LANGFORD, BC – Canada’s Women’s Fifteens Head Coach Francois Ratier has announced his 27-player roster for the upcoming November tour to France and England
Departing in late October, Canada will play two matches against France, on November 2nd in Pontarlier and on November 5th in Amneville. The third and final match of the tour is on November 13 against their Nations Cup rivals, England at The Twickenham Stoop in London. Ratier’s first tournament as head coach proved successful, as his side went 3-1 to capture their first ever Nations Cup title in Denver, Colorado this past August. In preparation for the 2014 World Cup in France, the women are focused on every opportunity to play against elite international competition for further development.
“This tour is an opportunity for our staff to watch the players under pressure, to continue our selection and to keep building our team culture,” explained Ratier. Canada’s Women’s program has made tremendous progress over the past couple years and credit is due to the culture that has been constructed and sustained within the program. “The strength of this group is its unity. The players know that when they are a part of this squad they have to work as one and support each other,” said Ratier. “Only the players with the right spirit and attitude will be apart of the final selection for the World Cup in August 2014; we want energetic individuals and positive attitudes,” explained Ratier.
In order to build a culture of success, the entire organization needs to be on the same page, from top to bottom, and that seems to be the case. “‘Connected’ is our word and as a coach one of my roles is to promote that spirit. Gary Dukelow, Colette McAuley, Steve McKinnon, Meg Howat and Adrienne Stinson are also doing a great job at keeping the team in that state of mind and are really enforcing the culture we want throughout the program and with our athletes,” added Ratier.
To ensure that Canada’s athletes reach their full potential at the Rugby World Cup in 2014, Rugby Canada is doing everything possible to provide developmental and international opportunities for the women’s program. Next year, Canada is looking to compete against the United States, Australia and New Zealand in the build up to August.
Canada’s Women’s Fifteens November Tour Roster: Elissa Alarie – (Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue Rugby Club) Trois-Rivieres, QC Brittany Benn – (Guelph Redcoats) – Napanee, ON Stephanie Bernier – (Club de Rugby Quebec) Quebec Tyson Beukeboom – (Aurora Barbarians) Uxbridge, Ontario Latoya Blackwood – (St. Anne de Bellevue) Montreal, QC Andrea Burk – (Capilano RFC) North Vancouver, BC Sammy Crandell – (Hornets RFC) Calgary, AB Olivia DeMerchant – (Woodstock Wildmen) Mapledale, NB Kim Donaldson – (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club) Toronto, ON Jessica Dovanne – (Velox RFC) Victoria, BC Bianca Farella – (Town of Mount Royal RFC) Montreal, QC Megan Gibbs – (Markham Irish RFC) Barrie, ON Magali Harvey – (Club de Rugby Quebec) Quebec City, QC Mary Jane Kirby – (Highland RFC) Brampton, ON Ghislaine Landry – (Toronto Scottish RFC) Toronto, ON Hilary Leith – (Saracens/Capilano RFC) British Columbia Kayla Mack – (Wild Oats RFC) Saskatoon, SK Kayla Moleschi – (Williams Lake Rustlers) Williams Lake, BC Jacey Murphy – (Aurora Barbarians) Alliston, ON Karen Paquin – (Club de Rugby Quebec) Quebec City, QC Marie-Pier Pinault-Ried – (Club de Rugby Quebec) Quebec City, QC Kelly Russell – (Capt) (Toronto Nomads) Bolton, ON Laura Russell – (Toronto Nomads) Bolton, ON Maria Samson – (Calgary Hornets) Calgary, AB Amanda Thornborough – (Brandon Barbarians RFC) Brandon, MB Jackie Titley – Montreal, QC Brittany Waters – (Meraloma Athletic Club) Vancouver, BC
Non-Travelling Reserves: Asya Bartley – (Barrhaven Scottish RFC) Ottawa, ON Caitlin Beaton – (Fergus Highland RFC) Clavering, ON Katie McNally – (Guelph Redcoats) – Guelph, ON Claragh Pegg – (Kingston Panthers RFC) Barrie, ON Julia Sugawara – (Burnaby Lake) Surrey, BC Julianne Zussman – (Town of Mount Royal RFC) Montreal, QC
Unavailable for Selections: Arielle Dubissette-Borrice – (Toronto Scottish) Toronto, ON Cheryl Phillips – (Toronto Scottish RFC) Scarborough, ON Ashley Steacy – (Lethbridge Rugby Club) Lethbridge, AB
Staff: Francois Ratier, Head Coach Gary Dukelow, Forwards Coach Colette McAuley, Backs Coach John Tait, Technical Advisor Adrienne Stinson, Physiotherapist Steve MacKinnon, Strength and Conditioning Coach Manager, Meg Howat
Women’s November Tour Schedule: Canada vs. France November 2 Pontarlier, France KO TBD Canada vs. France November 5 Amnéville, France KO TBD Canada vs. England November 13 Twickenham, England The Twickenham Stoop 7pm local time (2pm ET/11am ET)