London Sevens Updates

Rugby 7s Senior Men

Updates on the 10th stop of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in London, England (May 25-26).

Day One

Canada ended off day one of the London Sevens second in pool A and will move on to the Cup Quarterfinals tomorrow.

They started off day one with a well fought win against Argentina, taking it 14-12. Matt Mullins got Canada on the board after a quick try from Argentina started the match off. Then it was Justin Douglas, grabbing the offload from Adam Zaruba on the win and burning it down for the score. 

Canada faced a tougher challenge in their second match against South Africa, falling 45-14. Mullins got his second try of the tournament and the first of the match for Canada. Luke McCloskey tied things up at the half, finishing off the full team effort and getting the inside ball from Mullins to score. South Africa turned it up in the second half, scoring four unanswered tries to take the match.

Canada absolutely dominated in their match against Japan, winning 31-12. It was all Adam Zaruba in the first, notching a hattrick in the first seven minutes of play to put Canada well ahead. In the second, Douglas scored a try in his trademark fashion, blitzing down the sideline. Following that was Jake Thiel with a powerful run to get across the whitewash and secure the victory for Canada.

Day 2

Canada lost to historic rivals USA in the cup quarterfinals to open day one, falling 29-14. 

The USA controlled the first half of the match going up 17-0. In the second Canada battled back with the ball finding its way into Nathan Hirayama's hands for the score. Admir Cejvanovic followed that up with a try of his own and Hirayama added on the two conversions to chip away at the US lead. It wasn't enough though and the USA took the quarterfinal match.

Canada faced off against Ireland in the 5th place semifinals but Ireland took the match, 33-14. 

After a quick try by Ireland, it was Jake Thiel who finally rewarded the Canadian effort with a score to even things up at the half. Andrew Coe came off the bench and went to work, getting Canada's second try of the match to open the second half. It was all Ireland from there to end Canada's London Sevens campaign. 

They will now go to France for the final stop on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Paris on June 1-2nd before heading to the Cayman Islands to compete in the RAN Sevens Olympic Qualifier. 

Watch every match LIVE on CBC Sports and get all your in-game updates on World Rugby 7s Match Centre. 

And tune into CBC for the delayed broadcast at 2pm ET/ 11am PT (May 25) and at 3pm ET/ 12pm PT (May 26).

Canada Roster:

Phil Berna – UBC Thunderbirds (Vancouver, BC)

Connor Braid – James Bay AA (Victoria, BC)

Admir Cejvanovic – Burnaby Lake RFC (Burnaby, BC)

Andrew Coe – Markham Irish (Toronto, ON)

Justin Douglas – Abbotsford RFC (Abbotsford, BC)

Mike Fuailefau – Castaway Wanderers (Victoria, BC)

Nathan Hirayama –Unattached (Richmond, BC)

Harry Jones – Captain, Capilano RFC (North Vancouver, BC)

Isaac Kaay – UVIC Vikes (Kamloops, BC)

Luke McCloskey – Castaway Wanderers (Victoria, BC)

Matt Mullins – James Bay AA (Belleville, ON)

Jake Thiel – Abbotsford RFC (Abbotsford, BC)

Adam Zaruba – Capilano RFC (North Vancouver, BC)


Canada’s Schedule:

Day 1- May 25th

Canada 14-12 Argentina

Canada 14-45 South Africa

Canada 31-12 Japan

Day 2- May 26th

Cup QFs

Canada 14-29 USA

Cup 5th Place SF

Canada 14-33 Ireland