Rouge et Or: formidable rugby players, but not yet feared

Rouge et Or: fearsome rugby players, but not yet feared


They crushed the competition again this season, they finished third at the Canadian level last year, but the girls of the Rouge et Or rugby team of Laval University left Quebec for the university championship on Monday, knowing full well that they are not taken seriously at the national level.

And with the objective of changing their minds rivals from the rest of Canada.

“We are noisy, we are small, but we are able to move the ball and play rugby,” said Annabelle Parent, before climbing on the bus for Montreal, where the whole team will then take the plane in direction of Victoria, British Columbia.

Annabelle Parent, second line player of the Laval University Rouge et Or women's rugby team, before leaving for the Canadian Championship in Victoria.

Thanks to the depth

A busy program awaits them there. If they chain the victories, they will play three games in five days. In this tight schedule, the experience of training and its depth will be great assets to take top honors, raised the second line player.

“[The other teams] look down on us,” she added. We are the only French-speaking university, we have come a long way, they do not know what we are doing there. But every year, we show that we know how to play. Me, it makes me happy that we are looked down on, because afterwards, when we always finish in the top 3, the other clubs remain stupid.”

“There are several favorites, but we are in the four or five teams that can aspire to the title, pointed out François Vachon-Marceau, who will be in his first Canadian championship as head coach. So I think yes, we are to be taken seriously, but we are ready.”

A perfect season

Laval is ranked second in the country, behind Queen's, who beat them last year, in the Canadian semi-finals.

In their section, the domination of the Rouge et Or is clear. They have scored 485 points in eight games, and allowed just 36.

On their way to the RSEQ championship, their only close encounters have been against the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees. 'Ottawa, who will also be present in Victoria.

The Quebec final played against Ottawa was the first game of the campaign where the Vachon-Marceau players really faced adversity. Led late in the game – they had never trailed before this year – they won in the final minutes, thanks to a conversion from Alexina Tardif-Samson.

“It is sure [que ce match] prepared us, raised the coach. At the Canadian Championship, it is supposed to be the eight best teams in the country that meet. Tight matches, there will be. In terms of managing a match, character, it was excellent preparation.”

“No one can do that!”

The Rouge et Or will begin their tournament on Wednesday, against Arcadia. The Gee-Gees, like Queen's and the Victoria Vikes, who they beat to bronze last year, find themselves in the other half of the table.

The journey to 'in Victoria was going to be a long one, but Parent pointed out that the players will arrive rested, they who benefited from a week's break after their victory in the RSEQ final.

“We are 100% , even 120%, she commented. On the other hand, we will need the following week to rest, because it hits, a Canadian championship! Three games in five days, nobody can do that. We will never see football guys doing that!”

“Everyone is feverish, we are in a good mood, smiled third line player Laurence Chabot. We are confident, I think everyone knows that we have the team to win this year.”