Ajax Wanderers RUFC - A Brief History
The Ajax Wanderers Rugby Club can lay claim to being the founding club for rugby in post-war Ontario. Started by a group of English immigrants who missed their favourite sport from back home in 1949, the club originally had no similar opposition to compete against. The early years saw games against the University of Toronto and McGill University. The Toronto Nomads, Aurora Barbarians, Irish Canadians and to a lesser extent the Brantford Harlequins all owe their existence to those early Wanderers. Once a league was in place Wanderers became immediately successful winning several provincial championships in the late 1950s. The club also began a tradition of touring that continues to this day. Going on tour and hosting teams is one of the finest traditions in rugby and the sport provides an opportunity like no other for players to travel the world as a team or as individuals. Over the years Wanderers have toured extensively within Canada, the United States, Great Britain and even an occasional trip to the continent. The club has also hosted teams from all over the world. Developing players to play on the provincial, national and international stage has always been a priority and the Wanderers have provided players to the Canadian national team almost from its beginnings with John Ackerly representing his country in 1971. That tradition has continued through the years with the likes of Scott Mackinnon and David Moonlight who was a long time captain of the Canadian National 7s team. Wanderers have also welcomed players from around the globe to play with the club as they travel or on an exchange basis.
Ajax Wanderers is a dynamic and growing club and not all of the clubs success is buried in the past. The club last won the Ontario Senior Men's championship in 1998, a decade which also saw the women's team as the dominant force in the province with a large contingent moving up to play for the women's national team. Although the club suffered two relegations after that provincial championship, the Wanderers won the TRU Men's title in 2004, 2006, and 2009 as well as the TRU Men's 2nd XV title in 2007.
The club is currently experiencing an upswing in its fortunes both for individuals and as an organization. With one of the best facilities in the province, and a continual stream of up and coming players, the club continues to provide players to Ontario and Canada. John Moonlight is a current member of the Men's National Program and several Wanderers have recently represented their country at U17 and U20 level. Most exciting of all though is the success of the Men's 1st XV, which last year won promotion back into the Ontario leagues for the first time in a decade. This success was achieved with an extremely young group who look forward to working together to put Ajax Wanderers back at the pinnacle of rugby in Ontario.
Ajax Wanderers RUFC - Today
The Ajax Wanderers Rugby Club actively promotes the game of rugby and its values and traditions that stress team play, pride in oneself and the community and a healthy life style through the development of lifelong social, emotional and physical skills. The Ajax Wanderers Rugby Club provides opportunities and programs for youth, regardless of age, gender or economic hardship, to participate in safe, organized and competitive rugby at the community, provincial and national levels.
Any and all levels of players are welcome at the Wanderers club. The current program includes teams in the following age groups;
Under 8 – Co-ed – Non Contact (flag rugby)
Under 10 – Co-ed – Non Contact (flag rugby)
Under 12 – Co-ed – Contact
Under 14 Boys
Under 16 Boys
Under 18 Boys Under 18 Girls
Senior Men Senior Women
Founded in 1949, the Ajax Wanderers Rugby Union Football Club is the oldest Rugby Club in Ontario.