Canada’s Senior Women’s Sevens are back in action at the Emirate Dubai 7s on Friday November 26, to begin the 2022 HSBC World Rugby Seven Series.
November 24, 2021 (Dubai, UAE) - Canada’s Senior Women’s Sevens are back in action at the Emirate Dubai 7s on Friday November 26, to begin the 2022 HSBC World Rugby Seven Series, presented by Velocity Trade. The women’s competition sees the 10 competing teams divided into two pools of five, while the 12-team men’s competition will follow the Olympic format with three pools of four teams.
Canada’s National Sevens team has experienced many changes both in its player roster, as well as coaching staff, after a disappointing finish at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games. This new team features some returning veterans joined by exciting new talent who have earned their opportunities at the Senior level.
The Dubai roster sees veteran players Pamphinette Buisa, Elissa Alarie, Breanne Nicholas, Emma Chown, and Oliva Apps lead the team into 2022. Other selected players saw their first HSBC Sevens Series action in Vancouver and Edmonton this past fall, including Renee Gonzalez, Sabrina Poulin, Olivia De Couvreur, Nakisa Levale, Asia Hogan Rochester, Fancy Bermudez and Chloe Daniels. Krissy Scurfield is expected to make her Sevens Series debut.
Canada will feature in Pool B against Olympic bronze medalists Fiji, Great Britain, Ireland and Russia. Great Britain will be looking to continue their strong run of play after a pair of tournament wins in the Women’s ‘Fast Four’ events in Vancouver and Edmonton in September.
WOMEN’S SCHEDULE / COVERAGE
The 2022 Series kicks off as the sport looks to capitalize on a highly successful and impactful Olympic Games that generated more than 22 million video views and over 100 million social media impressions across digital platforms. For full coverage of this weekend’s action click HERE and follow the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series website for the most up to date information, scores, stats and schedule updates.
WHERE TO WATCH
Broadcast coverage of the HSBC Sevens Series will be available in Canada via CBC. All events are available to live stream via cbcsports.ca, the CBC Sports app and the free CBC Gem streaming service. Saturday's CBC’s TV broadcast will feature recently retired and Canada’s most decorated National Seven’s female athlete, Ghislaine Landry, as a studio analyst. The show goes live at 1:00pm ET/10:00am PT.
CANADA’S WOMEN’S SEVENS DUBAI ROSTER
- 1. Olivia De Couvreur (Ottawa, ON) - Ottawa Irish
- 2. Renee Gonzalez (Toronto, ON) - University of Victoria Vikes
- 3. Pamphinette Buisa (Gatineau, QC) - Ottawa Irish/University of Victoria
- 4. Olivia Apps (Lindsay, ON) - Lindsay RFC
- 5. Breanne Nicholas (Blenheim, ON) - London St. Georges
- 6. Emma Chown (Barrie, ON) - Aurora Barbarians
- 7. Sabrina Poulin (St-Georges de Beauce) - Town of Mount Royal Rugby
- 8. Nakisa Levale (Abbotsford, BC) - Abbotsford RFC
- 9. Asia Hogan-Rochester (Toronto, ON) - Toronto Nomads
- 10. Fancy Bermudez (Edmonton, AB) - Nor'Wester Athletic Association NWAA
- 11. Elissa Alarie (Trois-rivieres, QC) - Westshore RFC/ Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue RFC/Braves de Trois-Riviéres
- 12. Chloe Daniels (Sutton, ON) - RC Maple Leafs Academy/Queens University
- 13. Krissy Scurfield (Canmore, AB) - University of Victoria Vikes
UNAVAILABLE FOR SELECTION
- Charity Williams
- Keyara Wardley
- Julia Greenshields
- Florence Symonds
- Karen Paquin