Tough rebuilding process continues for Rugby Canada in seven


The arduous rebuilding process continued for the Langford-based Canadian men’s and women’s rugby sevens teams, who registered a combined 0-5 on opening day Friday at the Dubai Sevens.

The arduous rebuilding process continued for the Langford-based Canadian men’s and women’s rugby sevens teams, who registered a combined 0-5 on opening day Friday at the Dubai Sevens.

Canada lost 52-0 to Australia and 12-10 to Spain on the women’s side with Breanne Nicholas and Olivia De Couvreur scoring the only Canadian tries of the day.

Canada lost 37-14 to the United States, 24-17 to Australia and 26-16 to Kenya on the men’s side as Josiah Morra led the Canadian team with six tries while Cooper Coats collected 33 points.

This follows Canada with a 1-4 record for both men and women at the opening Emirates Sevens of the HSBC World Series last week, also in Dubai. It is obvious that the reconstruction will be long and complex for the Canadian teams. The men are retooling as many of the key players who led Canada to the quarterfinals at the Tokyo Olympics have retired.

The Canadian women’s team is far from its heyday when it reached the Olympic podium with bronze at Rio 2016. The Canadian women, previously regular among the three world firsts with New Zealand and Australia, have just won a ninth disappointing ninth. place showing in the Tokyo Olympics.

“There are always people who expect podiums with national women’s programs,” said interim Canadian head coach Jack Hanratty, in a video interview provided by Rugby Canada ahead of the tournaments in Dubai.

“It was something we were far from this summer [in Tokyo]. There is an air of determination among the players who have been there. The wait is always for more. It might not happen overnight and it will be difficult to get back on this podium. There is an air of determination that this national team will return to the podium in the coming years. “

Hanratty is optimistic about the reboot.

“There’s a lot of great energy in the squad,” he says.

“We’re relaunching the cycle here and there’s a great level of excitement. We can only learn by doing. This team should be judged on its resilience. When things aren’t going well, they pick themselves up and start over. We might not get there until the first tournament and maybe not until the second tournament, but the energy and commitment of this group is really nice.

With part of the Old Guard having resigned after a chaotic year, which included a players’ revolt at Langford, the mantle has passed to returning veterans Nicholas, former University of Victoria Vikes star Pamphinette Buisa of Victoria and Queen’s University graduate Olivia Apps, Elissa Alarie and Emma Chown. They must mentor the newcomers to the team, including UVic Vikes players Renee Gonzalez and Krissy Scurfield, and De Couvreur, Sabrina Poulin, Nakisa Levale, Asia Hogan Rochester, Fancy Bermudez and Chloe Daniels.

One of the players to be replaced is former captain Ghislaine Landry, one of the all-time world greats, who recently retired.

The new Canadian men’s team in Dubai includes Lachlan Kratz and Brennig Prevost, both of Victoria, with Kratz, Cody Nhanala and Jarvis Dashkewytch making their seven-man debuts for Canada while Nick Allen, Thomas Isherwood and Elias Ergas make their debuts. tours. outside of Canada.

They replace retired post-Olympic veterans Connor Braid of Victoria, UVic Vikes legend Nathan Hirayama, Harry Jones, Justin Douglas and Conor Trainor as places open for the next generation at Langford.

The 2022 Canadian Stages of the HSBC World Series are at BC Place from February 26 to 27 for the men and at Starlight Stadium in Langford for the women from April 30 to May 1.

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