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Canada upsets England at women’s under-20 Nations Cup rugby tournament

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Canada jumped out to a big lead and never looked back Sunday in defeating three-time defending champions England 43-15 at the women's under-20 Nations Cup rugby tournament.

Five different players scored tries for Canada (2-0), including two from Emily Belchos in the second half to shock the English side.

Canada jumped out to a 19-0 lead in the first half thanks to tries from Emily Barber, Daria Keane and Natalie Lesco and strong kicking from Jess Neilson.

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"What a day for these girls and their rugby career," Canadian head coach Sandro Fiorino said. "It doesn't happen that often that you beat one of the best teams in the world convincingly."

Canada ran into some trouble midway thorough the game after being issued two yellow cards, but despite the challenge of playing with only 13 players, the Canadians regrouped.

After England (0-2) got on the scoreboard, second-half tries from Belchos and Breanne Nicholas then sealed the result for the Canadians.

Next up for Canada is a match against South Africa on Wednesday.

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