Canada women's national rugby union team


The Canada women's national rugby union team is governed by Rugby Canada, and plays in red and black.[2][3] They were ranked 5th in World Rugby's inaugural women's rankings and are currently ranked as the third best team in the world.[4][5] Canada competes in competitions such as the Pacific Four Series and the Rugby World Cup.

Canada
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Canucks, Maple Leafs
UnionRugby Canada
Head coachKévin Rouet
CaptainSophie de Goede
First colours
Second colours
World Rugby ranking
Current4 (as of 9 January 2023)
First international
 Canada 3 - 22 United States 
(Victoria, British Columbia, Canada 14 November 1987)
Biggest win
 Canada 98 - 0 Hong Kong 
(Dublin, Ireland, 9 August 2017)
Biggest defeat
 New Zealand 88 - 3 Canada 
(St. Albert, Alberta, Canada 8 September 1996)
World Cup
Appearances9 (First in 1991)
Best resultRunners-up, 2014
Top 20 rankings as of 16 January 2023[1]
Rank Change* Team Points
1 Steady  England 094.29
2 Steady  New Zealand 093.19
3 Steady  France 089.68
4 Steady  Canada 084.22
5 Steady  Italy 078.70
6 Steady  Australia 078.00
7 Steady  United States 076.78
8 Steady  Ireland 074.01
9 Steady  Wales 072.70
10 Steady  Scotland 068.71
11 Steady  Spain 068.47
12 Steady  Japan 067.94
13 Steady  South Africa 064.50
14 Steady  Russia 061.10
15 Increase4  Hong Kong 059.25
16 Steady  Fiji 058.33
17 Steady  Netherlands 058.27
18 Steady  Samoa 058.01
19 Increase1  Sweden 057.73
20 Decrease5  Kazakhstan 057.09
*Change from the previous week

HistoryEdit

The Canadian women's program began to develop in the 1980s with the first match being played in 1987 in Victoria, British Columbia against another international rugby start-up, the United States.[6] It was the first women's international test match that was played outside of Europe.[7]

In 1991, Canada competed in the inaugural Women's Rugby World Cup in Wales. The team finished in fifth place after defeating Spain 19–4 in the Plate final. Canada has appeared in every World Cup since 1991.[6]

Canada were finalists at the 2014 Rugby World Cup. They were drawn in the same pool with eventual winners, England. They had a 13 all draw during the pool stage before meeting in the final, Canada lost 21–9 and were runners-up.[8][9][10][11]

In 2022, Canada finished fourth after losing to France in the third place final at the delayed 2021 Rugby World Cup.[12][13][14]

Team RosterEdit

Canada named their final 32-player squad on the 31 August 2022, for the 2021 Rugby World Cup. Maya Montiel, Cindy Nelles, Abby Duguid, Janna Slevinsky, Renee Gonzalez and Chloe Daniels were selected as non-travelling reserves.[15]

Player Position Caps Club/Province
Alexandra Tessier Inside Center/Fly Half 42 Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue RFC
Alex Ellis Tighthead Prop 15 Saracens
Alysha Corrigan Wing/Outside Center 17 Saracens
Anaïs Holly Wing 22 Town of Mont-Royal RFC
Brianna Miller Scrumhalf 34 Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue RFC
Brittany Kassil Loosehead Prop 34 Guelph Redcoats
Courtney Holtkamp Back Row 26 Red Deer Titans
DaLeaka Menin Tighthead Prop 43 Exeter Chiefs
Elissa Alarie Fullback 48 Westshore RFC
Emily Tuttosi Hooker 17 Exeter Chiefs
Emma Taylor Lock 17 Halifax Rugby Club
Fabiola Forteza Back Row 17 Club de rugby de Québec
Gabrielle Senft Back Row 17 Exeter Chiefs
Gillian Boag Hooker 20 Capilano RFC
Julia Schell Fly-Half 7 Castaway Wanderers
Justine Pelletier Scrum Half 16 Club de rugby de Québec
Karen Paquin Back Row 32 Les Lionnes du Stade Bordelais
Laura Russell Hooker 53 Toronto Nomads
Maddy Grant Centre/Wing 14 University of Ottawa
McKinley Hunt Lock 14 Exeter Chiefs
Mikiela Neilson Prop 7 Capilano Rugby
Ngalula Fuamba Lock 13 Town of Mount Royal RFC
Olivia DeMerchant Prop 54 Halifax Tars RFC
Paige Farries Wing 25 Worcester Warriors
Pamphinette Buisa Loose Forward 8 Ottawa Irish|Ottawa Irish
Sabrina Poulin Wing 23 Town of Mount Royal RFC
Sara Kaljuvee Centre 17 Toronto Scottish
Sara Svoboda Back Row 19 Loughborough Lightning
Sophie de Goede (c) Back Row 22 Castaway Wanderers RFC
Taylor Perry Fly-Half 13 Oakville Crusaders
Tyson Beukeboom Lock 56 Cowichan RFC
Veronica Harrigan Hooker 13 London St. George's

Previous squadsEdit

Notable playersEdit

Heather Moyse is the first Canadian woman to be inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame in 2016.[16][17] She has represented Canada in rugby, cycling and bobsleigh; She won two gold medals at the Winter Olympics in 2010 and 2014.[17] She has made 22 international appearances for Canada in 15s and has been to two Women’s Rugby World Cups in 2006 and 2010.[17] She also helped Canada finish in second place at the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens in Russia.[17]

ResultsEdit

OverallEdit

(Full internationals only; Last updated 16 November 2022)

Rugby: Canada internationals 1987-
Opponent First game Played Won Drawn Lost Percentage
  Australia 2014 4 4 0 0 100.00%
  England 1993 34 3 1 30 8.82%
  Fiji 2022 1 1 0 0 100.00%
  France 1996 16 7 0 9 43.75%
  Hong Kong 2017 1 1 0 0 100.00%
  Ireland 2002 3 2 0 1 66.67%
  Italy 1991 3 3 0 0 100.00%
  Japan 1994 2 2 0 0 100.00%
  Kazakhstan 1994 2 2 0 0 100.00%
  Netherlands 1998 1 1 0 0 100.00%
  New Zealand 1991 15 0 0 15 0.00%
  Samoa 2014 1 1 0 0 100.00%
  Scotland 1994 7 6 0 1 85.71%
  South Africa 2009 4 4 0 0 100.00%
  Sweden 2010 1 1 0 0 100.00%
  Soviet Union 1991 1 1 0 0 100.00%
  Spain 2006 3 3 0 0 100.00%
  United States 1987 44 24 0 19 54.55%
  Wales 1991 13 9 2 2 69.23%
Summary 1987 152 74 3 75 48.39%

World CupEdit

World Cup record
Year Round Position P W D L F A
  1991 Plate Winners 5th 5 3 1 1 80 37
  1994 Shield Finalists 6th 5 2 0 3 105 46
  1998 3rd Place Play-off 4th 5 2 0 3 52 163
  2002 3rd Place Play-off 4th 4 2 0 2 84 94
  2006 3rd Place Play-off 4th 5 2 0 3 145 28
  2010 5th place match 6th 5 2 0 3 146 66
  2014 Finalists   5 3 1 1 113 62
  2017 5th place match 5th 5 4 0 1 213 60
  2021 3rd Place Play-off 4th 6 4 0 2 143 104
  2025 Qualified
  2029 TBD
  2033
Total 9/9   45 24 2 19 1081 660
  Champion   Runner-up   Third place   Fourth place
* Tied placing Best placing Home venue

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Women's World Rankings". World Rugby. Retrieved 16 January 2023.
  2. ^ "BBC Sport - Women's Rugby World Cup 2014: Canada beat France to make final". BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  3. ^ "Women's Rugby World Cup 2014: Canada stun hosts France to reach final against England". Telegraph.co.uk. 13 August 2014. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  4. ^ "World Rugby Rankings". worldrugby.org. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  5. ^ "Canadian women stand fifth in World Rugby's first world women's rankings". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  6. ^ a b Khan, Safa. "History of Women's Rugby in Ontario". Rugby Ontario. Retrieved 13 November 2021.
  7. ^ Birch, John (2014-08-16). "An American Century: USA's 100th test". Scrum Queens. Retrieved 2022-05-07.
  8. ^ "How did England win the 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup?". IRB. 31 August 2014. Retrieved 6 September 2021.
  9. ^ Butler, Michael (2014-08-17). "Women's Rugby World Cup final: England v Canada – as it happened". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2022-02-18.
  10. ^ Riach, James (2014-08-17). "Emily Scarratt's boot hands England World Cup final win over Canada". The Guardian. Retrieved 2022-02-18.
  11. ^ "Women's Rugby World Cup: England beat Canada to win final". BBC Sport. 17 August 2014. Retrieved 2022-03-01.
  12. ^ "Blue wave hits Canada as France celebrates Bronze victory". Americas Rugby News. 2022-11-12. Retrieved 2022-11-22.
  13. ^ "Canadian women fall to France in bronze-medal match at Rugby World Cup". www.cbc.ca. 2022-11-12. Retrieved 2022-11-24.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  14. ^ "Five-try France blow away Canada to take bronze at Rugby World Cup 2021". www.rugbyworldcup.com. 2022-11-12. Retrieved 2022-11-24.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  15. ^ "Canada's Women's Rugby World Cup squad named for New Zealand". Rugby Canada. Retrieved 2022-09-15.
  16. ^ "Heather Moyse to be inducted into World Rugby Hall of Fame". CBC.ca. 2016-11-14. Retrieved 2022-06-30.
  17. ^ a b c d "Heather Moyse - World Rugby - Hall of Fame". www.world.rugby. Retrieved 2022-06-29.

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