McGrath Names Squad for Hong Kong and Singapore: 14th Man Saskatchewan Roughrider Tevaughn Campbell
posted April 1st 2017
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Some interesting developments in the 7s world as Saskatchewan Roughrider defensive back Tevaughn Campbell has joined the team as the 14th man. It's unlikely he'll play in either tournament but the 7s program wants to see how he'll fit in and sell him on a Rugby 7s career. He attended the Canada 7s and liked what he saw. He runs a 4.35 40M which puts him in the Perry Baker class.
Also another Douglas in the roster as Jared joins brother Justin in the squad. Jared looked very good at the Vancouver Invitational tournament playing for the BC team. He's a loose forward type player, not a speed merchant but very physical and very rugby savvy. He was our U20 MVP back in 2011 and happy to see him finally get the recognition.
Zaruba and Berna are out and Kay and Hammond are carrying injuries but hopefully ready to play with a week's recuperation. Moonlight will captain the side. Josiah Morrah is included again to give him more experience.
This may be Isaac Kaay's chance for a breakout series. He's a physical player with an edge who just needs some refining, he could be Canada's equivalent of Danny Barrett who is a standout player for the USA.
Canada kicks off the tournament on Friday against Kenya. from Rugby Canada
LANGFORD – Canada men’s sevens head coach Damian McGrath named a 14-man travelling squad for the next two stops of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Hong Kong (April 7-9) and Singapore (April 15-16).
John Moonlight will captain the side, while Luke Bradley, Justin Douglas, Mike Fuailefau, Lucas Hammond, Nathan Hirayama, Harry Jones, Isaac Kaay, Pat Kay, Luke McCloskey and Matt Mullins all return to the lineup after a seventh-place showing at the HSBC Canada Sevens in Vancouver.
Josiah Morra, who helped lead the Maple Leafs to the men’s elite division title with a perfect 7-0 record at the Vancouver Rugby Festival, is back in the squad while Jared Douglas – Justin Douglas’ brother – and Tevaughn Campbell will join the team for their first ever experience with Canada’s senior men’s team at an HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series event.
The Douglas brothers will compete on the world stage for time in their careers, while Morra is back in the fold after making his World Rugby Sevens Series debut earlier this year at the Cape Town Sevens.
As for Campbell, the Saskatchewan Roughriders defensive back will have a chance to experience the sevens game up close as he looks to transition his speed and skills from the football field to the rugby pitch. It is expected he will only train with the team during the trip. The speedy Campbell played 17 games with the CFL’s Roughriders last year and has a personal best 40m time of 4.32 seconds. He also competed in track and field at the University of Regina, where he won a gold medal in the 60m at the 2016 Canadian university championships with a time of 6.67 seconds and a silver medal in 2017.
In Hong Kong, Canada has been drawn into Pool B with South Africa, Kenya and France. Canada is 2-0 against Kenya this year and is 1-1 in games with France. Series-leading South Africa has knocked off the Canadians in all three of their meetings this year, most recently in the Cup quarter-finals at the Canada Sevens.
Canada will look to build upon back-to-back Cup-side appearances in which the team finished seventh in both Las Vegas and Vancouver. Canada is currently 10th in the 2016-17 season standings.
The games can be seen LIVE on www.worldrugby.org.
Canada’s Men’s Sevens Squad for Canada Sevens (Name, club, hometown):
Luke Bradley – (UVic Vikes/Port Alberni Black Sheep) Port Alberni, BC
Tevaughn Campbell – (Saskatchewan Roughriders) Scarborough, ON
Jared Douglas – (Abbotsford RFC) Abbotsford, BC
Justin Douglas – (Abbotsford RFC/BC Bears) Abbotsford, BC
Mike Fuailefau – (Castaway Wanderers/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
Lucas Hammond – (UVIC Vikes) Toronto, ON
Nathan Hirayama – (UVic Vikes/BC Bears) Richmond, BC
Harry Jones – (Capilano RFC) Vancouver, BC
Isaac Kaay – (UVic Vikes) Kamloops, BC
Pat Kay – (Castaway Wanderers/BC Bears) Duncan, BC
Luke McCloskey – (Castaway Wanderers) Victoria, BC
John Moonlight – Captain (James Bay AA/Ontario Blues) Pickering, ON
Josiah Morra – (Toronto Saracens) Toronto, ON
Matt Mullins – (Queen’s University/Ontario Blues) Belleville, ON
Unavailable for Selection:
Phil Berna – (UBC Thunderbirds) Vancouver, BC
Adam Zaruba – (Capilano RFC/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
Head Coach – Damian McGrath
Assistant Coach – Lee Douglas
Physiotherapist – Danielle Mah
Analyst – Calum Ramsay
Manager – Brian Hunter
Canada’s Hong Kong Sevens Day 1 Schedule:
Canada vs. Kenya — 8:18am ET/5:18am PT
Canada’s Hong Kong Sevens Day 2 Schedule:
Canada vs. France — 1:34am ET/10:34pm PT
Canada vs. South Africa — 5:56am ET/2:56am PT