Canada Sevens - Langford 2018

May 07 2018


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Canada Sevens This Weekend in Langford: A Look at the 2017 Tournament and the Last Tournament in Japan


What will Canada bring to the tournament this year, last year they finished second from the top, losing to NZ in the final. However a few weeks ago in Japan they finished second from last and in 11th spot. In the Commonwealth Games, just before Japan, they finished out of the medals.

The big question is what can this team do without Jen Kish? They were also missing Ghislaine Landry in Japan so hopefully her return will have a positive impact.

If you compare the team that slumped in Japan with the one that soared last year in Langford there's not a lot of difference. Kish being out is the big one, also Ashley Steacy retired. Olivia Apps is in as is Sara Kaljuvee, everyone else is the same. Coach John Tait hasn't changed the roster a lot over the last year, just the changes forced by retirements.

What has changed is the playing level of key players. Kayla Moleschi is one player who hasn't found her form after injury and is not having the impact she once did. Julia Greenshields another player who is not quite up to 2017 form, Bianca Farella coming off injury is taking a while to adjust.

The top players lately have been the power players, Britt Benn and Sara Kaljuvee. The young players Caroline Crossley and Hannah Darling are still a bit inconsistent, brilliant one series of plays, making errors in the next series. The leader and captain, Ghislaine Landry, is a step off her pace and top game. At the top level of World Series rugby a few key players off their top game can make a huge difference. Then there's the defence, not the swarming, aggressive defence of previous campaigns.

We'll see over the next few days if there's any roster surprises for Langford 2018 and then on Saturday and Sunday we'll see how the team rebounds from the disappointments in Japan and the Commonwealth Games. Life after Kish for the women's sevens squad - how will they adapt?

Canada Roster Commonwealth Games and Japan 2018

Olivia Apps – Aurora Barbarians (Lindsay, ON)
Brittany Benn – Guelph Redcoats (Napanee, ON)
Caroline Crossley – Castaway Wanderers (Victoria, BC)
Hannah Darling – Peterborough Pagans (Warsaw, ON)
Bianca Farella – Town of Mont Royal RFC (Montreal, QC)
Julia Greenshields – Sarnia Saints (Sarnia, ON)
Sara Kaljuvee – Toronto Scottish (Ajax, ON)
Ghislaine Landry – Captain, Toronto Scottish (Toronto, ON)
Megan Lukan – Unattached (Barrie, 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’s 2017 Canada Sevens Roster (Name, club, hometown):

Britt Benn – Guelph Redcoats (Napanee, ON)
Caroline Crossley – Castaway Wanderers (Victoria, BC)
Hannah Darling – Peterborough Pagans (Warsaw, ON)
Bianca Farella – Town of Mont Royal (Montreal, QC)
Julia Greenshields – Sarnia Saints (Sarnia, ON)
Jen Kish – Edmonton Rockers (Edmonton, AB)
Ghislaine Landry (captain) – Toronto Scottish (Toronto, ON)
Megan Lukan – Unattached (Barrie, ON)
Breanne Nicholas – London St. Georges (Blenheim, ON)
Ashley Steacy – Lethbridge Rugby Club (Lethbridge, AB)
Natasha Watcham-Roy – Hull Volant (Gatineau, QC)
Charity Williams – Markham Irish (Toronto, ON)

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