Nathan Hirayama – Canada Men’s 7s co-captain
“The best piece of advice I’ve been given and would give to young people: I really just try and enjoy what I’m doing. Enjoy every moment. Because it is such an amazing game. The values, that team environment. That camaraderie at any level, whether it’s under-14 Club level or Premiership.
“There is a mutual respect between everyone – you’re into this game, you’re into this sport. There is a huge passion element to it. That’s the driving force behind Rugby.”
Kayla Moleschi – Canada Women’s 7s player
“Honestly, have fun with it. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes: you’re going to make them and they’re going to make you a better athlete and person. Just believe in yourself. You can’t always just be nervous to do something you’re not sure of or if you’ve never done it before because it just hides you from having those experiences. Have that confidence and do it, say you want to try new things and experiences and want to meet new people.
“It’s sport – nothing goes perfectly. It happens. That’s what keeps it exciting. Not just for people watching, but for people playing – that’s what makes you a better athlete.
“If you can start picking that up from a young age and exuding that energy, people are going to feed off that and want to be around you for it. They want to learn from you, and then you become that leader in your sport. You’ve just got to pick the ball up, have fun with it and enjoy yourself. Life is too short to get down about the little things in life, the little mistakes you make. Take that, run with it and it’s only going to make it better.”
Conor Trainor – Canada Men’s 7s player
“Getting back into Rugby is so important. Any sort of outdoor sport after COVID, but especially Rugby – you’ll be getting the best of everything. Kids are going to be shaking hands, getting to know each other. Sure, there will be a Rugby ball there but it’s mainly about building friendships.”