McGrath Names Team for Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco
There are no surprises on the side selected for the World Cup sevens tournament. There isn't a large pool of players battling for these positions and Luke Bradley is the only name that comes up as the 13th man. John Moonlight retired, Tevaughn Campbell returning to football has opened two positions giving Luke McCloskey, Admir Cejvanovic, Andrew Coe and Matt Mullins a shot at full time selection.
There have been experiments with some of the 7s players being released for XVs duty, Connor Braid, Andrew Coe and Admir Cejvanovic getting a look during the qualification process with USA and Uruguay. None of the players particularly shone in the transition. Luke Bradley is the one player where it actually makes sense to live in both worlds. He's not getting 7s playing time on a regular basis and he deserves a shot on that November team for the repechage. He's a wasted resource right now and Canada aren't exactly flush with loose forwards at the present time. Hopefully if a Possibles v Probables game comes up in the lead up to selecting the repechage team, Bradley will be given a shot.
Canada face PNG in their first match, a game they should win if they play to their usual standard. If they win that they play Argentina after a 6 hour wait, it will be Argentina's first match. The winner of that will go into the quarter-finals of the championship, the loser into the challenge competition. from Rugby Canada
LANGFORD, BC (July 10, 2018) –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.