BC Rugby Select Team faces Canada West Maple Leafs in ARC Curtain-Raiser Match

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Vancouver, BC – January 30, 2017: BC Rugby’s Select team will be facing Canada West Maple Leafs in the curtain-raiser match for the Americas Rugby Championship Canada vs. Argentina game on February 4th. Coach Aaron Frisby has put together a roster of widely successful players from all different experience levels, ranging from Rio 2016 Olympic Bronze Medalist Kelly Russell to Canada West All Star Jess Neilson. The 22-player roster also features 10 capped players: McEwen, Boag, Stamatakis, Beukeboom, Russell, Neilson, Burk, Thornborough, and McNally. With such strong players on this squad, this match will be a fantastic opportunity to showcase the strength of women’s rugby in BC.

This will also be an important game for Canada’s coaching staff as it will contribute to player development and player selection for the Road to Women’s Rugby World Cup. Francois Ratier, Head Coach of Canada’s National Women’s XVs team shares, “This game is an opportunity for our National Team players based in BC to play a fast-paced rugby game and for the coaching staff to get a quality game to analyze.”

Ratier also adds, “Our top players need to lead by example and raise the level of the game every time they have this kind of opportunity.”

Although this will be an important match for showcasing the strength of BC’s female players, it will not be considered towards the selection of BC Rugby’s Senior Women’s Team for the 2017 National Women’s League which will be taking place in Nova Scotia this July.

Kickoff for the curtain-raiser match will be at 2pm PST. The match will be live streamed on Rugby Canada’s Facebook and Youtube pages.

BC Rugby’s Select Team Roster for Feb 4th ARC Curtain-Raiser (Name, Club):

  1. Carolyn McEwen (C) – Burnaby Lake RFC
  2. Gillian Boag – UBC
  3. Demi Stamatakis – SFU
  4. Chelsey Minter – Westshore RFC
  5. Tyson Beukeboom – Cowichan RFC
  6. Emily Van Gulik – Burnaby Lake RFC
  7. Allison McCormack – Capilano RFC
  8. Kelly Russell – Cowichan RFC
  9. Meaghan Howat – Westshore RFC
  10. Jess Neilson – UVic Vikes
  11. Selina McGinnis –Westshore RFC
  12. Andrea Burk – Capilano RFC
  13. Amanda Thornborough – Westshore RFC
  14. Kara Galbraith – Castaway Wanderers RFC
  15. Katie McNally – Castaway Wanderers RFC
  1. Rosie Lang – Westshore RFC
  2. Brittany Sims – Westshore RFC
  3. Louisa Hadley – Capilano RFC
  4. Courtney Sims – Westshore RFC
  5. Mackenzie Fowler – Abbotsford RFC
  6. Kaitlyn Cumming – Kamloops RC
  7. Jess Harvey – Burnaby Lake RFC

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