No complex for Canadian women

No complex for Canadian women


On the eve of playing the semi-final of the Women's Rugby Union World Cup, Canada are in no way intimidated by the idea of ​​rubbing shoulders with England who are the tournament favorite team with a 29-game winning streak.

In a rematch of the 2014 final which ended in the advantage of the English by the score of 21-9, the two rivals will cross swords Friday evening in Auckland in New Zealand with the stakes of a place for the final meeting. . 

The other semi-final will pit New Zealand against France. The four teams in the semi-finals occupied the top four places in the world rankings before the start of hostilities on October 8.

With a perfect course in the group phase with three victories and a win against the United States in the quarter-finals, the Canadians ensure that they do not suffer from any complex against their opponents who occupy the first world rank, even if their last victory against them dates back to 2016. Canada have a record of three wins, 29 losses and a draw against England.


< p>“We are zero impressed, launched the head coach, Kevin Rouet, from the outset. The English have weaknesses everywhere. Our girls are more athletic and are better after contact. The girls are very confident and they have nothing to lose. We are preparing and training for this game against England.

Rouet recognizes the Red Roses' undeniable strengths, but believes they are very predictable and advocate the same style of play regardless of their opponents. 

“The English are solid in scrums, touches and kicking,” he said. They think they are the best in the world, but our style of play is difficult for them. Just because they're predictable and never change style doesn't mean they're easy to defend. »

Karen Paquin agrees. “It's easy to know what they're going to do,” said the quarter-final MVP. They are not used to not being able to climb the pitch. Our role will be to prevent them from advancing and to limit the damage. Because they have a good kicking game, we will have to put pressure on them. »


While Canada is well aware of what awaits them, Rouet believes that the English do not know what to expect from their opponents. 

“We didn't play the same way in our four games at all,” he explained. We adapt according to each team. We haven't been the same team for three weeks. We get better with every game. It's nice to see the evolution.

“Unlike our main rivals, we never have the opportunity to chain games as we currently do, to pursue the former head coach of the Rouge et Or of Laval University. We have achieved our goals so far by presenting a quality game.

Since the centralization of the Canadian team in Vancouver in anticipation of the World Cup, the two rivals have not faced each other.

Similarities with 2014

Paquin draws similarities to the 2014 World Cup when Canada caused an upset by ousting France on their home turf to reach the final against England.

“At the time, nobody believed that we could win against France, underlined the one who is playing her third World Cup. England have a very good team and are ranked first in the world, but only scored one try against France in a pool match in a 13-7 victory. exploit their weaknesses and build on our strengths. »