Rugby Canada today announced the 32-player Senior Women’s 15s squad that will represent Canada at the Rugby World Cup 2021, being played in 2022, in New Zealand.
Seeded No. 3 for the World Cup, Canada’s Women – whose official team partner is NFP – will compete in Pool B alongside the USA, Italy and Japan. Their first match will be against Japan at the Northland Events Centre in Whangarei on Sunday, October 9 at 3:15pm local time. Click here for the full Pool B schedule.
Head Coach Kevin Rouet’s 32-player squad features a mix of experience and young talent. Captaining the side in New Zealand, Victoria’s Sophie de Goede (Castaway Wanderers RFC) – daughter of former captains of Canada’s Women’s and Men’s teams, Stephanie White and Hans de Goede – will compete at the first Rugby World Cup of her career.
De Goede will be joined by North Vancouver’s Mikiela Nelson (Vancouver Thunderbirds, Capilano RFC), while there is also strong representation for BC Rugby Clubs in Elissa Alarie (Westshore RFC), Gabrielle Senft and Julia Schnell (both Castaway Wanderers RFC), Gillian Boag (Capilano RFC), Laura Russell and Tyson Beukeboom (both Cowichan RFC).
Tied with her sister, Kelly Russell, as the third most-capped Canadian Women of all time, Laura Russell will overtake Maria Gallo at No. 2 on that list with three more appearances. Meanwhile, DeMerchant and Beukeboom are set to break to 50-cap mark with their next selections.
Canada head to the World Cup on the back of consecutive wins in home international test matches – 32-24 over Italy at Starlight Stadium in Langford, BC and 31-3 over Wales at the Wanderers Grounds in Halifax, NS – which marked the program’s first games in Canada since 2015.
“I’m proud to have confirmed the squad that will be heading to the Rugby World Cup. It was a very tough selection process, and all of the players made it very difficult to narrow our squad down to a group of 32. All of them have been so dedicated and put in so much hard work to get to this point. However, the real hard work starts now as we head to New Zealand with a desire and belief that we can compete for the Rugby World Cup trophy, the first in Canada’s history.” Canada Senior Women’s Head Coach Kevin Rouet
Canada Women’s Rugby World Cup 2021 Squad
Alexandra Tessier (Sainte-Clotilde-de-Horton, QC) – Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue RFC
Alex Ellis (Ottawa, ON) – Barrhaven Scottish/Saracens
Alysha Corrigan (Charlottetown, PEI) – CRFC/Saracens
Anaїs Holly (Montreal, QC) – Town of Mont-Royal RFC
Brianna Miller (Pointe-Claire, QC) – Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue RFC
Brittany Kassil (Guelph, ON) – Guelph Redcoats
Courtney Holtkamp (Rimbey, AB) – Red Deer Titans
DaLeaka Menin (Vulcan, AB) – Calgary Hornets/Exeter Chiefs
Elissa Alarie (Trois-Rivieres, QC) – Westshore RFC
Emily Tuttosi (Souris, MB) – Calgary Hornets/Exeter Chiefs
Emma Taylor (Scotsburn, NS) – HRFC
Fabiola Forteza (Quebec City, QC) – Club de rugby de Québec
Gabrielle Senft (Regina, SK) – Castaway Wanderers/Exeter Chiefs/Regina Rogues Rugby Club
Gillian Boag (Calgary, AB) – Capilano RFC
Julia Schell (Uxbridge, ON) – Guelph Redcoats/Castaway Wanderers
Justine Pelletier (Riviere-du-Loup, QC) – Club de rugby de Québec
Karen Paquin (Quebec City, QC) – Club de rugby de Québec / Les Lionnes du Stade Bordelais
Laura Russell (Bolton, ON) – Cowichan RFC/Toronto Nomads
Maddy Grant (Cornwall, ON) – University of Ottawa
Marie Thibault (Quebec City, QC) – Club de rugby de Québec
McKinley Hunt (King City, ON) – Aurora Barbarians/Exeter Chiefs
Mikiela Nelson (North Vancouver, BC) – UBC Rugby / Capilano Rugby
Ngalula Fuamba (Notre Dame de-l’ile-Perrot, QC) – T.M.R.R.F.C.
Olivia DeMerchant (Mapledale, NB) – Halifax Tars RFC
Paige Farries (Red Deer, AB) – Worcester Warriors
Sabrina Poulin (St-Georges, QC) – TMRRFC
Sara Kaljuvee (Ajax, ON) – Toronto Scottish
Sara Svoboda (Belleville, ON) – Brantford Harlequins/Belleville Bulldogs/Loughborough Lightning
Sarah-Maude Lachance (Victoriaville, QC) – Club de Rugby de Québec/Lons Section Paloise Rugby Feminin
Sophie de Goede (Victoria, BC) – Castaway Wanderers RFC
Taylor Perry (Oakville, ON) – Oakville Crusaders
Tyson Beukeboom (Uxbridge, ON) – Cowichan RFC
Maya Montiel (Dieppe, NB) – University of Ottawa
Cindy Nelles (Belleville, ON) – Belleville Bulldogs/University of Canterbury
Abby Duguid (Edmonton, AB) – University of Lethbridge/Loughborough Lightning
Laetitia Royer (Loretteville, QC) – St-Anne-de-Bellevue/Lons Section Paloise
Janna Slevinsky (St. Albert, AB) – Calgary Saracens
Pamphinette Buisa (Gatineau, QC) – Ottawa Irish
Renee Gonzalez (Toronto, ON) – Westshore RFC
Chloe Daniels (Sutton, ON) – Aurora Barbarians