March 15, 2023 (Langford, BC) — Coach Kevin Rowett has chosen his roster for Group Canada’s upcoming tour of Spain, the Canadians’ first competitors after a fourth-place end on the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand final fall.
The crew will first play a Check match in opposition to South Africa on Saturday, March twenty fifth at 5pm native time (8am PST / 11am EST). That is the primary match between the Canadian girls’s rugby crew and South Africa in ten years, and the final assembly dates again to the 2013 Nations Cup.
On Saturday, April 1, Canada will face the US within the opening recreation of the 2023 Pacific 4 Sequence at 5pm native time (8am PT / 11am EST). The Canadian crew has had seven straight wins in opposition to the US since July 2019. The final time the Maple Leafs confronted the Individuals was in October 2022 within the Rugby World Cup in pool matches and quarterfinals.
final february, Saying the World Rugby Group Return of the Pacific 4 Sequence, contested by Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the US. This would be the third version of this competitors and the second during which these 4 nations will compete. Australia and New Zealand will meet in June in Australia, and all 4 groups will journey to Canada in July for the ultimate matches of the collection. Qualification for the inaugural competitors WXV This can be a new annual girls’s world rugby union competitors at three ranges (WXV1, WXV2, WXV3). The highest three groups from the Pacific 4 collection will mechanically qualify for the WXV1 class and the final crew within the collection will compete within the WXV2 class of this new competitors.
19 gamers from the World Cup are again on the squad, together with Sophie De Guidi and Emily Tutosi, the 2022 Dream Group World Rugby Gamers of the Yr, in addition to the second-most capped lady in Canadian rugby historical past, Tyson Beukeboom (56 alternatives).
As well as, there are seven new athletes on the roster: Audrey Champagne, Cassandra Tavnail, Fancy Bermudez, Holly Phillips, Justin Platt-Janmat, Mahalia Robinson and Zoe Williams. Blatt-Janmaat, Champagne, Robinson and Williams are among the many gamers coming from U SPORTS programmes, whereas Phillips and Tuffnail play within the UK.
After a robust exhibiting within the HSBC Canada Sevens Rugby Championship, Bermudez might get his first cap with the Canadian rugby union crew. She joins the seven different athletes who have been additionally invited on the tour, Pamphinete Buisa and Renee Gonzalez.
“We’re delighted to start out a brand new World Cup cycle and open the 2023 season with these two matches in opposition to South Africa and the US,” mentioned technical director Kevin Rowett. The athletes and workers are trying ahead to getting collectively and constructing on our spectacular fall efficiency in New Zealand. Along with the 19 gamers coming back from the Rugby World Cup, there are a number of new faces on our record. These are the athletes who’ve made an influence on the Canadian girls’s rugby crew, on the U SPORTS crew, or overseas. I look ahead to working with this group in Spain and taking our first steps in direction of qualifying for the WXV competitors.”
The 2 matches will likely be held on the Estadio Nacional of the Complutense College of Madrid.
For extra details about the Pacific 4 collection, together with scores and outcomes, go to the competitors web site: world.rugby/tournaments/pacific-four-series. Broadcast particulars will likely be introduced quickly.
Checklist of Canadian rugby crew gamers
Alexandra Tessier (Saint-Clautilde-de-Horton, Quebec) – Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue RFC
Alexandria Ellis (Ottawa, Ontario) – Barrhaven Scottish/Saracens
Audrey Champagne (Quebec Metropolis, Quebec) – Rugby Membership of Quebec / Université Laval
Brittany Cassell (Guelph, Ontario) – Guelph Redcoats RFC
Cassandra Tafnail (Heidelberg, ON) – Fergus Highland RFC / Richmond FC / Brunel College London
Courtney Holtkamp (Rimbey, AB) – Pink Deer Titans Rugby
Dalia Menen (Vulcan, Alta) – Chiefs of Exeter
Emily Totosi (Sorris, MB) – Calgary Hornets / Exeter Chiefs
Emma Taylor (Scottsbourne, NS) – Halifax RFC
Fabiola Fortezza (Quebec Metropolis, Quebec) – Rugby Membership of Quebec / Stade Bordelais
Fancy Bermudez (Edmonton, AL) – Norwester Athletic Affiliation/Westshore RFC
Gillian Boag (Calgary, AL) – Capilano RFC
Holly Phillips (Canmore, AB) – Calgary Irish / Bristol Bears
Julia Schell (Uxbridge, Ontario) – Guelph Redcoats RFC / Castaway Wanderers
Justin Platt Gunmett (Wolfville, NS) – Westshore RFC/Victoria College
Justine Pelletier (Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec) – Quebec Rugby Membership / Stade Bordelais
Laetitia Royer (Laureteville, Quebec) – Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue RFC / ASM Romagnat
Mahalia Robinson (Fulford, Quebec) – TMRRFC/Concordia College
Marie-Pierre Photox (Sherbrooke, Quebec) – Rugby Membership of Quebec / Université Laval
Maya Montiel (Quebec Metropolis, Quebec) – Quebec rugby membership
Paige Farries (Pink Deer, AB) – Westshore RFC / Worcester Warriors
Pamphinet Poisa (Gatineau, QC) – Ottawa Eire
Renee Gonzalez (Scarborough, Ontario) – Westshore RFC/Victoria College
Sabrina Poulin (Saint-Georges, Quebec) – TMRRFC / Eibar Rugby Taldea
Sarah Kalgov (Ajax, Ontario) – Toronto Scottish / Westshore RFC
Sarah Svoboda (Belleville, Ontario) – Brantford Harlequins / Belleville Bulldogs / Loughborough Lightning
Sarah-Maud Lachance (Victoriaville, Quebec) – Rugby Membership of Quebec / Louise Louise Division
Sophie De Guidi (Vic, BC) – Castaway Wanderers RFC
Tyson Peckebaum (Oxbridge, Ont.) – Cowichan RFC
Zoe Williams (Vic, BC) – Westshore RFC/Victoria College