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October 18, 2017 | Rugby (W)

Centre Frédérique Rajotte is the top player in the RSEQ.

Stinger Frédérique Rajotte named women’s rugby MVP

Concordia Stinger Frédérique Rajotte, a fifth-year centre, was named the outstanding player in RSEQ women’s rugby when the conference released its major award winners and all-star teams this morning.

This is the second time the Markham, Ont. native was voted the league MVP. She was also the top player in 2015.

“Fred has been a leader with her play on the pitch, especially in defence where her cover tackles have kept the opposition off our try line,” said Stingers head coach Graeme McGravie. “In attack she continues to be an explosive runner with the ball leading the league with tries scored. Her support runs have added another dimension to her attacking abilities.”

Rajotte, who is a two-time U SPORTS all-Canadian and a three-time RSEQ all-star, scored 15 tries in seven games this season. She is the third leading scorer in the conference, but the top try scorer.

Joining Rajotte on Quebec’s first all-star team is Laetitia Royer. It’s the first honour for the second-year lock who scored five tries in seven games this season.

For the first time the RSEQ named a second all-star team in women’s rugby and five members of the Stingers were on the list: prop Emilie Bélanger, hooker Mel Wood, centre Alex Tessier, rookie wing Olyvia Faille and flanker Geneviève Kasa-Vubu.

The third-place Stingers travel to Quebec City to meet the second-place Laval Rouge et Or in a semifinal game on Sunday at 1 p.m.