Kayla Mack Road To The Women’s Rugby World Cup

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Saskatoon, Saskatchewan native Kayla Mack shares her journey from beginning rugby in high school to the national team. Kayla made her debut against South Africa in 2011 and has won 31 caps for her country, including all five test matches during the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup in France. 

Kayla and Canada’s Women’s Rugby Team are set to open the 2017 WRWC on August 9th against Hong Kong in Dublin.

All three of Canada’s pool games as well as the two semi-finals and final, will be shown LIVE on TSN.

Canada’s Women’s Rugby World Cup Squad (Name, club, hometown):

Elissa Alarie, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue RFC/Westshore RFC (Trois Rivieres, QC)

Emily Belchos, Westshore RFC (Innisfil, ON)

Tyson Beukeboom, Aurora Barbarians/Cowichan RFC (Uxbridge, ON)

Latoya Blackwood, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue RFC/Westshore RFC (Montreal, QC)

Andrea Burk, Capilano RFC (North Vancouver, BC)

Olivia DeMerchant, Woodstock Wildmen/Castaway Wanderers (Mapledale, NB)

Jacey Grusnick, Barrhaven Scottish (Alliston, ON)

Chelsea Guthrie, Stratchona Druids (Edmonton, AB)

Magali Harvey, Club de Rugby de Quebec (Quebec City, QC)

Lori Josephson, Aurora Barbarians (Beaverton, ON)

Brittany Kassil, Guelph Redcoats (Guelph, ON)

Jane Kirby, Highland Fergus Rugby Club (Brampton, ON)

Kayla Mack, Saskatoon Wild Oats (Saskatoon, SK)

Carolyn McEwen, Burnaby Lake RFC (Vancouver, BC)

DaLeaka Menin, Calgary Hornets (Vulcan, AB)

Barbara Mervin, Westshore RFC (Peterborough, ON)

Brianna Miller, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue RFC/Westshore RFC (Pointe-Claire, QC)

Chelsey Minter, Westshore RFC (Victoria, BC)

Cindy Nelles, Belleville Bulldogs (Belleville, ON)

Karen Paquin, Club de Rugby de Quebec/Castaway Wanderers (QuebecCity, QC)

Frederique Rajotte, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue RFC (Montreal, QC)

Laura Russell, Toronto Nomads/Cowichan RFC( Bolton, ON)

Kelly Russell, Toronto Nomads/Cowichan RFC (Bolton, ON)

Kristy Sargent, Leprechaun Tigers (Edmonton, AB)

Alex Tessier, Montreal Barbarians (Sainte-Clotilde-de-Horton, QC)

Amanda Thornborough, Westshore RFC (Brandon, MB)

Brittany Waters, Meraloma Athletic Club/Castaway Wanderers (Vancouver, BC)

Julianne Zussman, Castaway Wanderers (Montreal, QC)

Non-travelling Reserves:

Gillian Boag, Capilano RFC (Calgary, AB)

Anais Holly, TMRRFC (Montreal, QC)

Daria Keane, Guelph Redcoats (Sarnia, ON)

Katie McNally, Castaway Wanderers (Guelph, ON)

Camile Provencal-Aube, Abénakis et CRQ/Castaway Wanderers (Sherbrooke, QC)

Natasha Smith, Barrhaven Scottish/Cowichan RFC (Ottawa, ON)

Sara Svoboda, Belleville Bulldogs (Belleville, ON)

Coaching Staff:

Francois Ratier — Head Coach

Shaun Allen — Assistant Coach

Gary Dukelow — Scrum Coach

Colette McAuley — Technical Support

Nicole Crowley — Manager

Shannon Houston — Doctor

Nicole Ainsworth — Lead Therapist

Brad Curry — Support Therapist

Jamie McCartney — Strength and Conditioning

James Kent — Video Analyst

Canada’s Women’s Rugby World Cup Schedule:

Canada vs. Hong Kong — August 9 — 12:15pm ET/9:15am PT

Canada vs. Wales — August 13 — 12pm ET/9am PT

Canada vs. New Zealand — August 17 — 7am ET/4am PT

 

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