Women's Rugby Super Series 2019

June 19 2019

Sandro Fiorino - Canada women's XVs coach

Canada Name Team for Women's Rugby Super Series in San Diego to Start June 28th

When this World Cup cycle started in 2017 Canada made a tour to the UK in November to play England three times. It seemed an ill advised trip at the time, the World Cup had just ended in August, England had just lost to NZ in the final and seemed to be looking for something to boost their morale. Enter Canada, lambs to the slaughter, they were beaten 197-36 on aggregate over the three matches. Sandro Fiorino was interim coach at the time, it was not a well prepared team. There were only 5 players returning from the World Cup, the result of a number of retirements and top players not interested in a tour just after the World Cup.

Now midway through the World Cup cycle how do things look? Fiorino has had more time to evaluate players and work with the team. It will be interesting to see the results. Eight of the fifteen starters from that first drubbing, 79-5, are on the side heading to San Diego. Also four of the eight from the bench are still with the squad. It's true that the weakest link in the chain determines it's overall strength, there were a number of weak links in that team that traveled to England in November 2017. There are at least three players from the 2017 World Cup team that are returning who didn't make the November tour to the UK but there are still some big shoes to fill Kelly Russell, Latoya Blackwood, Karen Paquin, Barbara Mervin, Julianne Zussman, Brittany Waters, Andrea Burk - strong performers from the 2017 RWC squad who aren't playing national XVs anymore.

There's no word on streaming options yet, hopefully that will get sorted. Canada start off against the reigning World Champions, New Zealand, in a solid test of their current form. Then it will be France, England and USA.

Best wishes to the team as they prepare for the 2021 World Cup.

from Rugby Canada

LANGFORD, BC (June 19, 2019) - Making its much-anticipated return for the first time in three years, Canada’s Women’s XVs will travel to San Diego, California for the Women’s Rugby Super Series – a round robin tournament featuring the top five ranked teams in the world from June 28-July 10th, 2019.

New Zealand, England, Canada, France and USA are the five teams in contention to be the 2019 Women’s Super Series Champion – a title Canada claimed in the 2016 edition of the Super Series event after an undefeated performance.

“The Super Series is a great platform for our players and staff to compete and perform against the best nations in the world. With the Women's Rugby World Cup 26 months away, it's key for us as a team to have a good understanding of where we are at and where we need to build to after this series," said head coach Sandro Fiorino.

The tournament will kick off on June 26th and extend through to July 14th, with each team playing each other once during the two-and-a-half-week duration. The event provides an opportunity for all five teams to gain necessary playing time and aligns strongly with World Rugby’s ‘Try And Stop Us’ campaign that serves to promote and highlight the women’s game around the world.

“As part of the women’s strategic plan, accelerating the global development of women in rugby, one of the key strands is to increase competitiveness of international rugby across the women’s game,” said World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont. “The Women’s Rugby Super Series is a fantastic competition that offers more quality playing opportunities and is set to be a thrilling tournament, where we look forward to the top five women’s international XVs teams compete for the Super Series title this summer.”

Currently ranked third in the world behind England (2) and New Zealand (1), Canada will look to showcase the same skill and power as they did in their CAN-AM exhibition matches against USA Rugby where they took two major wins against an old school rival. As the current reigning Super Series champions, Canada will look to keep their title and reposition themselves as the best in the world.

“The CAN- AM was a successful camp that brought together the top 40 players and coaches in a highly competitive environment. The team maximized the time together by building out systems and a process that we’ll be attempting to build off after several strong but challenging performances against the USA in Guelph," added Fiorino.

Stacked with returning superstars and Rugby World Cup veterans, Canada will be bringing a wide range of experienced players to the pitch including the likes of Amanda Thornborough, Elissa Alarie and captain Laura Russell who all competed in the 2014 World Cup where Canada landed an incredible second place finish. In addition, the series provides an opportunity for development of up-and-coming athletes.

Canada's Super Series campaign kicks off June 28th against New Zealand. Broadcast details are still TBC, but will be announced on the Rugby Canada channels shortly.

Canada’s Travelling Roster

1. Alex Tessier, SABRFC (Sainte-clotilde-de-Horton, QC)
2. Alysha Corrigan, CRFC (Charlottetown, PEI)
3. Amanda Thornborough, Westshore RFC (Brandon, MB)
4. Anaïs Holly, TMR RFC, (Montreal, QC)
5. Brianna Miller, Saint-Anne-de-Bellevue (Point-Claire, QC)
6. Courtney Holtkamp, Red Deer Titans (Rimbey, AB)
7. DaLeaka Menin, Calgary Hornets (Vulcan, AB)
8. Elissa Alarie, Ste-Anne-De-Bellevue RFC/Westshore RFC (Trois Rivieres, QC)
9. Fabiola Forteza, Club de Rugby de Quebec (Quebec Cuty, QC)
10. Gabrielle Senft, Castaway Wanderers (Regina, SK)
11. Gillian Boag, Capilano/UBC (Calgary, AB)
12. Irene Patrinos, Toronto Saracens (Mississauga, ON)
13. Jacey Grusnick, Barrhaven Scottish (Alliston, ON)
14. Janna Slevinky, Kingston Panthers (St. Albert, AB)
15. Laura Russell, Toronto Nomads (Bolton, ON)
16. Lori Josephson, Guelph Redcoats, (Beaverton, ON)
17. Marie Thibault, CRQ (Quebec City, QC)
18. Maude Laliberté, Club de Rugby Quebec (Quebec City, QC)
19. Mckinley Hunt, Aurora Barbarians (King City, ONT)
20. MP Fauteux, Abenakis de Sherbrooke (Sherbrooke, QC)
21. Ngalula Fuamba, TMRRFC, (Notre-Dame-de-Ile-Perrot)
22. Olivia DeMerchant, Fredericton Loyalists (Mapledale, NB)
23. Paige Farries, Westshore RFC (Red Deer, AB)
24. Sabrina Poulin, Town of Mount Royal Rugby (St-Georges de Beauce, QC)
25. Sara Kaljuvee, Toronto Scottish (Pickering, ON)
26. Sara Svoboda, Belleville Bulldogs/Toronto Saracens (Belleville, ON)
27. Sophie De Goede, Castaway Wanderers/Queens University (Victoria, BC)
28. Taylor Black, Oakville Crusaders (Oakville, ON)
29. Tyson Beukeboom, Cowichan Piggies (Uxbridge, ON)
30. Veronica Harrigan, London St. George’s (Lucan, ON)

Canada’s Women’s Super Series Schedule

Early Round Day One | Friday, June 28
Canada vs New Zealand—7pm ET/ 4pm PT
Broadcast: TBC

Early Round Day Two | Tuesday, July 2
France vs Canada– 5:15pm ET/ 2:15pm PT
Broadcast: TBC

Early Round Day Three | Saturday, July 6
Canada vs England– 8:15pm ET/ 5:15pm PT
Broadcast: TBC

Early Round Day Four | Wednesday, July 10

Canada vs USA – 8:15pm ET/ 5:15pm PT
Broadcast: TBC

Donate to the Canadian Rugby Foundation Monty Heald Fund to help on this tour and all others as our Women's XV work toward the Women's Rugby World Cup in 2021. The fund offsets out-of-pocket costs for athletes and allows them to focus on training and development and will help us build the best squad possible!

To donate click HERE.

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