Nov 08, 2017
All you need to know ahead of England Women v Canada at Allianz Park!
Rugby at Allianz Park takes on an international flavour this month as the stadium prepares to host England Women v Canada Women on Friday 17th November in the opening game of a three test series.
Ahead of the game, which is the first women's international game to be hosted at Allianz Park, we took a look at everything you need to know.
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Best World Cup Finish – Champions 1994, 2014
Player to watch: Sarries’ Zoe Harrison will make her senior debut this autumn and at 19 years old looks like one to watch for many seasons to come!
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Player to watch: Veteran flanker Karen Paquin won bronze with Canada 7s at the Rio Olympics and was a key player for Canada at the World Cup this year.
Last Time Out
England and Canada have faced each other a total of 26 times since their first meeting in 1993, with England coming out on top in the majority of encounters. The sides last met back in June when the Red Roses claimed a close 27-20 win over Canada in New Zealand. England scored four tries that day, with a brace coming from Lydia Thompson and a try a piece from Abbie Scott and Kay Wilson.
Sarries’ Red Roses
A total of four players from Saracens Women have been called up to the Red Roses squad for the series against Canada, making the women in black the third most represented side, behind Wasps Ladies and Harlequins Ladies who both have five players named in the squad.
With over 50 England caps to her name Packer is the most experienced of Sarries England quartet. The flanker was a World Cup winner with England in 2014 and also featured as England finished runners up to New Zealand in this year’s competition
Cleall made her England debut last year when came off the bench to face Scotland in the Six Nations. Since then she has gone on to win 15 international caps and featured in the 2017 World Cup final where England finished runners up to New Zealand.
Sarries fly-half Zoe Harrison has been called up into the senior England squad this season for the first time in her career and will be one to watch during the series. Harrison is currently the top points scorer in the Tyrrells Premier 15s and has featured in the past for England U20s.
The Saracens captain made her England debut in 2015 against France and will be looking to add to her 10 caps this autumn. Clapp has been in fine form for Saracens so far this season, scoring four tries for the women in black.