Cen­ten­nial S.S. grad­u­ate se­lected for rugby squad

The Intelligencer (Belleville) - - SPORTS -

Belleville na­tive Sara Svoboda is among 32 play­ers named to the Cana­dian Ravens women’s Rugby League na­tional team for the 2017 World Cup, Nov. 16-Dec. 2 in Aus­tralia. Svoboda, a grad­u­ate of Cen­ten­nial Sec­ondary School, is cur­rently play­ing OUA Rugby Union for the McMaster Ma­raud­ers in Hamil­ton. Rugby League is a 13-a-side ver­sion of the rugby code, with other dif­fer­ences from the 15-per-side Rugby Union style which is pre­dom­i­nant in Canada. Ravens head coach Mike Cas­tle said mem­bers of the 32-player ros­ter have suc­cess­fully demon­strated the abil­ity to tran­si­tion from Rugby Union to Rugby League. “I’ve been ex­tremely im­pressed with not only the tal­ent and ath­leti­cism, but also the ea­ger­ness to learn the game across the board,” said Cas­tle. Svoboda is one of eight play­ers from On­tario to be named to the na­tional squad. B.C. leads with 12; nine hail from Al­berta. In Rugby Union, Svoboda has rep­re­sented Canada at the U20 level. The 2017 tour­na­ment will mark the de­but of a Cana­dian women’s team at the Rugby League world cham­pi­onships.

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