October 11, 2013, LANGFORD, BC (ISN) – Canada’s Women’s Fifteens Team has added yet another step in the build up to the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup with the announcement of a tour to New Zealand to face the Black Ferns and Wallaroos of Australia.
The down under tour announcement follows a successful summer for Canada’s Women’s Program, as both the Senior and Under-20 Team captured their first-ever Nations Cup Titles and the Sevens Team finished second at the World Cup of Sevens in Moscow, Russia.
Canada head coach, Francois Ratier expressed the importance of the tour for his side.
“It is a great opportunity to play against the World Champions on their home ground and to see where our program is two months out from the World Cup in France,” said Ratier.
“Rugby is a religion in New Zealand and I want the players to feel it and experience this environment.”
Rugby Canada’s General Manager of Rugby Operations and Performance Mike Chu agreed with coach Ratier’s feelings.
“This is a pretty unique opportunity. Women’s rugby has grown at a remarkable pace in Canada, and New Zealand is definitely the team all countries look to beat,” said Chu from the Canadian Rugby Centre of Excellence in Langford, BC.
“We believe we will have a competitive side next year, and we’re excited to be visiting a country and playing a team that is special in international rugby.”
While the dates and venues have yet to be announced, it’s known that the Bay of Plenty Rugby Union will host the tour in May and June.
More details will be announced later this year.