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Canadian Women Wary of Fijianas’ Strength

The Canadian Women Rugby XV side has been preparing well ahead of time for their match against the Rooster Chick­en Fijiana pack.
21 Sep 2022 17:00
Canadian Women Wary of Fijianas’ Strength
Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15 reps Ana Maria Roqica (with ball) and Timaima Ravisa training at Albert Park, Suva on September 20, 2022. Photo: Leon Lord.

The Canadian Women Rugby XV side has been preparing well ahead of time for their match against the Rooster Chick­en Fijiana pack.

“We know they (Fijiana) are in­credible in their offload game.”

“We know they have some really strong athletes. So we’re preparing a lot for the contact area and what that will look like,” Canada women cap­tain Sophie de Goede said while training under the west blistering sun.

 

“It’s incredibly important for our team, just to be able to have a match against a national team. With the quality in the Fijiana side, it is huge for us to get prepared for our pool games in New Zealand.

“To have good contact, we know they’re going to be an incredibly physical team.”

“It’s going to be re­ally helpful to us.”

How hard we are going to have to go into each con­tact once we get to the Rugby World Cup.

 

“In terms of attack, we’re really trying to focus on the systems that we want to play once we get to a World Cup.”

So it’s a balance of preparing ourselves for the World Cup and focusing on us and then focusing on all the threats that the Fijiana pose because although they are ranked 21 they’re an incredibly strong side.”

The Canadian women are stop­ping over on their way to the wom­en Rugby World Cup to be held in in New Zealand from October 8 to November 12.

 

“This is my first time in Fiji and we love it. Everyone’s so friendly,” she said.

de Goede also continues the rugby legacy for Canada for being captain just like her parents, her dad, Hans captained Canada mens to the RWC 1987 while her mother, Stephanie White, also captained Canada in the first women’s World Cup and then played in two others.

 

Her brother Thyssen de Goede capped for Canada XV and also played in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in the sevens code.

“It’s incredible and really cool for me to be able to follow my parent’s footsteps as they both Captain Can­ada in the World Cup. It’s pretty neat for it to come full circle and for me to have that opportunity,” she added.

 

She will be joined by regulars Ol­ivia DeMerchant, Brianna Miller, Laura Russell, Tyson Beukeboom, Karen Paquin, Elissa Alarie, Brit­tany Kassil, DaLeaka Menin and Alexandra Tessier, all of whom have represented Canada in at least one previous Rugby World Cup.

DeMerchant and Beukeboom hope to break the 50-caps mark with their next selection.

 

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Story by : Waisea Nasokia

Feedback: waisean@fijisun.com.fj



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