Brandonite Amanda Thornborough has been selected to try out for Canada’s team for the Women’s Rugby World Cup in the fall.
Thornborough, a 23-year-old Vincent Massey graduate, is one of 41 players Canadian 15s coach Francois Ratier invited to the training camp, which begins next week at Shawnigan Lake, B.C. After the camp, Canada will take on the United States in a pair of exhibition games on April 15 and 19. The roster will then be trimmed before the squad travels to New Zealand in June for exhibition games against Australia and New Zealand.
Canada kicks off its first game at the World Cup overseas in Paris on Aug. 1.
After a solid stint with the rugby 7s team, Thornborough decided to focus on 15s rugby this season for the opportunity to play in the World Cup.
She received her first cap with the national team last summer and is now living in Victoria to train with members of both national women’s rugby teams and finishing up the political science degree she started while playing university rugby with the St. Francis Xavier X-Women. She won a pair of CIS titles with St. Francis Xavier.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition April 4, 2014