Women's World Sevens 2019 - Glendale

October 06 2019


Elissa Alarie - RWC 2017
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Canada Disappoint with 6th Place Finish in Round One of World Rugby Sevens Series



Day One was good for 3rd ranked Canada, finishing second in their pool with 2 wins and a draw against Australia. That put them in a Cup QF versus USA on Day 2.

Canada were ahead in the USA match with 20 seconds left but had a mental lapse on the kickoff. Instead of kicking long or at least ensuring the short kick was covered they kicked it to one of the USA top players, Cheta Emba, and then didn't cover defensively. Emba took the kickoff straight down the field without a hand laid on her, it was brutal to watch from a Canadian perspective.

Canada didn't look sharp in this first tournament of the season and the mental errors were compounded in the 5th place final against Spain as several of Canada's attacks were thwarted by self-inflicted handling errors.

Ellisa Alarie who was brought in to the 7s program after an outstanding XVs season saw limited playing time. She started one match on Day 2, the only win for Canada 40-14 over Ireland but saw no time in the USA and Spain matches.

USA defeated Australia in the final to start the new season #1, followed by Australia, New Zealand, France, Spain and Canada.

Day 2 Pool Matches (includes Canada v USA)



Day 2 Finals (includes Canada v Spain)



from Rugby Canada

USA Women's Sevens Updates
Day One - Pool Play

Canada is off to an exciting start at USA Women’s Sevens after day one. Facing Fiji in their first match, Charity Williams wasted no time showcasing her unstoppable speed, securing the first points for Canada. Fiji answered back, beating Williams to get the ball over the line and evening the scoreboard at 7-7. Next to put some numbers on the board for Canada was captain Ghislaine Landry, who remains the series leader in all-time points scored. Breanne Nicholas scored the last two tries for Canada after great teamwork with Kayla Moleschi and Pam Buisa, securing a 31-7 win for Canada.

Game two saw Spain putting the pressure on Canada right away getting to the score board with no time to waste. Bianca Farella shot back with two tries to give Canada a 5 point lead over Spain. Captain Ghislaine Landry worked through the Spanish defence to level Canada up once again. Not willing to go down without a fight, Spain tighten the gap with the try and conversion. After a hard fought match, Canada claim a 19-14 victory to stay undefeated.

Canada opened scoring in game 3 with Bianca Farella zig zagging through Australia to take it home for the try. Australia answered back shortly after, scoring two tries over Canada. Canada’s Kaili Lukan evened out the playing field to start the second half after securing a pass from Captain Ghislaine Landry and bringing it over the line for the try. Australia then hit back with a try to take the lead over Canada but not long after, Pam Buisa fought her way through the Australian defence with brute strength to once again get the points. In a thriller to end it, Charity Williams battled through the yellow to stick the try in the final play of the match. The conversion was unsuccessful and Canada finished with a 26-26 tie over Australia to cap off pool play.

“We’re going to power through like we did today.” said Charity Williams with regards the teams strategy going into the cup round. “We’re going to go hard on defence and stick to our roles on attack and if we do everything right then it should be a perfect day.”

Day Two - Cup Round

USA opened the scoring against Canada in the cup semi finals after pushing through Ghislaine Landry to take it over the line, but Kayla Moleschi quickly evened the playing field with both teams sitting at 7-7. Canada took advantage of USA in the sin bin and brought it home for two quick tries. Back with a full team, USA closed the gap with a few strong plays and push forward over Canada with a 22-19 lead. Karen Paquin then used her lightening speed to take it over the line after some textbook passing from the Canadian squad. USA then take advantage of the final play getting the try and conversion and securing a 29-26 win over Canada to move on in the cup round.

The 5thplace semi final saw a slew of tries and strong dominance from Canada with Emma Chown opening the scoring and getting her first try of the weekend. Kaili Lukan scored another for Canada with Bianca Farella and Karen Paquin quickly following suit. Ireland managed to secure 2 tries in the second half but it was not enough to break Charity Williams unstoppable speed. Canada took a big 40-14 win over the Irish side to move into the 5th place play off.

Landry scored first for Canada with the try and conversion securing a 7-0 lead early in the 5th place play off. Despite strong effort from Spain, Canada’s defence was too good and the score remained in the first half. Spain got the first set of points in the second half after a series of penalties from Canada to draw at 7-7 each side. Spain busted through the Canadian line to score the game winning try and conversion against Canada, closing out the game with a 12-7 final score. Canada finished the weekend at USA Women's Sevens in 6th place.

"Overall I thought the girls played pretty well" noted John Tait. "The team in the final we tied and should have won and the other team we lost to in the last play of the game. We're right there. It's fine margins on the series we just have to do a better job of executing on our ball."

Canada’s Roster:

Delaney Aikens, UBC (Briercrest, SK)
Elissa Alarie, Westshore RFC (Trois Rivieres, QC)
Pamphinette Buisa, Ottawa Irish (Gatineau, QC)
Emma Chown, Aurora Barbarians (Barrie, ON)
Caroline Crossley, Castaway Wanderers (Victoria, BC)
Bianca Farella, Town of Mount Royal RCF (Montreal, QC)
Julia Greenshields, Sarnia Saints (Sarnia, ON)
Ghislaine Landry, Toronto Scottish (Toronto, ON) ‘C’
Kaili Lukan, Unattached (Barrie, ON)
Kayla Moleschi, Williams Lake Rustlers (Williams Lake, BC)
Breanne Nicholas, London St. Georges RFC (Blenheim, ON)
Karen Paquin, Castaway Wanderers / CRQ (Quebec City, QC)
Charity Williams, Markham Irish (Toronto, ON)

Unavailable due to injury:
Britt Benn, Guelph Redcoats (Napanee, ON)
Keyara Wardley, Okotoks Lions (Vulcan, AB)
Sara Kaljuvee, Toronto Scottish (Ajax, ON)
Asia Hogan-Rochester, York Lions (Toronto, Ont.)



Women's World 7s Series Kicks Off on Saturday in Glendale: Elissa Alarie Added to Canada Roster



While the men's XVs World Cup is taking up the majority of the rugby media focus this weekend there's another important event starting this weekend, the Women's World 7s Series kicks off in Glendale, Colorado.

The women's series has expanded to 8 tournaments this season and it starts on Saturday. The next tournament isn't until December in Dubai when both the men and women will share the venue.

The big news for Canada is that Elissa Alarie will join the series this season. She was the outstanding player for Canada in the Super Series XVs tournament held this summer. She has great skills for 7s: evasive running, ball handling and speed. Add to that the confidence and vision to see the opportunities and take them, will give Canada another dangerous playmaker beside Ghislaine Landry.

Canada have three tough games to start the season, Fiji, Spain, Australia. The series is covered on CBC Sports and the first match is at 9:15am PT on Saturday.

Canada’s Roster:

Delaney Aikens, UBC (Briercrest, SK)
Elissa Alarie, Westshore RFC (Trois Rivieres, QC)
Pamphinette Buisa, Ottawa Irish (Gatineau, QC)
Emma Chown, Aurora Barbarians (Barrie, ON)
Caroline Crossley, Castaway Wanderers (Victoria, BC)
Bianca Farella, Town of Mount Royal RCF (Montreal, QC)
Julia Greenshields, Sarnia Saints (Sarnia, ON)
Ghislaine Landry, Toronto Scottish (Toronto, ON) ‘C’
Kaili Lukan, Unattached (Barrie, ON)
Kayla Moleschi, Williams Lake Rustlers (Williams Lake, BC)
Breanne Nicholas, London St. Georges RFC (Blenheim, ON)
Karen Paquin, Castaway Wanderers / CRQ (Quebec City, QC)
Charity Williams, Markham Irish (Toronto, ON)

Unavailable due to injury:
Britt Benn, Guelph Redcoats (Napanee, ON)
Keyara Wardley, Okotoks Lions (Vulcan, AB)
Sara Kaljuvee, Toronto Scottish (Ajax, ON)
Asia Hogan-Rochester, York Lions (Toronto, Ont.)

from Rugby Canada

LANGFORD, BC (September 27th, 2019) – Canada’s team has been named that will kick off the 2020 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Glendale, Colorado on October 5-6, 2019.

Canada’s team set for first tournament of the 2020 HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series

The team is coming off a strong 2019 season that saw the team reach the podium at four out of the six stops, claiming gold in Kitakyushu. Currently ranked third in the world, Canada will look to build on that momentum as they prepare to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games after qualifying in Biarritz, France during last year’s Series.

“We’ve come off of a good preseason,” said coach John Tait. “We’ve put in a lot of work to prep the body up for what’s going to be a big year with the Olympics at the end of it.”

This season will hold a new challenge for the squad, increasing to eight rounds for the first time in the history of the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series—six of those being combined men’s and women’s events.

“We’ll have to use our depth and manage the load throughout the year,” added Tait. “But with eight series stops it just gives more opportunity for the wider squad to get in there at different points in the year and show what they can do.”

Returning as captain of the squad will be veteran Ghislaine Landry who continues to lead the series in all time points scored with 1186 total. Landry will have strong support from other standout players including Bianca Farella who was the 2019 series second leading try scorer and Charity Williams, known for her unstoppable speed.

“We’ve had some injuries recently but that just presents an opportunity for some players with less series experience to get more game time,” said Tait.

A staple on Canada’s XVs squad, Quebec’s Elissa Alarie will join the sevens roster for the first time since 2016. Having represented Canada at the 2014 and 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup, Alarie brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team as they approach the beginning of a crucial year.

“Elissa Alarie is coming back into the squad and she’ll be providing some depth to the team. She’s part of our pathway and at this point, anyone in our depth chart can put their hand up if they’re able to perform.”

Canada will face off against Australia, Spain and Fiji on day one of the tournament in Pool C. Fans can watch all the action LIVE on CBC Sports and receive LIVE match updates on the World Rugby match centre: https://www.world.rugby/sevens-series/stage/1964/match

Canada's Schedule:

Day 1- October 5

Canada vs Fiji- 12:15pm ET/ 9:15am PT
Canada vs Spain- 2:59pm ET/ 11:59am PT
Canada vs Australia- 5:43pm ET/ 2:43pm PT

Broadcast: cbcsports.ca

Day 2- October 6
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