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Flores rings the changes ahead of second test

USA women's rugby head coach Kathy Flores has made sweeping changes to the team who lost to to Canada last week as she prepares her team for the second test.

Only five players return to the starting line-up as Flores gets a last chance to try out new combinations before the World Cup.

Canada won the first test 14-8 with Heather Moyse clinching a last minute try to seal the game (pictured). Tonight's match (1am GMT live here), Flores must see improvement from the US.

"We had a lot of unforced errors in our first match and were too slow on our defensive launch, she said. The Canadians do a good job of running hard into the contact point, so we've spent the last few sessions ironing out our communication with the end result being better commitment to ball possession and retention."

Canda meanwhile could polish off excellent World Cup preparation with another win tonight.

The game will be the 27th meeting of these two nations with the USA leading the tally on 15 wins to Canada's 11.

This match marks a few individual milestones for Canada with Gillian Florence winning her 60th cap. If she wins a spot in the World Cup squad it will make her only the second player in history to go to five World Cups.

Maria Gallo will also tonight earn her 50th cap against the same side that she earned her first cap. Like Florence, Gallo has had an illustrious rugby career, starting in 1999 when she debuted for her country in Saranac Lake versus the USA.

Since then, Gallo has been to two World Cups (Spain 2002 & Canada 2006) and was captain for Canada at the 2009 Sevens Rugby World Cup in Dubai.


1. Jamie Burke (Beantown)|
2. Lisa Butts (Berkeley All-Blues)|
3. Lara Vivolo (New York Rugby Club)|
4. Jillion Potter (Minnesota Valkyries)
5. Sharon Blaney (Beantown)
6. Melanie Denham (Beantown)
7. Kristin Zdanczewicz (Minnesota Valkyries)
8. Blair Groefsema (Berkeley All-Blues)
9. Kim Magrini (Keystone)
10. Christy Ringgenberg (Minnesota Valkyries)
11. Nathalie Marchino (Berkeley All-Blues)
12. Emilie Bydwell (Beantown)
13. Lynelle Kugler (Twin Cities Amazons)
14. Vanesha Mcgee (New York Rugby Club)
15. Ashley English (Berkeley All-Blues) *Captain


1. Tabitha Stavrou 2. Kim Donaldson 3. Corinne Jacobsen 4. Marie-Eve Brindamour-Carignan 5. Megan Gibbs 6. Barbara Mervin 7. Gillian Florence 8. Kelly Russell 9. Laura Stoughton 10. Anna Schnell 11. Brittany Waters 12. Sarah Ulmer 13. Mandy Marchak 14. Maria Gallo 15. Julianne Zussman