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Canada vs Ireland - Women


Emily Belchos - Canada XVs
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Canada Dominant in 48-7 Win Over Ireland: FULL MATCH VIDEO


posted Nov 19 2016

The Kelly sisters, currently playing their rugby at Cowichan RFC, were dominant today, Kelly at #8 and Laura at #2. Eight of the starting XV currently play in the women's BC Premier league. Julianne Zussman at fullback proved again she's one of the best back three players in the world as she notched two tries. It was a balanced attack with 3 tries from the forwards and 4 tries through the backs. Coach Francois Ratier has the team playing solid structured rugby accompanied by an exciting wide game. The technical difficulty of some of their backline play puts the men's team to shame.

Congratulations to the team and coaching staff. The full match video is below (match starts 13 minutes in). It's New Zealand next in four days.



from Rugby Canada

DUBLIN, Ireland — Canada's senior women's team ran in seven tries in a convincing 48-7 win over Ireland in the opening game of their November tour. Canada got tries from Julianne Zussman (2), DaLeaka Menin, Karen Paquin, Emily Belchos, Laura Russell and Magali Harvey while Andrea Burk kicked 13 points.

"We are pleased to win against Ireland," head coach Francois Ratier said. "There is still some room for improvement but I think we were able to maintain the continuity with our forwards and make sure that when we passed to the backs we had a clear option to score."

It was clinical display from Canada against the No. 5 ranked team in the world highlighted by a dominant first half display where Canada took a 24-0 lead into the break.

Menin got things started in the seventh minute, crashing over sustained pressure from the visitors. After Burk's penalty pushed the lead to 10-0, Zussman grabbed her first try of the day as she exchanged passes with winger Elissa Alarie before touching down for a 17-0 lead.

Paquin grabbed a third Canadian try just before the half time whistle as she powered over from the back of a ruck.

"The score does not reflect how tough it was," Latoya Blackwood said. "I think we performed well. We had a week to prepare and that really helped."

Ireland responded well to start the second half as Nikki Caughey scored and converted her own try to cut Canada's lead to 24-7 in the 47th minute. However, it was all Canada from there on out though as Belchos, Russell, Harvey and Zussman all touched down in the final 25 minutes to maintain Canada's unbeaten 2016 record.

Canada returns to action on Wednesday against No. 1 ranked New Zealand. The game can be seen LIVE by clicking here. Kickoff is 9:30am ET/6:30am PT.

Canada’s Roster vs. Ireland:

1. Carolyn McEwen (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club), Vancouver, BC
2. Laura Russell (Cowichan) Bolton, ON
3. DaLeaka Menin (Calgary Hornets) Vulcan, AB
4. Latoya Blackwood (Westshore) Montreal, QC
5. Kayla Mack (Wild Oats) Saskatoon, SK
6. Jacey Grusnick (Aurora Barbarians) Alliston, ON
7. Karen Paquin (Club de Rugby Quebec) Quebec City, QC
8. Kelly Russell, Captain (Cowichan) Bolton, ON
9. Chelsea Guthrie (Stratchona Druids) Edmonton, AB
10. Emily Belchos (Westshore) Barrie, ON
11. Magali Harvey (Club de Rugby Quebec) Quebec City, QC
12. Andrea Burk (Capilano RFC) North Vancouver, BC
13. Alex Tessier (Montreal Barbarians) Sainte-Clotilde-de-Horton, QC
14. Elissa Alarie (Westshore) Trois-Rivieres, QC
15. Julianne Zussman (Castaway Wanderers) Montreal, QC
16. Gillian Boag (Capilano/UBC) Calgary, AB
17. Olivia DeMerchant (Woodstock Wildmen) Mapledale, NB
18. Demi Stamatakis (SFU) Vancouver, BC
19. Tyson Beukeboom (Aurora Barbarians) Uxbridge, ON
20. Barbara Mervin (Westshore) Peterborough, ON
21. Brianna Miller (SABRFC), Pointe-Claire, QC
22. Mackenzie Higgs (Aurora Barbarians) Aurora, ON
23. Brittany Waters (Meralomas/Castaway Wanderers) Vancouver, BC

Unavailable due to injury:

Daria Keane (Guelph Redcoats) Sarnia, ON
Mandy Marchak (Capilano) Winnipeg, MB
Cindy Nelles (Oakville Crusaders / Belleville Bulldogs) Belleville, ON
Kristy Sargent (Lep Tigers) Edmonton, AB
Amanda Thornborough (Westshore) Brandon, MB

Canada’s Senior Women’s Schedule:

Canada 48 – 7 Ireland — Nov. 19 — UCD Bowl, Ireland
Canada vs. New Zealand — Nov. 23 — Donnybrook Stadium, Ireland
Canada vs. England — Nov. 26 — Twickenham, England



Canada Name Team to Face Ireland on Saturday: 6am PT Live Stream


[ed. The live stream is promised on the Irish YouTube channel kickoff 6am PT]
posted Nov 18 2016
from Rugby Canada

DUBLIN, IRELAND – Canada’s senior women’s head coach Francois Ratier has named his starting team for Saturday’s November Tour opener against Ireland.

The squad will be captained by a returning Kelly Russell, who is also joined by fellow Rio 2016 bronze medallist Karen Paquin in the starting lineup. Magali Harvey and Elissa Alarie also make their return to the fifteens program having not featured since the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup in France.

Canada’s front row is made up of Carolyn McEwen, Laura Russell and DaLeaka Menin while Latoya Blackwood and Kayla Mack form a formidable pairing at lock. Jacey Grusnick and Paquin bolster the flanks with Russell at No. 8.

Chelsea Guthrie starts at scrum-half with Emily Belchos at fly-half. Harvey and Alarie will line up on the wings with Andrea Burk and Alex Tessier at centre. Julianne Zussman starts at fullback. Canada comes into the game as the third ranked country in the world after a sublime Women’s Rugby Super Series (WRSS) in July where they completed a perfect 3-0 record with convincing wins over England, France and hosts USA.

Ireland is ranked fifth in the world. The two sides have met twice, each claiming a win. Canada stormed to a 57-0 win in the 2002 Women’s Rugby World Cup while Ireland nudged to a 15-8 victory in 2006. Saturday’s game can be seen LIVE on Irish Rugby’s Youtube page. Kickoff is 9am ET/6am PT.

Canada’s Roster vs. Ireland:

1. Carolyn McEwen (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club), Vancouver, BC
2. Laura Russell (Cowichan) Bolton, ON
3. DaLeaka Menin (Calgary Hornets) Vulcan, AB
4. Latoya Blackwood (Westshore) Montreal, QC
5. Kayla Mack (Wild Oats) Saskatoon, SK
6. Jacey Grusnick (Aurora Barbarians) Alliston, ON
7. Karen Paquin (Club de Rugby Quebec) Quebec City, QC
8. Kelly Russell, Captain (Cowichan) Bolton, ON
9. Chelsea Guthrie (Stratchona Druids) Edmonton, AB
10. Emily Belchos (Westshore) Barrie, ON
11. Magali Harvey (Club de Rugby Quebec) Quebec City, QC
12. Andrea Burk (Capilano RFC) North Vancouver, BC
13. Alex Tessier (Montreal Barbarians) Sainte-Clotilde-de-Horton, QC
14. Elissa Alarie (Westshore) Trois-Rivieres, QC
15. Julianne Zussman (Castaway Wanderers) Montreal, QC
16. Gillian Boag (Capilano/UBC) Calgary, AB
17. Olivia DeMerchant (Woodstock Wildmen) Mapledale, NB
18. Demi Stamatakis (SFU) Vancouver, BC
19. Tyson Beukeboom (Cowichan) Uxbridge, ON
20. Barbara Mervin (Westshore) Peterborough, ON
21. Brianna Miller (SABRFC), Pointe-Claire, QC
22. Mackenzie Higgs (Aurora Barbarians) Aurora, ON
23. Brittany Waters (Meralomas/Castaway Wanderers) Vancouver, BC

Unavailable due to injury:

Daria Keane (Guelph Redcoats) Sarnia, ON
Mandy Marchak (Capilano) Winnipeg, MB
Cindy Nelles (Oakville Crusaders / Belleville Bulldogs) Belleville, ON
Kristy Sargent (Lep Tigers) Edmonton, AB
Amanda Thornborough (Westshore) Brandon, MB

Canada’s Senior Women’s Schedule:

Canada vs. Ireland — Nov. 19 — UCD Bowl, Ireland
Canada vs. New Zealand — Nov. 23 — Donnybrook Stadium, Ireland
Canada vs. England — Nov. 26 — Twickenham, England





 
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