OTTAWA - Rugby Canada is proud to announce the Women's roster for the 2012 NACRA 7s Championship, a 2013 Rugby 7s World Cup Regional Qualifier, in Ottawa.
Canada will battle it out with Guyana, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Mexico, Barbados, St Vincent and The Grenadines and Trinidad & Tobago for the last open World Cup spot in the NACRA region. Canada, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago are heavily favoured going into the competition.
Rugby Canada sent a team of Women‚s selects to Barbados last year for the 2011 NACRA tournament. Though it was the first time a Canadian Womens team participated in the annual 7s competition, The Maple Leafs had a strong showing at the competition and took the tournament after defeating Jamaica 38-0.
The stakes are much higher this time as the winner of the tournament will qualify for the Rugby 7s World Cup in Moscow next year. Canada will have no room for error, as each nation will be sending in the strongest teams they can put together. Head Coach John Tait commented on Canada's goal in the competition.
"First and foremost is to qualify for the R7WC 2013. Secondary it will provide an opportunity to a few younger players that impressed in the recent East-West trials, to show that they are ready to factor in this year's 7s series and build to Moscow next June."
Tait assured that Rugby Canada is sending in the best available players, emphasizing the calibre of the players that were chosen by the National 7s program.
"There are some potential world-class players in this group that are continuing to improve all the time, the likes of Magali Harvey and Bianca Farella are two examples of this," Tait said. "Leading from the front and captaining the team will be Jen Kish, who I believe, has quickly become the best two way player in the world of women's rugby. She checks all the boxes of what a coach could ask of a player in her position and most of the others on the field as well."
"Sevens is the kind of game that you'd be foolish to take any opponent lightly. We are favoured to win qualification and will do so by focusing on our game and what we want to achieve every time we take the field regardless of who will be the opposition," added Tait.
The competition takes place on August 25 and 26 at Twin Elm Rugby Park in Ottawa, Ontario.
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Canada's NACRA Women‚s Team Roster
Britt Benn - Fergus Highland Rugby Club (Guelph ON) Guelph University
Arielle Dubissette-Borrice - Toronto Scottish (Ajax ON) University of Western Ontario
Bianca Farella - Town of Mount Royal Rugby Football Club (Montreal QC)
Lisa Gauthier - Ottawa Irish (St-Bernardin ON) St. Francis Xavier University
Megan Gibbs - Markham Irish Canadians (Barrie ON)
Julia Greenshields - Sarnia Saints Rugby Club (Sarnia ON)
Magali Harvey - Club de Rugby de Québec (Quebec City QC) St. Francis Xavier University
Jen Kish - Edmonton Rockers (Edmonton AB)
Kayla Moleschi - Williams Lake Womens Rustlers (Williams Lake BC)
Karen Paquin - Club de Rugby de Québec (Quebec City QC) Université Laval
Amanda Thornborough - Brandon Barbarians (Brandon MB)
Julianne Zussman - Town of Mount Royal RFC (Verdun QC)
John Tait- Head Coach
Sandro Fiorino- Assistant Coach
Claudine Tyrell -Team Manager
Jason White ˆ Athletic Therapist