“We’ve had a good couple days on the ground in England getting ready for Sunday. There’s a lot of depth in this line up and we’ve been working really well together these past couple days. England is ranked second in the world and we’re expecting a tough match, and it’s important for us to come out with a good, strong performance to build momentum for the rest of the tour,” said Fiorino.
“This is a great test for the team. Everyone’s really excited to get on the pitch and we’ve got a good mix of experience and leadership, along with some eager young talent.”
Forwards Olivia DeMerchant and Tyson Beaukeboom are set to earn their 33rd caps, alongside captain Russell who secures her 44th. A developing squad, seven athletes will be earning their first cap in Sunday’s match, a reflection of the team’s commitment to developing athletes ahead of the 2021 WRWC in New Zealand.
The ladies look to improve upon their performance from last year, in which they were defeated in all three of their matches against England in November. England is coming off a win in last weeks Quilter Internationals, smashing USA 57-5. Canada hopes to use their speed and agility to match up against the Six Nations powerhouse.
“We have to attack early and use our strengths, use our athleticism, to score early on and hopefully put them on their heels a bit,” added Fiorino. With four games played in 10 days in four different cities on the Autumn tour, the team will be put through their paces as they take on some of the UK’s best.
“England is a dominate rugby country and I think this will be the start of a very competitive tour for us. But we’ve got an athletic squad that knows how to win and we’ve just got to keep pressing them for the full 80 minutes,” added Fiorino.
Kick-off is at 9am ET/6am PT and can be streamed LIVE on England Rugby’s Facebook page.