New era begins for Canterbury Women's rugby
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Head Coach John Sherratt says the valuable experience of Casey Robertson, Amira Rule and Halie Hurring-Tiplady will certainly be missed this year, as they all retired following the recent Women’s Rugby World Cup.
“Casey, Amiria and Halie have given a huge amount to this game and to this province. Their leadership, skills and experience will be missed however I know that they are excited, as we are, to see the new talent coming through in this squad.
“We have a number of new faces this year, which adds to the excitement and energy of the new season. In the forwards we are introducing hooker Molly Wright; prop Ashley Edwards; two new locks, MacKenzie Rossiter & Jess Hansen; Alana Bremner who can play lock or loose forward; and flanker Laura Buckingham. In the backline we have Claire Smith at halfback; three new second-fives, Nicola Hoole, Breana Kaio Te-Whetu & Epe Aukuso; new centres in Keshia Grant and Lucy Anderson; new wing/fullback Keilamarita Pouri-Lane, and another winger Lucy Ryan returning after a season ending injury in 2013,” Sherratt said.
Canterbury have a bye of the first week of competition, so will play their first match against Bay of Plenty on Saturday 30 August at Christchurch’s Rugby Park (12:30pm kick-off).
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