Blackwood was a staple of the Rugby Canada women’s team from August 2013 to March 2018. An enforcer on the field, coach Francois Ratier nicked named her “The Sheriff” in the lockerroom. Her favorite moments include her first cap at the 2013 Nations Cup where Team Canada defeated England for the first time in the program’s history, defeating France in the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup semi-finals, and the match versus Wales in the 2017 World Cup (in which she set up one of the top tries from the tournament by running the ball half way up the field).
Often selected as a lock, but sometimes played as a flanker, Blackwood’s international test match experiences include the 2013 November tour to France and England, the 2014 tour to Australia, the 2014 World Cup, the 2015 Super Series in Alberta (during this tournament, she was considered Canada’s standout player at openside flank), 2016 Super Series in Salt Lake City, the 2016 UK tour, the 2017 Can-Am Series, and the 2017 World Cup.
Blackwood was selected for 2017 NZ Summer Series but suffered a leg injury during a club game and considering retirement, but healed in time for the 2017 World Cup.
Awards and Honours
2011 – Concordia University Stingers, RSEQ Rugby All-Star
2011-2012 – Concordia University Stingers, Fittest Female Athlete
2013 – Scrum Queen’s Test Match Team (15s) (bench)
2016 – Scrum Queen’s XV Squad of the Year
2019 – Scrum Queen’s Team of the Decade (replacement)