Head coach John Tait has named his 14-player squad that will travel to the fourth and fifth stops on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Hamilton, NZ (Jan 25-26) and Sydney, Aus (Feb 1-2).
Canada currently sits in fourth place after closing out 2019 with back-to-back podium finishes. A disappointing loss to the Black Ferns forced Canada to settle for silver in Dubai, followed by a redemption win against France in the Cape Town bronze medal match after losing to them in pool play.
“Dubai and Cape Town were good tournaments for us,” said Tait. “The girls put a lot of work in leading into those events so it was good to see them get on the podium and get rewarded with that. But as a group we were pretty disappointed that we didn’t come away on top of the podium—Dubai especially.”
Tait added: “Great mindset from the group though. Although we achieved something, they were disappointed we didn’t achieve more. So we’ll carry that hunger into these next two stops.”
Series all-star Ghislaine Landry returns as captain. Landry is only one kick away from 300 conversions—the second most by any women’s player. Searching for a milestone of her own, Bianca Farella is just one try short of 150 all-time on the series, second behind New Zealand’s Portia Woodman.
New addition to the squad, Asia Hogan-Rochester will travel with the team as an injury replacement. The first World Series tour for the crossover track athlete—Hogan-Rochester was part of the gold medal winning team at the 2019 Pan-American games.
Looking forward to the Hamilton stop, Tait said: “It’s going to be tighter margins with the knockout format the way it is, so we’ll have to come out of the gates really hard and perform at each and every game.”
Elissa Alarie, Westshore RFC (Trois Rivieres, QC)
Brittany Benn, Guelph Redcoats (Napanee, ON)
Pamphinette Buisa, Ottawa Irish (Gatineau, QC)
Caroline Crossley, Castaway Wanderers (Victoria, BC)
Bianca Farella, Town of Mount Royal RCF (Montreal, QC)
Julia Greenshields, Sarnia Saints (Sarnia, ON)
Asia Hogan-Rochester, York Lions (Toronto, ON)
Sara Kaljuvee, Toronto Scottish (Ajax, ON)
Ghislaine Landry, Toronto Scottish (Toronto, ON) - Captain
Kaili Lukan, Unattached (Barrie, ON)
Kayla Moleschi, Williams Lake Rustlers (Williams Lake, BC)
Karen Paquin, Castaway Wanderers / CRQ (Quebec City, QC)
Keyara Wardley, Okotoks Lions (Vulcan, AB)
Charity Williams, Markham Irish (Toronto, ON)
Day 1- Jan 24, 2019
Canada vs Ireland- 3:52pm ET/ 12:52pm PT
Canada vs Spain- 9:30pm ET/ 6:30pm PT
Day 2- Jan 25
Canada vs France- 3:07pm ET/ 12:07pm PT