Canadian women face Fiji in final international test before Rugby World Cup
Canada plays its final test match ahead of next month's Women's Rugby World Cup when it takes on Fiji on Friday at HFC Bank Stadium in Suva.
The Canadian women ran into a buzz saw in Fiji at the Rugby World Cup Sevens on Sunday, losing 53-0 to finish sixth in the 16-team field. Fifth-seeded Canada trailed 34-0 at the half as No. 6 Fiji, claiming one restart after another, ran in six of its nine tries before the break.
Having integrated more than a dozen new faces into the program, coach Jack Hanratty believes the Canadian women's rugby sevens team has turned a corner. he Canadian squad will get a chance to prove him right at the Rugby World Cup Sevens, which start Friday in Cape Town.
Veterans Laura Russell and Karen Paquin highlight Canada's 32-woman rugby roster for next month's Pacific Four Series in New Zealand. The third-ranked Canadians will play the seventh-ranked U.S. in Tauranga before taking on No. 2 New Zealand on June 12 in Waitakere and No. 5 Australia on June 12 in Whangarei.
A crunching goal-line tackle by forward Alex Russell early in the first half swung the momentum as Canada scored 29 straight points in a 29-5 win over Japan at the HSBC Canada Sevens rugby tournament Sunday at B.C. Place Stadium.
The Canadian men got the start they wanted in their opening match, but inexperience and nerves showed as a powerful Australian team calmly took control for a 26-10 win Saturday at the HSBC Canada Sevens rugby tournament at BC Place Stadium.