Canada Face France in Women’s Rugby Super Series Final

July 9, 2016

Canada Face France in Women’s Rugby Super Series Final


Photo: The Rugby Channel

Doug Coil

On July 9th, the Women’s Rugby Super Series will have their final matches in Salt Lake City, Utah. The #WRSS2016 matches will be preceded by the Canada Maple Leafs against the USA Collegiate All-Americans at 11pm MT.  Then Canada faces France at 1pm MT, followed by the USA Women’s Eagles against England at 3pm MT. The matches will be broadcast on The Rugby Channel.

Canada has been a force throughout the Women’s Rugby Super Series. They dominated England in their 52-17 win and then had another fine performance against the United States gaining a 33-5 win. They now face France in the final match.

Canada has made one change as Frédérique Rajotte, who started against England in the first match. Julianne Zussman, at fullback, has three tries in the Series.

Shaun Allen discussed his squad saying “We’ve selected a similar squad for all three fixtures and are looking to have the players build on their strong performances from each game and to build consistency in our execution. It is important that, coming into the third test of the series, that players are executing their specific roles efficiently.”

Allen continued with “The turnaround between games has been quite short which has forced us to be very specific with our focus. Following our review of the USA game we identified positives and negatives from all aspects of our play and we are looking to see a sharper performance to close out the Women’s Rugby Super Series.”

“The group has been very focused over the past three days on the recovery process and the small things that are controllable this late in the tour. The squad, led by the leadership group, has maintained exceptional camaraderie and has blended their professional approach to their preparation with fantastic banter and humour. If we maximize our individual units and our team’s performance, the outcome of the series will take care of itself.”

Canada comes into this match ranked 4th in the world, while France is currently second.

France has a 1-1 record after a 19-13 win against the USA and then after a last minute 17-13 loss to England. One minute separated this match from having two teams being undefeated.

France has made ten changes in their starting XV, eight of which return from starting against the USA. In addition Romane Menager, who also started against the USA, moves from eight to flanker.

Canada: 1 Carolyn McEwen 2 Mary-Jane Kirby 3 DaLeaka Menin 4 Laura Russell (C) 5 Kayla Mack 6 Barbara Mervin 7 Latoya Blackwood 8 Jacey Grusnick 9 Chelsea Guthrie 10 Emily Belchos 11 Frédérique Rajotte 12 Andrea Burk 13 Alex Tessier 14 Brittany Waters 15 Julianna Zussman 16 Julis Folk 17 Demi Stamatatis 18 Olvia DeMerchant 19 Tyson Beukeboom 20 Fabiola Forteza 21 Brianna Miller 22 Anais Holly 23 Katie McNally

France: 1 Lisa Arricaste 2  Gaëlle Mignot (c) 3 Julie Duval 4 Céline Ferer 5  Audrey Forlani 6 Romane Menager 7  Gaëlle Hermet 8 Safi N’Diaye 9 Laure Sansus 10 Camille Imart 11 Audrey Abadie 12 Julie Billes 13 Lucille Godiveau 14 Elodie Poublan 15 Laura Delas 16 Agathe Sochat 17Dhia Maylis Traore 18 Manon André 19  20 Yanna Rivoalen 21 Camille Boudaud 22 Carla Neissen 23 Patricia Carricaburu

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