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Patzer, Knauf named to World Cup squad

A pair of former University of Lethbridge Pronghorns women's rugby players will represent Canada at the Women's Rugby World Cup in August.

Reigning CIS Player of the Year Ashley Patzer, a mainstay in the national program, is joined by Paige Knauf (nee: Burdett) on the World Cup squad that will travel to London, Eng.

The duo, along with another former Pronghorn, Ashley MacDonald, used one last opportunity to impress national team brass in June when they competed at a Can-Am Series event in Vancouver. While Patzer and Knauf earned roster spots, MacDonald was named to the non-traveling reserve squad.

The 2010 edition will be the sixth Women's Rugby World Cup.

There are three pools of 12 teams scheduled to compete, each seeded according to the 2006 WRWC results. After the pool phase, teams will be re-seeded based on the position they finished in their respective pools.

Two venues will host the 2010 WRWC in London. Most of the matches will be played at the Surrey Sports Park. The Twickenham Stoop, home of the NEC Harlequins, will host the semifinals and finals.

Canada will play the opening match of the 2010 WRWC when they kickoff against Scotland, Friday, Aug. 20 at 5 a.m. (MST).

For more on Patzer, Knauf and MacDonald, visit the Horns website.