PARIS -- Canada will learn its draw Wednesday for the 2014 Womens Rugby World Cup. Bill Baumgartner Jersey Store . The tournament is set for Aug. 1-17 next year in France. The draw is taking place at Hotel de Ville -- Paris City Hall -- with International Rugby Board chairman Bernard Lapasset looking on. The teams have been divided into three pots for the purpose of the draw: 1) New Zealand, England, Australia. 2) Canada, U.S., France. 3) Ireland, Wales, Spain. 4) Kazakhstan, Samoa, South Africa. Kazakhstan and South Africa were the last teams to qualify, earning the right to represent Asia and Africa in September. South Africa thumped Uganda 63-3 while Kazakhstan held on to edge Japan 25-23. Canada finished a disappointing sixth at the 2010 World Cup in England, losing 23-20 to the U.S. in the fifth-place playoff. The Canadians went 2-1 in pool play, beating Scotland and Sweden before losing to France. Canada beat Scotland again to advance to the fifth-place game. New Zealand won the tournament, beating England 13-10 in the final. The Black Ferns went 5-0, outscoring their opposition 188-33. Under coach Francois Ratier, the Canadian women have done well recently. Canada defeated England 27-13 in Colorado in August to win the Nations Cup. Next up for the Canadian women is a European tour, their first fall trip since 2009. They play France on Saturday in Pontarlier and Nov. 5 in Amneville before playing England on Nov. 13 at the Twickenham Stoop, site of the 2010 World Cup final. Its been a rough season for the English women, who lost their Six Nations title, were beaten three times in their series in New Zealand and were beaten twice by Canada at Nations Cup. Canadas preparation for the World Cup also includes a May-June tour of New Zealand to face the Black Ferns and Australias Wallaroos. Defending champions New Zealand, 2010 runners-up England, Australia, hosts France, USA, and Canada qualified automatically for the 2104 tournament from the last World Cup. 2013 Grand-Slam winner Ireland and Wales qualified via their performance at the 2012 and 2013 Six Nations. Spain and Samoa earned their ticket at a qualifying event in Madrid in April. --- Canadian Roster Elissa Alarie, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue Rugby Club, Trois-Rivieres, Que.; Brittany Benn, Guelph Redcoats, Napanee, Ont.; Stephanie Bernier, Club de Rugby Quebec, Quebec City; Tyson Beukeboom, Aurora Barbarians, Uxbridge, Ont.; Latoya Blackwood, St. Anne de Bellevue, Montreal; Andrea Burk, Capilano RFC, North Vancouver; Sammy Crandell, Hornets RFC, Calgary; Olivia DeMerchant, Woodstock Wildmen, Mapledale, N.B.; Kim Donaldson, Burnaby Lake Rugby Club, Toronto; Jessica Dovanne, Velox RFC; Victoria; Bianca Farella, Town of Mount Royal RFC; Montreal; Megan Gibbs, Markham Irish RFC, Barrie, Ont.; Magali Harvey, Club de Rugby Quebec, Quebec City; Mary Jane Kirby, Highland RFC, Brampton, Ont.; Ghislaine Landry, Toronto Scottish RFC, Toronto; Hilary Leith, Saracens/Capilano RFC, Vancouver; Kayla Mack, Wild Oats RFC, Saskatoon; Kayla Moleschi, Williams Lake Rustlers, Williams Lake, B.C.; Jacey Murphy, Aurora Barbarians, Alliston, Ont.; Karen Paquin, Club de Rugby Quebec, Quebec City; Marie-Pier Pinault-Ried, Club de Rugby Quebec, Quebec City; Kelly Russell (capt), Toronto Nomads, Bolton, Ont.; Laura Russell, Toronto Nomads, Bolton, Ont.; Maria Samson, Calgary Hornets, Calgary; Amanda Thornborough, Brandon Barbarians RFC, Brandon, Man; Jackie Titley, Montreal; Brittany Waters, Meraloma Athletic Club, Vancouver. Non-Travelling Reserves Asya Bartley, Barrhaven Scottish RFC, Ottawa; Caitlin Beaton, Fergus Highland RFC, Clavering, Ont.; Katie McNally, Guelph Redcoats, Guelph, Ont.; Claragh Pegg, Kingston Panthers RFC, Barrie, Ont.; Julia Sugawara, Burnaby Lake, Surrey, B.C.; Julianne Zussman,Town of Mount Royal RFC, Montreal. Jack May Jersey Store . 15 in Hamburg. The fight was originally slated for Sept. 6 but had to be postponed after Klitschko tore a bicep in sparring and was forced to miss four weeks of training. China Jerseys NFL . Halak, 28, split his eighth NHL seasons between the St. Louis Blues, Buffalo Sabres and Washington Capitals, compiling a 29-13-7 record in 52 games.You dont know them. Not many people do. Days… Weeks… Months… Almost a year has gone by and still… you dont know them. The legendary Robert Montgomery Knight, aka, The General, one of the winningest coaches in college basketball history, strolls in to inspect the troops. He came to see them, to share his wisdom before they march into madness… to see who exactly this rag-tag bunch of players, not blue bloods… scrappers… fighters… winners, were. Coach Knight, the leader of the last college team to go undefeated and win an NCAA title, the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers, shows up at practice in late February to tell them to take it "one game at a time". He is a fan of how they play. "Play Angry". The 2013-2014 Wichita State mens basketball team does just that. But more importantly, plays hard, plays tough and plays together, leading to an NCAA-record 30-0 regular season mark under head coach Gregg Marshall. Saturday, March 1, 2014: Charles Koch Arena, Wichita, Kansas: Senior Night. The final matchup before the conference tourney and the opponent Missouri State is no easy out for the Shockers. This is also the final home game for two Canadian senior forwards, Chadrack Lufile, as well as his best friend, a young man whose last name is famous, not only in the state of Kansas, but on a couple continents, Nick Wiggins. Nick has a younger brother, Andrew who you may know, playing in the same state only two and half hours away, for a program so steeped in tradition, the inventor of basketball was the first head coach of the Kansas Jayhawks, fellow Canuck James Naismith. I got on the phone with Nick Wiggins and Chadrack Lufile post-practice this week to talk life in the shadows and possibly shocking the world. Did you guys know one another before signing at Wichita State? NW: Weve known one another since we were teenagers. CL: We actually went to the same junior college together at Vincennes in Indiana. NW: I signed first. I didnt force him to sign or anything… just told him it would be special for us to go together. Why Wichita State? CL: Nick had narrowed his choices down to Baylor and Wichita State. He talked about his visit, how they treated him, the ambitions of the coaches and players. There was just a feeling; a good feeling about it all. Once Nick decided, I was in, too. We had to take advantage of what looked like a great opportunity in front of us. NW: When we first got here, first couple years, we didnt play as much as wed have liked to but it was always about team. Still, it was tough at times, knowing you could help the team on the court more. CL: My Dads a minister. He has a huge influence on all that I do. Once, wed lost three straight, neither one of us was playing a lot and my Dad prayed for us. Not just us, but the team. I remember telling Nick about it. NW: Yeah, I mean we had 7-8 guys on this team last year who could score 20 in any game, but we share the ball. Thats how play. CL: And then we ended up in the Final Four. We believed... Iff you had to compare your game to any Wichita State great from the past, who would it be and why? NW: So many great players who have come through here. Dennis McKinnon Jersey Store. Id say Cleo Littleton. He was known for his defence and for being a great teammate. I think thats me. CL: X! Xavier McDaniel. He and Antoine Carr, another Shockers legend, came in to to see us last year and really instilled in us to "Play Angry". Thats our thing now: Play Angry. He (McDaniel) told me to box out hard, never let anyone get to the ball before I did, rebound strong, run the floor harder than my opponent, be versatile with my game. We emulate the guys who were here before us. They are Shockers for life! What do you say to the pundits who believe 30-0 is a function of you guys playing in the Missouri Valley Conference, the perceived lack in your strength of schedule and not because youre a great team? NW: Schedule us. Everyone talks KU (Kansas), but they wouldnt play us. We wanted to do it at a neutral site, but they didnt want it. Thats ok, people who dont believe mid-majors can compete with major D-1 schools havent really watched us play. They will find out soon enough. CL: Say what you want about our conference or the teams we beat. Just come play us. We feel like we can compete with anyone. We beat the #1 team in the country in Gonzaga in the tournament last year. Ohio State was #7, Pitt #20. Just play us. Do you think you should be ranked #1 in the country? CL: Honestly, I think we should be! NW: We dont really pay it much attention. It could be almost like a distraction. We dont look past anyone. You still gotta win. The team we play our last home game against, Missouri State, is tough. They had us down by like 17 with about 11 minutes to go in the game before we fought back and won. It was a war. Im sure they wont care that its Senior Night for us when we play them again. They wanna win, too! If Wichita State runs the table by winning your conference tourney, should you be a #1 seed for March Madness? NW: We proved all year we should be a #1 seed. I think the selection committee will do the right thing and give us that. We lost some great guys from last years team and still havent skipped a beat or lost a step. Coach Marshall has us prepared. This will be a special ride to go on with this group of guys. Dream Scenario: Clearly winning it all is the ultimate dream. But, if Wichita State had a chance to play Kansas in the final on April 7 in Dallas, why would it be that much sweeter? CL: Lets Go!!! Do you know how hype that would be?!? NW: If they seed us and Kansas in the same region 1-2, wow, the rivalry... My brother. I believe itll happen. State bragging rights. Man, I would have lifetime bragging rights in my house (laughs)!!! CL: Andrew (Wiggins) would come down to chill and hang with us. Id tell him "Youre not ready for us, Bro (laughs)!" Im no genius or anything, but I believe all of this. All the things that are happening with Wichita State are meant to be. I feel like well meet Kansas, God Willing. And God Is Good... ' ' '
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