Rugby Canada names RWC 7s Rosters - 10 Ontarians on rosters

July 10, 2018

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Rugby Canada names rosters for their Men's and Women's Sevens program as they prepare for Rugby World Cup 7s in San Fransisco. Photo via Rugby Canada

With files from Bryan Kelly, Rugby Canada Communications


WOMEN'S ROSTER ANNOUNCEMENT

Canada Women’s Sevens head coach John Tait has named his 12-player roster for the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco.
Canada will once again be led by Captain Ghislaine Landry, whose 984 points all-time leads all scorers on the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Series. Landry, Kayla Moleschi and Bianca Farella are the only remaining members of Canada’s roster that finished the 2013 edition in a best-ever silver podium finish in Moscow, Russia.
Olivia Apps, Britt Benn, Pam Buisa, Caroline Crossley, Julia Greenshields, Sara Kaljuvee, Breanne Nicholas, Natasha Watcham-Roy & Charity Williams are all set to make their tournament debut after impressing on the World Series.
Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, which features the world’s top 24 men’s and 16 women’s teams, will be played on 20-22 July at the iconic AT&T Park in California. With the recently confirmed innovative ‘knock-out’ tournament format both the men’s and women’s teams will have to win every match to be crowned World Cup winners.
The women’s competition starts off on Friday morning with the Round of 16, where Canada is set to face Brazil with a berth in the quarter-finals on the line.
This month’s historic event in California will be the first-ever Rugby World Cup in any form in USA and only second in North America after Canada hosted the 2006 Women’s Rugby World Cup in Edmonton, Alberta.
Rugby Canada, in partnership with Bear Mountain, Butchart Gardens & the City of Langford, is throwing an official Rugby World Cup Sevens Send Off event on Thursday, July 12th. Members of the Canadian Rugby community are encouraged to attend from 12pm to 2pm to celebrate our team’s and properly send them off to San Francisco as part of the annual Players’ Championship Golf Tournament.
Canada’s Rugby World Cup Sevens Roster:
Olivia Apps, Lindsay RFC (Lindsay, ON) 

Britt Benn, Guelph Redcoats (Napanee, ON) 


Pam Buisa, Ottawa Irish (Gatineau, QC) 

Caroline Crossley, Castaway Wanderers (Victoria, BC) 

Bianca Farella, Town of Mount Royal RCF (Montreal, QC) 

Julia Greenshields, Sarnia Saints (Sarnia, ON) 

Sara Kaljuvee, Toronto Scottish (Ajax, ON) 

Ghislaine Landry, Captain, Toronto Scottish (Toronto, ON) 


Kayla Moleschi, Williams Lake Rustlers (Williams Lake, BC) 

Breanne Nicholas, London St. Georges RFC (Blenheim, ON) 

Natasha Watcham-Roy, Hull Volant (Gatineau, QC) 

Charity Williams, Markham Irish (Toronto, ON)
Canada Rugby World Cup Sevens Schedule
Canada vs. Brazil – 2:06pm ET/11:06am PT – Round of 16
All matches throughout the men’s and women’s competition can be seen LIVE on www.cbcsports.ca, while television coverage on CBC is still to be confirmed.


MEN'S ROSTER ANNOUNCEMENT

Canada Men’s Sevens head coach Damian McGrath has named his 12-man roster for the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco.
Canada will be captained by North Vancouver veteran Harry Jones. The 28-year-old recently passed the 100 try mark on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and has shared the captaincy duties since the departure of John Moonlight earlier this season. This will be Jones’ third World Cup appearance after the 2013 in Russia and 2015 (fifteens) in England and Wales.
Jones’ leadership role will be complimented by long-time teammate and 2017-18 Series points scoring leader Nate Hirayama. The 30-year-old from Richmond, BC adds to his impressive Rugby World Cup appearance tally, having been on the roster for three fifteens tournaments (2007, 2011 & 2015) along with the 2013 edition in Moscow, Russia.
McGrath’s roster includes five members – Jones, Hirayama, Lucas Hammond, Mike Fuailefau, and Justin Douglas – from the 2013 campaign, which finished the tournament with a 5-1 record for 9thplace.  Andrew Coe, Isaac Kaay, Connor Braid, Admir Cejvanovic, Pat Kay, Luke McCloskey & Matt Mullins are set to make their Sevens World Cup debuts in less than two weeks’ time.
Abbotsford, BC’s Douglas was in fine form this past season the world series, scoring 35 tries in 10 tournaments and winning the DHL Impact Player for the series.
Canada finished the 2017-18 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in a respectable ninth place position with 76 points throughout the 10 tournaments. Despite battling injuries, player unavailability’s and retirement, McGrath’s outfit put forward two top four finishes in Cape Town and Paris.
Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, which features the world’s top 24 men’s and 16 women’s teams, will be played on 20-22 July at the iconic AT&T Park in California. With the recently confirmed innovative ‘knock-out’ tournament format both the men’s and women’s teams will have to win every match to be crowned World Cup winners.
The men’s competition starts off on Friday morning with the Pre-Round of 16, where Canada is set to face Papua New Guinea with chance to face Argentina in the Round of 16 up for grabs.  
This month’s historic event in California will be the first-ever Rugby World Cup in any form in USA and only second in North America after Canada hosted the 2006 Women’s Rugby World Cup in Edmonton, Alberta.
Rugby Canada, in partnership with Bear Mountain, Butchart Gardens & the City of Langford, is throwing an official Rugby World Cup Sevens Send Off event on Thursday, July 12th. Members of the Canadian Rugby community are encouraged to attend from 12pm to 2pm to celebrate our teams and properly send them off to San Francisco as part of the annual Players’ Championship Golf Tournament.
Canada Roster for Rugby World Cup Sevens:
Connor Braid – James Bay AA (Victoria, BC)
Andrew Coe – Markham Irish (Toronto, ON)
Admir Cejvanovic – Burnaby Lake RFC (Burnaby, BC)
Justin Douglas – Abbotsford RFC (Abbotsford, BC)
Mike Fuailefau – Castaway Wanderers (Victoria, BC)
Lucas Hammond – Toronto Nomads (Toronto, ON)
Nathan Hirayama – Unattached (Richmond, BC)
Harry Jones – Captain,Capilano RFC (North Vancouver, BC)
Isaac Kaay – UVIC Vikes (Kamloops, BC)
Pat Kay – Castaway Wanderers (Duncan, BC)
Luke McCloskey – Castaway Wanderers (Victoria, BC)
Matt Mullins – Queen’s University (Belleville, ON)
Rugby World Cup Sevens Schedule:
Friday, July 20 –
Canada vs. Papua New Guinea at 4:23pm ET/1:23pm PT – Pre Round of 16
The entire tournament can be streamed live on www.cbcsports.ca, along with television coverage throughout various times during the weekend. Visit CBC’s website for more information.