Canada U20 Women Fall to Wales 39-12 – USA Finish 2-0, Wales 1-1, Canada 0-2
The Canadian U20 women fell to Wales 39-12 to finish the tournament 0-2. The USA win the tournament with a 2-0 record as Wales lost 28-27 to USA Womens U20s in Ottawa last week. Wales finish at 1-1.
Scoring for Canada were Lucie Romeo (1T), Sara Grant (1T), Jessica Postle (1C).
Before COVID in 2019 the Canadian U20 women defeated USA 24-7 in the UK, and then lost to host England 24-15. Jack Hanratty was coaching that team which included future national team players Shoshanah Seumanutafa and Sarah-Maude Lachance. In the 2018 tournament based in the UK, again coached by Jack Hanratty, Canada defeated USA 36-12 and lost to England 27-17. That 2018 team had Sophie de Goede, Mackenzie Carson, Courtenay Holtkamp, Abby Duguid in the forwards and Tausani Levale playing at #10.
Jenna De Veras side crossed for six tries and bounced back from their narrow defeat to USA earlier on the tour and produced an aggressive defensive performance their hosts had no answer to.
Wales were 19-5 ahead at half time and could even afford to lose a player to the sin-bin just before the break and were never really troubled by the Canada side playing in front of their home crowd.
This was Wales second victory over Canada at U20s level and they fully deserved the win and created and took the chances to score some impressive tries.
The Wales squad was struck with illness and forced into a late change with Molly Wakely being forced to withdraw and two tornadoes swept passed the ground just ahead of kick-off.
Wales made their own blistering start to the game with impressive full back Nel Metcalfe crossing for the visitors first try after two minutes to give the tourists a lead they would not lose.
Fly-half Carys Hughes added the conversion before Canada replied with wave after wave of attacks but Wales aggressive defence before Wales crossed for a second try.
Centre Ellie Tromans crashed over midway through the second half to extend Wales lead before the home side replied with a try of their own by full back Lucie Romeo.
Wales responded with a third try with prop Katie Carr crossing after a smart lineout move and Hughes added the conversion to give the visitors a 14-point lead.
Flanker Lucy Issac was then yellow carded and Wales were down to 14 but some resolute defence saw the visitors go in 19-5 ahead at half-time.
Wales stretched their lead when replacement scrum-half Sian Jones sniped on the blindside of a scrum to cross in the corner straight after the break.
Hooker Rosie Carr then took advantage of well-worked driving lineout to score Wales fifth try to make it 34-5 midway through the second half.
Replacement Kim Thurlow crossed for the visitors sixth and final try before Canada captain Sarah Grant scored a consolation try on the whistle but Wales were well worth the victory.
*Canada U20 Women Lose to USA: Face Wales on Thursday*
Canadas U20 womens rugby team lost 40-24 to the USA in Ottawa.
Scoring for Canada were Victoria Stanley (1T), Carissa Norsten (2T), Tia Jordo (1T), Gerry Atkins (1C), Lauren Maye (1C)
The team is back in action at Twin Elm Rugby Park on July 13 at 3:30 p.m. PT against Wales.
*Canada U20 Women’s Roster Named for Three Matches in Ottawa July 4 to 13*
from Rugby Canada
The roster for Canadas U20 Womens Rugby Teams July tour in Ottawa, taking place alongside the 2023 World Rugby Pacific Four Series, has been named by Head Coach Dean Murten.
Following an opening match against the University of Ottawa on July 4 at 6:00 p.m. ET, the team will play a curtain raiser match against the United States at 12:00 p.m. ET on July 8 at TD Place ahead of Canada vs New Zealand (7:00 p.m. ET) and Australia vs USA (4:00 p.m. ET). Tickets to the July 8 Pacific Four Series matches include entry to the U20 match, and can be purchased at rugby.ca/en/tickets.
The team will conclude the tour with a match against the Welsh U20 womens squad on July 13 at 6:30 p.m. ET at Twin Elm Rugby Park.
The selection process for the 26-player roster began with players being nominated by provincial unions and university coaches, with open talent identification camps led by provincial unions. A final Rugby Canada selection camp was held over June 2 to 6 in Vancouver.
I would like to congratulate all the athletes on their selection for the U20 national team, said Dean Murten, Canadas U20 Womens Rugby Team Head Coach. He is joined on the coaching staff by former national team players Carolyn McEwen (UBC Scrum and Lineout Coach) and Colette McAuley (University of Guelph Head Coach) and Skills Coach Glen Sharpe.
We had a very tough time selecting from an outstanding group. We have a great opportunity in front of us to show the strength and quality of womens rugby in Canada. Being given the opportunity to be in Ottawa whilst the Pacific Four Series is taking place is a special occasion that will live on in the memories of this next generation of Canadian womens rugby players.
More information on how to follow Canadas U20 Womens Rugby Team will be available shortly.
July 4 vs University of Ottawa
6:00 p.m. ET
University of Ottawa
July 8 vs USA
12:00 p.m. ET
July 13 vs Wales
6:30 p.m. ET
Twin Elm Rugby Park
CANADAS U20 WOMENS OTTAWA TOUR ROSTER
Kayah Adamuszewski (Guelph, ON) Guelph Redcoats / University of Guelph
Akwaima Akpan (Lower Sackville, NS) Halifax Rugby Football Club
Jayne Armatage (Waterloo, ON) Guelph Redcoats / Queens University
Camille Arvin-Bérod (St-Denis-Sur-Richelieu, QC) Montreal Irish / Cégep de St Hyacinthe
Soleil Brooks (Maple Ridge, BC) Westshore RFC / University of Victoria
Maxie Grant (Halifax, NS) Halifax Tars RFC / Queens University
Tattyannah Jackson (Newmarket, ON) Aurora Barbarians / Queens University
Jesse Knaggs (Victoria, BC) Castaway Wanderers / University of British Columbia
Taylor McKnight (Stouffville, ON) Aurora Barbarians / University of Guelph
Sasha Oreskovich (Halifax, NS) University of British Columbia
Jessica Postle (Comox, BC) Rapids Rugby / Central Washington University
Marina Skakun (Brentwood Bay, BC) Castaway Wanderers / University of Victoria
Maia Swemmer (Uxbridge, ON) Aurora Barbarians / Brock University
Faith Tilley (Halifax, NS) Halifax Tars / University of Victoria
Gerry Atkins (Shawnigan Lake, BC) Guelph Redcoats / University of Guelph
Madison Donnelly (Little Britain, ON) Brock RFC / Aurora Barbarians / Queens University
Sara Grant (Melrose, NB) Bagtown Bruisers / Acadia University
Tia Jordo (Kelowna, BC) Kelowna Crows / University of British Columbia
Eden Kilgour (Barrie, ON) Westshore RFC / Aurora Barbarians
Madison Makara (Abbotsford, BC) Abbotsford RFC
Lauren Maye (Halifax, NS) Tars / Saint Marys University
Reese Morgan (Toronto, ON) Aurora Barbarians / Harvard University
Lucie Romeo (Abbotsford, BC) Abbotsford RFC / University of Victoria
Victoria Stanley (Toronto, ON) Aurora Barbarians / Harvard University
Madison Thompson (Uxbridge, ON) Aurora Barbarians / Queens University
Delaney Woods (Esquimalt, BC) James Bay AA / University of British Columbia
Megan Allard (Saint-Lazare, QC) SABRFC / John Abbott College
Abigail Auger (Guelph, ON) Guelph Redcoats / University of Guelph
Paige DeNeve (Zephyr, ON) Oshawa Vikings / Brock University
Mika Matsukubo (Ottawa, ON) Ottawa Irish / Queens University
Carissa Norsten (Waldheim, SK) Kirin RFC / University of Victoria
Riley Rewakoski (Uxbridge, ON) Aurora Barbarians / Queens University