Marauders quartet vie for Canada’s women’s rugby squad

McMaster will be well represented when head coach Francois Ratier takes his pick of the country’s best rugby talent for Canada’s Senior Women’s 15s Team.

(Photo: McMaster Athletics)

(Photo: McMaster Athletics)

Four members of the Marauders Canadian Interuniversity Sport silver-medal-winning team — Cindy Nelles, Saffara Whiteley-Hoffelner, Sara Svoboda and Katie Svoboda — have been selected to participate in the East selection camp in Kingston, Ont., between March 31 and April 3.

Forty-two players have been invited to the East camp.

Marauders’ head coach Shaun Allen will serve as an assistant to Ratier throughout the selection process. Allen completed his first season at McMaster’s helm in 2014, leading the Marauders to the best season in program history, which included the team’s first-ever Ontario University Athletics championship.

With a wealth of national experience, Nelles enters selection camp after representing Canada at the 2014 Women’s World Cup where she served as a substitute after an emergency call up. Sara and Katie Svoboda have both worn the maple leaf as members of the junior national team, while Whiteley-Hoffelner arrives at the selection camp after starring roles in McMaster’s CIS tournament appearance and title-winning effort at the National University Sevens Championship in Langford, B.C. earlier in March.

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