Clermont-Ferrand Sevens

June 25 2017


Charity Williams - Canada
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Canada Win Bronze in France: Finish Series in 3rd


from Rugby Canada
posted June 25 2017

Canada’s women’s sevens team finished in third place at the Clermont Sevens after beating hosts France 36-7 in the Bronze Final Sunday evening at Stade Gabriel Montpied in Clermont-Ferrand, France.

It was Canada’s fifth straight top-three finish on the series.

Canada was playing for Bronze after a 19-14 defeat to Australia in the Cup Semifinals. The loss to Australia meant Canada will finish in third place in the 2016-17 HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series. Canada and Australia were tied for second in the series standings heading into the weekend. It marks the fifth season in a row Canada has finished in the top three of the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series standings.

Earlier in the day, Canada beat Ireland 31-0 in the Cup Quarterfinals.

After scoring two tries in the quarterfinal match against Ireland, Ghislaine Landry became just the third woman in series history to score 100 tries. With 269 points this year, it is the second straight season Landry has led the series in scoring. She remains the all-time leading scorer on the series with 844 points.

This was the last tournament for veteran Ashley Steacy, who is retiring from Canada’s women’s sevens team.

CANADA 31-0 IRELAND

It was a dominating 31-0 Cup Quarterfinal victory for Canada, their biggest-ever win over Ireland.

The Canadians were backed by two tries each from captain Ghislaine Landry and Bianca Farella, while Kaili Lukan added some insurance in the closing seconds to further the lopsided the score line.

Canada improved to 6-0 all-time in the series vs Ireland.

CANADA 14-19 AUSTRALIA

There was lots on the line in this match but it was the Olympic champions prevailing 19-14 in another close match between two of the best teams in the world.

Australia controlled much of the possession in the match, but when Canada had ball in hand they were aggressive on the attack. Canada held a 14-7 lead at half through tries from Julia Greenshields and Britt Benn but were unable to touch down in the second half as Australia scored 12 unanswered points in the final seven minutes.

CANADA 36-7 FRANCE

Canada proved there was no letdown after the loss to Australia in the Cup Quarterfinals as they put in a clinical performance against France to claim the bronze medal at the Clermont Sevens.

Charity Williams led the way with four tries, setting an all-time Canadian record for most tries scored in a World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series match.

Ghislaine Landry added a try and two conversions, giving her 269 points on the season.

Julia Greenshields was the other try scorer for Canada while Ashley Steacy, playing in her final match with the team, chipped in with a conversion.

Canada’s Clermont-Ferrand Sevens Roster (Name, club, hometown):

Britt Benn - Guelph Redcoats (Napanee, ON)
Pamphinette Buisa - Ottawa Irish (Gatineau, QC)
Caroline Crossley - Castaway Wanderers (Victoria, BC)
Hannah Darling - Peterborough Pagans (Warsaw, ON)
Bianca Farella - Town of Mount Royal RFC (Montreal, QC)
Julia Greenshields - Sarnia Saints (Sarnia, ON)
Ghislaine Landry (C) - Toronto Scottish RFC (Toronto, ON)
Kaili Lukan - Unattached (Barrie, ON)
Megan Lukan - Unattached (Barrie, ON)
Breanne Nicholas - London St. George RFC (Blenheim, ON)
Ashley Steacy - Lethbridge Rugby Club (Lethbridge, AB)
Natasha Watcham-Roy - Hull Volant (Gatineau, QC)
Charity Williams - Markham Irish (Toronto, ON)

Injured:

Jen Kish – Edmonton Rockers (Edmonton, AB)
Kayla Moleschi – Williams Lake Rustlers (Williams Lake, BC)

Coaching Staff:

Meaghan Howat – Manager
John Tait – Head Coach
Sandro Fiorino – Assistant Coach
Morgan Williams – Assistant Coach

Canada's Clermont-Ferrand Sevens Day 1 Schedule (Saturday, June 24):

Canada 29-0 Brazil
Canada 45-0 England
Canada 24-14 Russia

Canada's Clermont-Ferrand Sevens Day 2 Schedule (Sunday, June 25):

Canada 31-0 Ireland
Canada 14-19 Australia
Canada 36-7 France



Canada Look Sharp on Day One: Top Pool B at 3-0


posted June 24 2017

The Canadian women looked sharp as they went through their first two games running up a 72-0 total score against Brazil and England.

They ran into stiffer opposition with Russia and were behind at one point. Two late tries sealed the win with Charity Williams scoring one of them on a solo, end to end try. Williams, who is playing one of her best tournaments to date, is proving to be a force at the breakdown and a game changer on both attack and defence.

from Rugby Canada

CLERMONT — Canada's women opened its Clermont 7s campaign with convincing wins over Brazil and England.

The Clermont 7s will see Ashley Steacy's glittering career come to a close as she is set to retire after the tournament, while Kaili Lukan, the younger sister of Megan, makes her debut on the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series. Steacy also passed the 200 point plateau for her career on Day 1.

Ghislaine Landry also became the first women to surpass 800 career points on the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series circuit.

Canada will conclude Day 1 against Russia in the pool stages. Canada is the defending cup champion in Clermont after beating Australia in last years final.

CANADA 29-0 BRAZIL

It was a dream start for debutant Kaili Lukan as she scored twice in a dominating opening win for Canada.

Tries from Charity Williams and Natasha Watcham-Roy gave Canada a 12-0 lead inside the opening two minutes before Lukan got her first series try, shrugging off a tackle and then breaking through three defenders for a 17-0 lead at half time.

Bianca Farella's try made it 22-0 before Lukan grabbed her second try of the day with Ashley Steacy converting to ensure a solid start for Canada on Day 1.

CANADA 43-0 ENGLAND

Canada crushed England behind a seven-try performance to move to 2-0 in the pool stages while Ghislaine Landry passed the 800 point plateau for her career.

Hannah Darling's try got things going for Canada with Landry's converting pushing her past 800 points.

Charity Williams and Julia Greenshields' tries pushed the lead to 17-0 while Britt Benn grabbed a fourth try before the break for a 24-0 advantage.

Canada got second half tries from Landry, Bianca Farella and Natasha Watcham-Roy as they sealed a 45-0 win.

CANADA 24-14 RUSSIA

Canada were made to work for their third win of the day against a resiliant Russian side.

Hannah Darling got things going for Canada early on but Russia fought back before the break as Arina Bystrova tied things up at 7-7 at half time.

Julia Greenshields restored Canada's lead early in the second half as she wasn't held in the tackle before getting up and diving over before Marina Kukina gave Russia a 14-12 lead as she found a hole in the Canadian defence.

However, it didn't take long for Canada to have the lead again as Charity Williams put her side up 19-14 before Ghislaine Landry scored her 98th series try to secure victory and a perfect Day 1.



Air Canada Loses National Women's Team Luggage: Team Buys Kit in France for Training


posted June 21 2017
[ed. comments below]

As of Wednesday morning in France the Canadian Women's 7s team preparing for a weekend tournament in Clermont are still without their luggage courtesy of Air Canada. Twenty one bags are missing.

Several twitter mentions from players and staff haven't been responded to by the airline.


















Tait Names Team for Clermont-Ferrand Sevens on June 24th


from Rugby Canada
posted June 15 2017

Langford, BC – Canada’s women’s sevens team head coach John Tait has named his roster for the Clermont-Ferrand Sevens, the final event in the 2016-17 HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series.

Coming off a silver medal at the Canada Sevens last month in Langford, Canada enters next weekend’s tournament tied for second place with Australia in the series standings with 82 points. Both teams trail series leaders New Zealand by 14 points, who arrive in Clermont-Ferrand with 96 points. Russia are fourth with 58 points.

The point differential with the Russians means Canada has already clinched its fifth straight top-three finish on the series.

Tait will be taking 13 players to France in case of an injury replacement arises and the head coach will be looking for someone to replace the absence of Jen Kish, who will miss the tournament after fracturing her pelvis on Day One of the Canada Sevens.

Kish’s absence will be felt, but with 11 players returning from the second place finish in Langford, Tait will be looking for someone to fill the role.

“Kish consistently wins us a lot of ball in the air and on the ground so we will need our other forwards to compete hard in those areas particularly,” said Tait. “We have good options at hooker with Natasha, Charity and Megan, who are all very strong in the ground game. Our props Hannah, Bianca and Caroline have been competing consistently well at restarts.”

Pamphinette Buisa and Kaili Lukan have been named to the travelling roster as both players will be looking to earn their first cap with the senior national team.

Canada are defending Clermont-Ferrand Sevens champions and will be the top seed in Pool B where they'll face Russia, England and Brazil, three teams the Canadians should be familiar with.

Canada open the tournament against the Brazilians, who they defeated 33-5 in pool play in Langford. Canada will face England in the second match, a team they also beat in Langford 33-5. Canada will conclude Day One action in Clermont-Ferrand with a match against Russia, who the Canadians beat in the final match of Day One action in Langford.

“We always believe we can win, so we’ll just be focused on performing consistently, no matter who we play,” said Tait. “We won there last season with everyone making quality contributions and will hope to get the same this time around.”

This tournament will also be the last for veteran Ashley Steacy, who is retiring from Canada’s women’s sevens team after this season.

“Ashley is such a quality person that connects with everyone in the team,” said Tait. “She has always been a quiet leader and always competes her hardest. She is as tough as they come and puts her body into every tackle she makes and runs herself into the ground every time for the team. Ashley has paved the way for players like Kayla Moleschi and Breanne Nicholas, not the biggest in stature but they are fierce competitors that put the team first. I’ve learned so much from her and I’m really grateful to have been her coach for so long.”

Canada’s Clermont-Ferrand Sevens Roster (Name, club, hometown):

Britt Benn - Guelph Redcoats (Napanee, ON)
Pamphinette Buisa - Ottawa Irish (Gatineau, QC)
Caroline Crossley - Castaway Wanderers (Victoria, BC)
Hannah Darling - Peterborough Pagans (Warsaw, ON)
Bianca Farella - Town of Mount Royal RFC (Montreal, QC)
Julia Greenshields - Sarnia Saints (Sarnia, ON)
Ghislaine Landry (C) - Toronto Scottish RFC (Toronto, ON)
Kaili Lukan - Unattached (Barrie, ON)
Megan Lukan - Unattached (Barrie, ON)
Breanne Nicholas - London St. George RFC (Blenheim, ON)
Ashley Steacy - Lethbridge Rugby Club (Lethbridge, AB)
Natasha Watcham-Roy - Hull Volant (Gatineau, QC)
Charity Williams - Markham Irish (Toronto, ON)

Injured:

Jen Kish – Edmonton Rockers (Edmonton, AB)

Kayla Moleschi – Williams Lake Rustlers (Williams Lake, BC)

Coaching Staff:

Meaghan Howat – Manager
John Tait – Head Coach
Sandro Fiorino – Assistant Coach
Morgan Williams – Assistant Coach

Canada's Clermont-Ferrand Sevens Day 1 Schedule (Saturday, June 24):

Canada vs Brazil at 7:06 am ET / 4:06 am PT
Canada vs England at 9:50 am ET / 6:50 am PT
Canada vs Russia at 12:34 pm ET / 9:34 am PT

Canada's Clermont-Ferrand Sevens Day 2 Schedule (Sunday, June 25):

TBD

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