The best young women’s rugby players in the United States and Canada will square off Saturday in the second match of the Under-20 Can-Am Series at Norm Perry Park in Sarnia.
The USA Rugby AIG Women’s Junior All-Americans will take on the Under-20 Canadian team at 7 p.m. at the park.
“It will be great to host the event in Canada, and we’re looking forward to the opportunity to examine new and returning athletes,” Canada coach Sandro Fiorino said in a release. “This event is an excellent pathway into Canada’s Women’s Sevens and Fifteens programs. Many of our U-20 graduates have continued to compete for Canada on an elite international level.
“Winning the Nations Cup last year was a big accomplishment, and we will be looking to continue that success this year.”
The Canadian U20 team was unbeaten in 2013, winning its first ever U20 Nation’s Cup. During the run to the cup, the Canadians defeated the U.S. twice, the only two losses the U.S. suffered in the tournament.
The two teams played their first game in the series on Wednesday in London, Ontario, with the Canadians winning 51-5. It was a 10-5 game at halftime.
Scores from the two games will be combined to determine a winner.
Players on the U.S. team come from colleges — and, in some cases, high schools — around the country, with Penn State heavily represented.
“This is the first time this group of athletes have been on a team together,” U.S. WJAA coach Danielle Miller said in a release. “We have a wide range of ages and athletes on this team, from players who in the fall could be entering their sophomore year of college or sophomore year of high school.
“Due to players’ hard work and initiative, they have been able to communicate and read each other’s moves to all be on the same page.”
Tickets for the event are $8. For more information on the event, or to purchase tickets, visit http://events.rugbycanada.ca/can-am-u20.html.