Narrow loss for Spain against Canadian XV

In June 29 the Spanish Lionesses will face their most important challenge of the season: against Wales at the Cardiff Arms Parks a place in the WXV2 and a ticket to the 2025 World Cup in England. Today they warmed up against "Canada A|", narrowly losing 26-27.

Published by John Birch, June 15th, 2024

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Narrow loss for Spain against Canadian XV

Spain's​ "best team" (according to the Federation website) took to the field in Villajoyosa against a young Canadian team, in Spain for a training camp.

This was the second game between the teams and Spanish coaches Juan González Morocco and José García have made numerous changes to their XV with the aim of having a look at all of the players ahead of the playoff on June 29.

The Spanish defence was tested in the first half of the game. Las Leonas managed to contain the Canadian attack with an exceptional performance by Claudia Peña who has prevented a visitor's try on up to 3 occasions and, together with her teammates, has managed to keep the score at half-time at 7-15.

In the second half the ball fell more for the Spanish and they began to put together good offensive sequences thanks to the intensity, among others, of Clara Piquero and María Calvo. The final result, 26-27, showed equality in the game and Spain's improvement with respect to the result just 6 days ago when they fell by a resounding 12-27 in Elche.

Canada celebrates the victory in El Pantano.


Spain : 1. Inés Antolínez, 2. Nuria Jou, 3. Laura Delgado, 4. Anna Puig, 5. Mónica Castelo, 6. Nerea García, 7. María Calvo, 8. Lourdes Alameda, 9. Lucía Díaz, 10. Amalia Argudo, 11. Claudia Pérez, 12. Zahía Pérez, 13. Alba Vinuesa, 14. Clara Piquero, 15. Claudia Peña.

16. María del Castillo, 17. Gemma Silva, 18. Marieta Román, 19. Sidorella Bracic, 20. Nadina Cisa, 21. Lía Piñeiro, 22. Alba Capell, 23. Vico Gorrochategui, 24. Maider Aresti, 25 Naroa Azpitarte, 26. Martina Márquez, 27. Claudia Cano, 28. Binbing Vergara.

Canada squad:

Forwards: Abby Duguid; Ashlynn Smith; Demi Swann; Jordan McLeod; Julia Omokhuale; Lizzie Gibson; Maya Montiel; Mya Brubacher; Olivia De Couvreur; Rachel Smith; Rori Wood; Sara Cline; Sara Svoboda; Tattyannah Jackson; Taylor McKnight; Teya Ashworth; Tylo Borsboom

Backs ; Audrey Champagne; Aurora Bowie; Claire Gallagher; Corinne Fréchette; Emily Belchos; Julia Schell; Madison Donnelly; Mahalia Robinson; Maya Addai; Shoshanah Seumanutafa; Taejah Thompson