Canada Go 0-4 at Auckland World School 7s Tournament: VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
Canada went 0-4 at the tournament losing to NZ Tongans, Samoa Barbarians, and NZ Condors, the eventual winners, in the pool round. Then they lost to Maori Invitational in the consolation SF. There was no playoff for 7th/8th place so Canada and Cook Islands tied for bottom spot.
As Rugby Canada like to point out these tours are good for development, expensive development for a few perhaps but they're also useful as a test to see where the U18 program currently sits. The answer apparently is Canada is on par with Cook Islands at the boys U18 level and behind Samoa, Tonga, NZ and Australia. The question then becomes what will it take to get the program up to the top tier level?
Simply sending national age-grade teams to better tournaments overseas is not going to make the program better and at $30K a pop, or whatever a trip for 15 to NZ costs, it's not feasable. What is required are better domestic systems, more playing time, more local tournaments, better coaching and better feedback and talent ID systems.
The video highlights below don't show any Canadian action from the tournament, we'll try to get some of that online, but it shows some NZ, Fijian and Samoan talent. The one area that stands out in the plays below is confidence. Confidence in winning the one on one battles whether it's the confidence to step the defender or the confidence to physically dominate the contact area. The first two highlights below illustrate that. The third highlight shows the ability to read the play and be there before it happens. Both these attributes, confidence and ability to read the game come from lots of playing time, not necessarily at the elite level but on the 7s pitch.
In BC we can up our 7s commitment in the summer, already clubs are talking about it. Also there's talk of touch rugby more in tune with the 7s game and starting local leagues. If you're interested in talking about increased 7s this coming summer in BC our door is always open - firstname.lastname@example.orgTournament ResultsAaron McLelland (UBCOB Ravens) from 2012 NZ CondorsCanada U18 team
Canada Enters Team in World School 7s in Auckland: Canada's First Match Friday 1:12PM PT
from Rugby Canada
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – Canada has sent a U18/U19 boy’s team to Auckland for the World School Rugby 7s tournament in Auckland this weekend.
Unfortunately, there is no live stream for the tournament; updates will be made available via the tournament’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/World-Schools-7s-190133104782335/
Notes from Head Coach Fred Asselin:
“After a couple days of training with the Canadian U18/U19 squad at the World School 7s we are settling in at the historic sacred heart college in Auckland where numerous All Black made their youth debut.
“We are training two times a day with recuperation sessions and are learning how to become young professionals and gain valuable playing experience. They are also getting sightseeing opportunities as they went and toured the prestigious and brand new state-of-the-art Auckland Blues training facility and watched a training session from one of the Super Rugby Teams. The players also got the chance meet with staff and some of the players, including All Black young sensation Winger Rieko Ioane. Thursday they will have their first opportunity to test their skills against the Cook Islands in a warm up game and to fine tune and test their playing patterns.
“With the great leadership of Lockie Kratz from Victoria and Jarvis Dashkewytch from Tsawwassen, they are going to have their work cut out for them against opposition that are all from the Southern Hemisphere. The pool play will be against Samoa, Tonga and New Zealand Condors, a select all-star team from the high-school championships.
“The experience these boys are going to gain here will carry them through their rugby careers. They are the only Northern hemisphere team and they should be very proud of that.
“I'm a very competitive coach but I'm also realistic, and know that all of the games will be very challenging. We have a goal of improving our structure and creating opportunities throughout the tournament. As I told the boys one game at a time and that they have a whole nation that believes in them.
“When you think that most rugby players around here start at 5 years old, and are playing international rugby by the age of 18/19 years old it is very new experience for our young athletes to play against such experienced young rugby players.
“Our team has great athletes and a mix of experience and youthfulness so we can expect them to represent Canada very proudly.”
Canada’s World School 7s Schedule on day one:
(Friday in Canada)
Canada vs. NZ Tongans – 4:12pm ET/1:12pm PT
Canada vs. Samoa Barbarians – 6pm ET/3pm PT
Canada vs. NZ Condors – 7:30pm ET/4:30pm PT
Juma Amisi, Strathcona Druids (Edmonton, AB)
Daniel Damron, (Surrey, BC)
Jarvis Dashkewytch, Castaway Wanderers (Tsawwassen, BC)
Kaleb Delaney, Oakville Crusaders (Oakville, ON)
Lachlan Kratz, Castaway Wanderers (Victoria, BC)
Sherwin Phillips, Sir Wifred Laurier Collegiate (Toronto, ON)
Austin Pinnell, Nor’westers (Edmonton, AB)
EJ Rerri, Oakville Crusaders (Oakville, ON)
Jack Shaw, Oakville Crusaders (Oakville, ON)
Sief Sanad, (Toronto, ON)
Bobby Turley, Balmy Beach RFC (Toronto, ON)
Brock Webster, Oshawa (Uxbridge, ON)
Head Coach: Fred Asselin
Manager: Meaghan Howat
Medical: Jalin CouperSchedule