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.[1][2] They were ranked 5th in World Rugby's inaugural women's rankings and are currently ranked as the third best team in the world.[3][4] 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 coachSandro Fiorino
CaptainOlivia DeMerchant
First colours
Second colours
World Rugby ranking
Current3 (as of 23 November 2020)
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
Appearances8 (First in 1991)
Best resultRunner-up, 2014

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 in the United States.[5]

In 1991, Canada competes in the first fully International Rugby Board sanctioned Rugby World Cup. The team finished in fifth place having defeated Spain 19-4 in the Plate final.

Team RosterEdit

Squad to the 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup[6]

Previous squadsEdit

Squad to the 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup

Note: Flags indicate national union for the club/province as defined by World Rugby.

Player Position Date of birth (age) Caps Club/province
Kim Donaldson Hooker 24 August 1983   Burnaby Lake Rugby Club
Mary Jane Kirby Hooker 20 July 1989   Highland RFC
Olivia DeMerchant Prop 16 February 1991   Woodstock Wildmen RUFC
Hilary Leith Prop 29 December 1983   Capilano RFC
Marie-Pier Pinault-Reid Prop 20 December 1988   CR Quebec
Laura Russell Prop 10 November 1988   Toronto Nomads
Tyson Beukeboom Lock 10 March 1991   Aurora Barbarians RFC
Latoya Blackwood Lock 19 August 1985   Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue RC
Kayla Mack Lock 9 May 1989   Wild Oats RFC
Maria Samson Lock 2 February 1983   Calgary Hornets
Barbara Mervin Flanker 1 April 1982   Velox Valhallians
Jacey Murphy Flanker 21 March 1989   Aurora Barbarians RFC
Karen Paquin Flanker 3 August 1987   CR Quebec
Kelly Russell Number 8 7 December 1986   Toronto Nomads
Stephanie Bernier Scrum-half 28 June 1988   CR Quebec
Julia Sugawara Scrum-half 27 November 1982   Burnaby Lake Rugby Club
Emily Belchos Fly-half 27 April 1995   Markham Irish RFC
Julianne Zussman Fly-half 23 January 1987   Town of Mount Royal RFC
Andrea Burk Centre 7 April 1982   Capilano RFC
Mandy Marchak Centre 24 November 1984   Capilano RFC
Amanda Thornborough Centre 2 July 1990   Brandon Barbarians RFC
Brittany Benn Wing 23 April 1989   Guelph Redcoats RFC
Jessica Dovanne Wing 3 February 1986   Velox Valhallians
Magali Harvey Wing 16 August 1990   CR Quebec
Brittany Waters Wing 23 April 1983   Meraloma Rugby
Elissa Alarie Fullback 31 January 1986   Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue RC

ResultsEdit

Top 20 rankings as of 22 November 2021[7]
Rank Change* Team Points
1     England 096.26
2     New Zealand 088.58
3  1   France 088.43
4  1   Canada 088.15
5     Australia 078.68
6     United States 076.63
7     Ireland 076.54
8     Italy 076.43
9     Scotland 073.48
10     Spain 072.10
11     Wales 071.02
12     Japan 065.49
13     South Africa 063.39
14     Russia 061.10
15     Kazakhstan 060.45
16     Samoa 059.72
17     Netherlands 058.27
18     Hong Kong 057.89
19     Sweden 057.73
20     Germany 057.72
*Change from the previous week

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/4th place play-off 4th 5 2 0 3 52 163
  2002 3rd/4th place play-off 4th 4 2 0 2 84 94
  2006 3rd/4th 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 Qualified - - - - - - -
Total 9/9 39 20 2 17 938 556

Results summaryEdit

Full internationals only. Last updated 21 November 2021

Rugby: Canada internationals 1987-
Opponent First game Played Won Drawn Lost Percentage
  Australia 2014 3 3 0 0 100.00%
  England 1993 33 3 1 29 9.09%
  France 1996 15 7 0 8 46.67%
  Hong Kong 2017 1 1 0 0 100.00%
  Ireland 2002 3 2 0 1 66.67%
  Italy 1991 1 1 0 0 100.00%
  Japan 1994 1 1 0 0 100.00%
  Kazakhstan 1994 2 2 0 0 100.00%
  Netherlands 1998 1 1 0 0 100.00%
  New Zealand 1991 14 0 0 14 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 41 21 0 19 51.22%
  Wales 1991 12 8 2 2 66.67%
Summary 1987 143 66 3 74 46.15%

ResultsEdit

See Women's international rugby for information about the status of international games and match numbering

Full internationalsEdit

1980sEdit

[17]
1987-11-14 Canada   3-22   United States Victoria, British Columbia [1/1/1]
[27]
1988-08-08 United States   26-10   Canada Saranac Lake [2/2/2]
[33]
1989-09-03 Canada   3-28   United States Edmonton [3/3/3]

1990sEdit

[48]
1991-04-06 (WC) New Zealand   24-8   Canada Glamorgan Wanderers [5/4/1]
[52]
1991-04-08 (WC) Wales   9-9   Canada Glamorgan Wanderers [7/5/1]
[60]
1991-04-11 (WC) Canada   38-0   Soviet Union Cardiff [6/6/1]
[65]
1991-04-12 (WC) Canada   6-0   Italy Cardiff [7/11/1]
[68]
1991-04-13 (WC) Canada   19-4   Spain Cardiff [8/6/1]
[73]
1992-09-13 United States   13-12   Canada Blaine, Minnesota [11/9/4]
[80]
1993-06-08 (CC) Canada   22-8   Wales Brampton, Ontario [10/11/2]
[82]
1993-06-10 (CC) Canada   8-12   England Ajax Wanderers, Ajax, Ontario [11/15/1]
[85]
1993-06-12 (CC) Canada   3-60   United States Markham, Ontario [12/14/5]
[94]
1994-04-11 (WC) Canada   5-11   Wales Edinburgh Academicals RFC [13/16/3]
[101]
1994-04-15 (WC) Canada   28-0   Kazakhstan Edinburgh Academicals RFC [14/3/1]
[104]
1994-04-17 (WC) England   24-10   Canada Gala [21/15/2]
[110]
1994-04-20 (WC) Canada   57-0   Japan Melrose [16/6/1]
[114]
1994-04-23 (WC) Scotland   11-5   Canada Boroughmuir [8/17/1]
[153]
1996-09-08 (CC) Canada   3-88   New Zealand St. Albert [18/11/2]
[156]
1996-09-11 (CC) Canada   34-3   France Edmonton [19/37/1]
[159]
1996-09-14 (CC) Canada   14-22   United States Edmonton [20/22/6]
[168]
1997-07-06 Canada   12-21   United States Ajax, Ontario [21/23/7]
[190]
1998-05-01 (WC) Netherlands   7-16   Canada Amsterdam [35/22/1]
[198]
1998-05-05 (WC) Canada   6-72   England Amsterdam [23/44/3]
[208]
1998-05-09 (WC) Canada   9-7   France Amsterdam [24/47/2]
[215]
1998-05-12 (WC) Canada   6-46   United States Amsterdam [25/28/8]
[226]
1998-05-16 (WC) Canada   15-31   England Amsterdam [26/47/4]
[256]
1999-08-08 United States   16-11   Canada Saranac Lake, NY [30/27/9]
[257]
1999-10-13 (T99) Canada   18-15   United States Palmerston North, New Zealand [28/31/10]
[258]
1999-10-16 (T99) New Zealand   73-0   Canada Palmerston North, New Zealand [22/29/3]

2000sEdit

[287]
2000-06-06 United States   10-17   Canada New York [33/30/11]
[291]
2000-09-23 (CC) Canada   0-41   New Zealand Winnipeg [31/24/4]
[293]
2000-09-27 (CC) Canada   10-34   England Winnipeg [32/64/5]
[295]
2000-09-30 (CC) Canada   9-15   United States Winnipeg [33/36/12]
[333]
2001-07-07 Canada   23-3   United States Twin Elm Park, Ottawa [34/37/13]
[334]
2001-08-05 United States   22-21   Canada Saranac Lake, New York [38/35/14]
[336]
2001-10-18 Wales   7-21   Canada Glamorgan Wanderers [59/36/4]
[337]
2001-10-21 Wales   11-12   Canada Caerphilly [60/37/5]
[339]
2001-10-28 Wales   13-13   Canada Ebbw Vale [61/38/6]
[368]
2002-05-13 (WC) Canada   57-0   Ireland Barcelona [39/45/1]
[377]
2002-05-18 (WC) Canada   11-0   Scotland Barcelona [40/64/2]
[385]
2002-05-21 (WC) Canada   10-53   England Barcelona [41/84/6]
[392]
2002-05-25 (WC) France   41-7   Canada Barcelona [79/42/3]
[419]
2003-06-14 (CC) Canada   5-10   England Thunderbird Stadium, Vancouver [43/91/7]
[421]
2003-06-20 (CC) Canada   18-13   United States Thunderbird Stadium, Vancouver [44/47/15]
[422]
2003-06-28 (CC) Canada   18-21   England Thunderbird Stadium, Vancouver [45/93/8]
[464]
2004-06-08 (CC) Canada   5-32   New Zealand Thunderbird Stadium, Vancouver [46/35/5]
[466]
2004-06-13 (CC) Canada   11-35   England Calgary Rugby Park [47/102/9]
[467]
2004-06-19 (CC) Canada   10-29   United States Edmonton [48/49/16]
[471]
2004-11-14 England   45-5   Canada Richmond [104/49/10]
[473]
2004-11-17 England   41-3   Canada Newbury [105/50/11]
[509]
2005-07-02 (CC) Canada   22-9   Scotland Ottawa [51/89/3]
[510]
2005-07-05 (CC) Canada   3-43   New Zealand Ottawa [52/39/6]
[511]
2005-07-08 (CC) Canada   5-32   New Zealand Ottawa [53/40/7]
[516]
2005-11-11 France   13-5   Canada Nantes [100/54/4]
[517]
2005-11-11 France   29-0   Canada Nanterre [101/55/5]
[548]
2006-04-29 Ireland   15-8   Canada Galway [74/56/2]
[552]
2006-05-06 Wales   16-11   Canada Glamorgan Wanderers [100/57/7]
[554]
2006-06-10 United States   25-10   Canada Boulder, Colorado [53/58/17]
[555]
2006-06-13 United States   18-20   Canada Boulder, Colorado [54/59/18]
[559]
2006-08-31 (WC) New Zealand   66-7   Canada Ellerslie Rugby Park, Edmonton [60/43/8]
[567]
2006-09-04 (WC) Canada   79-0   Spain St. Albert Rugby Park, St. Albert [61/75/1]
[573]
2006-09-08 (WC) Canada   45-5   Kazakhstan Ellerslie Rugby Park, Edmonton [62/35/2]
[579]
2006-09-12 (WC) Canada   6-10   England Ellerslie Rugby Park, Edmonton [63/123/12]
[587]
2006-09-17 (WC) Canada   8-17   France Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton [64/111/6]
[642]
2007-08-27 United States   5-18   Canada Blaine, Minnesota [60/65/19]
[643]
2007-08-29 United States   7-45   Canada Blaine, Minnesota [61/66/20]
[652]
2007-11-04 Scotland   3-45   Canada Glasgow [106/67/4]
[653]
2007-11-09 Wales   3-25   Canada Cardiff [112/68/8]
[714]
2008-07-24 (NC) England   43-9   Canada Esher, England [145/69/13]
[715]
2008-07-26 (NC) Canada   15-0   United States Esher, England [70/65/21]
[716]
2008-07-29 England   24-0   Canada Esher, England [146/71/14]
[758]
2009-06-27 United States   17-25   Canada Infinity Park, Glendale, Colorado [66/72/22]
[761]
2009-08-13 (NC) Canada   35-17   South Africa Oakville, Ontario [73/13/1]
[764]
2009-08-16 (NC) Canada   7-12   France Oakville, Ontario [74/137/7]
[766]
2009-08-19 (NC) Canada   10-15   United States Oakville, Ontario [75/69/23]
[768]
2009-08-22 (NC) Canada   0-22   England Fletchers Fields, Toronto [76/155/15]
[778]
2009-11-18 France   5-14   Canada Dijon [139/77/8]
[779]
2009-11-21 France   22–0   Canada Stade de France, Saint-Denis [140/78/9]

2010sEdit

[790]
2010-01-12 United States   8-18   Canada Lakeland, Florida [71/79/24]
[791]
2010-01-16 United States   11-10   Canada Lakeland, Florida [72/80/25]
[829]
2010-06-14 Canada   14-8   United States Shawnigan Lake School [81/72/26]
[830]
2010-06-18 Canada   34-22   United States Bear Mountain Stadium, Langford [82/73/27]
[834]
2010-08-20 (WC) Canada   37-10   Scotland Surrey Sports Park, Guildford [83/131/5]
[843]
2010-08-24 (WC) Canada   40-10   Sweden Surrey Sports Park, Guildford [84/66/1]
[849]
2010-08-28 (WC) Canada   8 – 23   France Surrey Sports Park, Guildford [85/148/10]
[855]
2010-09-01 (WC) Canada   41 – 0   Scotland Surrey Sports Park, Guildford [86/134/6]
[862]
2010-09-05 (WC) Canada   20 – 23   United States Surrey Sports Park, Guildford [87/78/28]
[899]
2011-08-02 (NC) Canada   52-17   South Africa Oakville, Ontario [88/25/2]
[902]
2011-08-05 (NC) Canada   35-17   United States Chatham-Kent, Ontario [89/80/29]
[904]
2011-08-09 (NC) Canada   10-22   England Oakville, Ontario [90/176/16]
[906]
2011-08-13 (NC) Canada   19-41   England Oakville, Ontario [91/177/17]
[1003]
2013-07-30 (NC) Canada   29-25   England University of Northern Colorado [92/202/18]
[1006]
2013-08-04 (NC) United States   29-17   Canada University of Northern Colorado [90/93/30]
[1007]
2013-08-07 (NC) Canada   53-15   South Africa University of Northern Colorado [94/31/3]
[1010]
2013-08-10 (NC) Canada   27-13   England Infinity Park, Glendale, Colorado [95/204/19]
[1017]
2013-11-02 France   27-19   Canada Pontarlier, France [177/96/11]
[1018]
2013-11-05 France   6-11   Canada Amnéville, France [178/97/12]
[1020]
2013-11-13 England   32-3   Canada Twickenham Stoop, London, England [207/98/20]
[1038]
2014-04-15 Canada   51-7   United States Shawnigan Lake School, British Columbia [99/93/31]
[1039]
2014-04-19 Canada   14-10   United States Westhills Stadium, Langford, British Columbia [100/94/32]
[1047]
2014-06-06 Australia   0-22   Canada Tauranga, New Zealand [33/101/1]
[1049]
2014-06-10 New Zealand   16-8   Canada Tauranga, New Zealand [70/102/9]
[1050]
2014-06-14 New Zealand   33-21   Canada Whakatane, New Zealand [71/103/10]
[1058]
2014-08-01 (WC) Canada   31 – 7   Spain CNR, Marcoussis [104/106/3]
[1066]
2014-08-05 (WC) Canada   42 – 7   Samoa CNR, Marcoussis [105/20/1]
[1071]
2014-08-09 (WC) England   13 – 13   Canada CNR, Marcoussis [215/106/21]
[1080]
2014-08-13 (WC) France   16 – 18   Canada Stade Jean-Bouin, Paris, France [190/107/13]
[1086]
2014-08-17 (WC) England   21 – 9   Canada Stade Jean-Bouin, Paris, France [217/108/22]
[1114]
2015-06-27 (SS) Canada   22 – 40   New Zealand Calgary, Alberta [109/77/11]
[1116]
2015-07-1 (SS) Canada   28 – 36   United States Red Deer, Alberta [110/102/33]
[1118]
2015-07-5 (SS) Canada   14 – 15   England Ellerslie Rugby Park, Edmonton [111/225/23]
[1142]
2016-07-1 (SS) Canada   52 – 17   England Regional Athletic Complex, Salt Lake City, Utah [112/233/24]
[1145]
2016-07-01 (SS) Canada   33 – 5   United States Regional Athletic Complex, Salt Lake City, Utah [113/104/34]
[1146]
2016-07-09 (SS) Canada   29 – 10   France Regional Athletic Complex, Salt Lake City, Utah [114/202/14]
[1166]
2016-11-19 Ireland   7–48   Canada UCD Bowl, Dublin, Ireland [144/115/3]
[1168]
2016-11-23 Canada   10–20   New Zealand Donnybrook, Dublin, Ireland [116/83/12]
[1171]
2016-11-26 England   39–6   Canada Twickenham Stoop, London, England [239/117/24]
[1191]
2017-03-28 United States   5-39   Canada Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center, Chula Vista, California [109/118/35]
[1192]
2017-04-01 United States   10-37   Canada Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center, Chula Vista, California [110/119/36]
[1194]
2017-06-09 New Zealand   28–16   Canada Westpac Stadium, Wellington [85/120/12]
[1198]
2017-06-13 Canada   20–27   England Rugby Park, Christchurch [121/246/26]
[1199]
2017-06-17 Australia   5–45   Canada Smallbone Park, Rotorua [44/122/2]
[1208]
2017-08-09 (WC) Canada   98–0   Hong Kong Billings Park UCD, Dublin, Ireland [123/35/1]
[1214]
2017-08-13 (WC) Canada   15–0   Wales Billings Park UCD, Dublin, Ireland [124/179/9]
[1217]
2017-08-17 (WC) Canada   5–48   New Zealand Billings Park UCD, Dublin, Ireland [125/90/13]
[1227]
2017-08-22 (WC) Canada   52–0   Wales Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland [126/181/10]
[1227]
2017-08-26 (WC) Australia   12–43   Canada Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland [49/127/3]
[1237]
2017-11-17 England   79–5   Canada Barnet Copthall, London [253/128/27]
[1239]
2017-11-21 England   49–12   Canada Twickenham Stoop, London [254/129/28]
[1240]
2017-11-25 England   69–19   Canada Twickenham, London [255/130/29]
[1282]
2018-11-18 England   27–19   Canada Doncaster [262/131/30]
[1288]
2018-11-24 Wales   21–38   Canada Cardiff [192/132/11]
[1291]
2018-11-27 Scotland   25–28   Canada Scotstoun [186/133/7]
[1322]
2019-06-28 (SS) Canada   20–35   New Zealand Chula Vista, San Diego [134/98/14]
[1323]
2019-07-02 (SS) France   19–36   Canada Chula Vista, San Diego [231/135/15]
[1326]
2019-07-06 (SS) Canada   17–19   England Chula Vista, San Diego [136/-/31]
[1328]
2019-07-10 (SS) Canada   18–20   United States Chula Vista, San Diego [137/121/37]
[1359]
2019-11-20 United States   0–19   Canada Chula Vista, San Diego [123/138/38]
[1364]
2019-11-24 United States   27–54   Canada Chula Vista, San Diego [124/139/39]

2020sEdit

[1418]
2021-11-01 United States   9–15   Canada Infinity Park, Glendale [125/140/40]
[1419]
2021-11-05 United States   13–26   Canada Infinity Park, Glendale [126/141/25]
[1429]
2021-11-14 England   51-12   Canada Twickenham Stoop [289/142/32]
[1434]
2021-11-21 Wales   7-24   Canada Cardiff Arms Park [209/143/12]

Other matchesEdit

[-]
2005-07-08 Canadian Barbarians   0-35   Scotland Ottawa(?) [-/-/-]
[-]
2006-05-02 Wales A   7-66   Canada UWIC, Cardiff [-/-/-]
[-]
2009-06-23 USA Development   7-10   Canada Development Infinity Park, Glendale, Colorado [-/-/-]
[-]
2008-08-17 (NACRA) Canada U20   62-0   Cayman Islands Nassau, Bahamas [-/-/-]
[-]
2008-08-20(NACRA) Canada U20   6-3   United States U20 Nassau, Bahamas [-/-/-]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "BBC Sport - Women's Rugby World Cup 2014: Canada beat France to make final". BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  2. ^ "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.
  3. ^ "World Rugby Rankings". worldrugby.org. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Canadian women stand fifth in World Rugby's first world women's rankings". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  5. ^ Khan, Safa. "History of Women's Rugby in Ontario". Rugby Ontario. Retrieved 13 November 2021.
  6. ^ Harrigan, Scott. "CANADA'S WOMEN'S RUGBY WORLD CUP ROSTER ANNOUNCED - ISN". Archived from the original on 2017-09-02. Retrieved 2017-09-01.
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External linksEdit