LANGFORD, BC (November 1, 2018) – Canada women’s team head coach Sandro Fiorino has named his 31-player roster for their upcoming tour to the United Kingdom.
These four fixtures – three test matches and one “A” game – will be the first competition for Canada since last year’s November campaign, which saw a young side fall 0-3 to England following a big turnover after the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup.
With all eyes on continuing developing to the next World Cup in 2021 in either Australia or New Zealand, Fiorino’s roster includes a mix of 11 members from last year’s World Cup side in Ireland along with plenty of more inexperienced names.
Canada will depart for England on November 11th. Stay tuned for broadcast information.
BK – Four games in four different locations in 12 days. Not an easy feat, how is the team going to be prepared?
SF – We have five days on the ground in Leeds, England before we play, which will allow the players some time to come together to prepare. With 31 athletes, we will look for the players to share the load over the four games.
BK – Lots of veteran names in this November’s roster compared to last year. How will that change the dynamic of the team?
SF – With 11 returnees from the 2017 WRWC, we’ll look upon them to add some well needed leadership and experience to a still young and eager team.
BK – There are a few names from the U20 group that had an excellent campaign in Halifax earlier this year. Are you expecting them to make a strong impact for this team?
SF – It’s exciting to see a push from age grade programs from recent years with the likes of DeGoode, Holtkamp, Senft, Nichols, Harrigan, Carson, and Corrigan looking to gain valuable game time early in this World Cup cycle. The more opportunities they earn to play international rugby, the better they’ll get.
BK – Finally, what are your thoughts on the four opponents?
The players are excited to get to travel to the UK and play countries with a deep tradition in rugby like England, Wales and Scotland. These international women’s programs are committed to investing resources and funding into these programs to raise the standard of play across the world. I have no doubt that all four matches will be highly competitive, with our group putting their best effort forward.
Canada’s November Tour Roster:
Elissa Alarie – (Ste-Anne-De-Bellevue RFC/Westshore RFC) Trois Rivieres, QC
Tyson Beukeboom – (Cowichan Piggies) Uxbridge, ON
Taylor Black – (Oakville Crusaders) Oakville, ON
Gillian Boag – (Capilano/UBC) Calgary, AB
Mackenzie Carson – (Bristol Bears) Abbotsford, BC
Alysha Corrigan – (CRFC) Charlottetown, PEI
Sophie de Goede – (Castaway Wanderers/Queens University) Victoria, BC
Olivia DeMerchant – (Fredericton Loyalists) Mapledale, NB
Paige Farries – (Westshore RFC) Red Deer, AB
Ngalula Fuamba – (TMRRFC) Notre-Dame-de-L'Île-Perrot
Veronica Harrigan – (London St. George’s) Lucan, ON
Magali Harvey – (CRQ) Quebec City, QC
Anaïs Holly – (TMR RFC) Montreal, QC
Courtney Holtkamp – (Red Deer Titans) Rimbey, AB
Emmanuela Jada – (Guelph Redcoats) Guelph, ON
Lori Josephson – (Guelph Redcoats) Beaverton, ON
Brittany Kassil – (Guelph Redcoats) Guelph, ON
Maude Laliberté – (Club de Rugby Quebec) Quebec City, QC
Tausani Levale – (Abbotsford RFC) Abbotsford, BC
DaLeaka Menin – (Calgary Hornets) Vulcan, AB
Brianna Miller – (Saint-Anne-de-Bellevue) Point-Claire, QC
Cindy Nelles – (Belleville Bulldogs) Belleville, ON
Emilie Nicholl – (Guelph Redcoats) Toronto, ON
Irene Patrinos – (Toronto Saracens) Mississauga, ON
Sabrina Poulin – (TMR RFC) Saint-Georges-de-Beauce
Laura Russell – (Toronto Nomads) Bolton, ON
Gabrielle Senft – (Castaway Wanderers) Regina, SK
Janna Slevinsky – (Kingston Panthers) St. Albert, AB
Sara Svoboda – (Belleville Bulldogs/Toronto Saracens) Belleville, ON
Alex Tessier – (SABRFC) Sainte-Clotilde-de-Horton, QC
Marie Thibault – (CRQ) Quebec City, QC
Abigail DuGuid – (Edmonton Pirates) Edmonton, AB
Alex Ellis – (Barrhaven Scottish) Ottawa, ON
Amanda Thornborough – (Westshore RFC) Brandon, MB
Chanelle Edwards-Challenger – (Castaway Wanderers) Calgary, AB
Emily Samek – (Guelph Redcoats) Hamilton, ON
Unavailable due to injury:
Jennifer Appleby – (Castaway Wanderers) Regina, SK
Hunter Czeppel – (ARFC) Abbotsford, BC
Madison Gold – (UBC) Courtney, BC
Fabiola Forteza – (Club de Rugby de Quebec) Quebec City, QC
Canada’s November Tour Schedule:
Sunday 18th November
England vs Canada
Castle Park, Doncaster
K.O. 2pm local time (9am ET/6am PT)
Wednesday 21st November
England “A” v Canada “A”
*Not an official test match*
Saturday 24th November
Wales vs Canada
Cardiff Arms Park
K.O. 11:30am local time (6:30am ET/3:30am PT)
Tuesday 27th November
Scotland v Canada
Scotstoun Stadium - Glasgow
K.O. 7pm local time (2pm ET/11am PT)