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The Friends Of Hal Campaign

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Hal Rowan is an old Nomad who coached the men in the 70s. He’s been part of rugby for many many years. As many of you know, Hal suffered from a stroke and is facing financial difficulties as a result. The Rugby Community is being called upon to rally together and get Hal the necessities he needs and make his life better. Please help in any way you can. This is the GoFund Me campaign set up to help Hal. 

Alumni Dinner & Golf Tournament: Sept. 9

Wednesday, July 4th, 2018
Mark down SEPTEMBER 9, 2018 for the annual Nomads golf tournament! Followed by a dinner at The Rose & Crown. Golf-averse alumni are more than welcome to join us for just the dinner portion of the day. 
  • Date: Sunday, September 9, 2018
  • Location: Westview Golf Course – the “Royal and Ancient”
  • Cost: $130.00 (purchased online, link below)
Cost includes: golf, cart, bus to and from the Rose and Crown, 3 course meal, great prizes. As always, attendees must bring a boittle of wine each for the prize table (red preferred).
  • Registration: Online: Buy tickets HERE
  • Bus Departs: 12:00 p.m. (noon)
  • Tee off: 1:00 p.m.    
  • Bus Returns: 6:30 p.m.    
  • Dinner: 7:00 p.m.
Alumni and / or guests welcome for dinner – $30 each – pre booked only–also for purchase online

Support William Daniel on his Road to Nationals

Saturday, January 27th, 2018

Nomads junior William Daniel is seeking to raise $1,500 through a Go Fund Me Campaign so that he can represent Ontario as they travel to BC. The high school senior is working part time, but needs his community to pull together to help finance the trip expenses.

William says it best, “I love this game with all my heart.” Let’s show him that rugby is more than a sport., it’s a community and the Nomads are his sports family. Let’s give William even more reasons to love this game.

Donate here.



February Schedule

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

Feb Calendar

Nomads’ Own Kelly Russell Announces Retirement from International Rugby

Friday, December 1st, 2017

This week, one of Canada’s greatest-ever test rugby players officially retired from both the national 15s and sevens programs. Longtime Toronto Nomad Kelly Russell leaves the national side following an unprecedented career in which she helped lead women’s rugby in Canada to never-before-seen heights.

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“Right now, it feels right for me. I’m thankful I’m doing it on my own terms and I’m just so grateful for all the people who helped me throughout my career,” said Russell in her official statement through Rugby Canada.

Kelly, Judy and Laura Russell

Kelly Russell, with mother Judy and sister Laura.

“The Toronto Nomads and the Ontario club rugby system and the entire Ontario rugby union were big parts of my career and then, obviously, Rugby Canada. My family, my teammates and my friends have all been so supportive over the years and I can’t thank them enough. As for my coaches, I feel that I’ve learned something from every single one of them along the way. They instilled values in me within rugby but also within life.

“Yes, I love the game and love playing the game, but I’m happy where I’m at right now and what I’ve done.”

Kevin Vertkas Making International Rugby Waves

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Our Club is very proud of Kevin Vertkas for his impactful debut on the international stage this winter! Last weekend, the U18s player scored a try while competing in the World Rugby Sevens tournament in Punta del Este, Uruguay. Kevin’s massive effort on the pitch was praise by coach Lee Douglas. Coach Douglas said that a “special mention should go to Kevin Vertkas as it was his first senior tour, he played in every game and made some real impactful contributions, including his first senior try.” Way to go Kev!

Kev and his Maple Leaf teammates were cheered on by Nomads U14s player Santi Palacios, coach Marcelo Palacios and family.


The team is now in Vina Del Mar, Chile for this weekend’s tournament. Once again Kevin will have Nomads on hand for support including Mom Tammy, Dad George and Juniors’ Technical Director Campbell MacNeill and his wife Franny.

This goes to show, Nomads spirit is alive and strong across the globe!