“The camaraderie across the squad’s excellent, most likely higher than I’ve ever seen in any crew that I’ve coached.”
Rugby league is to not be confused with rugby union, the extra broadly performed model of the sport which is presently holding its personal Ladies’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 crew in possession of the ball has six makes an attempt to go down discipline with groups often kicking for discipline place on the sixth try if they do not rating.
Tries in rugby league are value 4 factors, in comparison with 5 in rugby union.
Rigby league is a bodily recreation with huge forwards pounding the ball down the center of the pack, wanting to create space for fast backs. It combines brute pressure with technique.
The 16-team males’s Rugby League World Cup is nicely underway in England with a companion wheelchair occasion set to start out Thursday. The boys’s and ladies’s finals are scheduled for Nov. 19 at Manchester’s Outdated Trafford, at some point after the wheelchair championship recreation.
The Canadian males’s crew, often called the Wolverines, didn’t qualify with Jamaica representing the Americas within the males’s discipline. Presently ranked thirty eighth on this planet, the Canadian males begin their street towards qualifying for the subsequent World Cup on Saturday with a pleasant in opposition to the US in Tampa, Fla.
All the Canadian women and men are primarily rugby union gamers. Rugby league has a small footprint again residence.
However six gamers will characterize 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 large they usually’re all leaders as nicely, which is nice,” mentioned Fort.
The Ravens additionally get a giant increase in expertise from Laura Mariu, who represented New Zealand on the final 5 World Cups. Mariu captained New Zealand on the 2017 event 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 attempt in a 34-4 loss to the Cardiff Demons this summer season.
The Canadian girls arrived in England on Oct. 22 for a pre-tournament camp and misplaced an Oct. 25 warm-up recreation 8-6 to Eire. Additionally they had a scrimmage with the Hull Kingston-Rovers girls’s crew.
“I believe it is positively a much better ready crew,” unhappy Fort. “We’re a extra skilled crew than earlier than. I believe we have got extra depth than the earlier event.”
“I am very enthusiastic about what we may obtain,” he added. “However I acknowledge that it’ll be an enormous problem as a result of each different crew’s improved no ends as nicely.”
Canada is presently ranked sixth on this 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, nevertheless. Fort factors to Karina Gauto as one participant who earned recognition within the September trials recreation in BC
“She put her hand up. It was her first rugby league expertise and she or he 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. Fort was in cost on the final World Cup and 2017 gamers Katie Grudzinski and Stevi Schnoor are serving as crew supervisor and assistant coach, respectively, this time round.
“I believe we have got a extremely thrilling crew. We have quite a lot of tempo within the backline in Petra Woods and Brittany Jones, Karina (Gauto) … And we have got some actually skilled robust forwards as nicely with Ada Okonjwo and Kristy Sargent,” mentioned Fort.
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 to this point with Britain, which 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 Fort.
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