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Peter Nolan (1936 - 2023)


Peter started playing rugby at 16 with Kenmore RFC [Scotland] before moving to Canada in 1966 and taking up residence in Ottawa. He became an integral member of the Ottawa Irish Rugby Club, from 1966-1974, and was a formidable loosehead prop with the Quebec provincial side. Peter won the League Championship and the Montreal 7’s during his time. He was a member of the 1971 Bermuda tour that played 5 games with one loss against the Teachers and a memorable 21 to 20 victory against the Bermuda National team.

In 1974 Peter married and moved to Winnipeg where he linked up with the Winnipeg Wasps RFC. Two years later, in an effort to grow the game, Peter, along with Bob Moffat and Geoff Birchell formed a new St. Vital Rugby Club. With many new players from Dakota collegiate, the club was to win a Premier Division Provincial Championship in 1978 along with a Minnesota Tournament Title victory against Palmore College; a rare feat for a Manitoba side. Peter found his way back to the Wasps in 1979 where he proved to be the consummate ‘club man’, doing whatever was needed to grow the game of rugby and support not only the Wasps rugby club but the young people who were coming to the club at that time. Peter modeled the way for the Wasps membership since his initial season Peter became a longstanding and notably outspoken advocate for the rugby community serving many terms as Wasps’ President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and other Board positions, and multiple terms as the club’s representative on the MGRP Board. In addition, Peter served many years as the rugby coach at Vincent Massey Collegiate, where many of the young men he coached over the years refer to him to this day as “Pistol”. Peter’s rugby exploits over the years included his and the Wasp's involvement in many local club activities and competitions, the hosting of several touring sides, and his participation in various international tours at home and abroad. Memorable among these were games versus Argentina and Northern Ireland club teams during his days in Ottawa; the Trinidad Royalians RFC tours abroad and in Winnipeg.

Peter served as both educator and ambassador of the game for many a young Manitoba player. He was inducted into the Manitoba Rugby Hall of Fame in 2018.

Peter passed away at the age of 86 on Jan 20th, 2023, and will ill be greatly missed by his wife Corinna, family, and friends




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