Canada’s Senior Women’s Sevens team return to action this Friday at the HSBC Spain Sevens, Malaga for the second stop of the 2022 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.
Updated January 20, 2022
January 18, 2022 (Malaga, Spain) - Canada’s Senior Women’s Sevens team return to action this Friday at the HSBC Spain Sevens, Malaga for the second stop of the 2022 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. Eleven women’s teams will compete for the Spain Sevens title, beginning January 21 and concluding January 23.
Presented by Velocity Trade, Canada’s lineup will see the return of veteran Karen Paquin to the Sevens squad. Paquin has been a staple across both Canada’s 15s and 7s teams in recent months, as well as being named to the Barbarians Women's invitational all-star squad this past November. Veteran Paige Farries will also return to the Sevens squad for their upcoming tournament. Farries most recently featured for Canada during the Senior Women’s 2021 Fall Tour and currently plays professionally with England’s Worcester Warriors. Ontario’s Breanne Nicholas will once again captain the Canadian side and will look to emulate her offensive output from Dubai where she led Canada with 31 points scored.
Nineteen year-old Florence Symonds and teammate Alysha Corrigan are both expected to make their International HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series debuts, with interim head coach Jack Hanratty also injecting some youthful talent into his lineup in the form of 18-year-old Chloe Daniels.
“The players and staff are extremely aware of how fortunate we are to be able to compete in this weekend’s event,” said Hanratty. “We had a weeklong preparation camp in Spain which was a great way to prepare for the tournament and get some much needed training together. We were able to see new combinations in Dubai and we are excited to see some of those combinations continue to grow, while also growing our depth chart as the program heads towards a busy and exciting summer.”
WOMEN’S SCHEDULE / COVERAGE
Canada’s Women’s Squad has been drawn into Pool B alongside USA, Fiji* and Poland. With Fiji’s women's team currently unable to travel to Malaga and unable to be replaced at this late stage, Canada, USA and Poland will receive three match points for a “bye” and a score of 0-0 will be recorded for scheduled games against Fiji.
For full coverage of this weekend’s action, visit the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series website HERE 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. CBC will air television coverage of HSBC Sevens Spain on January 22 at 1:00pm ET, as well as 1:00pm local on Sunday, January 23.
CANADA’S WOMEN’S SEVENS SPAIN ROSTER
1. Olivia De Couvreur (Ottawa, ON) - Ottawa Irish
2. Alysha Corrigan (Charlettetown, PEI) - CRFC
3. Pamphinette Buisa (Gatineau, QC) - Ottawa Irish/University of Victoria
4. Breanne Nicholas (Blenheim, ON) - London St. Georges
5. Olivia Apps (Lindsay, ON) - Lindsay RFC
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. Paige Farries (Red Deer, AB) - Worcester Warriors/Westshore RFC
10. Fancy Bermudez Chavez (Edmonton, AB) - Nor'wester Athletic Association/Westshore RFC
11. Alexandra Tessier (Sainte-Claude-de-Horton, QC) - Sainte Anne de Bellevue RFC
12. Chloe Daniels (Sutton, ON) - RC Maple Leafs Academy/Queens University
13. Karen Paquin (La Ville de Quebec, QC) - Club de Rugby de Quebec/Stade Bordelais
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