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2017 Womens Rugby World Cup Wales v New Zealand
New Zealand vs Wales

Former Canadian World Cup teammates discuss the Rugby World Cup games that have taken place so far in Dublin and offer their predictions for the rest of the tournament

Kim Donaldson is joined by her former teammate who with 66 caps is Canada’s most-capped female rugby player Gill Florence who has played in five World Cups, making her debut at the age of 18. During that time she also played for Quebec and her home club Ste Anne de Bellevue. They discuss the play so far in the Women’s Rugby World Cup, which is taking place in Ireland through August 26th — who has impressed or not and what to expect in the upcoming games and they also take a close look at the state of the game in Canada.  

Podcast length: 22’48”

Asked how she thinks the game has changed since she played, Gill commented: “Obviously it’s been a couple of decades but in my last World Cup in 2010 it was peaking and since then from what I’ve seen that trend’s continued with the physicality and the athleticism. I think you’re really seeing the results of these players being “full-time’. You can see that they get to dedicate 12 months of the year training or playing together, getting together on tours and it’s really in the amateur world a full-time job more so and more support and those resources. Those players from 1-25 are fit, intense and physical and it’s fast, it’s impressive for sure. And I think that social media is playing a big factor in it too being able to get on Facebook and see all the games live is awesome and putting everybody in touch with what’s going on and promoting the game and having that access is huge. That trend started in 2010 but even more so now. On the World Rugby Facebook Page and all the information that’s there and accessible from highlights to the full-on games, the media pieces on different players from all the teams is just fantastic.”

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