The lure of the Euro saw a move to Ireland, where he was a standout player for Greystones RFC. The spell on the Emerald Isle preceded a season long stint in Italy with San Dona RFC. An injury cut short the stay in Italy and Warren returned to Cape Town for a season with the then big spending NNK. This was merely putting off the inevitable, a return to Villager FC.
After two injury plagued seasons, Rowdy decided it was time to hang up his boots. A brief spell as backline coach for the Villager u20A squad was the motivation to explore other coaching avenues available to him. As of 2013 he has held the role of head coach at Southern League table toppers, Masiphumelele RFC, even lacing up the boots for the odd game for the second XV.
For those movie buffs out there, Warren played the role of Pieter Hendricks and Joel Stransky in the Oscar nominated sports drama Invictus. He currently works for a shelving and racking company, First Storage Concepts and when his not out on the road he is spending time with his lovely wife, Stephanie and their beautiful little boy Bryce, the apple of grandpa Dave’s eye.
Hi Rowdy, a massive thank you for taking the time out of your hectic schedule to have a quick chat.
Q1.) As the son of a current Villager stalwart, Dave Edwards, what are your earliest club rugby memories?
As a youngster, being ball boy at Villagers Rugby Club, handing the kicking tee to the likes of Joel Stransky and Percy Montgomery. Earliest memories as a player, was probably the champagne rugby we played at UCT and of course the intervarsity matches.
Q2.) Who were the standout players of that era?
Vakai Hove aka ‘Fish’ was a devastating ball carrier, the skill and pace of James Richards at fullback (hates kicking a rugby ball) and the leadership of Richard Neville, to name but a few was a dream to play with when I played at UCT.
Q3.) Having played representative rugby at age-group-level as well as seniors for the WP Vodacom side, you’ve been on a fair few, away “tours”. Are there any funny stories you could relay from those years?
mmmmmmmm, without doubt the story that stood the test of time. Let me share how it went down. WP Vodacom Cup side of 2007 travelled to Bloemfontein to play the Cheetahs. After a good win I rounded up a few of the boys and we headed off to Mystic Boer. Drink specials, R10 a double brandy and coke. After a good night out I woke up in Kimberley. Let us just say I was a bit late for my bus to the airport in the morning.
Q4.) If you could change ONE thing to improve club rugby in Western Province, what would it be?
If there was a way we could cut out the violence in all facets of club rugby in the Western Cape, throughout all leagues, which would be a dream come true.
Q5.) You are currently in the thick of things putting together the second Super7s extravaganza, would you care to inform our readers a little about this exciting tournament?
The 2nd Edition of the Super 7’s will take place on the 31 October & 1 November 2014 at Villagers RFC. Rockets have come on board as our headline sponsor and official kit supplier for the tournament so will be named the Rockets Super 7’s for 2014. With 22 teams competing last year, we have now more than doubled the teams for this year to 48 teams. We have international teams entered this year so it will be great spectacle of rugby & entertainment for the spectators with MC, DJ, beer tents and promo girls on show. Craig Seale and I are aiming to make the Super 7’s the biggest 7’s tournament in South Africa.