Canada Out Of Medals

Canada full-back Elissa Alarie tries to shrug of the tackle of Sarah Goss in their Women's Rugby World Cup 2017 Pool A match with New Zealand at Billings Park in Dublin, Ireland, on 17 August.Photo by INPHO/James Crombie.

Canada full-back Elissa Alarie tries to shrug of the tackle of Sarah Goss in their Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 Pool A match with New Zealand at Billings Park in Dublin, Ireland, on 17 August.
Photo by INPHO/James Crombie.

(DUBLIN, IRELAND) – The Canadian women at the Rugby World Cup in Ireland dropped a disappointing result to New Zealand today and eliminated themselves from medal contention. The loss leaves Canada seeded at best in 5th place and out of the top 4 needed to gain entry to the semi-finals.

CANADA 5 : 48 NEW ZEALAND

The Kiwis built up a 29-nil advantage by halftime and it wasn’t until the 62nd minute that Canada scored its first and only try of the afternoon when Jacey Grusnick, of Alliston, ON, ran over untouched after taking a pass from Julianne Zussman.

This was the 14th meeting between the two national sides, all of which have gone to the Black Ferns.

Canada now has to await the remainder of the Pool C results before knowing their opponent in the fifth-place semi-finals. They can finish as high as 5th or as far down as 8th in the 12-team competition.

New Zealand's Eloise Blackwell is tackled by Emily Belchos and Latoya Blackwood in their Women's Rugby World Cup 2017 Pool A match with Canada at Billings Park in Dublin, Ireland, on 17 August. Photo: INPHO/James Crombie.

New Zealand’s Eloise Blackwell is tackled by Emily Belchos and Latoya Blackwood in their Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 Pool A match with Canada at Billings Park in Dublin, Ireland, on 17 August.
Photo by INPHO/James Crombie.

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