The arduous rebuilding process continued for Langford-based Canadian men‘s and women’s rugby sevens teams, who scored a combined 0-5 on the opening day of the Dubai Sevens on Friday.
The arduous rebuilding process continued for Langford-based Canadian men’s and women’s rugby sevens teams, who scored a combined 0-5 on the opening day of the Dubai Sevens on Friday.
Canada lost 52-0 to Australia and 12-10 to Spain in the women’s game, with Breanne Nicholas and Olivia De Couvreur scoring the only Canadian attempts that day.
Canada lost 37:14 to the US, 24:17 to Australia and 26:16 to Kenya for the men as Josiah Morra led the Canadian team with six tries while Cooper Coats had 33 points.
This follows Canada scoring 1-4 in both men and women in the opening of the HSBC World Series, Emirates Sevens, last week, also in Dubai. It is obvious that the rebuilding will be lengthy and laborious for the Canadian teams. The men are retooling as many of the cornerstones that led Canada to the Tokyo Olympics quarter-finals have retired.
“There are always people expecting podiums in national women’s programs,” said Canadian interim head coach Jack Hanratty in a video interview with Rugby Canada ahead of the tournaments in Dubai.
âWe were a long way from that this summer [in Tokyo]. The players who were there exude determination. The expectation is always for more. That may not happen overnight and it will be difficult to get back on the podium. There is a certain determination that this national team will return to the podium in the next few years. “
Hanratty is optimistic about the restart.
âThere’s a lot of tremendous energy in the group,â he said.
âWe’re restarting the cycle here and there’s a lot of excitement. We can only learn through action. This team should be judged on its resilience. When things don’t go right, they get up and move on. We may not make it in the first tournament and maybe not the second, but the energy and commitment of this group is really fun. “
After some of the old guard step down after a chaotic year that included a player revolt at Langford, the coat was given to returning veteran Nicholas, former University of Victoria Vikes star, Pamphinette Buisa, a native of Victoria and a Queen’s graduate University Olivia Apps, Elissa, passed Alarie and Emma Chown. They are supposed to look after newcomers to the team, including UVic Vikes players Renee Gonzalez and Krissy Scurfield as well as 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, who recently retired.
The redesigned Canadian men’s team in Dubai consists of Lachlan Kratz and Brennig Prevost, both Victoria, Kratz, Cody Nhanala and Jarvis Dashkewytch are making their sevens debut for Canada, while Nick Allen, Thomas Isherwood and Elias Ergas are on their first tours outside Canada .
They replace post-Olympic retired veterans Connor Braid of Victoria, UVic Vikes legend Nathan Hirayama, Harry Jones, Justin Douglas and Conor Trainor, as Langford has vacancies for the next generation.
The 2022 Canadian HSBC World Series stops are at BC Place from February 26th to 27th for the men and at Starlight Stadium in Langford for the women from April 30th to May 1st.