BC players named to U20 Nations Cup squad
Published Thursday, June 23, 2011 5:00 am
by Rugby Canada Communications

After conducting five regional camps across the country and assessing more than 160 Under-20 athletes, the National Women's U20 Program has selected the team that will represent Canada at this year’s U20 Nations Cup. Scheduled to take place in Santa Barbara, California July 11th- 24th, the U20 Nations Cup will feature matches versus the traditional participating Nations of England and USA with the addition this year of a U20 squad from South Africa.

Speaking with Canadian U20 Head Coach Neil Langevin, he outlined the success of the recent Regional Camp Initiative.

"The National team coaching staff went coast to coast this spring looking for talent. Clubs, schools, and provinces all helped out by identifying and developing players to move to the international stage. With the 2016 Olympics a definite reality for some of these athletes, this group's development is an important part of the medal quest.“

Asked to comment on the final selection of the 26 named athletes, Coach Langevin said, “The 26 selected players are a diverse group from across the country and will be expected to perform well at this summer's Nation Cup. Coach Barz and I are anticipating an eager talented squad."

Assistant Coach Beth Barz echoed these sentiments stating, “There was a lot of talent at the five regional camps; it was a fantastic program opportunity as this was the first time we had conducted the coast to coast assessment in the athletes home regions. We are going into the Nations Cup with an extremely talented group of young athletes.”

Canada’s U20 team will prepare prior to departure to Los Angles with a camp at Shawnigan Lake School, directly following this year National Women League (NWL) event. The team of 26 selected athletes plus 10 non-traveling reserves will benefit from seven days of preparation time together under the leadership of U20 Head Coach Neil Langevin, Assistant Coach Beth Barz and Women’s National Program Head Coach John Tait.
Coach Barz identifies what an important opportunity the preparation camp serves. “The prep time that we have planned this year will be a significant asset to the program and the team’s preparation. The investment in time will be beneficial to the overall women’s program and the individual athlete’s development.”

National Program Head Coach John Tait will be in attendance at the BC-based camp and is keen to continue development for the overall National Program. With the initial preparation underway for major fixtures such as the 2013 Sevens World Cup, 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup (15s) and the inclusion of Sevens Rugby in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Tait knows that amongst this group of young athletes there are future stars of Canada’s Women’s Rugby Program.

U20 Nations Cup Match Schedule
July 14th Canada vs. England
July 17th Canada vs. South Africa
July 20th Canada vs. USA
July 23rd Finals & Consolation Finals

*All matches scheduled at Harder Stadium, University of California

SELECTION - U20 National Team- Nations Cup
Jill Antkutowicz - Lethbridge RC (Lethbridge, AB)
Bailey Campbell - Lethbridge RC (Vulcan, AB)
Sammi Crandell - Calgary Saracens (Calgary, AB)
Olivia DeMerchant - Woodstock Wildmen (Mapledale, NB)
Arielle Dubissette-Borrice - Nomads (Ajax, ON)
Lindsay Duxbury - Lethbridge RC (Lethbridge, AB)
Bianca Farella - Town of Mount Royal RFC (St Luc, QC)
Sarah Gordon - Bayside RFC (Surrey, BC)
Amelia Martin – Markham Irish (Barrie, ON)
Brianna Miller - SABRFC (Pointe Claire, QC)
Cindy Nelles - Belleville RFC (Belleville, ON)
Cassandra Orr - Lethbridge RC (Lethbridge, AB)
Paniz Pahlavanlu - United RFC (St Port Moody, BC)
Claragh Pegg - Markham Toronto Irish (Barrie, ON)
Gilly Pegg - Markham Toronto Irish (Barrie, ON)
Brittany Priddle -  Georgian Bay Titians (Badjeros, ON)
Dee Rees - Dogs RFC (Kilbride, NL)
Miranda Seifert - Notre Dame Regina (Regina, Sask)
Demi Stemitakis - Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, BC)
Kaylie Stuckey - Ormstown Saracens (St Chrysostome, QC)
Juhee Thompson - Lethbridge RC (Mountainview, AB)
Meaghan Vestby - (Swan River, MB)
Dakota Weir - Lethbridge RC (Raymond, AB)
Tiffany Wideen - United RFC (Port Moody, BC)

Selected, not able to attend:
Tyson Buekeboom - Aurora Barbarians (Uxbridge, ON)
Brynna Walker - Calgary Hornets (Souris, MB)

Non-Traveling Reserves Called up to Tour:
Ashley Delaney - Calgary Saracens (Calgary, AB)
Charli Mocon - Mississauga Blues (Mississauga, ON)

Non-Traveling Reserves:
Anne Chabot-Bergeron - Club de Rugby de Québec (Quebec City, QC)
Maggie Cogger-Orr - Toronto Scottish (Hamilton, ON)
Mack Fane - Aurora Barbarians (Holland Landing, ON)
Jess Harvey - Barrhaven Scottish (Crescent, ON)
Janai Haupapa - Calgary Hornets (Calgary, AB)
Elizabeth Monkman - Brampton Rugby Club (Caledon, ON)

Non-Traveling Reserves Selected, not able to attend:
Dakota Edwards - Brampton Rugby Club (Brampton, ON)
Abby Goodwin - University of Victoria (Charlottetown, PEI)

U20 Nations Cup Staff:
Neil Langevin- Head Coach
Beth Barz- Assistant Coach
Anne LeLannic- Manager

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