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Canada’s women’s rugby team defeats U.S. to win under-20 Nations Cup

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Canada defeated the United States 27-3 to win the under-20 Nations Cup women's rugby tournament Sunday.

With the victory, Canada becomes the only nation other than England to win the tournament.

"It's a pretty important day in women's rugby in Canada," said head coach Sandro Fiorino. "These girls worked pretty hard and proved their point to the rest of the three teams here and the rest of the world. It's pretty impressive of what we have in our country right now."

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Canada had a 10-3 lead at the break after a try by Emily Belchos and a penalty and convert by Jess Neilson.

Frederique Rajotte then scored two tries in the second half to put Canada out of reach, while strong tackling from DaLeaka Menin and Cindy Nelles held off the American offence.

"It feels amazing," said Rajotte. "We worked so hard to get to this point. It was such a team effort on everyone's part. We came together at the end and just made it happen and we executed our game plan perfectly."

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