Team Canada

Team Canada

Rugby Québec ensures the development of its players to maximize their potential and help them reach the highest levels.

Several players from Quebec also have the chance to represent Canada on the international stage.

For informations on Canadian national teams, visit the Rugby Canada website.

Senior Men teamrugby-canada-logo

Head coach : Mark Anscombe

Senior Women team

Head coach: François Ratier

Men’s 7s

Head coach : Damian McGrath

Women’s 7s

Head coach : John Tait


Ten player from Quebec are on the women rugby 15 Team Canada squad. Learn about them by reading their profiles.

Elissa Alariealarie_elisa_2

Club : Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue

Town : Trois-Rivières

Elissa Alarie went to the Universite du Quebec à Trois-Rivieres. She made her debut for the National Sevens team in Hong Kong in 2013 and received her first Fifteens National Senior Women’s cap at Nations Cup in 2013 where Canada won their first-ever Tournament Title. Alarie also scored the game-winning try over USA in the finale of the two-game CAN-AM Series at Westhills Stadium in Langford, BC.

Latoya Blackwoodblackwood_latoya_3

Club : Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue

Town : Montréal

Blackwood attended the University of Western Ontario and Concordia University. In 2012 she received Concordia’s Fittest Athletes of the Year award. Blackwood received her first cap at Nations Cup in 2013 and helped Canada capture their first ever tournament title. Blackwood was nominated for 2013 Women’s Fifteens Player of the Year and also featured in the 2014 CAN-AM Series where Canada’s Women defeated USA at Shawnigan Lake School and at Westhills Stadium in Langford, BC.

Fabiola Fortezaforteza_fabiola

Club : Club de rugby de Québec

Town : Québec

Fabiola Forteza is the University Laval team’s captain. She had an excellent 2016 season, being named as the best player in the Reseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ). She was named on the RSEQ’s All-star team.


Magali Harveyharvey_magali_3

Club : Club de rugby de Québec

Town : Québec

Magali Harvey graduated from St. Francis Xavier University and broke an AUS scoring record by 9 points, set by former St. FX and current National Sevens player Ghislaine Landry, scoring 39 points in the first game of her final University season. She also set a personal record with 12 conversions in that game, outdoing the standard 10 she previously established. During her first season with St. FX, Harvey was named AUS Rookie of the year. She was named as an AUS All-Canadian three years in a row, from 2010-2012, and in 2013 she was placed on the AUS Rugby All-Star team. Harvey featured on Canada’s Women’s Sevens Team at the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens, helping Canada finish a best-ever second place behind New Zealand. Harvey also featured in the 2014 CAN-AM Series where Canada’s Women defeated USA at Shawnigan Lake School and at Westhills Stadium in Langford, BC, scoring two tries in the opening game and kicking two penalties and one conversion.

Anais Hollyholly-anais

Club : Town of Mount Royal RFC

Town : Montreal

Anais Holly is playing with the University of Montreal’s Carabins since the season 2012-2013. That year, she won the UdeM’s Rookie of the year award, before being named Player of the year the next season. Holly also became the first player in the Carabins history to play with the national team. She was on Team Canada squad for the Super Series, presented in July 2016.

Brianna Millermiller_brianna

Club : Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue RFC

Town : Pointe-Claire

Brianna Miller had an exceptional career with the McGill University. She became the first player from the Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) to won the MVP award for the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS). Miller is a two-time RSEQ most valuable player, three-time league all-star and former rookie of the year. She also led the RSEQ in scoring three years in a row.

Karen Paquinpaquin_karen_3

Club : Club de rugby de Québec

Town : Québec

Karen Paquin grew up in Quebec City, Quebec and graduated from Les Sentiers High School. She played her club rugby for Club de Rugby Quebec and also captained Team Quebec at the National Women’s League Championship. After playing with the Canadian Maple Leafs development team, Paquin received her first cap with Canada’s Women’s Sevens Team in 2012 during the NACRA Festival in Ottawa, Ontario. In 2013, Paquin won a silver medal at the Women’s Rugby World Cup Sevens and followed that up with a second place finish with Canada’s Women’s Fifteens Team at the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup. Paquin’s 11 tries during the 2013-14 World Rugby Women’s Sevens World Series season were the third most by a North American woman. Named to the 2014-15 World Rugby Women’s Sevens Dream Team, Paquin went on to help Canada win gold at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, recording eight tries which tied her for the team high. Paquin was named Rugby Canada’s Women’s Sevens Player of the Year for 2015. Paquin finished the 2015-16 WSWS season with 14 tries, the second-most by a Canadian player and tied for the ninth in the world. Her 53 career tries also rank her ninth in World Rugby Women’s Sevens World Series history. With 15 points on three tries, Paquin was one of Canada’s top scorers as the team won bronze in the Olympic debut of rugby sevens at Rio 2016.

Frédérique Rajotte rajotte_frederique

Club : Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue

Town: Montréal

Frederique Rajotte is studying at the Concordia University. The fourth-year Concordia Stingers player also won the Reseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) MVP award last year. Also, she had her first experience with Team Canada during the Super Series, in July.

Alexandra Tessiertessier_alex

Club : Montreal Barbarians

Town : St-Clothilde-de-Horton

Tessier has suited up for Canada at the U20 level as well as for the Maple Leafs and at the 2014 FISU World Championships where she helped Canada win gold. Tessier also plays for the Quebec Senior team. She studies mathematics and statistics with a minor in business at Concordia University. Tessier enjoys riding motorcycles in her spare time and also plays basketball.

Julianne Zussmanzussman_julianne_3

Club : Castaway Wanderers

Town : Montreal

Zussman completed her undergrad in International development at McGill in Quebec before she went to Switzerland to complete her Masters in Sport Administration. While she was overseas she continued to play rugby and trained with the local club team. She received her first National Senior Women’s cap in Scotland in 2007, and debuted with the sevens team in Amsterdam in 2008. Zussman then went on to play in the Women’s World Cup in England in 2010. Zussman scored a hat-trick in the 2014 CAN-AM Series opener against USA, helping Canada win 51-7 to open the two-game Series.