Canada and U.S. rugby women battle each other and heat

GUELPH – Team Canada didn’t let the hot weather Sunday slow them down as the downed Team USA 36-7 in an international women’s rugby scrimmage on the grass field at the Gryphon Soccer Complex.

The two national teams are in Guelph for a joint training camp to prepare for next month’s Women’s Rugby Super Series that’s to be held in San Diego.

The scrimmage featured three 30-minute periods. Canada changed the majority of its lineup each period while the U.S. made fewer changes.

Included on Canada’s 40-woman roster for the camp are current Guelph Redcoats Lori Josephson, Brittany Kassil, Emilie Nicholl, Emily Samek and Julia Schell and former Guelph Gryphon Jacey Grusnick.

The U.S. has 26 players at the camp including veterans Kimber Rozier (30 caps), Hope Rogers (25 caps), Catie Benson (17 caps) and Alycia Washington (also 17 caps).

The teams are to play another scrimmage Friday at 2 p.m. on the same field.


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