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Rugby Canada  – Magali Harvey and Laura Russell score for Canada, but #1 world-ranked Black Ferns edge #2 seeded Canada at Donnybrook Stadium; Canada to close out November tour against England on Saturday at Twickenham in London

DUBLIN, IRELAND — Canada’s senior women’s team fell 20-10 to the New Zealand Black Ferns Wednesday in a matchup of the two best ranked teams in the world. Canada got second half tries from Magali Harvey and Laura Russell but three tries and the boot of Kendra Cocksedge propelled the Black Ferns to victory.

“We weren’t consistent today,” head coach Francois Ratier said. “We were able to scores tries but we gave away soft penalties. We were courageous, we never gave up but it just wasn’t enough today.”

After leading 8-0 at the interval thanks to a Cocksedge try and penalty, Canada came roaring back into the game as Harvey got her second try in as many games as she raced away to touch down after Latoya Blackwood had intercepted a Black Ferns pass. 

However, New Zealand answered immediately as replacement forward Aotearoa Mata’u powered over from close range to push the Black Ferns’ lead to 15-5. Canada’s Brittany Waters was shown a yellow card in the 61st minute but the teams were back even just three minutes later as Eloise Blackwell was sent to the sin bin. Canada made the Black Ferns pay immediately as from the resulting lineout, Russell peeled off of a driving maul to touch down in the corner to cut the lead to 15-10 with 15 minutes to play.

But again New Zealand hit back right away. After Cocksedge’s penalty had missed, fullback Selica Winiata carved Canada apart to touch down in the 68th minute to seal the Black Ferns’ victory.

“We’re not happy,” captain Kelly Russell said. “We’re disappointed with the way we came out and played. We didn’t start playing our game until midway through the second half. The girls give it their all every minute of the game. We can’t ask for more. We just have to be more switched on when he hit the pitch.”

Canada returns to action on Saturday when they face reigning World Cup champions England at Twickenham. Broadcast details are still to be confirmed.

Canada versus New Zealand:

  1. Carolyn McEwen, Burnaby Lake RC (Vancouver, BC)
  2. Laura Russell, Toronto Nomads (Bolton, ON)
  3. DaLeaka Menin, Calgary Hornets (Vulcan, AB)
  4. Kayla Mack, Saskatoon Wild Oats (Saskatoon, SK)
  5. Latoya Blackwood, Westshore RFC (Montreal, QC)
  6. Jacey Grusnick, Aurora Barbarians (Alliston, ON)
  7. Karen Paquin, Club de Rugby de Quebec (Quebec City, QC)
  8. Kelly Russell, Captain, Toronto Nomads (Bolton, ON)
  9. Chelsea Guthrie, Stratchona Druids (Edmonton, AB)
  10. Emily Belchos, Westshore RFC (Innisfil, ON)
  11. Magali Harvey, Club de Rugby de Quebec (Quebec City, QC)
  12. Andrea Burk, Capilano RFC (North Vancouver, BC)
  13. Alex Tessier, Montreal Barbarians (Sainte-Clotilde-de-Horton, QC)
  14. Elissa Alarie, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue RFC (Trois Rivieres, QC)
  15. Julianne Zussman, Castaway Wanderers (Montreal, QC)
  16. Julia Folk, Regina Rogues (Regina, SK)
  17. Demi Stamatakis, SFU (Vancouver, BC)
  18. Olivia DeMerchant, Woodstock Wildmen (Mapledale, NB)
  19. Tyson Beukeboom, Aurora Barbarians/Cowichan RFC (Uxbridge, ON )
  20. Barbara Mervin, Westshore RFC (Peterborough, ON)
  21. Brianna Miller, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue RFC (Pointe-Claire, QC)
  22. Anais Holly, TMRRFC (Montreal, QC)
  23. Brittany Waters, Meraloma Athletic Club (Vancouver, BC)


Gillian Boag, Capilano RFC (Calgary, AB)

Fabiola Forteza, Club de Rugby de Quebec (Quebec City, QC)

Mackenzie Higgs, Aurora Barbarians (Aurora, ON)

Frederique Rajotte, Markham Irish (Markham, ON)


Head Coach: Francois Ratier

Assistant Coach: Shaun Allen

Assistant Coach: Colette McAuley

Scrum Coach: Gary Dukelow

Therapist: Nicole Ainsworth

Manager: Meg Howat

Analyst: James Kent

Media: Bryan Kelly

Canada’s Senior Women’s Schedule:

Canada 48 – 7 Ireland — Nov. 19 — UCD Bowl, Ireland

Canada vs. New Zealand  — Nov. 23 — Donnybrook Stadium, Ireland

Canada vs. England — Nov. 26 — Twickenham, England

Black Ferns Team vs. Canada

1. Toka Natua

2. Fiao’o Faamausili – captain

3. Aleisha Nelson

4. Eloise Blackwell

5. Charlene Gubb

6. Charmaine Smith

7. Charmaine McMenamin

8. Aroha Savage

9. Kendra Cocksedge

10. Kelly Brazier

11. Renee Wickliffe

12. Chelsea Alley

13. Carla Hohepa

14. Portia Woodman

15. Selica Winiata

16. Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate

17. Aldora Itunu

18. Aotearoa Mata’u

19. Sharnita Woodman

20. Angie Sisifa

21. Kristina Sue

22. Janna Vaughan

23. Hazel Tubic

Scoring Details:


Tries: Magali Harvey, Laura Russell

New Zealand:

Tries: Kendra Cocksedge, Aotearoa Mata’u, Selica Winiata

Conversions: Kendra Cocksedge

Penalties: Kendra Cocksedge

About Rugby Canada

Rugby Canada is the national governing body of the sport of rugby union in Canada. Rugby Football has a long history in Canada dating back to its initial appearance in the 1860s. Since 1974, Rugby Canada has been a permanent fixture on the global rugby scene, including trips to each of the eight Men’s Rugby  World Cups and seven Women’s Rugby World Cups. As a regular on the Men’s and Women’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, Canada continues to climb the world rankings and challenge the dominant rugby nations in both versions of the game. Canada’s Women’s Rugby Sevens Team also made history in 2016, capturing the first-ever Bronze Medal at the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

To support the growth of rugby at the grass-roots level and to ensure there are elite programs for prospering young rugby players to become involved with, Rugby Canada has put an emphasis on developing its junior programs.  Our goal is to develop and train competitive teams for the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup in Ireland, the 2018 Sevens World Cup in San Francisco, the 2019 Men’s Rugby World Cup in Japan and 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo. 






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