Canada reveal squad for Women's Rugby World Cup

Rugby Canada     30 Jun 2014     Rugby Canada

The Canadians line up over the first three match days against England, runners-up four years ago, Spain and Samoa.

Kelly Russell captains the Canadians, who have appeared in all six tournaments dating back to the inaugural event in Wales in 1991.

“It’s a huge honour to not only represent your country, but to captain this great group of girls at the World Cup,” said Russell, who was a member of the team that finished sixth in 2010 alongside six other World Cup veterans back for more: Kim Donaldson, Mandy Marchak, Barbara Mervin, Julia Sugawara, Brittany Waters and Julianne Zussman.

Canada opened 2014 with a 2-0 test series win against USA and more recently travelled to New Zealand where they beat Australia in the first match between the two nations and lost in close games to the defending World Champions, the Black Ferns, 16-8 and 33-21.

Canada: Elissa Alarie, (Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue Rugby Club) Emily Belchos, (Markham Irish RFC), Brittany Benn, (Guelph Redcoats) , Stephanie Bernier, (Club de Rugby Quebec) , Tyson Beukeboom, (Aurora Barbarians) , Latoya Blackwood, (St. Anne de Bellevue) , Andrea Burk, (Capilano RFC) , Olivia DeMerchant, (Woodstock Wildmen) , Kim Donaldson, (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club) , Jessica Dovanne, (Velox RFC) , Magali Harvey, (Club de Rugby Quebec) , Mary-Jane Kirby, (Highland RFC) , Hilary Leith, (Capilano RFC) , Kayla Mack, (Wild Oats RFC) , Mandy Marchak, (Capilano RFC) , Barbara Mervin, (Velox RFC) , Jacey Murphy, (Aurora Barbarians) , Karen Paquin, (Club de Rugby Quebec) , Marie-Pier Pinault-Reid, (Club de Rugby Quebec) , Kelly Russell, Captain (Toronto Nomads) , Laura Russell, (Toronto Nomads) , Maria Samson, (Calgary Hornets) , Julia Sugawara, (Burnaby Lake RFC) , Amanda Thornborough, (Brandon Barbarians RFC) , Brittany Waters, (Meraloma Athletic Club) , Julianne Zussman, (Town of Mount Royal RFC)