Outcome Never In Doubt
The growth in the game has been massive since the IOC voted to include the sport — World Rugby reported the percentage of female players has risen from 10 per cent to more than 30. The Canadians are "absolutely" aware, said Landry, of what they can do for the future of the sport. "But it's not what we're thinking about in the moment," she said. "If we put on a good performance, that's going to kind of do leaps and bounds for the sport. Worried about the process and our game, and I think the rest will take care of itself." Steacy, a 29-year-old from Lethbridge, Alta., returned to action after her second serious knee injury in 10 months. Steacy first injured her knee in October, worked her way back, only to suffer an anterior cruciate ligament injury to her other knee in February.
"But it was so exciting to finally be here. We've been waiting for it for a long time." — Ashley Steacy, Team Canada Rugby Player
Canada's Brittany Benn is tackled during a rugby match against Japan. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)"It was really nice to get my legs under me and be back with the team, had a first kickoff and just chased it right down, right to gameplan," Steacy said. "Felt really good and the girls were just electrifying on the field." The Canadian women have been among the world's best for several years. They captured gold at last summer's Pan American Games in Toronto, and finished third on the world circuit this season, finishing on a high note by beating Australia to win the Cup in Clermont-Ferrand, France. They're seeded third in the Olympic field behind No. 1 Australia and No. 2 New Zealand. Britain was seeded fourth. Should the Canadian women win their pool, they would play the runner-up in Pool A in the quarter-finals. A runner-up finish would mean a Canadian quarter-final date with the Pool B runner-up. Temperatures reached 31 C at Deodoro Stadium, which was barely a quarter full for Canada's opener. A group of about a 100 Canadian fans waved flags and made their voices heard. New Zealand and Australia also had lopsided wins, New Zealand beating Kenya 52-0 in Pool B and the Aussies routing Colombia 53-0 in Pool A. The crowd grew to about half-full for Britain's 29-3 in over host Brazil. --- Follow @Ewingsports on Twitter
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