Canada’s Touring Squad Autumn 2021

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Sandro Fiorino, the Canadian Head Coach, has announced the names of 32 players to undertake their USA and European tour this autumn:

Alex Ellis (Barrhaven Scottish/Saracens)
Alexandra Tessier (Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue RFC)
Brianna Miller (Saint-Anne-de-Bellevue RFC)
Brittany Kassil (Guelph Redcoats)
Courtney Holtkamp (Red Deer Titans)
DaLeaka Menin (Exeter Chiefs)
Elissa Alarie (Westshore RFC/SABRFC/Braves de TR)
Emily Belchos de Goede (Westshore RFC)
Emily Tuttosi (Exeter Chiefs)
Emma Taylor (HRFC)
Gabrielle Senft (Castaway Wanders)
Gillian Boag (Capilano RFC)
Janna Slevinsky (Saracens/Calgary Saracens)
Julia Schell* (Guelph Redcoats)
Justine Pelletier (Stade Bordelais/Club de rugby de Quebec)
Karen Paquin (Stade Bordelais/Club de rugby de Quebec)
Laetitia Royer* (Lons Section Paloise/St-Anne-de-Bellevue)
Laura Russell (Toronto Nomads/Cowichan RFC)
Marie Thibault (Club de Rugby de Quebec)
Mikiela Nelson (UBC Rugby/Capilano Rugby)
Nakisa Levale* (Abbotsford RFC)
Ngalula Fuamba (TMRRFC)
Olivia DeMerchant (Exeter Chiefs/Halifax Tars RFC)
Paige Farries (Worcester Warriors/Westshore RFC)
Pamphinette Buisa (Ottawa Irish)
Renee Gonzalez* (Westshore RFC)
Sabrina Poulin (TMRRFC/Stade Rennais)
Sara Kaljuvee (Toronto Scottish)
Sarah-Maude Lachance* (Lons Section Paloise/Club de Rugby de Quebec)
Sophie de Goede (Castaway Wanderers RFC)
Tyson Beukeboom (Cowichan RFC)
Veronica Harrigan (Brantford Harlequins)
*uncapped

As with the USA squad, a number of players are unavailable for the trip. They include leading figures like Cindy Nelles, Mackenzie Carson, Alysha Corrigan and McKinley Hunt.

Even so it is a very experienced group, well used to touring and performing at high level. They amass 398 caps between them, with their captain Laura Russell in line for her 50th cap. They will be keen to maintain their present world ranking (3rd), closely followed by France. That will give them the confidence to enter the final straight before next year’s World Cup.

Unlike the USA squad just announced, the Canadians include several players who have been performing in Elite 1 in France. They are the Francophone group from Quebec who form most of the Canadian back-line.

Nakisa Levale and Renee Gonzalez featured in the Vancouver and Edmonton Fast Four Sevens tournament last month.

The Fixture Schedule:

November 1, 2021
v USA
(Infinity Park, Colorado)

November 5, 2021
v USA
(Infinity Park, Colorado)

November 14, 2021
v England
(Twickenham Stoop)

November 21, 2021
v Wales
(Cardiff Arms Park)