Abbotsford’s Picketts named to Canada roster

Local rugby star to compete with national team at 2015 Super Series.

Abbotsford product Tiffany Picketts will suit up this weekend for Canada’s 2015 Women’s Super Series rugby team.

Abbotsford product Tiffany Picketts will suit up this weekend for Canada’s 2015 Women’s Super Series rugby team.

Abbotsford product Tiffany Picketts will suit up this weekend for Canada’s 2015 Women’s Super Series rugby team.

The  5’10”, 180-pound Picketts is entering her third year with the University of Victoria rugby team. The Abbotsford Senior secondary grad was also a member of Team Canada’s U20 team.

The UVIC athlete was nominated for the school’s rookie of the year award in 2013-14.

The Super Series will feature Canada, England, New Zealand and the U.S with games held in Calgary, Red Deer and Edmonton on June 27, July 1 and July 5, respectively.

The Super Series will be the first action for Canada since their second-place finish at the 2014 Women’s World Cup.

Canada’s head coach Francois Ratier named 27 players to the squad, with just 12 returnees from the World Cup squad. Ratier opted for a youthful squad, selecting 15 fresh faces with varying levels of international experience.

“We are two years away from the next World Cup,” Ratier said. “It is time for young or new players to have their chance and for the returning players to take the lead. I am expecting a strong chemistry during this Super Series.”

Pickett’s UVIC teammates Jess Neilson and Julia Folk were also named to the Super Series squad.

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