Mandy Marchak Team Canada (photo Ian Muir)
Aug 12,2014(ISN) – MARCOUSSIS, FRANCE – Canada’s Women’s Head Coach Francois Ratier has announced his starting roster for Wednesday’s IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup (WRWC) Semi-Final against France.
The highly anticipated semi-final is set for Wednesday evening at the nearly sold out 20,000 seat Stade Jean Bouin in downtown Paris. The winning team will advance to the tournament final in the same venue on Sunday evening to face either Ireland or England, who are in the other semi-final.
Canada boasts an undefeated 2-0-1 record so far at the WRWC, having opened the tournament with wins over Spain and Samoa, before drawing their final pool match 13-13 against the 2010 WRWC runner-ups, England.
France cruised through the pool stages relatively untouched, having scored 98 points and allowed only 6 in victories over Wales, South Africa and Australia. The hosts are the only team to not have conceded a try during the pool stages.
Canada’s side for Wednesday’s test match has only one change from the side that drew England on Sunday in Marcoussis, as Brittany Waters replaces Jessica Dovanne on the wing.
These two sides split a two-game series last November during Canada’s November Tour; France opened the series with a 27-19 victory in Pontarlier on November 2, while Canada defeated the hosts 11-6 on the 6th in Amneville.
“We played France twice last November and have watched their games so far during the World Cup and we know they’re a very strong team. They will also have the support of a big crowd at Stade Jean Bouin, so it’s going to be a difficult game for us,” said Coach Francois Ratier.
“This game is a fantastic opportunity for us to show the world that we belong here in the semi-finals of the World Cup and in the Finals, and our goal is the play our game and enjoy the experience,” added Ratier.
“I’m incredibly proud of the work that our team has done so far in the World Cup, but we’re not finished. We have a big challenge ahead of us tomorrow in Paris and we’re all really looking forward to it,” said Captain Kelly Russell.
“We know there’s going to be a packed crowd of supporters for France tomorrow, but we are going to continue playing our game and know that we have the support of Canadians here in France and watching back home on TSN,” added Russell.
Kick off is set for 8:45pm local time (2:45pm ET/11:45pm PT) and the game will be broadcast LIVE on TSN, Rugby Canada’s official broadcast partner.
Andrea Burk Team Canada (photo Ian Muir)
Canada’s Women’s Roster to face France on August 13:
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. Brittany Waters, (Meraloma Athletic Club) Vancouver, 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. Jessica Dovanne, (Velox RFC) Victoria, BC
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
France Roster to face Canada:
1 – Helene Ezanno
2 – Gaelle Mignot
3 – Elodie Portaries
4 – Marine De Nadai
5 – Assa Koita
6 – Coumba Diallo
7 – Manon Andre
8 – Safi N’Diaye
9 – Jennifer Troncy
10 – Sandrine Agricole
11 – Camille Grassineau
12 – Marjorie Mayans
13 – Shannon Izar
14 – Marion Lievre
15 – Caroline Ladagnous
16 – Laetitia Salles
17 – Lise Arricastre
18 – Christelle Chobet
19 – Sandra Rabier
20 – Laetitia Grand
21 – Christelle Le Duff
22 – Elodie Poublan
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