Canada’s men’s and women’s 7s teams have been drawn into their respective pools ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The 12 men’s and 12 women’s teams competing in Japan have been split into three pools of four teams. Canada announced its Olympic rosters last week: 10 BC-born athletes have been selected for the men’s team while one BC-born athlete, Kayla Moleschi, was selected for the women’s team.
Canada’s men’s 7s team, making its Olympic debut this summer, has been handed a tough draw in Pool B alongside three of the top four placed teams from Rio 2016. Canada faces reigning Olympic champions Fiji, 2016 silver-medallists Great Britain and hosts Japan, who finished fourth in Rio.
Pool A of the men’s competition sees Rugby World Cup Sevens and HSBC World Rugby Sevens champions New Zealand take on Australia, Argentina and Olympic debutants Korea.
Bronze medallists South Africa, USA, Kenya and Ireland complete Pool C of the men’s competitions.
Canada’s women’s 7s team, the bronze-medallists in Rio, will take on France, Fiji and Brazil in Pool B of the women’s competition.
Women’s Olympic champions Australia will play USA, China and Japan in Pool C.
Pool A sees current Rugby World Cup Sevens and World Series title holders New Zealand take on the Russian Olympic Committee team, Great Britain and Kenya.
The Rugby 7s Olympic competitions take place at the Tokyo Stadium between July 26-31, 2021.
All teams have been allocated to the four-team pools according to rankings based upon performances in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and other World Rugby-sanctioned tournaments over the past two years.