Women’s National XVs – July 2021

Update and Photos from Women’s XVs West Camp

We dropped by the West camp on Sunday to watch the players go through their paces and have a light scrimmage.

We posted 35 photos on our other site at: http://nationalrugbynews.com/index.php/womens-xvs-western-camp-july-11-2021/.

We’ve posted a couple of our favourites below.

The East camp will be held this weekend in Montreal. From those two camps 50 players will be chosen for a camp in Halifax in August (13 to 21) that will feature a full Red v White match on the Friday night. Then in November those selected will be on tour to the UK and USA.

Don’t forget you can support the women’s XVs team and help to keep the “pay to play” model a thing of the past by donating (tax deductible) to the Monty Heald Fund on the Canadian Rugby Foundation website.

*Women’s XVs Hold Four Day West Camp at Shawnigan and Langford*

[ed. you can donate to the Monty Heald Fund online at the Canadian Rugby Foundation. The fund helps to remove the “pay to play” for the national Women’s XVs players.]

from Rugby Canada

Canada’s Women’s Rugby team is assembling this week for the first time since their Fall Tour in 2019. Thirty-six Western-based athletes have been invited to gather in Victoria, BC from July 8-11th for training sessions on Thursday and Sunday at Starlight Stadium along with all-day sessions Friday and Saturday at Shawnigan Lake School.

Rugby Canada will also host an Eastern camp in Montreal from July 15-18th. Further information and a player list will be released at a later date.

The western camp is being led by coaches Jack Hanratty and Kevin Rouet. Canada’s Women’s Rugby Team head coach Sandro Fiorino and assistant coach Maria Gallo will also observing. Kelly Russell, Brittany Waters & Barbara Mervin will run select sessions as guest coaches, while additional camp staff include medical personnel Chris Perrey and Ali Rodway and camp manager, Kristy Martin Hale. All training sessions will be closed to the public as Rugby Canada continues to operate programming adhering to Covid-19 protocol for High Performance Sport.

The key focus of the 4-day camp will be to reconnect the players after an extended time physically apart and launch the training and performance build-up to next year’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

Attack coach of Canada’s Women’s Rugby Team Jack Hanratty said, “All the athletes have worked incredibly hard in their own environments to stay connected and engaged over the last challenging 18 months. This is a chance for a positive and reenergizing few days, with a mixture of senior athletes and some next generation in camp. We look forward to this being step one of an exciting 14 months ahead of the Rugby World Cup.”

Head coach Sandro Fiorino added, “It’s really exciting for the players and the coaching staff to get back on the pitch together again and we feel fortunate for the opportunity. This camp is the first step in our preparations Rugby World Cup next year.”

Rugby World Cup 2021 will be played in October and November, 2022 in New Zealand, as the tournament was postponed a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Canada have been drawn into Pool B alongside the USA and qualifiers to be determined from Europe and Asia.

National Senior Women’s 15s West Camp:

Abby Duguid – Edmonton, AB – Nor’Westers Athletic Association / University of Lethbridge
Ada Jane Okonkwo – Winnipeg, MB – Castaway Wanderers RFC / Winnipeg Wanderers RC / Uvic
Ashlynn Smith – Abbotsford BC – Abbotsford RFC / University of Calgary
Asia Hogan-Rochester – Scarborough, ON – Toronto Nomads RFC
Brooke Bazian – Kamloops, BC – Castaway Wanderers RFC / University of Victoria
Chanelle Edwards-Challenger – Calgary, AB – Castaway Wanderers / University of Victoria
Courtney Holtkamp – Rimbey, AB – Red Deer Titans Rugby
Ella O’Regan – Victoria, BC – Castaway Wanderers RFC / University of Victoria
Emily Belchos – de Goede – Innisfil, ON – Castaway Wanderers RFC
Emily Samek – Hamilton, ON – Guelph Redcoats RFC / University of Guelph
Fancy Bermudez – Edmonton, AB – Nor’Westers Athletic Association
Gabi Senft – Regina, SK – Castaway Wanders RFC
Gillian Boag – Calgary, AB – Capilano RFC
Janna Slevinsky – St. Albert, AB – Calgary Saracens RFC
Julia Folk – Regina, SK – Castaway Wanderers RFC
Kasselle Menin – Vulcan, AB – Calgary Hornets RFC / University of Calgary
Keegan Brantner – Taber, AB – Lethbridge Rugby Club / University of Lethbridge
Kiri Ngawati – Victoria, BC – Westshore RFC
Larah Wright – Calgary, AB – Calgary Hornets RFC / University of Victoria
Laura Russell – Bolton, ON – Toronto Nomads RFC
Maelle Reed – Victoria, BC – Castaway Wanderers RFC / University of Victoria
Madi Gold – Courtenay, BC – University of BC
Madison Jumeau – Victoria, BC – University of Victoria
Maggie Banks – Coquitlam, BC – Burnaby Lake Rugby Club / Queen’s University
Maggie Mackinnon – Sooke, BC – University of Victoria
Nakisa Levale – Abbotsford, BC – Abbotsford Griffins
Rachel Smith – White Rock, BC – UBC Thunderbirds
Regan Casey – Ottawa, ON – Ottawa Irish / University of Victoria
Renee Gonzalez – Scarborough, ON – Westshore RFC / University of Victoria
Rori Wood – Sooke, BC – Vancouver Thunderbirds / University of BC
Savannah Bauder – N. Vancouver, BC – University of BC
Sierra Gillis – Victoria BC – Rugby Canada Maple Leaf Academy
Sophie de Goede – Victoria, BC – Castaway Wanderers RFC / Queen’s University
Temitope Ogunjimi – Calgary, AB – Calgary Hornets RFC
Tyson Beukeboom – Uxbridge, ON – Cowichan RFC
Zoe Williams – Victoria BC – Westshore RFC / University of Victoria

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