BC REPRESENTED IN LATEST RUGBY CANADA MEN’S AND WOMEN’S SQUADS
Canada’s Women’s 15s team face No.1-ranked England, while Men’s 15s side close year against Belgium
British Columbia is well represented in Rugby Canada’s latest Senior Men’s 15s and Senior Women’s 15s squads for their respective November tours in Europe.
Canada’s Women’s 15s side takes on world No. 1-ranked England in London on November 14th, while Canada’s Men’s 15s team faces faces Belgium in Brussels on November 13th in their final match of 2021.
CANADA WOMEN’S 15s EXCITED TO FACE NO.1-RANKED ENGLAND
Women’s head coach Sandro Florino has included 10 BC-based athletes in the matchday roster to face The Red Roses at Twickenham Stoop, the first of two UK contests in their Fall Tour.
Congratulations to Gabrielle Senft (Castaway Wanderers, UVIC Vikes), Emily Belchos de Goede (Westshore RFC), Paige Farries (Worcester Warriors/Westshore RFC), Sara Kalijuvee (Toronto Scottish/UVIC Vikes), Elissa Alarie (Westshore RFC/Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue RFC/Braves de Trois-Rivieres), Laura Russell (Toronto Nomads/Cowichan RFC), Tyson Beukeboom (Cowichan RFC), Pamphinette Buisa (Canada Women’s 7s) and Renee Gonzalez (Westshore RFC/UVIC Vikes) on their inclusion.
“We’re excited to field another strong group of players this weekend,” said Fiorino. “We are welcoming back some very talented individuals and are excited to see them contribute on the pitch.”
The Fall Tour marks the first series of Test matches Canada’s Women’s 15s has played since November, 2019. The match against England, who go into Sunday’s encounter with successive wins over New Zealand, will be an important marker for the team’s Rugby World Cup campaign, launching October 2022.
CANADA’S WOMEN’S 15s MATCHDAY ROSTER VS. ENGLAND
1. Olivia DeMerchant – Mapledale, NB – Exeter Chiefs/ Halifax Tars RFC
2. Emily Tuttosi – Souris, MB – Exeter Chiefs
3. DaLeaka Menin – Vulcan, AB – Exeter Chiefs
4. Emma Taylor – Scotsburn, NS – Halifax Rugby Football Club
5. Courtney Holtkamp – Rimbey, AB – Red Deer Titans
6. Fabiola Forteza – Quebec, QC – Club de Rugby de Quebec/Stade Bordelais
7. Karen Paquin – La Ville de Quebec, QC – Club de Rugby de Quebec/Stade Bordelais
8. Gabrielle Senft – Regina, SK – Castaway Wanderers/University of Victoria Vikes
9. Brianna Miller – Pointe-Claire, QC – Saint-Anne-de-Bellevue RFC
10. Emily Belchos de Goede – Innisfil, ON – Westshore RFC
11. Paige Farries – Red Deer, AB – Worcester Warriors/Westshore RFC
12. Alexandra Tessier – Sainte-Clotilde-de-Horton, QC – Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue RFC
13. Sara Kaljuvee – Ajax, ON – Toronto Scottish/ University of Victoria Vikes
14. Sabrina Poulin – St-Georges, QC – Town of Mount Royal Rugby/Stade Rennais
15. Elissa Alarie – Trois-Rivieres, QC – Westshore RFC/ Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue RFC/Braves de Trois-Riviéres
16. Laura Russell – Bolton, ON – Toronto Nomads/Cowichan RFC
17. Brittany Kassil – Guelph, ON – Guelph Redcoats
18. Alex Ellis – Ottawa, ON – Barrhaven Scottish/Saracens
19. Tyson Beukeboom – Uxbridge, ON – Cowichan RFC
20. Pamphinette Buisa – Gatineau, QC – Canada Women’s 7’s/Ottawa Irish
21. Laetitia Royer – Loretteville, QC – Lons Section Paloise/ St-Anne-de-bellevue
22. Justine Pelletier – Riviere-du-Loup, QC – Les Lionnes du stade bordelais/ Club de Rugby de Quebec
23. Renee Gonzalez – Toronto, ON – Westshore RFC/University of Victoria Vikes
BROADCAST DETAILS – HOW TO WATCH ENGLAND VS. CANADA
Canada’s Senior Women’s 15s team kick off against England on November 14th at Twickenham Stoop in London. The match begins at 9:30am ET/6:30am PT and will be available to view live in Canada on TSN.ca or through the TSN app, with an encore tape-delayed broadcast on TSN2. For more information, please visit www.rugby.ca.
CANADA’S MEN’S 15s CLOSE OUT YEAR AGAINST BELGIUM
Following last weekend’s narrow defeat to Portugal, Canada’s Men’s 15s team will be looking to end the year on a high in their final fixture against Belgium at Stade Nelson Mandela in Brussels.
Head Coach Kingsley Jones has named six BC athletes in his matchday roster. Congratulations to White Rock’s Michael Smith (San Diego Legion), Victoria’s Quinn Ngawati (Rugby United New York) and Lachlan Kratz (NOLA Gold), Vernon’s Isaac Olson (Canada Men’s 7s), Courtenay’s Foster DeWitt (Pacific Pride Academy) and Parksville’s Josh Larsen (New England Free Jacks) on their selection. Congratulations to Mississauga’s Kainoa Lloyd (James Bay AA) on his inclusion.
“Our players have remained positive through a tough run of matches,” said Jones. “I’ve been really impressed with this group and I am looking forward to seeing how they respond in the final match of the year.”
CANADA’S MEN’S 15s MATCHDAY ROSTER VS. BELGIUM
1. Cole Keith – Sussex, NB – Toronto Arrows
2. Andrew Quattrin – Holland Landing, ON – Toronto Arrows
3. Tyler Rowland – Mississauga, ON – Toronto Arrows
4. Conor Keys – Stittsville, ON – Rugby ATL
5. Kyle Baillie – Summerside, PEI – Toronto Arrows
6. Lucas Rumball – Scarborough, ON – Toronto Arrows (c)
7. Michael Smith – White Rock, BC – San Diego Legion
8. Corey Thomas – Perth, AUS – LA Giltinis
9. Jason Higgins – Cork, IRE – Toronto Arrows
10. Spencer Jones – Cambridge, NZ – Toronto Arrows
11. Kainoa Lloyd – Mississauga, ON – James Bay AA
12. Quinn Ngawati – Victoria, BC – Rugby United New York
13. Ben LeSage – Calgary, AB – Toronto Arrows
14. Isaac Olson – Vernon, BC – Canada Men’s 7s
15. Brock Webster – Uxbridge, ON – Canada Men’s 7s
16. Eric Howard – Edmonton, AB – NOLA Gold
17. Djustice Sears-Duru – Oakville, ON – Unattached
18. Foster DeWitt – Courtenay, BC – Pacific Pride Performance Academy
19. Josh Larsen – Parksville, BC – New England Free Jacks
20. Mason Flesch – Cobourg, ON – Toronto Arrows
21. Ross Braude – Pretoria, South Africa – Toronto Arrows
22. Rob Povey – Calgary, AB – Houston SaberCats
23. Lachlan Kratz – Victoria, BC – NOLA Gold
BROADCAST DETAILS – HOW TO WATCH BELGIUM VS. CANADA
Kick off for Friday’s match versus Belgium is set for 6:00am ET/3:00am PT. The match will be live streamed on World Rugby’s website and World Rugby’s Facebook and YouTube channel.