Canada Women to Play Irish, Welsh

Via Women’s Rugby World Cup …

Canada women to tour Ireland and Wales
20 MARCH 2005
Rugby Canada has announced that Canada’s National Senior Women’s Team (NSWT) will tour Ireland and Wales in April and May 2006, playing three international matches in preparation for this year’s Women’s Rugby World Cup.

Canada will play Ireland in Galway on 29 April before travelling to Cardiff, Wales the next day, where a Canada XV will play a Welsh development XV on 2 May. Finally, the NSWT will play a full international against Wales on 6 May.

“We are delighted that we are able to announce the NSWT tour to Ireland and Wales in April and May,” commented Rugby Canada Director of Rugby, Martin Gallagher.

“Both the Wales and Ireland Unions have been tremendous in assisting us with these fixtures as we prepare for the Women’s Rugby World Cup (WRWC) in Edmonton.

The hope is that the tour will give the coaches an opportunity to put what they are trying to achieve into practice – these games allow the coaches to see different combinations and also to try out different game plans in their preparation
Rugby Canada High Performance Director Geraint John

“Unfortunately it has impacted the club rugby structure in British Columbia and we are thankful to the clubs and BC Rugby for their cooperation in this matter.”

The tour is a continuation of Canada’s quest to field their most competitive team ever when the Women’s World Cup starts in August and fulfil the team’s burning ambition to make the final at the Commonwealth Stadium on 17 September.

“Jilly Holroyd (Wales) and Mark Andrews (Ireland) and I have been working for several months to put this tour in place as both teams have limited opportunity to play test matches outside the Women’s Six Nations and incoming autumn tours,” continued Gallagher.

“Ireland has also expressed an interest in touring Canada in the summer of 2007.”

A primary goal of the tour will be to prepare the NSWT to play grueling matches in quick succession.

“The hope is that the tour will give the coaches an opportunity to put what they are trying to achieve into practice,” said Rugby Canada High Performance Director Geraint John. “These games allow the coaches to see different combinations and also to try out different game plans in their preparation.

The two-year lead-up to the World Cup has seen Canada’s women play their busiest schedule ever.

“Following the 2002 Women’s Rugby World Cup, Neil Langevin was awarded the Head Coach position with Canada’s National Senior Women’s Team,” explained Team Manager Roxanne Butler. “Neil gathered a very professional, dedicated management support team and quickly organized a tour to the U.K. to play England’s Senior Women.

“This allowed everyone to get familiar and very aggressive future plans were put in place. Two 40-player camps were held in Canada in the spring of 2005 and in June, Ottawa hosted the Canada Cup with two Canadian teams competing with Scotland and New Zealand.

Canada will again be in camp for three weeks this summer, ahead of the Edmonton tournament.

CANADA MATCH SCHEDULE FOR TOUR TO IRELAND & WALES
Saturday, 29 April, 2:00pm
Ireland Women v Canada Women, Galway Showgrounds, Galway

Tuesday, 2 May, 7:00pm
Wales Development XV v Canada XV, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff

Saturday, 6 May, 2:30pm
Wales Women v Canada Women, Glamorgan Wanderers RFC, Cardiff

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