Campus Life

Canadian side boosted by Horns

A pair of University of Lethbridge Pronghorns women's rugby players is playing a key role on Canada's Under 20 women's rugby team as it competes at the 2010 North American Caribbean Rugby Association regional tournament.

Kelsey Willoughby and Laura Murphy-Burke helped guide the Horns to their third consecutive CIS women's rugby crown last fall. Now playing for Canada, the duo was front and centre in a 43-0 opening-game victory over a Caribbean Select team and a 62-0 rout of the Cayman Islands a day later.

Willoughby, the reigning Canada West rookie of the year, had two tries for the Canadian side while Murphy-Burke also recorded a try and connected on three converts against the Caribbean selects. In the 62-0 rout of the Cayman Islands, Murphy-Burke touched for two tries and added six converts with Willoughby scoring a lone try.

Canada faces the United States in the tournament final on Friday.

Meanwhile, the Horns begin defense of both their conference and national titles when the Canada West season kicks off, Sept. 24 in Victoria. Fall training camp for the Horns opens on Wednesday, Sept 1.

The University of Lethbridge plays host to the Canada West Championships Oct. 22-24 at the Community Sports Stadium.