Women Set For Quarter Final Match Against England

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Aug 8,2014(ISN) – MARCOUSSIS, FRANCE – Canada Head Coach Francois Ratier has released his starting
roster for tomorrow’s crucial Women’s Rugby World Cup pool match against England in
Marcoussis, France.

Having both defeated Samoa and Spain, and touched down for at least four tries,
England and Canada are only separated by a narrow points differential.

Saturday’s game – which kicks off at 3:45pm local time (9:45am ET/6:45am PT),
broadcast LIVE on TSN 2 – will decide who advances to the tournament semi-finals
from pool C on August 13.

The losing team will still be in the running for the fourth and final qualifying
position, which will go to the team in any of the three pools who has the most
tournament points. If two teams are tied for points after the pool stages, a

Based on the circumstances, Canada is viewing this game as an incredible opportunity
to face one of the world’s best rugby nations in a “quarter-final”.

“If you want to win the World Cup you must be able to beat the best teams in the
world,” said Ratier.

“We knew going into this tournament that Saturday’s game against England was going
to be a big challenge for us, but I see it as a great opportunity to show that we
can compete with anyone in the World Cup,” added Ratier.

Canada will be lead out on the field by Captain Kelly Russell from the number 8
position, who’s been on the field for every minute of the tournament so far.

“We’ve seen success over the last year by playing our game and it’s important for us
to stick to what we’ve been working on tomorrow against England,” said Russell from
Marcoussis, France.

“Tomorrow’s game is a big opportunity for us and I know the entire team is excited
to hit the field in front of our supporters at the field and who are watching back
home on TSN,” added Russell.

“We’re ready.”

While still mathematically in the running for the fourth and final qualifying spot,
Canada’s mindset is simple: we control our destiny and a win is what we’re after.

Last August, Canada defeated England twice en route to capturing their first-ever
Nations Cup title in Denver. Coach Francois Ratier’s outfit opened the tournament
with a 29-25 victory over England, and followed that up with a 27-13 win to be
crowned tournament champions.

However, in the final game of their November tour to Europe, England easily
dismantled Canada 32-3 at The Twickenham Stoop.

Based on these last three results, and how both teams have fared so far at WRWC,
women’s rugby fans around the world will be in for a real treat Saturday when these
two talented sides square off.

Reminder that you can watch all of Canada’s games LIVE on TSN, our official
broadcast partner.

Canada’s Women’s Roster to face England on August 9:

1. Marie-Pier Pinault-Reid, (Club de Rugby Quebec) Quebec City, QC
2. Kim Donaldson, (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club) Toronto, ON
3. Hilary Leith, (Capilano RFC) North Vancouver, BC
4. Latoya Blackwood, (St. Anne de Bellevue) Montreal, QC
5. Maria Samson, (Calgary Hornets) Calgary, AB
6. Jacey Murphy, (Aurora Barbarians) Alliston, ON
7. Karen Paquin, (Club de Rugby Quebec) Quebec City, QC
8. Kelly Russell, Captain (Toronto Nomads) Bolton, ON
9. Stephanie Bernier, (Club de Rugby Quebec) Quebec City, QC
10. Emily Belchos, (Markham Irish RFC) Barrie, ON
11. Jessica Dovanne, (Velox RFC) Victoria, BC
12. Andrea Burk, (Capilano RFC) North Vancouver, BC
13. Mandy Marchak, (Capilano RFC) Winnipeg, MB
14. Magali Harvey, (Club de Rugby Quebec) Quebec City, QC
15. Elissa Alarie, (Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue Rugby Club) Trois-Rivieres, QC
16. Laura Russell, (Toronto Nomads) Bolton, ON
17. Olivia DeMerchant, (Woodstock Wildmen) Mapledale, NB
18. Mary-Jane Kirby, (Highland RFC) Brampton, ON
19. Tyson Beukeboom, (Aurora Barbarians) Uxbridge, ON
20. Kayla Mack, (Wild Oats RFC) Saskatoon, SK
21. Julianne Zussman, (Town of Mount Royal RFC) Montreal, QC
22. Brittany Waters, (Meraloma Athletic Club) Vancouver, BC

Non-Dressing Players:

Brittany Benn, (Guelph Redcoats) Napanee, ON
Cindy Nelles, (Oakville Crusaders/McMaster University) Belleville, ON
Julia Sugawara, (Burnaby Lake RFC) Surrey, BC
Amanda Thornborough, (Brandon Barbarians RFC) Brandon, MB

Canada’s Women’s Team Staff:

Head Coach: Francois Ratier
Forwards Coach: Gary Dukelow
Backs Coach: Colette McAuley
Strength and Conditioning: Steve Mackinnon
Physiotherapist: Adrienne Stinson
Manager: Meaghan Howat
Analyst: James Kent
Media Manager: Bryan Kelly

WRWC 2014 BROADCAST SCHEDULE ON TSN:

Canada vs. Spain – Aug. 1 at 8:45 a.m. ET on TSN
Canada vs. Samoa – Aug. 5 at 10:45 a.m. ET on TSN
Canada vs. England – Aug. 9 at 9:30 a.m. ET on TSN2
Semifinal #1 – Aug. 13 at 11:45 a.m. ET on TSN
Semifinal #2 – Aug. 13 at 2:30 p.m. ET on TSN
Finals – Aug. 17 at 12:30 p.m. ET on TSN2

RUGBY CANADA WOMEN’S FIFTEENS 2014 FIXTURES

CANADA 51 – 7 USA
April 15, 2014
Shawnigan Lake School, Mill Bay, BC

CANADA 14 – 10 USA
April 19, 2014
Westhills Stadium, Langford, BC

CANADA 22-0 AUSTRALIA
June 6, 2014
Tauranga Domain, Tauranga, New Zealand

CANADA 8-16 NEW ZEALAND
June 10, 2014
Tauranga Domain, Tauranga, New Zealand

CANADA 21 – 33 NEW ZEALAND
June 14, 2014
Rugby Park, Whakatane, New Zealand

WOMEN’S RWC – CANADA 31-5 SPAIN
August 1, 2014
Marcoussis, France

WOMEN’S RWC – CANADA 42-7 SAMOA
August 5, 2014
Marcoussis, France

WOMEN’S RWC – CANADA VS ENGLAND
August 9, 2014
Marcoussis, France

WOMEN’S RWC SEMI-FINALS
(If Qualify)
August 13, 2014
Paris, France
Kickoff TBD

WOMEN’S RWC FINALS
(If Qualify)
August 17, 2014
Paris, France
Kickoff TBD

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