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Canada Ravens ladies set to kick off second go to to Rugby League World Cup

5 years after defeating Papua New Guinea 22-8 for his or her first-ever worldwide check win on the Rugby League World Cup, the Canada Ravens renew acquaintances Tuesday with the Pacific Islands staff often called the PNG Orchids.

5 years after defeating Papua New Guinea 22-8 for his or her first-ever worldwide check win on the Rugby League World Cup, the Canada Ravens renew acquaintances Tuesday with the Pacific Islands staff often called the PNG Orchids.

The 2022 version of the ladies’s match has grown to eight groups with Brazil and France becoming a member of 2017 champion Australia, runner-up New Zealand, Canada, the Prepare dinner Islands, England and Papua New Guinea.

The Canadian gamers have needed to bide their time for a second journey to the match, which was initially slated to start out in October 2021 however was postponed as a result of pandemic.

“Clearly the primary sport on the World Cup is an enormous occasion they usually’re anticipating an enormous crowd at Headingley Stadium. So there’s just a few nerves however primarily pleasure I feel, which is nice,” stated Ravens head coach Mike Citadel, an Australian who commutes to teach Canada on a non-paid foundation.

“The camaraderie across the squad’s excellent, in all probability higher than I’ve ever seen in any staff that I’ve coached.”

Rugby league is to not be confused with rugby union, the extra extensively performed model of the sport which is at the moment holding its personal Girls’s World Cup in New Zealand. The third-ranked Canadians are getting ready for a semifinal showdown with top-ranked England in Auckland on Friday.

Rugby league has 13 gamers per aspect, versus 15 for rugby union, and is performed primarily in Australia, England and New Zealand.

In rugby league, play stops when the ball-carrier is tackled. The staff in possession of the ball has six makes an attempt to go down subject with groups often kicking for subject place on the sixth try if they do not rating.

Tries in rugby league are price 4 factors, in comparison with 5 in rugby union.

Rigby league is a bodily sport with huge forwards pounding the ball down the center of the pack, trying to create space for fast backs. It combines brute drive with technique.

The 16-team males’s Rugby League World Cup is effectively underway in England with a companion wheelchair occasion set to start out Thursday. The lads’s and girls’s finals are scheduled for Nov. 19 at Manchester’s Previous Trafford, at some point after the wheelchair championship sport.

The Canadian males’s staff, often called the Wolverines, did not qualify with Jamaica representing the Americas within the males’s subject. At present ranked thirty eighth on the planet, the Canadian males begin their street towards qualifying for the following World Cup on Saturday with a pleasant towards the US in Tampa, Fla.

The entire Canadian women and men are primarily rugby union gamers. Rugby league has a small footprint again residence.

However six gamers will symbolize Canada for a second time within the Rugby League World Cup: Nina Bui, Sab McDaid, Jade Menin, Megan Pakulis, Liz Steele and Natalie Tam.

“An enormous assist, It is a luxurious we did not have final time. That is going to be huge they usually’re all leaders as effectively, which is nice,” stated Citadel.

The Ravens additionally get an enormous increase in expertise from Laura Mariu, who represented New Zealand on the final 5 World Cups. Mariu captained New Zealand on the 2017 match when the Kiwi Ferns defeated Canada 50-4 in its World Cup debut in Sydney.

She qualifies for the Ravens by advantage of her Canadian mom.

Gabby Hindley, a former all-Canadian rugby union participant on the College of British Columbia, is the Canadian skipper. Previous to COVID, Hindley was enjoying for the North Sydney Bears in Australia.

Hindley, whose day job is as a biologist with an engineering and environmental consulting firm, performs rugby league for the Vancouver Dragons and rugby union for Burnaby Lake.

Pakulis has been named vice-captain.

Lauren Mueller is coming off enjoying in England’s Tremendous League South competitors the place she scored the London Broncos’ lone strive in a 34-4 loss to the Cardiff Demons this summer time.

The Canadian ladies arrived in England on Oct. 22 for a pre-tournament camp and misplaced an Oct. 25 warm-up sport 8-6 to Eire. Additionally they had a scrimmage with the Hull Kingston-Rovers ladies’s staff.

“I feel it is undoubtedly a much better ready staff,” unhappy Citadel. “We’re a extra skilled staff than earlier than. I feel we have extra depth than the earlier match.”

“I am very enthusiastic about what we may obtain,” he added. “However I acknowledge that it should be an enormous problem as a result of each different staff’s improved no ends as effectively.”

Canada is at the moment ranked sixth on the planet in comparison with No. 4 for Papua New Guinea. However the rankings imply little contemplating the Canadians play so hardly ever. The Ravens final went overseas in 2019 on a tour to Serbia.

Expertise continues to floor, nonetheless. Citadel factors to Karina Gauto as one participant who earned recognition within the September trials sport in BC

“She put her hand up. It was her first rugby league expertise and he or she form of got here simply in to fill within the numbers with the West squad. She carried out rather well and pushed herself right into a (roster) spot actually.”

There may be expertise on the Canadian sidelines. Citadel was in cost on the final World Cup and 2017 gamers Katie Grudzinski and Stevi Schnoor are serving as staff supervisor and assistant coach, respectively, this time round.

“I feel we have a very thrilling staff. We have got loads of tempo within the backline in Petra Woods and Brittany Jones, Karina (Gauto) … And we have some actually skilled powerful forwards as effectively with Ada Okonjwo and Kristy Sargent,” stated Citadel.

Sargent went to the final rugby union World Cup with Canada.

New Zealand received the primary three editions of the ladies’s World Cup and was runner-up to Australia in 2013 and ’17. Australia has received 11 of the 15 males’s World Cups thus far with Britain, which now not competes, taking three titles and New Zealand one.

Canada’s Rugby League World Cup Roster

Maddy Aberg, BC; Nancy Bui, Ontario; Rachel Chaboter, BC; Brittany Douglas, Ontario; Dani Frananda, Alberta; Alix Evans, Alberta; Alanna Fittes, Alberta; Karina Gauto, Alberta; Gabrielle Hindley, BC; Britanny Jones, Alberta; Sarah Maguire, Alberta; Laura Mariu, New Zealand; Sab McDaid, Ontario; Jade Menin, Alberta; Lauren Mueller, London, England; Natasha Naismith, Ontario; Ada Jane Okonjwo, BC; Megan Pakulis, Ontario; Ferris Sandboe, Alberta; Kristy Sargent, Alberta; Zoey Siciliano, Ontario; Liz Steele, Alberta; Natalie Tam, Ontario; Petra Woods, Ontario.

Coach: Mike Citadel.

Assistant Coaches: Ben Hickey, Stevi Schnoor, Darryl Fisher.

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This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed Oct. 31, 2022

Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

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