Ratier has made four changes to his line-up for Canada

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Canada’s Women’s National Team looking for first win of Women’s Rugby Super Series against North American rivals on Wednesday
Latoya Blackwood Photo credit Ron LeBlanc/Rugby Canada
 
RED DEER, AB – Head coach Francois Ratier has made four changes to his line-up for Canada’s second game of the Women’s Rugby Super Series against the USA on Canada Day in Red Deer. Cindy Nelles replaces Jacey Murphy at number eight, while Lori Josephson steps into the line-up at scrum half in place of Chelsea Guthrie, who is not included in Wednesday’s squad.

 
Ratier has also made two changes on the wing with Lisa Gauthier and Katie McNally stepping into the starting 15 in place of Natasha Smith and Brittany Waters.
 
“We want to have more options for the future and this is the time for us to try these options as our next campaign will be only next year,” Ratier said. “We want to see them starting a game in key positions.”
 
After sitting out the first game of the series, Tiffany Picketts, Camille Provencal-Aube and Gillian Allen will potentially have the chance to make their senior test debuts as they’re named to the substitutes bench.
 
“It’s time for them to show their skills coming off the bench,” Ratier said.
 
Canada lost their opening game of the Super Series, 40-22, to the New Zealand Black Ferns while the USA lost 39-13 to the reigning World Cup champions England in Calgary. While Canada lost to the four-time World Cup champions, Ratier saw plenty of positives from his teams performance but also knows there is room for improvement.
 
“We are all here to compete but we want to focus on our performance,” Ratier said. “We scored four tries against New Zealand coming from great movement so we want to build on it. Our defense and contact were not good enough and we have worked on it the last two days.
 
“After the first game, the players realized what they were capable of in attack when they are connected and we are now expecting the same on defense.”
 
Both games from Wednesday’s double-header, which also includes England vs. New Zealand, will be streamed LIVE at www.livestream.com/rugbycanadaofficial. Tickets can be purchased at events.rugbycanada.ca
 
Canada’s Roster for Game 2 of the Women’s Rugby Super Series – (Club), Hometown, Province
 
1 – Laura Russell – Captain, (Toronto Nomads) Bolton, ON
2 – Mary-Jane Kirby, (Highland RFC) Brampton, ON
3 – Olivia DeMerchant, (Woodstock Wildmen) Mapledale, NB
4 – Tyson Beukeboom, (Aurora Barbarians) Uxbridge, ON
5 – Maria Samson, (Calgary Hornets) Calgary, AB
6 – Barbara Mervin, (Velox RFC) Peterborough, ON
7 – Latoya Blackwood, (St. Anne de Bellevue) Montreal, QC
8 – Cindy Nelles, (Oakville Crusaders / Belleville Bulldogs) Belleville, ON
9 – Lori Josephson, (Aurora Barbarians) Beaverton, ON
10 – Alex Tessier, (Montreal Barbarians) Sainte-Clotilde-de-Horton, QB
11 – Lisa Gauthier, (St-Anne de Bellevue), St-Bernardino, ON
12 – Andrea Burk, (Capilano RFC) North Vancouver, BC
13 – Amanda Thornborough, (Brandon Barbarians RFC) Brandon, MB
14 – Katie McNally (Velox Valkries) Guelph, ON
15 – Julianne Zussman, (Town of Mount Royal RFC) Montreal, QC
16 – Tiffany Picketts (UVIC VIKES/ Abbotsford Rugby Club), Abbotsford, BC
17 – Julia Folk, (Regina Rogues), Regina, SK
18 – DaLeaka Menin, (Hornets) Vulcan, AB
19 – Camille Provencal-Aube, (Abénakis et CRQ) Sherbrooke, QB
20 – Jacey Murphy, (Aurora Barbarians) Alliston, ON
21 – Gillian Allen, (Kirin) Saskatoon, SK
22 – Jess Neilson, (Meraloma) Vancouver, BC
23 – Natasha Smith, (Barrhaven Scottish) Ottawa, ON
 
Senior Women’s Coaching Staff:
 
Head Coach: Francois Ratier
Forwards Coach: Shaun Allen
Backs Coach: Colette McAuley
Scrum Coach: Gary Dukelow (West) John Lavery (East)
Analyst: James Kent
Manager: Meaghan Howat
Tour Manager: Nicole Crowley
 
2015 Women’s Rugby Super Series Schedule: 
 
June 27 – Calgary, AB
Calgary Rugby Park
 
Game 1: USA 13 – 39 England
Game 2: Canada 22- 40 New Zealand
 
July 1 – Red Deer, AB
Red Deer Rugby Club
 
Game 1: New Zealand vs. England
Kick Off: 4:00pm MT
 
Game 2: Canada vs. USA
Kick Off: 6:30pm MT
 
July 5 – Edmonton, AB
Ellerslie Rugby Park
 
Game 1: New Zealand vs. USA
Kick Off: 4:00pm MT
 
Game 2: Canada vs. England
Kick Off: 6:30pm MT

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