Rugby Canada has named its 13-man roster for the much-anticipated HSBC Canada Sevens Vancouver taking place at BC Place this weekend, featuring seven BC natives.
Abbotsford’s Jake Thiel (Abbotsford RFC), North Vancouver’s Nick Allen (UBC), Vancouver’s Phil Berna (Vancouver Rowing Club) and Elias Ergas (UBC), and Victoria’s Anton Ngongo (Castaway Wanderers), Brennig Prevost (UVIV Vikes) and Lachlan Kratz (NOLA Gold) all make the squad. Pacific Pride duo D’Shawn Bowen (Toronto, Ontario) and Matthew Oworu (Calgary, Alberta) also make the roster.
Thiel and Allen return to Head Coach Henry Paul’s side having been absent for last week’s Singapore Sevens. Berna captains the side in his home town.
Final preparations are being made ahead of the tournament with Vancouver readied to host the world’s best sevens teams, including the likes of New Zealand, South Africa, Australia, Fiji and the Canadians. Tickets, with limited availability in some categories, can be purchased here.
“The opportunity to compete against the world’s best teams in front of a passionate Canadian crowd is a thrilling prospect for this group of players. Having played in front of a reduced crowd in 2021, the team is excited to be back in front of a full-capacity BC Place this weekend for what is sure to be an incredible two-days of rugby sevens action.” Head Coach Henry Paul
CANADA’S MEN’S SEVENS HSBC CANADA SEVENS ROSTER
1. D’Shawn Bowen (Toronto, ON) – Pacific Pride
2. Jake Thiel (Abbotsford, BC) – Abbotsford RFC
3. Nick Allen (North Vancouver, BC) – University of British Columbia
4. Phil Berna (Vancouver, BC) – Vancouver Rowing Club
5. Alex Russell (Chichester, ENG) – McGill University
6. Anton Ngongo (Victoria, BC) – Castaway Wanderers
7. Brock Webster (Uxbridge, ON) – Oshawa Vikings RFC
8. Cooper Coats (Halifax, NS) – Halifax Tars
9. Brennig Prevost (Victoria, BC) – University of Victoria
10. Lachlan Kratz (Victoria, BC) – NOLA Gold
11. Elias Ergas (Vancouver, BC) – University of British Columbia
12. David Richard (Milton, ON) – Mississauga Blues RFC
13. Matthew Oworu (Calgary, AB) – Pacific Pride
UNAVAILABLE FOR SELECTION DUE TO INJURY AND/OR ILLNESS
PARTICIPATING IN OTHER RUGBY COMPETITIONS
Giovani Douyon – James Bay Athletic Association
Lucas Scheck – Pacific Pride
HOW TO WATCH
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.
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.