Canada Women Tour to England November 2017

November 25 2017


Tyson Beukeboom - Canada
© Ron Leblanc

Canada Lose Final Test to England 69-19: Overall Series 197-36


from BBC.com

England 69 (38)
Tries: Packer, Dow (3), Breach (5), Penalty try, Kildunne Cons: Daley-Mclean (6)

Canada 19 (7)
Tries: De Merchant, Buisa, Penalty try Con: Miller

England's women ran in 11 tries as they beat Canada 69-19 in the final Test at Twickenham to complete a 3-0 series whitewash.

Five tries from Jess Breach and a hat-trick from Abbie Dow helped the Red Roses to a thumping victory.

After a 79-5 win in the first Test, England then beat Canada 49-12 to secure the series with a Test to spare.

And the world number two side finished with a flourish, running in 32 tries in total against fourth-ranked Canada.

"We knew Canada would come out strong in the final game and I really wanted the team to put in a more complete performance," said England head coach Simon Middleton.

"We had a great start, maybe lost our way a little bit at the start of the second half, but overall we are absolutely thrilled with what the team delivered today.

"It's been a great introduction to international rugby for the new players, they have been outstanding. We have maximised the opportunity we had in this series and you can't ask for more than that."

England were ahead in the seventh minute when Marlie Packer dotted down from a driving maul and Dow gathered Katy Daley-Mclean's grubber kick for her first of the evening.

Breach crossed from a burst of pace around the outside, before Canada responded as Olivia De Merchant powered over from close range.

Dow's second and third came out wide before Breach's second gave England a 38-7 half-time lead.

Canada's Pamphinette Buisa got the first score of the second half but England responded through a penalty try as they were driving over the line.

The North Americans got their own penalty try following a high tackle, but Breach secured her hat-trick before a run from inside her own half got her fourth, and another line break from the halfway line took her tally to five - her 11th try in just two caps.

Ellie Kildunne, the youngest member of the squad at 18, completed the scoring when she collected another Daley-Mclean kick through.

Middleton handed 10 players their first caps over the course of the three-Test series.

Breach, Dow, Caity Mattinson, Ellie Kildunne, Zoe Harrison, Shaunagh Brown, Hannah Botterman Catherine O'Donnell, Jo Brown and Lagi Tuima were the new faces representing their country.

And the three wins over Canada cap an impressive 2017 for Middleton's side, who have only lost once during the calendar year.

After winning a Grand Slam in the Six Nations, England then went to New Zealand and beat Australia, Canada and the Black Ferns to secure the Women's Rugby Super Series title, as well as the number one ranking in the world.

At the Women's Rugby World Cup in Ireland they were beaten by New Zealand in an enthralling final in Belfast as they surrendered their title.

However, the team responded in this Old Mutual Wealth Series to end the year on a high.

England: Danielle Waterman, Abigail Dow, Lagi Tuima, Rachel Burford, Jess Breach, Katy Daley-Maclean, Leanne Riley, Vickii Cornborough, Amy Cokayne, Heather Kerr, Abbie Scott, Poppy Cleall, Rowena Burnfield, Marlie Packer, Sarah Hunter (c).

Replacements: Lark Davis, Rochelle Clark, Justine Lucas, Catherine O'Donnell, Izzy Noel-Smith, Caity Mattinson, Zoe Harrison, Ellie Kildunne.

Canada Brianna Miller, Paige Farries, Dria Bennett, Emily Belchos, Emmanuela Jada, Anais Holly, Justine Pelletier; Brittany Kassil, Emily Tuttosi, Olivia De Merchant, Tyson Beukeboom, Laura Russell (c), Janna Slevinsky, Sara Svoboda, Pamphinette Buisa.

Replacements: Emily Barber, Alexandra Ellis, Veronica Harrigan, McKinley Hunt, Emilie Nicholl, Courtney Holtkamp, Jess Neilson, Sam Alli.



Canada Lose 49-12 to England in Second Match of Series


Well at least the women's touring side are going in the right direction, from a -74 loss to a -37 loss, exactly half. If they can cut that in half again on Saturday it would be a moral victory at least.

A lot of Canada's problems come from being beaten at the contact area, getting driven off their ball, getting tackled behind the gain line, getting overpowered in the mauls. There were skill issues but the core problem is England just come out and physically dominate this Canadian side.

It's slightly reminiscent of the men's XVs team issues as well, getting out-muscled in the forwards and not bringing their defensive line speed up to international standards.

As one reader remarked below sometimes you need to "remind your foes where you are from". Don't see a lot of that from Canadian teams anymore.

The next game is at Twickenham after the men's Samoa v England match on Saturday 9:40am PT.

from Rugby Canada

LONDON, ENGLAND – Canada’s Women’s Rugby Team dropped their second game of their November international series 49-12 on Tuesday to England in a much-improved performance at Twickenham Stoop.

After opening the series with a 79-5 loss last Friday, Interim head coach Sandro Fiorino made eight changes to his starting roster. However, minutes before the game kicked off he was forced to make one more change as inside-centre Emily Belchos was ruled out of content due to injury; Nadia Popov came off the bench for her second start for Canada and Emily Nicholl joined the game day roster on the bench.

Janna Slevinsky and McKinley Hunt scored Canada’s tries, while England touched down for eight tries on the day. Today marked the 27th test match between Canada and England, with Canada winning on four occasions.

Canada and England will close out their tour on Saturday, November 25 at Twickenham Stadium (kick off at 17:40 local time) after the senior men’s international between England and Samoa.

Kick off on Saturday is 12:40pm ET/9:40am PT and will be available via TSN “GO” online.


Canada Make Eight Changes in Hopes of Improving from 79-5 Scoreline


Saturday I had a chance to briefly chat with two Canada level players and when I say chat I mean in person or electronically. I didn't bring up the latest thumping Canada took on their tour to England but more focused on their new journeys. That's the thing, there are new pathways and although both of these players would have been great assets in England, they had other roads to travel.

One is Natasha Smith, in Australia, having a great time as the Canada Ravens Rugby League team take in their first world cup. She was a non-travelling reserve in August on the Canada XVs team to the World Cup in Ireland. Rugby League is opening up a new opportunity where she's flourishing, she scored 3 tries in Canada's first World Cup win. She's down there with a number of players who might have enhanced the touring side to England including Andrea Burk, Mandy Marchak, Gillian Boag and Stevie Schnoor. Boag is another that was left out of the World Cup team that went to Ireland. When they return from their League experience they'll have to decide where to go next but new doors have been opened.

Another story was meeting Latoya Blackwood at the James Bay clubhouse on Saturday, she had refereed the Premier Reserve match. She's done women's Premier matches and men's Premier Reserve matches and the feedback has been good. Next step is to officiate a men's Premier match and based on her commitment to excellence I see that coming sooner rather than later. She's serious about making this a rugby career, don't be surprised if you see her on the international stage in a couple of years. Like any top achiever she's focused on this to give it her all, she's not playing club rugby, not touring to England or trying out for the Rugby League team, it seems to be top level officiating which is her goal. We wish her all the best.

So back to England, players are shifted around to block some of the holes evident, centres moved to wing, wing to bench, flyhalf to scrumhalf, hooker to second row, scrumhalf to fullback. There should be improvement, it would be difficult to get worse but there's a sense of patchwork fixes going on with the players they have available.

We wish the team all the best and as always in these cases, take it as a learning experience and hopefully have it sorted by the time Twickenham rolls around on the 25th.

from Rugby Canada

LONDON, ENGLAND – Canada interim head coach Sandro Fiorino has made eight changes to his starting roster to face England on Tuesday in the second-of-three test matches on their November tour.

Canada were bested 79-5 in the series opener on Friday at Allianz Park, with England touching down for 13 tries including six from winger Jessica Breach on debut.

Captain Laura Russell moves to the second row to replace Ngalula Fuamba, while Manitoba’s Emily Tuttosi wins her first start on debut for Canada.

Fabiola Forteza has unfortunately been rules out of contention for the remainder of the tour due to injury. Head Coach Sandro Fiorino extensively reviewed the depth chart of national senior women and has chosen Pamphinette Buisa to join the squad for the remainder of the tour. As a current full-time carded player with Rugby Canada, Pam was not selected the upcoming Dubai tournament making her available for selection by Sevens Head Coach John Tait.

In the backs, Jess Neilson moves to scrum half, Brianna Miller slots in at fullback and Montreal’s Anais Holly is set to start at flyhalf. Emmanuela Jada has moved to the wing for Nadia Popov who remains on the bench.

Tuesday’s test matches marks the 27th time Canada and England have faced off over the years, with Canada winning on four occasions.

Canada and England will close out their tour on November 25 at Twickenham Stadium (kick off at 17:40 local time) after the senior men’s international between England and Samoa.

Kick off on Tuesday is 2:45pm ET/11:45am PT and will be available via TSN “GO” online.

Canada’s Women’s Team to face England:

1 Brittany Kassil, Guelph Redcoats (Guelph, ON)
2 Emily Tuttosi, Calgary Hornets (Souris, MB)
3 Olivia De Merchant, Woodstock Wildmen (Mapledale, NB)?
4 Tyson Beukeboom, Aurora Barbarians / Cowichan RFC (Uxbridge, ON)
5 Laura Russell, Captain, Toronto Nomads / Cowichan RFC (Bolton, ON)
6 Pamphinette Buisa, Ottawa Irish (Gatineau, QC)
7 Sara Svoboda, Toronto Saracens (Belleville, ON)
8 Cindy Nelles, Belleville Bulldogs (Belleville, ON)
9 Jess Neilson, Castaway Wanderers (Victoria, BC)
10 Anais Holly, TMRRFC (Montreal, QC)
11 Emmanuela Jada, Guelph Redcoats (Guelph, ON)
12 Emily Belchos, Westshore RFC (Innisfil, ON)
13 Dria Bennett, Ottawa Irish (Ottawa, ON)
14 Paige Farries, Westshore RFC (Red Deer, AB)
15 Brianna Miller, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue RFC (Pointe-Claire, QC)
16 Alexandria Ellis, Barrhaven Scottish (Ottawa, ON)
17 Veronica Harrigan, London St Georges (Lucan, ON)
18 McKinley Hunt, Aurora Barbarians (King City, ON)
19 Emma Taylor, Railway Union (Scotsburn, NS)
20 Janna Slevinsky, Calgary Saracens (St. Albert, AB)
21 Justine Pelletier, Club de Rugby de Quebec (Quebec City, QC)
22 Nadia Popov, Aurora Barbarians (Newmarket, ON)
23 Sam Alli, Barrhaven Scottish (Caledon, ON)

Canada Staff:

Sandro Fiorino – Interim Head Coach
Jen Boyd – Interim Assistant Coach
Duncan McNaughton – Interim Forwards Coach
Debs McGrath – Manager
Shannon Houston – Team Doctor
Nicole Ainsworth – Athletic Therapist
Dave Gardner – Tour Analyst

Old Mutual Wealth Series 2017:

November 17, 2017
Canada 5 – 79 England

November 21, 2017
Canada vs. England
Twickenham Stoop – 7:45pm local time (2:45pm ET/11:45pm PT)
Live online through TSN “GO”

November 25, 2017
Canada vs. England
Twickenham Stadium – 5:40pm local time (12:40pm ET/9:40am PT)
Broadcast TBD


Record Loss for Canada to England 79-5: Full Match Video


We had warned pre-match that the learning curve would be steep for Canada on this tour and it proved so, as England pummeled Canada 13 tries to 1. There are two more matches to come with the big show at Twickenham after the men's Samoa match. No doubt England administrators will be loving this and using it to promote their program, for Canada it's a learning curve for players but to lose by this margin is damaging to the reputation of the program. In that aspect Rugby Canada were naive and should have sent a stronger side.

Going through the roster before the match there were some names that were not ready for this level, it would be interesting to know who made the selections and the process for selection. The full match video is below and scrolling through it becomes clear that some players were out of their depth.

There's only one way to go from this result and that's up, we'll see what the coaching staff can do to limit the score in the next two matches.



from Rugby Canada

LONDON, ENGLAND - Canada's Women's Rugby Team dropped their opening game of the 2017 November internationals 79-5 to England on Friday evening at Allianz Park.

Canada's lone try was scored by Cindy Nelles, while the hosts touched down for 13 tallies on the day, including six from winger Jessica Breach on debut.

The two sides will next meet in a midweek fixture at The Stoop on Tuesday 21 November, kick off 19:45, before playing in the series finale at Twickenham Stadium, kick off at 17:40 (live Sky Sports Arena & Sky Sports Mix) with free entry after the men’s game against Samoa.

England and Canada have faced off a total of 26 times, with Canada winning four.



Canada Women Face England on Friday 11:30am PT: Roster Announced


This roster has a "start of new World Cup cycle" feel to it. Missing are the starting props McEwen and Menin, the loose forwards Karen Paquin, Jasey Grusnick, Kelly Russell, second row Latoya Blackwood.

Five of the seven backs starting in the World Cup are missing - Alarie, Zussman, Thornborough, Harvey, Tessier.

A lot of unfamiliar names in the Canada roster hoping to become familiar names over the next few years.

England also are trying seven new caps, five on the bench, but playing a number of World Cup starters. Five of the eight forwards started for England vs NZ in the World Cup final, three of the backs were there as well. Not exactly a development side.

Looking at the relative strength of the sides, Canada with 5 returning World Cup players, England with 8, and the difference in their ranking at the World Cup 2nd vs 5th. England at home. It's going to be a steep learning curve for this Canadian side on tour. A good test of who can step up to this level, best that it's done early in the four year World Cup cycle.

from Rugby Canada

LONDON, ENGLAND – Canada interim head coach Sandro Fiorino has named his starting roster to face England on Friday in the first-of-three test matches of their November tour.

“With limited preparation time since landing in London, we will play to player’s strengths and focus on early positioning and reading cues from the defense and trying to find the space with strong skill execution,” said Fiorino from London.

“This will take time and organically grow. On defense, we’re looking for well-organized, pressure, disciple and to disrupt to create turnovers. We’ll have our hands full, but the ladies will put the best effort forward.”

40-cap veteran Laura Russell will captain an inexperienced side, which includes six debutants in the starting XV and another eight on the bench. Brittany Kassil, Jess Neilson and Anais Holly have been awarded their first starts.

“The goal of the tour is to determine where the gaps are in our game and really focus on skill development in all aspects of the game. We are blessed in Canada with great physical athletes, so if we can combine the two (skill and size) we should be in a good place moving forward.

"The goal of the program is to work towards a podium finish at the next world cup, but it’s going to take a lot of work and effort from the staff and players to close the gap on the rest of the world; we’re up for the challenge,” added Fiorino.

The first game to be played at Allianz Park on Friday 17 November, kick off 19:30, live stream via Englandrugby.com and England Rugby Facebook.

The two sides will next meet in a midweek fixture at The Stoop on Tuesday 21 November, kick off 19:45, before playing in the series finale at Twickenham Stadium, kick off at 17:40 (live Sky Sports Arena & Sky Sports Mix) with free entry after the men’s game against Samoa.

England and Canada have faced off a total of 25 times, with Canada winning four. The two sides most recently met in Christchurch, New Zealand this year during the International women’s Rugby Series in June, with Canada narrowly losing 27-20.

Tickets for the England Women Old Mutual Wealth series will be available via EnglandRugby.com/tickets from 9am on Friday 29th September.

Canada’s Women’s Team to face England:

1 Brittany Kassil, Guelph Redcoats (Guelph, ON)
2 Laura Russell, Captain, Toronto Nomads / Cowichan RFC (Bolton, ON)
3 Olivia De Merchant, Woodstock Wildmen (Mapledale, NB)?
4 Tyson Beukeboom, Aurora Barbarians / Cowichan RFC (Uxbridge, ON)
5 Ngalula Fuamba, Town of Mount Royal (Notre Dame-de-l’il-Perrot, QC)
6 Emily Nicholl, Guelph Redcoats (Toronto, ON)
7 Sara Svoboda, Toronto Saracens (Belleville, ON)
8 Cindy Nelles, Belleville Bulldogs (Belleville, ON)
9 Brianna Miller, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue RFC (Pointe-Claire, QC)
10 Jess Neilson, Castaway Wanderers (Victoria, BC)
11 Nadia Popov, Aurora Barbarians (Newmarket, ON)
12 Emily Belchos, Westshore RFC (Innisfil, ON)
13 Emmanuela Jada, Guelph Redcoats (Guelph, ON)
14 Paige Farries, Westshore RFC (Red Deer, AB)
15 Anais Holly, TMRRFC (Montreal, QC)
16 Emily Barber, Aurora Barbarians (Toronto, ON)
17 Alexandria Ellis, Barrhaven Scottish (Ottawa, ON)
18 Veronica Harrigan, London St Georges (Lucan, ON)
19 McKinley Hunt, Aurora Barbarians (King City, ON)
20 Janna Slevinsky, Calgary Saracens (St. Albert, AB)
21 Courtney Holtkamp, Red Deer Titans (Rimbey, AB)
22 Justine Pelletier, Club de Rugby de Quebec (Quebec City, QC)
23 Sam Alli, Barrhaven Scottish (Caledon, ON)

Non-dressing Reserves:

Dria Bennett, Ottawa Irish (Ottawa, ON)
Fabiola Forteza, Club de Rugby de Quebec (Quebec, QC)
Emma Taylor, Railway Union (Scotsburn, NS)
Emily Tuttosi, Calgary Hornets (Souris, MB)

England

15. Danielle Waterman (Wasps FC Ladies, 74 caps), 14. Abigail Dow (Wasps FC Ladies, uncapped), 13. Rachael Burford (Harlequins Ladies, 72 caps), 12. Amber Reed (Bristol Ladies, 44 caps), 11. Jessica Breach (Harlequins Ladies, uncapped), 10. Katy Daley- Mclean (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, 91 caps), 9. Leanne Riley (Harlequins Ladies, 13 caps, 1. Vickii Cornborough (Harlequins Ladies, 31 caps), 2. Amy Cokayne (Wasps FC Ladies, 33 caps), 3. Heather Kerr (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, 10 caps), 4. Abbie Scott (Harlequins Ladies, 21 caps), 5. Rowena Burnfield (Richmond FC, 40 caps), 6. Sarah Hunter © (Loughborough Lightning, 98 caps), 7. Marlie Packer (Saracens Women, 51 caps), 8. Poppy Cleall (Saracens Women, 15 caps).

Replacements
16. Lark Davies (Worcester Valkyries, 3 caps), 17. Rochelle Clark (Wasps FC Ladies, 129 caps), 18. Hannah Botterman(Saracens Women, uncapped), 19. Tamara Taylor (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, 109 caps), 20. Shaunagh Brown (Harlequins Ladies, uncapped), 21. Caity Mattinson (Bristol Ladies, uncapped), 22. Zoe Harrison (Saracens Women, uncapped), 23. Ellie Kildunne (Gloucester-Hartpury Women’s RFC, uncapped).

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