Canada’s Senior Women’s and Men’s Sevens teams both secured their qualification for the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022 in Cape Town, South Africa later this year by winning the Rugby Americas North (RAN) Sevens Qualifiers this past weekend.
Having gone unbeaten on Day 1 against Trinidad & Tobago, Mexico and Jamaica, scoring 155 points and without conceding a single point in return, Jack Hanratty’s Women’s team then beat the Cayman Islands 77-0 on Day 2 to secure their place in the final, setting up a rematch with Mexico. Keyara Wardley, Bianca Farella, Asia Hogan Rochester, Elissa Alarie and Nakisa Levale tries secured a 33-0 victory and their place at the World Cup.
Next up for the Women’s team is their home tournament, the HSBC Canada Women’s Sevens at Starlight Stadium in Langford, BC. Tickets are available here.
“We’re really pleased to have secured our place at the Rugby World Cup Sevens. It was great to get some game time into the team and to put on such convincing performances this weekend, and we are excited to continue with this cohesion going into Langford. The squad is now brimming with confidence and is looking forward to the prospect of competing in Cape Town, South Africa later this year.” Senior Women’s Sevens Head Coach Jack Hanratty
Canada’s Mens Sevens Heading To Cape Town
The Men’s team blazed their way to the top of Pool A after convincing victories over the British Virgin Islands and Trinidad & Tobago on Day 1. They began Day 2 with a 38-14 win over Barbados in the quarter-final before seeing off the challenge of Mexico 41-0 in the semis. Tries from Jarvis Dashkewytch, Lachlan Kratz, Elias Ergas and Thomas Isherwood ensured Canada won the final 29-12 against Jamaica and booked their ticket to South Africa.
“After an intense three-week period in Singapore, Vancouver and now Nassau, we’re delighted to end this leg on a high and to confirm our place in South Africa. Now, it’s time for our squad to rest and look ahead to Toulouse and London in May back on the HSBC World Sevens Series.” Senior Men’s Sevens Head Coach Henry Paul
Despite the RAN Sevens Qualifiers also serving as the qualifiers for The Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham, England, Canada’s Senior Women’s and Men’s Sevens teams had pre-qualified for that event prior to the weekend’s action in the Bahamas.
Taking place September 9-11, the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022 will be hosted at Cape Town Stadium and will comprise of 24 men’s and 16 women’s teams.