Head coach Sandro Fiorino has named the match-day roster for Canada’s Senior Women’s 15s team that will face the United States this Monday, Nov. 1 and Friday, Nov. 5 at Infinity Park in Colorado.
Three BC players will compete in Canada’s opening matches against the United States: Sophie De Goede from Victoria, BC, Nakisa Levale from Abbotsford, BC, and Mikiela Nelson from North Vancouver, BC. De Goede plays for the Castaway Wanderers and Queens University, Levale plays for Abbotsford, and Nelson plays for Capilano. Additionally, seven playing whom have played for BC Rugby Clubs have also been named to the Roster: Gabby Senft (Castaway Wanders / University of Victoria Vikes), Sara Kaljuvee Ajax (University of Victoria Vikes), Paige Farries (Westshore RFC), Renee Gonzalez (Westshore RFC / University of Victoria Vikes), Emily Belchos (Westshore RFC), Gillian Boag (Capilano RFC), and Tyson Beukeboom (Cowichan Piggies RFC).
Canada’s opening two matches mark the soft launch of the Pacific Four Series, a new women’s competition that will soft launch with Canada and USA going head-to-head on November 1 and 5, 2021. The full four-team format will debut in 2022, ahead of next year’s Rugby World Cup.
“Our team is very excited to return to the pitch against the United States,” said Fiorino. “The players have been waiting for this moment for a long time and we are excited to do so against such a top tier opponent in USA Rugby.”
Canada’s roster features a wealth of experience heading into their November matches, with a total of 398 caps spread across the roster, led by Laura Russell, who will look to earn her 50th cap. Teammates Alex Tessier, DaLeaka Menin, Emily Belchos, Sophie de Goede, and Karen Paquin will all enter the Fall Tour looking for their 30th caps.