Canada’s Women’s Under-20 head coach Jack Hanratty has set his roster that will travel to England to compete in the Tri-Nations Cup from July 20-28, 2019.
Several BC athletes make the roster, including Sophie de Goede, who played in last year’s edition of the tournament and has represented Canada at the senior level. This also represents the first cap at the U20 level for several BC players including UBC’s Shoshana Seumanutafa, who makes the jump from the U18s.
Canada hosted the tournament last year, falling to England in the final match to come second. Hosted at Loughborough University, the Tri-Nations will be the years first international test for the Canadian squad following a training camp last month.
The tournament serves as another talent ID opportunity for the National Senior Women’s team as they work towards the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup.
“The U20 age group is a pivotal steppingstone for our national identified athletes, which you can see with the number of graduates currently in the senior women’s squad,” said Hanratty. “We have an incredible amount of talent across the country at this age group and we have identified players from USport, Provincial programs, and sevens academies.”
Canada will be taking on USA on July 24th and England on July 28th. Broadcast details will be confirmed at a later date.