Vancouver 7s (Women) - September 2021

September 20 2021

Kelly Russell - Canada
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Canada Defeat Mexico to Finish 3rd in Four Team Tournament: Full Match Videos

Canada lost to USA 22-12 to start Day 2 before running up the score on the winless Mexican team, 48-0. Mexico failed to score a point over 5 games at the tournament.

Great Britain went undefeated at the tournament and defeated USA 34-12 in the final.

The teams now head to Edmonton.

Canada v Mexico

Emma Chown 1'
Olivia Apps 2'
Sabrina Poulin 4' & 8'
Nakisa Levale 7'
Alysha Corrigan 11' & 12'
Chloe Daniels 14'

Canada v USA

Renee Gonzalez 2' & 4'

Canada 1-2 on Day 1 - Face USA in Semi-Finals on Day 2: Full Match Videos

Canada fell to USA in their first match, 22-12 and then lost to GB 19-5. They defeated Mexico 39-0.

Canada face USA on Day 2 in one semi, GB face Mexico in the other semi-final. The winners will compete for the title in the 4 team tournament.

Canada v Mexico

Alysha Corrigan 2' & 13'
Emma Chown 5'
Fancy Bermudez Chavez 6'
Olivia Apps 8'
Chloe Daniels 11'
Asia Hogan-Rochester 15'

Canada v GB

Renee Gonzalez 11'

Canada v USA

Emma Chown 2' & 7'

Day 1 Schedule: Canada Face USA in First Match in Four Team Tournament

Canada will face USA, Great Britain and Mexico in Day 1 of the four team tournament. Day 2 will see a 1v4 and 2v3 match with the winners competing for the title and losers competing for 3rd place.

Canada have a young squad with only 2 players returning from the Olympic squad, Breanne Nicholas and Olivia App.


Canada Name Squad for Vancouver 7s: Kelly Russell to Coach Team in Vancouver and Edmonton

It's a new look team for the tournaments in Vancouver and Edmonton. Only two players who were on the Olympic squad, which finished a disappointing 9th, are in this team. Only six of the thirteen players were signatories on the complaint in January that got former coach, John Tait, dismissed.

They're under new leadership, Kelly Russell, the former Canada international and head coach of the Women's 7s Academy will lead the team. Jack Hanratty, the coach of the Women's U20 team, will assist.

They play Great Britain, USA and Mexico.

from Rugby Canada


September 10, 2021 (Langford, BC) – Following the competition at the Tokyo Olympic Games, Rugby Canada has selected a new-look squad for Canada’s return to the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Vancouver (September 18-19), and named a new coaching team leading the charge.

Kelly Russell will fill the role of Head Coach of the Women’s 7s team for the Vancouver and Edmonton events. Since signing off from her remarkable career which included playing in the final of both the sevens and 15s Rugby World Cup in 2013 and 2014 – the latter as the team captain – and being part of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games Bronze medal Canadian squad and subsequently finishing her career with 53 caps for the 15s team, she immediately turned her dedication of the game towards coaching.

Russell is currently the Head Coach of the Women’s 7s Academy Program, Assistant Coach of the Senior Women’s Team, and Assistant Coach for the National U20’s. Russell will be joined by Jack Hanratty, the Head Coach of Rugby Canada’s U20 Women’s Team, Assistant Coach of the Senior Women’s Team, and Rugby Canada Academy Coach – Atlantic. Russell and Hanratty have a great working relationship from their time together with the National U20 and Senior Women’s team and are looking forward to the exciting task at hand.

The team selection features some players with World Series playing experience, along with next generation athletes making their first starts at this level. Other experienced players will be taking a deserved rest prior to the start of the 2022 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

Following the HSBC Canada Sevens Vancouver, the team will head straight to Edmonton for the debut of a second HSBC Canada Sevens event at Commonwealth Stadium September 25-26.

Canada’s Women’s 7s Roster:

1. Olivia Apps (Lindsay, ON) — Lindsay RFC
2. Fancy Bermudez-Chavez (Edmonton, AB) — Nor’Wester Athletic Association
3. Emma Chown (Barrie, ON) — Aurora Barbarians
4. Alysha Corrigan (Charlottetown, PEI) — CRFC/Saracens
5. Chloe Daniels (Sutton, ON) — RC Academy / Queens University
6. Olivia De Couvreur (Ottawa, ON) — Ottawa Irish
7. Renee Gonzalez (Toronto, ON) — UVIC
8. Asia Hogan-Rochester (Toronto, ON) — N/A
9. Breanne Nicholas (Blenheim, ON) — London St. Georges
10. Arielle Normandin-Leclerc (Montreal, QC) — Town of Mount Royal Rugby
11. Ella O-Regan (Victoria, BC) – Castaway Wanderers / UVIC
12. Temitope Ogunjimi (Calgary, AB) — Calgary Hornets RFC
13. Sabrina Poulin (Saint-George de Beauce, QC) — Town of Mount Royal Rugby

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