World Rugby 7s Series News

December 07 2017


Harry Jones - 2013 Gold Coast Sevens
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Harry Jones Surpasses 50 Caps for Canada


by BCRN 7s Correspondent

World Rugby records will show that Sevens Captain Harry Jones surpassed the 50 Caps mark for his country as the circuit began this season in Dubai.

It’s another astonishing landmark for one of Canada’s premier sevens players and he joins his team-mate Nate Hirayama on the present day Canada team as they head to South Africa early this week.

BCRN records will indicate that Jones in fact passed the 50 Cap mark last season because the World Rugby records only tournament appearances – our record quite rightly include his appearance at the Commonwealth Games, RWC’s and Qualifiers – all huge commitments and events for Canada.

Jones debuted at Wellington in 2008 when he was first selected as a student at the University of British Columbia and as the circuit moves into Cape Town this week and then home for the Christmas break Harry Jones will have been representing Canada for 10 years as we move into 2018.

It’s almost unimaginable to comprehend the changes that have occurred since 2008 on the World Rugby circuit let alone on our Canadian Team since Jones debuted.
But without question – the young man from North Vancouver is a sports icon and a Canadian hero in sevens rugby.

His playing records will show the highs and the lows in Canadian sevens history over the years - but more recently Jones and his senior team-mates were responsible for rejuvenating our sevens team from a dismal state after rugby Canada made some astonishing hiring decisions that took the program to the edge of total dysfunction.

As recently as last year at this same time Jones and the senior players decided to sign on for another year in the program following a player strike over the summer and a membership which was completely at odds with many union decisions.
It was a decision he would not regret.

After a shaky start in Dubai and Cape Town last year the players may have wondered if in fact they had been right -but under the guidance of a new coach and revamped approach to the game Canada finally started to show off the form that the coach had intended all along.

Canada moved up in the rankings and finally after ten years on the circuit Jones and his team-mates won the tournament in Singapore where they took apart the USA in the final – what an accomplishment for the Team and for the country!

Last year in Vancouver the second HSBC Sevens Tournament was held again at BC Place Stadium in Yaletown – and once again it was a resounding success. The events contractors with Olympic experience in their resumes put on another world class event.

Imagine if you can the pride that Harry’s family must have had seeing his poster on lamp-posts all over the city and then a massive portrait at the entrance to the stadium itself – incredible but fully deserved.

And now this week Jones will be on a training ground in Cape Town after a grueling trip down the African coast from Dubai preparing for the South African Sevens tournament – this should be his sixth tournament in the Republic – a venue that former player and legend Shane Thompson won his 50th Cap.

Harry Jones is in elite rugby company both here at home and around the world – well done Harry!

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us” RWE 1803

Harry Jones (56 CAPS)

Debut: Wellington 2008
2007-2008 WS – Wellington, New Zealand

2010-2011 WS
Hong Kong

2010-2011 WS
London, England
Edinburgh, Scotland

2011-2012 WS
Port Elizabeth, South Africa

2011-2012 WS
Las Vegas, USA

2011-2012 WS
Hong Kong

2012-2013 RWC Qualifier
Ottawa

2012-2013 WS
Gold Coast, Australia

2012-2013 WS
Dubai, UAE
Port Elizabeth, South Africa

2012-2013 WS
Wellington, New Zealand
Las Vegas, USA

2012-2013 WS
Hong Kong, China
Tokyo, Japan

2012-2013 WS
Glasgow, Scotland
London, England

2013 - RWC
Moscow, Russia

2013-2014 WS
Gold Coast, Australia

2013-2014 WS
Dubai, UAE
Port Elizabeth, South Africa

2013-1014 WS
Las Vegas, USA

2013-2014 WS
Wellington, New Zealand

2013-2014 WS
Tokyo, Japan
Hong Kong, China

2013-2014 WS
Glasgow, Scotland
London, England

2014 – CWG
Glasgow, Scotland

2014-2015 WS
Gold Coast, Australia

2014-2015 WS
Wellington, New Zealand
Las Vegas, USA

2014-2015 WS
Hong Kong, China
Tokyo, Japan

2014-2015 WS
Glasgow, Scotland
London, England

2015 PAN-AM Games
Toronto, Ontario

2015-2016 WS
Dubai, UAE
Cape Town, South Africa

2015-2016 WS
Wellington, New Zealand
Sydney, Australia

2015-2016 WS
Las Vegas, USA
Vancouver, Canada

2015-2016 WS
Hong Kong, China

2015-2016 WS
London, England

2015-2016 Olympic Qualifier
Monaco

2016-2017 WS
Dubai, UAE
(Cape Town, South Africa) INJURED

2016-2017 WS
Wellington, New Zealand
Sydney, Australia

2016-2017 WS
Las Vegas, USA
Vancouver, BC

2016-2017 WS
Hong Kong, China
Singapore

2016-2017 WS
Paris, France
London, England

2017-2018
Dubai, UAE
Cape Town, South Africa

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