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With two tournament wins in two outings in 2011, Canadian women's sevens coach John Tait has named a squad with two additions for the upcoming Amsterdam 7s, taking place in Holland on May 21st and 22nd.The Canadian women beat the Netherlands in February in Nevada to take Las Vegas Sevens open title, and then went 5-0 last month in Hong Kong, to win the Cup championship, with a solid l 28-14 win over France in the final.
The two new faces joining the team are veteran fifteens stalwart Julianne Zussman and rookie Brittany Orr, both who are making their first appearances for Canada in 2011.
Zussman, originally from Quebec, is currently studying Sports Administration and Technology at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland, while Orr is a nursing student at the University of Lethbridge - a school that has turned out many international rugby players including Ashley Patzer and Kelsey Willoughby – both who are also named to the tour.
"Zussman was meant to attend the Vegas camp and tournament but was excused as she is attending University in Switzerland completing her masters”, said Tait..“ She…he is a player that has the attributes to excel at sevens with speed, skill and the ability to beat defenders one on one."
Of Orr Tait offered, "Brittany was one of the top performers in Vegas for the Maple Leafs squad, as the tournament progressed so did her play. For such a young athlete she was very composed and plays with vision and skill beyond her years."
Tait says that while he has players such as Patzer and Ghislaine Landry, who both had top notch performances in Las Vegas and Hong Kong, women's sevens is also about the future and the Olympics.
"We need to constantly be looking for depth at their position," he says. "Zussman and Orr will push them and the entire squad from becoming complacent after the last two tournament wins. "
The Amsterdam tournament will feature twenty women's teams from around the world and will provide a good challenge for the Canadian women, who have been running up big scores in their last nine tournament matches.
Teams will include two sides from the host Netherlands, Russia, Kazakhstan, Norway, Portugal, Belgium, Brazil and Georgia as well as some top club sides from the UK, France and Germany.
Canada Women's 7s For Amsterdam
Arielle Dubisette-Borrice - Western University (Toronto, ON)
Magali Harvey - St. Francis-Xavier University (Montreal, PQ)
Jen Kish - Edmonton Rockers - (Edmonton, AB)
Ghislaine Landry - Toronto Scottish RFC, ON & Bath Rugby, UK (Toronto, ON)
Mandy Marchak - Capilano (North Vancouver, BC)
Barbara Mervin - Velox Valkyries (Peterborough, ON)
Brittany Orr - University of Lethbridge (Lethbridge, AB)
Ashley Patzer - Lethbridge RFC (Lethbridge, AB)
Kelly Russell - Toronto Nomads (Caledon, ON)
Brittany Waters - Meraloma (Vancouver, BC)
Kelsey Willoughby - Lethbridge RFC (Lethbridge, AB)
Julianne Zussman - Town of Mount Royal (Montreal, PQ)
Coach - John Tait
Strength and Conditioning/Manager: Maria Gallo
Name Club/University (Hometown)
Andrea Burke Capilano RFC, (Vancouver, BC)
Shannon Kane Velox Valkyries, (Victoria, BC)
Darcy Patterson Capilano RFC, (Vancouver, BC)
Cheryl Phillips Toronto Scottish R.F.C, (Toronto, ON)
Laura Stoughton Calgary Irish, (Calgary AB)