Team Announced for South America 7s Tournaments in January
There's a change in the management team for the Maple Leaf 7s as the group that took the U18 team to the World School 7s in NZ and won the Bowl final get a second crack at it and now handle the senior development squad - Coach Nigel D'Acre and Manager Khalil Ajram. Three of the stars on that U18 tour are also part of the senior development squad, Quinn Ngawati, David Richard and Brock Webster.
Historically Canada haven't done well on the South America 7s tour, one of the areas they've struggled is the physicality at the breakdown, often getting out-muscled. In 2016 they came 6th out of 8 teams - losing big to Brazil which was the most disappointing. They defeated Paruguay twice and Uruguay once in the two tournaments that year. In 2018 they came 11th out of 12 teams at the Punta del Este, again only defeating Paraguay. 2017 was better as they finished 4th out of 8 teams at the Vinta del Mar, they defeated Uruguay to get into that match but lost to Chile.
A good benchmark for the Maple Leafs would be against Chile, a team they haven't beaten in several years in the January South American tournaments. A victory against them would mark a significant gain for the Canadian development program. A win against Brazil would also be a step in the right direction if they have a chance to go head to head. There are some new teams this year, according to memory, such as Russia and Portugal and they'll be interesting opponents.
First up is Punta del Este where Canada is in a pool with Argentina, Portugal and Brazil. Wins over Portugal and Brazil would be the goal and a good indication that the Maple Leafs are turning the program around. Canada's first match will be against Portugal. from Rugby Canada
Canada Men’s Sevens Maple Leaf Development team will head to South America to compete in two tournaments this January.
In the line up for Canada will be Joshia Morra, Cole Davis, Cooper Coats, and Jake Thiel who all have HSBC World Series Sevens experience. Davis also has six caps for Canada's 15s team.
The team will first play in Punta Del Este, Uruguay on January 5th/6th before travelling to Vina Del Mar, Chile for the second leg on January 12th/13th.
Competing in the South America Sevens are six South American nations along with USA, South Africa, Germany, Portugal, and Russia. Excluding Argentina, the South American countries will be competing for a possible birth in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series to play in the 2019 Hong Kong, Las Vegas and Vancouver sevens tournaments.
Stay tuned to Rugby Canada's channels for tournament schedule and further information.
Maple Leaf’s Roster for South America:
1. Quinn Ngawati – Westshore/BC
2. Elias Hancock – Bytown Blues/ON
3. David Richard – Mississauga Blues/ON
4. Brock Webster – Oshawa Vikings/ON
5. Cooper Coats – Halifax Tars/NS
6. Avery Oitomen – Oakville Crusaders/ON
7. Jack McCarthy – Vandalls RFC/NFLD
8. Josiah Morra – Toronto Saracens/ON
9. Jacob Thiel – Abbotsford RFC/BC
10. Cole Davis – Calgary Saints/AB
11. Jarvis Dahkewitz – UVIC/BC
12. Mitch Voralek – Waterloo County/ON
13. Andrew Coe – Markham Irish/ON
Maple Leaf’s Staff:
Nigel D’Acre – Coach
Khalil Ajram – Manager
Andrew McMillan - Medical