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Canadian women await 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup draw

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The Canadian Press
10/29/2013 12:40:58 PM
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PARIS -- Canada will learn its draw Wednesday for the 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup.

The tournament is set for Aug. 1-17 next year in France. The draw is taking place at Hotel de Ville -- Paris' City Hall -- with International Rugby Board chairman Bernard Lapasset looking on.

The teams have been divided into three pots for the purpose of the draw:

1) New Zealand, England, Australia.

2) Canada, U.S., France.

3) Ireland, Wales, Spain.

4) Kazakhstan, Samoa, South Africa.

Kazakhstan and South Africa were the last teams to qualify, earning the right to represent Asia and Africa in September. South Africa thumped Uganda 63-3 while Kazakhstan held on to edge Japan 25-23.

Canada finished a disappointing sixth at the 2010 World Cup in England, losing 23-20 to the U.S. in the fifth-place playoff. The Canadians went 2-1 in pool play, beating Scotland and Sweden before losing to France.

Canada beat Scotland again to advance to the fifth-place game.

New Zealand won the tournament, beating England 13-10 in the final. The Black Ferns went 5-0, outscoring their opposition 188-33.

Under coach Francois Ratier, the Canadian women have done well recently. Canada defeated England 27-13 in Colorado in August to win the Nations Cup.

Next up for the Canadian women is a European tour, their first fall trip since 2009. They play France on Saturday in Pontarlier and Nov. 5 in Amneville before playing England on Nov. 13 at the Twickenham Stoop, site of the 2010 World Cup final.

It's been a rough season for the English women, who lost their Six Nations title, were beaten three times in their series in New Zealand and were beaten twice by Canada at Nations Cup.

Canada's preparation for the World Cup also includes a May-June tour of New Zealand to face the Black Ferns and Australia's Wallaroos.

Defending champions New Zealand, 2010 runners-up England, Australia, hosts France, USA, and Canada qualified automatically for the 2104 tournament from the last World Cup.

2013 Grand-Slam winner Ireland and Wales qualified via their performance at the 2012 and 2013 Six Nations. Spain and Samoa earned their ticket at a qualifying event in Madrid in April.

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Canadian Roster

Elissa Alarie, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue Rugby Club, Trois-Rivieres, Que.; Brittany Benn, Guelph Redcoats, Napanee, Ont.; Stephanie Bernier, Club de Rugby Quebec, Quebec City; Tyson Beukeboom, Aurora Barbarians, Uxbridge, Ont.; Latoya Blackwood, St. Anne de Bellevue, Montreal; Andrea Burk, Capilano RFC, North Vancouver; Sammy Crandell, Hornets RFC, Calgary; Olivia DeMerchant, Woodstock Wildmen, Mapledale, N.B.; Kim Donaldson, Burnaby Lake Rugby Club, Toronto; Jessica Dovanne, Velox RFC; Victoria; Bianca Farella, Town of Mount Royal RFC; Montreal; Megan Gibbs, Markham Irish RFC, Barrie, Ont.; Magali Harvey, Club de Rugby Quebec, Quebec City; Mary Jane Kirby, Highland RFC, Brampton, Ont.; Ghislaine Landry, Toronto Scottish RFC, Toronto; Hilary Leith, Saracens/Capilano RFC, Vancouver; Kayla Mack, Wild Oats RFC, Saskatoon; Kayla Moleschi, Williams Lake Rustlers, Williams Lake, B.C.; Jacey Murphy, Aurora Barbarians, Alliston, Ont.; Karen Paquin, Club de Rugby Quebec, Quebec City; Marie-Pier Pinault-Ried, Club de Rugby Quebec, Quebec City; Kelly Russell (capt), Toronto Nomads, Bolton, Ont.; Laura Russell, Toronto Nomads, Bolton, Ont.; Maria Samson, Calgary Hornets, Calgary; Amanda Thornborough, Brandon Barbarians RFC, Brandon, Man; Jackie Titley, Montreal; Brittany Waters, Meraloma Athletic Club, Vancouver.

Non-Travelling Reserves

Asya Bartley, Barrhaven Scottish RFC, Ottawa; Caitlin Beaton, Fergus Highland RFC, Clavering, Ont.; Katie McNally, Guelph Redcoats, Guelph, Ont.; Claragh Pegg, Kingston Panthers RFC, Barrie, Ont.; Julia Sugawara, Burnaby Lake, Surrey, B.C.; Julianne Zussman,Town of Mount Royal RFC, Montreal.

Ghislaine Landry (Photo: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

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