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