Sydney 7s Men Finish 15th/16th; Women Finish in 9th
It's not looking good for the men's 7s program right now. They slipped 10 points behind Uruguay in the race for the coveted 11th place that avoids the relegation tournament. They remain 8 points above Japan who occupy 15th place and get immediately relegated after the Toulouse tournament. There are 5 tournaments left to turn things around before London: LA, Vancouver, Hong Kong, Singapore and Toulouse. Canada will need to make the Cup round in one or two of the remaining tournaments.
Kenya made the biggest gain in the group trying to avoid relegation, they clawed 2 more points towards Uruguay and now only trail by 3 points. Next up is LA in 26 days, Feb 25-26.
Men on Day 3
Tonga 35 - Canada 14
Spain 17 - Canada 14
Kenya 11th/12th = 5 points = 21 series points
Uruguay 13th = 3 points = 24 series points
Spain 14th = 2 points = 18 series points
Canada 15th/16th = 1 point = 14 series points
Japan 15th/16th = 1 point = 6 series points
The women had better results on Day 3 and won both their matches. They gained 2 points on Spain and added another point between them and last place Brazil. The women still occupy 2nd last place in the standings among the core teams. The women's next tournament is in Vancouver.
Women on Day 3
Canada 27 - Spain 10
Canada 24 - Brazil 21
Japan 8th = 6 points = 21 series points
Canada 9th = 4 points = 16 series points
Brazil 10th = 3 points = 11 series points
Spain 11th = 2 points = 17 series points
New Zealand won both the men's and women's tournaments and remain top of the standings in both series. The USA men had a poor tournament and fell out of the top four which represents automatic Olympic qualification, that also would have repercussions for Canada's men's team.
Canada 0-3 on Day 2 of Sydney 7s: Match Videos
The Canadian women were decisively beaten by Fiji and won't make the Cup round, they'll face Spain in the 9th place semi-final on Day 3.
The men lost to Australia in their first match of Day 2 and then to Great Britain, they'll face Tonga in the 9th place quarter-final on Day 3.
Fiji 34 - Canada 7
Australia 22 - Canada 7
Great Britain 33 - Canada 5
Canada 0-3 on Day 1 of Sydney 7s: Match Videos
The Canadian women lost their two matches on Day 1 and need to defeat Fiji on Day 2 to make the Cup round.
The men just had one match, a loss to Argentina. Canada were ahead 19-5 with 2 minutes remaining but let in 3 late tries to lose the match. They'll face Australia and Great Britain on Day 2.
USA 14 - Canada 12
Great Britain 19 - Canada 5
Argentina 24 - Canada 19
Canada Teams Named for Sydney 7s: Kickoff 5pm PT Thursday
[ed. corrected the kickoff to Thursday PST, Friday local time]
The World Rugby 7s Series moves to Australia for this weekend. The Canadian women are in a tough pool with USA, Great Britain and Fiji. They'll likely just need to win one match and keep the others close to make the Cup quarter-finals. The men are in a pool with Argentina, Australia and Great Britain, they'll likely need to win two games to advance to the Cup round.
On the women's side Breanne Nicholas returns with the injury to Charity Williams and Jarvis Dashkewytch comes into the men's side with Elias Ergas injured.
The men's team need to stay ahead of Kenya, Spain, Japan and try to catch Uruguay in order to avoid relegation or the relegation tournament.
The matches will be streamed on CBC Sports. from Rugby Canada
Canada’s Women’s Sevens Team and Men’s Sevens Team rosters have been confirmed for the upcoming HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2023 stop in Sydney, Australia.
From January 27-29 (January 26-29 in Pacific/Eastern Time), teams will play at Allianz Stadium in Sydney for the fifth stop of the men’s series and the fourth stop of the women’s series. Canada’s Women’s Sevens Team will compete in Pool B along with the USA, Great Britain and Fiji. Canada’s Men’s Sevens Team will play in Pool A against Argentina, Australia and Great Britain.
Both teams will see one change from the rosters that competed at the New Zealand Sevens. Breanne Nicholas will join Canada’s Women’s Sevens Team in Sydney following an injury to Charity Williams.
“The results in Hamilton were not up to the standards that we set for ourselves as a team,” said Jack Hanratty, Women’s Sevens Team Head Coach. “This is an important week for us, and we look forward to competing in what will be a physically demanding pool. All teams will go into this pool with the focus of getting to the quarter finals and we know that for us to get there will take some big performances, but we are excited by that challenge.”
On the Men’s Sevens Team, Jarvis Dashkewytch will come in following an injury to Elias Ergas.
“As we prep for Sydney we’re looking to simplify our game and continue to focus on the consistency of our performance. We’ve seen the heights these men are capable of reaching, but don’t see them often enough over the full 14 minutes,” said Sean White, Men’s Sevens Team interim Head Coach. “We’ve brought Jarvis Dashkewytch in to cover for Elias Ergas, who has returned home to recover from an injury, and we look for Jarvis to bring a spark over the weekend.”
SCHEDULE / COVERAGE
For the most up to date information on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and live coverage, visit the official website: world.rugby/sevens-series. There you will find details regarding the event format, schedule, and the latest news.
WHERE TO WATCH
Broadcast coverage of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series will be available in Canada via CBC. All events are available to live stream via cbcsports.ca, the CBC Sports app, and the free CBC Gem streaming service.
CANADA’S WOMEN’S SEVENS ROSTER
1. Olivia De Couvreur (Ottawa, ON) – Ottawa Irish
2. Krissy Scurfield (Canmore, AB) – University of Victoria
3. Renee Gonzalez (Toronto, ON) – University of Victoria
4. Breanne Nicholas (Blenheim, ON) – Kent Havoc RFC
8. Bianca Farella (Montreal, QC) – Town of Mont Royal RFC
10. Fancy Bermudez (Edmonton, AB) – Nor’Westers Athletic Association / Westshore RFC
16. Alysha Corrigan (Charlottetown, PEI) – CRFC / Saracens
19. Nakisa Levale (Abbotsford, BC) – Abbotsford RFC
21. Olivia Apps (Lindsay, ON) – Lindsay RFC
23. Shalaya Valenzuela (Abbotsford, BC) – Abbotsford RFC
33. Maddy Grant (Cornwall, ON) – University of Ottawa
77. Chloe Daniels (Sutton, ON) – Aurora Barbarians / Queen’s University
99. Pamphinette Buisa (Gatineau, QC) – Ottawa Irish / University of Victoria
CANADA’S MEN’S SEVENS ROSTER
1. Anton Ngongo (Victoria, BC) – Castaway Wanderers
2. Jake Thiel (Victoria, BC) – James Bay AA
3. D’Shawn Bowen (Toronto, ON) – Pacific Pride
4. Phil Berna (Vancouver, BC) – Vancouver Rowing Club
6. Josiah Morra (Toronto, ON) – Castaway Wanderers / Toronto Saracens
7. Brock Webster (Uxbridge, ON) – Oshawa Vikings RFC
14. Josh Thiel (Victoria, BC) – James Bay AA
19. Matthew Oworu (Calgary, AB) – Pacific Pride
22. Jarvis Dashkewytch (Tsawwassen, BC) – University of Victoria
23. Thomas Isherwood (Okotoks, AB) – Foothills Lions RFC
27. Dawson Fatoric (Ottawa, ON) – Pacific Pride
33. Kal Sager (Peterborough, ON) – Peterborough Pagans / Trent University
64. Elias Hancock (Ottawa, ON) – Bytown Blues