June 6,2014(ISN) – Canada’s Women’s Fifteens Team opened up their New Zealand Tour with a 22-0 win over Australia.


Jacey Murphy opened the scoring less than 10 minutes into the match after some strong work by the forwards, giving Canada a 5-0 lead at half.

After an Andrea Burk penalty kick extended the Canadian lead to eight points, Murphy scored her second try of the match and the conversion from Magali Harvey made it a 15-0 game.

With Australia unable to put points on the board, Canada added a last minute try courtesy team captain Kelly Russell.

Barrie, ON native Emily Belchos subbed on in the second half, earning her first cap with the Senior Women’s Fifteens Team.

Canada’s next match will be Tuesday, June 10 against the Black Ferns.

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Canada’s Roster vs. Australia June 6 – Name, (Club) Hometown

1. Laura Russell, (Toronto Nomads) Bolton, ON
2. Kim Donaldson, (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club) Toronto, ON
3. Hilary Leith, (Capilano RFC) Vancouver, BC
4. Latoya Blackwood, (St. Anne de Bellevue) Montreal, QC
5. Kayla Mack, (Wild Oats RFC) Saskatoon, SK
6. Jacey Murphy, (Aurora Barbarians) Alliston, ON
7. Karen Paquin, (Club de Rugby Quebec) Quebec City, QC
8. Kelly Russell, (Toronto Nomads) Bolton, ON
9. Stephanie Bernier, (Club de Rugby Quebec) Quebec City, Quebec
10. Julia Sugawara, (Burnaby Lake RFC) Surrey, BC
11. Brittany Benn, (Guelph Redcoats) Napanee, ON
12. Andrea Burk, (Capilano RFC) North Vancouver, BC
13. Mandy Marchak, (Capilano RFC) Winnipeg, MB
14. Brittany Waters, (Meraloma Athletic Club) Vancouver, BC
15. Julianne Zussman, (Town of Mount Royal RFC) Montreal, QC
16. Sammy Crandell, (Calgary Saracens) Calgary, AB
17. Marie-Pier Pinault-Reid, (Club de Rugby Quebec) Quebec City, QC
18. Mary-Jane Kirby, (Highland RFC) Brampton, ON
19. Maria Samson, (Calgary Hornets) Calgary, AB
20. Cindy Nelles (Oakville Crusaders/McMaster University) Belleville, ON
21. Emily Belchos, (Markham Irish RFC) Barrie, ON
22. Amanda Thornborough, (Brandon Barbarians RFC) Brandon, MB
23. Magali Harvey, (Club de Rugby Quebec) Quebec City, QC

Non-dressing Reserves – Name, (Club) Hometown

Elissa Alarie, (Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue Rugby Club) Trois-Rivieres, QC
Tyson Beukeboom, (Aurora Barbarians) Uxbridge, Ontario
Olivia DeMerchant, (Woodstock Wildmen) Mapledale, NB
Jessica Dovanne, (Velox RFC) Victoria, BC

Non-Travelling Reserves – Name, (Club) Hometown

Asya Bartley, (Barrhaven Scottish RFC) Ottawa, ON
Arielle Dubissette-Borrice, (Toronto Scottish RFC) Toronto, ON
Ashley Macdonald, (Halifax Tars) Corran Ban, PEI
Katie McNally, (Guelph RFC) Guelph, ON
Natasha Watcham-Roy, (University of Ottawa) Gatineau, QC

June 6, 2014
Tauranga Domain, Tauranga, New Zealand

June 10, 2014
Tauranga Domain, Tauranga, New Zealand
Kickoff at 2:30 p.m. local time (Monday, June 9 at 10:30 pm ET/7:30pm PT in Canada)

June 14, 2014
Rugby Park, Whakatane, New Zealand
Kickoff at 2:30 p.m. local time (Friday June 13 at 10:30 pm ET/7:30 pm PT in Canada)