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LANGFORD, B.C. (August 12, 2021) – Rugby Canada has announced the National Senior Women’s 15s, Top-50 Camp roster for the upcoming “Road to the Rugby World Cup” selection camp, taking place August 13th – 21st, 2021 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Players selected will gather at Graves Oakley Rugby Complex for the week-long camp that includes evaluations plus weight, skill and training sessions, culminating with a “Red vs Black, presented by DHL” match at Wanderers Grounds, home to HFX Wanderers of the Canadian Premier League, on Friday August 20th.

“Rugby Canada is excited to welcome the top 50 female Rugby athletes in Canada to Nova Scotia. We would like to recognize the Halifax Wanderers Football Club and Rugby Nova Scotia for their partnership in hosting the team as they return to the Wanderers Grounds. This camp is an important next step as the Women’s 15s team prepares for the Rugby World Cup,” stated Rugby Canada CEO Allen Vansen.

The Wanderers Grounds will be set-up similar to HFX Wanderers home games during Phase 4, allowing up to 4,000 fans to attend the Red vs Black match, presented by DHL. Space is limited and rugby fans are encouraged to act fast so as not to miss out on supporting Canada’s Women’s Rugby Team.

Tickets for the match are available through Ticketmaster. For those unable to attend, the game will be streamed on the Nova Scotia Rugby Facebook page.

Leading into the 2021 Rugby World Cup (playing in 2022 due to the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic) preparation phase, Canada’s Women’s Rugby Team is currently ranked 3rd in the World Rugby Rankings and have been drawn into Pool B alongside the USA and qualifiers to be determined from Europe and Asia.. Pool matches begin in October, with Canada facing the Asia 1 qualifier, Europe 1 qualifier and USA in a three-week span.


About Rugby Canada

Rugby Canada is the national governing body of the sport of Rugby Union in Canada. They administer and operate Men’s and Women’s Senior and Junior National programs in both rugby XV’s and 7s, as well as govern the Club and community game for more than 30,000 registered participants from coast to coast in conjunction with ten Provincial Union members.

Rugby Canada is headquartered at the Al Charron National Training Centre in Langford, BC, with staff also working from Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa. Rugby Canada business operations, programs and events are delivered nationwide, including the internationally recognized HSBC Canada Sevens annual tournaments.

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Abby Duguid Edmonton, AB Nor’Westers Athletic Association / University of Lethbridge Justine Blatt-Jannmatt Wolfville, NS Valley Rugby Union / Acadia University

Alex Tessier Sainte-Clotilde-de-Horton, QC Saint-Anne-de-Bellevue RFC Justine Pelletier Rivière-du-Loup, QC Club de Rugby de Québec

Alexandria Ellis Ottawa ON Barrhaven Scottish, Saracens Karen Paquin Quebec City, QC Club de Rugby de Quebec

Alysha Corrigan Charlottetown PEI Charlottetown RFC, Saracens Kiri Ngawati Victoria, BC Westshore RFC

Anaïs Holly Montreal, QC T.M.R.R.F.C. Laetitia Royer Québec City, QC Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue RFC

Asia Hogan Scarborough, ON Toronto Nomads RFC Laura Russell Bolton, ON Toronto Nomads RFC

Brianna Miller Pointe-Claire, QC Saint-Anne-de-Bellevue RFC Maggie Mackinnon Sooke, BC University of Victoria

Brittany Kassil Guelph, ON Guelph Redcoats RFC Marie Thibault Québec City, QC Club de Rugby de Québec

Chloe Daniels Sutton, ON Aurora Barbarians RFC / Queen’s University McKinley Hunt King City, ON Aurora Barbarians RFC

Courtney Holtkamp Rimbey, AB Red Deer Titans Rugby MP Fauteux Sherbrooke, QC Club de Rugby les Abénakis de Sherbrooke

DaLeaka Menin Vulcan AB Loughborough Lightning Mikiela Nelson North Vancouver BC Capilano Rugby Club

Elissa Alarie Trois Rivieres, QC Westshore RFC Nakisa Levale Abbotsford, BC Abbotsford Griffins

Emily Belchos de Goede – Innisfil, ON Castaway Wanderers RFC Ngalula Fuamba Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot, QC T.M.R.R.F.C.

Emily Samek Hamilton, ON Guelph Redcoats RFC / University of Guelph Olivia DeMerchant Mapledale, NB Halifax Tars RFC

Emily Tuttosi Souris, MB Exeter Chiefs Paige Farries Red Deer AB Westshore RFC, Worcester Warriors

Emma Taylor Halifax NS Halifax RFC, Saracens Rachel Smith White Rock, BC UBC Thunderbirds

Gabi Senft Regina, SK Castaway Wanders RFC Renee Gonzalez Scarborough, ON Westshore RFC / University of Victoria

Gillian Bergsma Waterford, ON Valley Rugby Union Sabrina Poulin St-Georges, QC T.M.R.R.F.C.

Gillian Boag Calgary, AB Capilano RFC Sara Kaljuvee Ajax, ON Toronto Scottish

Irene Patrinos Mississauga, ON Toronto Saracens RFC Sarah-Maude Lachance Victoriaville, QC Club de Rugby de Québec

Janna Slevinsky St. Albert, AB Calgary Saracens RFC Sophie de Goede Victoria, BC Castaway Wanderers RFC / Queen’s University

Joanna Alphonso Ajax, ON Halifax Tars RFC Temitope Ogunjimi Calgary, AB Calgary Hornets RFC

Jordyn Orlando Burlington, ON Toronto Scottish RFC Tyson Beukeboom Uxbridge, ON Cowichan RFC

Julia Schell Guelph, ON Guelph Redcoats RFC Veronica Harrigan Lucan, ON Brantford Harlequins RFC


Sandro Fiorino Head Coach Bianca Farella Player

Jack Hanratty Assistant Coach Cindy Nelles Player

Kevin Rouet Assistant Coach Fabiola Forteza Player

Duncan McNaughton Assistant Coach Mackenzie Carson Player

Kelly Russell Regional Coach Madison Grant Player

Ian Costigan Analyst Pamphinette Buisa Player

Kiyomi Thompson Athletic Therapist Sara Svoboda Player

Jeff Walsh Athletic Therapist Taylor Black Player

Shannon Estabrooks Athletic Therapist Chris Perrey Sports Physiotherapist/Team Medical Lead

Alli Rodway Athletic Therapist Dr. Heather Henry Team Physician

Emma Delory Team Manager Jeremy Steinbach Interim Strength & Conditioning Coach

Kristy Martin Hale Coordinator Women’s High Performance Maria Gallo Assistant Coach
Sommer Christie Mental Performance