HSBC Canada Women’s Sevens 2018, Day 1 at Westhills Stadium. (Chris Wilson photo)

Women’s rugby 7s team primed to play on home turf

HSBC Canada Women’s Sevens tournament takes place May 11-12 in Langford

Rick Stiebel

News Staff

Canada’s Women’s sevens rugby team is poised to make some noise in front of the home fans.

The HSBC Canada Women’s Sevens tournament, which takes place May 11-12 in Langford, will provide a great opportunity for the team to punch a ticket to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, noted John Tait, the team’s head coach since 2011. The top four teams at the end of the 2018-19 World Rugby Sevens Series automatically qualify for the most storied competition in sports. Canada, currently sitting in second place, is coming off a gold medal performance at a world series tournament in April in Kitakyushu, Japan.

“Our team set a goal to take one of the qualifying spots,” Tait said. “I think we’re tracking pretty well toward that. Finishing in the top four in this tournament would seal the deal.”

Tait said the level of competition in this year’s event exceeds that of previous tournaments. “The quality of players in this world series is as high as it’s ever been. It’s been the most competitive of any of the tournaments so far. It should be a good test.”

READ ALSO: Canada Women’s Rugby 7s Team land at home after series triumph

Team Canada should benefit from being in better shape this time around compared to last year’s team, Tait noted. “We were a little banged up at this time last year. The team is healthy now, and that’s a plus.”

Tait said the team has been looking forward to this year’s tournament all season long. “It’s pretty exciting for the players to play in front of a home crowd and their family and friends,” he added. “The players and the fans as well have grown to appreciate how competitive this tournament has become.”

Canada will join Australia, Ireland and Brazil in Pool A at the upcoming tournament at Westhills Stadium in Langford. England, New Zealand, Russia and China will compete in Pool B, while France, USA, Fiji and Spain comprise the teams in Pool C.

Canada best showing in the tournament during the past four seasons was a second-place finish.

Go to world.rugby/sevens-series/stage/1891/fixtures for a look at the complete tournament schedule. Check out canadasevens.com for tickets and more information.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

 

HSBC Canada Women’s Sevens 2018, Day 1 at Westhills Stadium. (Chris Wilson photo)

Just Posted

Victoria woman experiencing homelessness wants systematic changes as she faces losing her truck

Willi Boepple fears losing one of her last possessions after being inundated with parking tickets

WATCH: Marine security company posts live seal cam at Oak Bay Marina

Seals tend to loiter near the fish-cleaning table

UPDATED: Two-sailing wait at BC Ferries Swartz Bay terminal

Passengers destined for Tsawwassen without a reservation should allow for extra time at terminal

Bacteria counts lead Island Health to warn swimmers off Elk/Beaver Lake beach

As a precautionary measure it is not recommended for people or pets to enter the water

Tour de Victoria: The downlow on detours in the region

Thousands of cyclists participating in ninth Tour de Victoria

WATCH: Family dog missing after fire tears through Metchosin home

Firefighters continue to monitor for hot spots

Victoria Shamrocks open WLA finals at Q Centre in Colwood

Team is evenly matched in championship series against Maple Ridge Burrards

‘Easy Rider’ star Peter Fonda dies at 79

Actor and writer was nominated for an Oscar for co-writing the 1969 psychedelic road trip movie

Excavators help cute kid who copied their dig with his toys stay “safe at work”

Carson Carnegie wakes up at 7:00 am every morning to watch construction work on his street

Bob Lenarduzzi out as Vancouver Whitecaps president

MLS team is at the bottom of the Western Conference standings

B.C. daycare operator denies negligence in death of ‘Baby Mac’

Infant died in early 2017 after biting an electrical cord, according to a lawsuit filed by his mom

BC SPCA reopens animal cruelty investigation at Abbotsford pig farm

Additional alleged footage released from Excelsior Hog Farm sparks new investigation

RCMP on Vancouver Island seek information on alleged ‘breaking out’ bandit

Man alleged to have hid in Nanaimo business washroom ceiling overnight, took monitors

POLL: What is the main thing you would like to see improved on BC Ferries?

BC Ferries passengers are sounding off on what they would like to… Continue reading

Most Read