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May 27th was declared ‘Rugby Day’ in Langford today in a ceremony at Langford City Hall. Mayor Stewart Young, Gareth Rees, Rugby Canada’s Director, Commercial & Program Relations and members of the Rugby Canada Women’s Sevens Team were on hand to announce the honour, just 10 days away from the opening day of the 2017 HSBC Canada Women’s Sevens Tournament. Rugby Day will coincide with the first day of the two-day tournament that will host the best 12 women’s sevens teams in the world.
"We are honoured to have Rugby Canada call Langford home, and we are proud of the hard work, talent and dedication these elite athletes put forth,” said Mayor Young. “We look forward to the HSBC Canada Women's Sevens playing in our world class sporting facility at Westhills Stadium.”
Rees reiterated the support the community gives to rugby. “We are grateful for the continued passion and leadership the City of Langford shows toward the development of rugby in Canada. Rugby Day in Langford is a fitting initiative for a community that has played such an important role in supporting and inspiring our Canadian rugby athletes.”
The team is training hard in preparation for the tournament splitting their time between PISE and Westhills Stadium. “The training is going really well,” said Julia Greenshields, a six year veteran of the team. “We left Japan taking second place after a great performance, and now it is back to the drawing board as we prepare for next weekend.”
Hannah Darling played in the Rio Olympics, which she describes as an “incredible experience.” The team is feeling very confident. “We feel we are in a good place, we are sharpening things up and the energy around and being at home will help us get that gold.”
This is the third year that Langford has hosted the HSBC Canada Sevens and with completion of the Al Charron Rugby Canada National Training Centre in the fall, Rees is feeling on top of the world. “We are thrilled with how Canada is playing – and to think we are the only country of the great rugby nations to hold the title in the men’s and women’s sevens this year.” He is confident that in front of a home crowd they will get the gold. “Training is going well, there is great chemistry and we have some new blood. Some of the senior players are coming to end of their careers and so they want this win.”
Tickets for the May 27-28 tournament are selling fast. Visit www.canadasevens.com for more information.