Canada picks Women’s Rugby World Cup squad

Canada picks Women’s Rugby World Cup squad

Canada coach Francois Ratier has selected a veteran roster for the Women’s Rugby World Cup next month in Ireland, with 18 players returning from the team that finished runner-up at the 2014 tournament.

The 28-woman squad is the exact same as the one Ratier took to New Zealand last month for International Women’s Rugby Series.

“There is no surprise … I didn’t have any real reason to change it,” Ratier said of his roster.

“Those are the best players we have right now,” he added.

Ratier has worked with essentially the same player pool since the last World Cup, when Canada lost 21-9 to England in the final. The squad was augmented by the return of captain Kelly Russell, Elissa Alarie, Karen Paquin and Magali Harvey from the sevens program after the Rio Olympics.

Canada, ranked third in the world, is in Pool A with No. 2 New Zealand, No. 10 Wales and No. 23 Hong Kong at the 12-country World Cup.

Just Posted

Accused murderer tells all to Mr. Big undercover officer

Joshua Frank tells undercover police officer he shot the Klaus family

Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre prepares to open

Non-profit will run the facility and agencies will provide staff

Rocky Mountain House man arrested for child luring

A 30-year-old Rocky Mountain House man was arrested after allegedly having explicit… Continue reading

Parkinson association will close offices but maintain services

Offices closing in Red Deer, Medicine Hat and Lethbridge

WATCH: Central Middle School students’ Christmas tree

A group of Central Middle School students are set to show off… Continue reading

Red Deer County firefighters to be recognized for Waterton help

RCMP brass will give formal recognition Monday

Ron James tries to lighten humanity’s load through humour

The comedian returns to Red Deer for shows Dec. 1 and 2

100+ Women Red Deer donate to Christmas Bureau

About $14,000 will help with Christmas hampers and toys

Semi collides with vehicle on Highway 2 north of Ponoka

Members of the Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit dealt with a call on Highway 2 north of Ponoka

After 70 years, Red Deer veteran still remembers his traumatic war experience

Frank Krepps feels lucky to have survived the Second World War

Merritt Mountie charged with assault

Charges are in relation to an incident in May at the detachment, B.C. Prosecution Service said

Blackfalds RCMP arrest “armed and dangerous” man

A 38-year-old man, who police identified as armed and dangerous, was arrested… Continue reading

VIDEO: B.C.’s own hammock deer garners celebrity status

After getting tangled in a backyard hammock the deer in Prince Rupert has T-shirts, Facebook page

Most Read

Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month