Bryan Kelly, Rugby Canada
In only its second year of playing host to the World Rugby Sevens Series, the city of Langford is preparing for a sold out crowd, ready to deliver on a weekend of community celebration and high energy Sevens competition from the world’s best.
Captains from all 12 competing teams gathered earlier today in Victoria’s Inner Harbour against the backdrop of the BC Legislature to pose for the traditional captain’s photo which takes place on every stop of the tour and serves to welcome participating countries. It showcases the captains from all 12 competing nations, within the unique landscape of the host region.
With less than four months to go before the 2016 Rio Summer Games, the Canadian Women’s Sevens team – who qualified for Rio after finishing fourth in the world last year – is looking to fine-tune their game and serve notice to the world that they are ready to challenge for top spot on the podium in Rio this summer.
Going into this weekend, Canada is ranked third on the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens World Series and are hoping to draw on the energy of a supportive and rugby savvy home town crowd.
“This is where we live and train,” said Canadian captain Jen Kish, referring to Langford and its state of the art Canadian Rugby Centre of Excellence. “We know we have the support of the entire community behind us…we look forward to showcasing the very best of our sport and our culture.”
With tickets close to sold out, organizers are urging fans to purchase their tickets before end of day on April 15, as full tournament pricing goes into effect at 12:00 am on April 16. Information on remaining ticket inventory can be found at canadasevens.com.
Event coverage will also be broadcasted on TSN, with a total of two hours of live coverage over the course of the two-day tournament.
About Canada Sevens partners: The HSBC Canada Women’s Sevens Langford is made possible thanks to the following partnerships: HSBC and DHL (World Rugby Series Partners), Butchart Gardens and the Keg Steak House + Bar (Premier Partners); Canada’s Dairy Farmers (Signature Partners), Securiguard, Goldcorp, Quality Foods and Helijet (Official Partners), and CTV (Media Partner). The event is also supported by the Government of Canada, the Province of British Columbia, the City of Langford, and Tourism Victoria.
Canada’s Roster for the Atlanta Sevens (name, club, hometown):
Britt Benn – (Guelph Redcoats) Napanee, ON
Hannah Darling – (Peterborough Pagans) Warsaw, ON
Bianca Farella – (Town of Mont Royal RFC) Montreal, QC
Julia Greenshields – (Sarnia Saints) Sarnia, ON
Jen Kish – (Edmonton Rockers) Edmonton, AB
Ghislaine Landry – (Toronto Scottish) Toronto, ON
Megan Lukan – (Unattached) Barrie, ON
Kayla Mack – (Wild Oats) Saskatoon, SK
Kayla Moleschi – (Williams Lake Rustlers) Williams Lake, BC
Karen Paquin – (Club de Rugby Quebec) Quebec City, QC
Kelly Russell – (Toronto Nomads) Bolton, ON
Charity Williams – (Markham Irish) Toronto, ON
Unavailable for selection due to injury:
Elissa Alarie – (Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue Rugby Club) Trois-Rivieres, QC
Magali Harvey – (Club de Rugby Quebec) Quebec City, QC
Emmanuela Jada (Guelph Redcoats) Guelph, ON
Ashley Steacy – (Lethbridge Rugby Club) Lethbridge, AB
Natasha Watcham-Roy – (Hull Volant) Gatineau, QC
Canada’s Coaching Staff:
John Tait – Head Coach
Sandro Fiorino – Assistant Coach
Meaghan Howat – Manager
Sandeep Nandhra – Athletic Therapist
Tyler Goodale – Strength & Conditioning
Canada’s Langford Sevens Day 1 Schedule:
Canada vs Japan at 2:22 pm ET / 11:22 am PT
Canada vs Ireland at 5:14 pm ET / 2:14 pm PT
Canada vs England at 7:44 pm ET / 4:44 pm PT
Canada’s Langford Sevens Day 2 Schedule: