – 256 (126 men, 63 women, 46 U-18 men and 21 U-16 men)
  • Canadian International Players (Men) Who Have Played With The Howlers – 24
  • Canadian International Players (Women) Who Have Played With The Howlers – 14 
  • International Players From Other Countries – 7 including Waisali Serevi considered by most the greatest 7’s player in the history of the game
  • Number Of U-16 Men’s Tournaments – 2 – both in Germany
  • U-18 Men’s Tournaments – 7 – in Canada and the USA
  • Number Of Men’s Tournaments Participated In – 20 (won 9) – in 5 countries
  • Number Of Women’s Tournaments Participated In- 12 ( won 6) – in 5 countries 
  • One Off Exhibition Games Played- 4 – all in Canada

For a complete list of players involved, board of directors, fixtures played, tournaments attended and details of funds raised please visit the Dog River Howler’s website or facebook page.
 
DOG RIVER HOWLERS RUGBY CLUB 
www.dogriverhowlers.com  
www.facebook.com/dogriverhowlers
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cq2CLUdzri8
 
Dog River Howlers Rugby Club’s players, coaches and management pay for their travel, accommodations and meals out of their own pockets. They also do more than just play rugby, and that’s is why the Howler’s say, “It’s more than just a game, it’s a way of life.”

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