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Canada may adjust tactics for weather

Rugby Canada

allblacks.com     10 Jun 2014     Rugby Canada

Canada started its International Women's Rugby Series campaign with a resounding 22-0 win over Australia, where the teamm's match fitness played a significant contribution.

The Canadians play a Black Ferns side who have capitalised on some superior conditioning of their own to secure 91 second points in their two matches.

Heavy rain and high winds were scheduled to batter the WIkTo and Bay of Plenty reasons early on Tuesday, but the fullback was adamant that having played in the Canadian state of Victoria, where there is significant rainfall, her side was ready for the conditions.

"We're used to playing in the rain. We know the ball's going to be quite slippery as well as the field. We've just got to keep tighter and stick to our game plan," said Alarie.

Outlasting the Black Ferns would be Canada's main challenge, but the side's conditioning was evident in their historic victory over Australia.

"Watching the [Australia] game, I thought they were super physical. Everybody brings it to it. It's just about finishing. In the second half we kept the ball and you could tell our conditioning was really up there."

Alarie' inclusion at fullback is one of a number of changes made to the side, illustrating the team's depth heading into arguably their two biggest tests ahead of the Women's World Cup in August.

Belchos' run-on debut comes just four days after she made her debut as a substitute against Australia and Alarie said her impact in that match was noticeable.

"It's another opportunity to see some combinations. Everyone has a starting opportunity, it shows the depth of our bench."

Play is scheduled to get underway at 2.30pm.