Vancouver, BC (July 10, 2018) – Rugby Canada has announced the Women’s and Men’s Sevens teams that will head to San Francisco for the Rugby World Cup Sevens. A total of twelve players hailing from BC will take their places on the world stage at the scenic AT&T Park in San Francisco Bay. The tournament is set to run for three days from July 20-22 and will see some of the best Rugby Sevens talent from across the globe descend on San Francisco.
Caroline Crossley (Castaway Wanderers) and Kayla Moleschi (Williams Lake Rustlers) will be integral parts of the 3rd seeded Canadian Women’s Team who face Brazil in their opening encounter. Of the named team, only Moleschi and Ghislaine Landry return from the silver medal-winning side at the 2013 RWC Sevens tournament in Moscow. Furthermore, Moleschi is one of five players (including Britt Benn, Ghislaine Landry, Natasha Watcham-Roy and Charity Williams) in the 2018 side who were part of the Canadian Women’s Team who won bronze at the Olympics in Rio, 2016. This backbone of experience in high-pressure tournaments will doubtless be of great benefit as the team aims for yet another podium place.
Meanwhile, Harry Jones (Capilano) will captain the Men’s Team, seeded 10th in this year’s tournament. The team will be in fine shape coming into the tournament with Jones making his third RWC Sevens appearance alongside the HSBC World Sevens Series’ top points scorer, Hirayama, and DHL Impact Player of the Year award winner, Justin Douglas (Abbotsford). A strong BC core is rounded out by Admir Cejvanovic (Burnaby Lake), Connor Braid (James Bay), Mike Fuailefau and Pat Kay (both Castaway Wanderers), and Isaac Kaay (UVic Vikes).
Canada Men’s Sevens Team will look to improve on a ninth-place finish in the last RWC Sevens in Moscow, with a record of 5-1. They also finished the 2017-2018 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in ninth place with 76 points throughout the 10 tournaments. Unlike the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, the RWC Sevens is a straight knockout tournament, meaning Canada’s Men’s and Women’s Teams will have to win every encounter to progress to the next round.
Both the men’s and women’s competitions start on Friday morning, where Canada’s Men are set to face Papua New Guinea and the women will take on Brazil. Fans travelling from BC to attend might be interested to know that a welcome ceremony will be kick off the tournament on Thursday, July 19th at the Embarcadero Plaza at 5pm.
Canada Rosters for Rugby World Cup Sevens:
|Men's Team||Women's Team|
|Connor Braid||James Bay AA (Victoria, BC)||Olivia Apps||Lindsay RFC (Lindsay, ON)|
|Andrew Coe||Markham Irish (Toronto, ON)||Britt Ben||Guelph Redcoats (Napanee, ON)
|Admir Cejvanovic||Burnaby Lake RFC (Burnaby, BC)||Pam Buisa||Ottawa Irish (Gatineau, QC)
|Justin Douglas||Abbotsford RFC (Abbotsford, BC)||Caroline Crossley||Castaway Wanderers (Victoria, BC)
|Mike Fuailefau||Castaway Wanderers (Victoria, BC)||Bianca Farella||Town of Mount Royal RCF (Montreal, QC)|
|Lucas Hammond||Toronto Nomads (Toronto, ON)||Julia Greenshields||Sarnia Saints (Sarnia, ON)|
|Nathan Hirayama||Unattached (Richmond, BC)||Sara Kaljuvee||Toronto Scottish (Ajax, ON)|
|Harry Jones (C)||Capilano RFC (North Vancouver, BC)||Ghislaine Landry (C)||Toronto Scottish (Toronto, ON)|
|Isaac Kaay||UVIC Vikes (Kamloops, BC)||Kayla Moleschi||Williams Lake Rustlers (Williams Lake, BC)|
|Pat Kay||Castaway Wanderers (Duncan, BC)||Breanne Nicholas||London St. Georges RFC (Blenheim, ON)|
|Luke McCloskey||Castaway Wanderers (Victoria, BC)||Natasha Watcham-Roy||Hull Volant (Gatineau, QC)|
|Matt Mullins||Queen’s University (Belleville, ON)||Charity Williams||Markham Irish (Toronto, ON)|
Rugby World Cup Sevens Schedule:
Friday, July 20 – Canada Men vs. Papua New Guinea at 4:23pm ET/1:23pm PT – Pre Round of 16
Friday, July 20 - Canada Women vs. Brazil – 2:06pm ET/11:06am PT – Round of 16
The entire tournament can be streamed live on www.cbcsports.ca, along with television coverage throughout various times during the weekend.