I caught up with the Canadian touring side United Rugby at day one of the Women’s World Cup just after they’d watched Canada romp to a comfortable win over Scotland.

I took the opportunity to have a quick word with tour captain Denise Galuska to hear how they’d made it this far?

The story started a year ago when one of our girls was trying out for the Canadian side on the France tour last year. We’d been talking about touring for a long, long time so we put the plan in motion to do a tour to come over to show our support at the World Cup and tour round  the UK and Ireland at the same time.

She didn’t actually  make the squad but the tour was in motion anyway so here we are.

So after your night in London where do you head to next?

Tomorrow night we’re in Manchester then it’s up to Edinburgh for a few days and they Glasgow where we play our first game against a team I can’t even begin to pronounce the name off!

After Glasgow we’re over to Belfast where we play in the Harlequins 7’s Tournament then down to Dublin for three days where we play St Marys College before heading back to London for the finals of the WRWC.

What did you think of Canada’s showing in their first game?

Canada came out strong in the first (half) definitely stronger than Scotland did. The second half we were definitely weaker, maybe not quite so fit, and Scotland had better pressure for sure. There were some errant passes on Canada’s part.

On the most part though it was a good warm up game but they’ll need to do better if they want to challenge for the title.

The girls definitely have a busy schedule but after bumping into them again, still in good form after a long days travelling and supporting, I’m sure they’ll be in good form when they arrive in Belfast for the Harlequins 7’s on Sunday.  

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