Canada Women’s Rugby Holds Camp at Shawnigan Lake School

March 23, 2017

Canada Women’s Rugby Holds Camp at Shawnigan Lake School


Doug Coil

Rugby Canada is holding a training camp at Shawnigan Lake School on Vancouver Island ahead of the Can-Am Series against the USA at Chula Vista, California. Almost 40 athletes were invited to camp.

In preparation for the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup in Ireland in August, Canada is playing the USA in a two match Can-Am Series on March 28 and April 1. Canada will travel to New Zealand for a three-game tour to face New Zealand, England and Australia.

Head coach Francois Ratier, and his coaches, Gary Dukelow, Colette McAuley, Shaun Allen & analyst James Kent, are running twice-a-day training sessions this week ahead of selecting a traveling roster  that will depart for San Diego on Saturday morning.

Canada is currently ranked third in the World Rugby rankings and will face Hong Kong, Wales and New Zealand in the pool stages of the tournament August 9th, 13th and 17th.

Canada and the USA met in the 2016 Women’s Rugby Super Series where they won 33-5 against the USA and finished 3-0 tournament to claim the title.

The first test match on March 28th will be streamed live on USA Rugby’s Facebook page, while the second will be available on The Rugby Channel.

Canada’s Can-Am Series Long-List Roster (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, Westshore RFC (Montreal, QC)

Gillian Boag, Capilano RFC (Calgary, AB)

Andrea Burk, Capilano RFC (North Vancouver, BC)

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

Julia Folk, Regina Rogues/Castaway Wanderers (Regina, SK)

Julia Goss, Leprechaun Tiger Rugby (Edmonton, AB)

Jacey Grusnick, Aurora Barbarians (Alliston, ON)

Chelsea Guthrie, Stratchona Druids (Edmonton, AB)

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

Anais Holly, TMRRFC (Montreal, QC)

Lori Josephson, Aurora Barbarians (Beaverton, ON)

Brittany Kassil, Guelph Redcoats (Guelph, ON)

Daria Keane, Guelph Redcoats (Sarnia, ON)

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

Kayla Mack, Saskatoon Wild Oats (Saskatoon, SK)

Carolyn McEwen, Burnaby (Vancouver, BC)

Katie McNally, Castaway Wanderers (Guelph, ON)

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 (Quebec City, QC)

Camile Provencal-Aube, Abénakiset CRQ/Castaway Wanderers (Sherbrooke, 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)

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

Demi Stamatakis, SFU (Vancouver, BC)

Sara Svoboda, Belleville Bullldogs (Belleville, ON)

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)


Can-Am Series Schedule:

Canada vs. USA — March 28

Chula Vista, San Diego

Kick Off: 7pm ET/4pm PT

Watch LIVE:


Canada vs. USA — April 1

Chula Vista, San Diego

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