Canada’s Senior Women’s 15s match day roster for this weekend’s international Test match against Wales has been confirmed, with Victoria’s Sophie de Goede captaining Head Coach Kevin Rouet’s side.
Canada face No. 9-ranked Wales this Saturday at the Wanderers Grounds in Halifax, NS. Kickoff is at 5:00pm Atlantic/1:00pm PT.
The fixture represents the Women’s 15s program’s last warm-up match on home soil before they head to the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand next month. Olivia DeMerchant and Emma Taylor, both of whom call Halifax home, are part of the roster with the former in the starting lineup and the latter named among the finishers.
Several cap milestones will be achieved for Canada over the course of the match. Elissa Alarie – who is also a regular for Canada’s Senior Women’s Sevens team – will earn her 40th cap for the 15s, while it will be Alexandra Tessier’s 35th cap and Brianna Miller’s 30th.
Should she enter the field as a substitute, Laura Russell will earn her 53rd cap to pull level with her sister, Kelly, as the third most-capped Canadian woman of all time, while Justine Pelletier will receive her 10th cap if she enters the fray from the bench.
“The players have trained extremely well this week and our preparations to face Wales have been thorough. We look forward to another opportunity to test ourselves ahead of the Rugby World Cup, and a chance to play in front of another home crowd in such a passionate rugby city in Halifax and province in Nova Scotia.” Head Coach Kevin Rouet