Rugby Canada Announces Men‘s And Women’s Sevens Rosters For Dubai Opener

BC well represented at first stop of the 2022 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series

Rugby Canada has announced both Senior Men’s and Senior Women’s Sevens teams for the first stop of the 2022 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Dubai.

On the men’s roster, Olympian and Abbotsford native Jake Thiel (Abbotsford RFC) will captain his first tournament with the absence of Phil Berna, who is unavailable due to injury. Canada’s Senior Men’s Sevens side is expected to see three debutants in Dubai, including Tsawwassen’s Jarvis Dashkewytch (UVIC Vikes) and Victoria’s Lachlan Kratz (NOLA Gold). Vancouver’s Theo Sauder (Vancouver Rowing Club) and Elias Ergas (UBC Thunderbirds) are also included in the 13-man roster, alongside North Vancouver’s Nick Allen (Capilano RFC).

On the women’s roster, Abbotsford’s Nakisa Levale (Abbotsford RFC) is joined by four BC-based players in Renee Gonzalez, Pamphinette Buisa, Krissy Scurfield (all UVIC Vikes) and Elissa Alarie (Westshore RFC).

The men’s competition will follow the Olympic format with three pools of four teams, while the 10 team women’s event sees the teams divided into two pools of five. Canada’s Men’s team are placed in Pool A alongside Fiji, Australia and France, while Canada’s Women’s team will face Fiji, Great Britain, Russia and Ireland in Pool B.


1. Theo Sauder (Vancouver, BC) – Vancouver Rowing Club

2. Jake Thiel (Abbotsford, BC) – Abbotsford RFC

3. Nick Allen (North Vancouver, BC) – Capilano RFC

4. Andrew Coe (Markham, ON) – Rugby United New York

5. Cody Nhanala (Ottawa, ON) – Ottawa Ospreys

6. Josiah Morra (Toronto, ON) – Toronto Saracens

7. Brock Webster (Uxbridge, ON) – Oshawa Vikings

8. Cooper Coats (Halifax, NS) – Halifax Tars RFC

9. D’Shawn Bowen (Toronto, ON) – Unattached

10. Lachlan Kratz (Victoria, BC) – NOLA Gold

11. Elias Ergas (Vancouver, BC) – UBC Thunderbirds

12. Thomas Isherwood (Okotoks, AB) – Foothills Lions RFC

13. Jarvis Dashkewytch (Tsawwassen, BC) – UVIC Vikes

Unavailable for selection due to injury: Phil Berna, Pat Kay, Brennig Prevost, Anton Ngongo, Sion Griffiths, Matt Owuru, David Richard, Alex Russell.

Participating in other Rugby competition: Giovanni Douyon, ISaac Olson, Lucas Scheck, Noah Bain.

Canada Men's Sevens in action at BC Place


1. Olivia De Couvreur (Ottawa, ON) – Ottawa Irish

2. Renee Gonzalez (Toronto, ON) – University of Victoria Vikes

3. Pamphinette Buisa (Gatineau, QC) – Ottawa Irish/University of Victoria

4. Olivia Apps (Sarnia, ON) – Lindsay RFC

5. Breanne Nicholas (Blenheim, ON) – London St. Georges

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. Asia Hogan-Rochester (Toronto, ON) – Toronto Nomads

10. Fancy Bermudez (Edmonton, AB) – Nor’Wester Athletic Association NWAA

11. Elissa Alarie (Trois-rivieres, QC) – Westshore RFC/ Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue RFC/Braves de Trois-Riviéres

12. Chloe Daniels (Sutton, ON) – RC Maple Leafs Academy/Queens University

13. Krissy Scurfield (Canmore, AB) – University of Victoria Vikes

Unavailable for selection: Charity Williams, Keyara Wardley, Julia Greenshields, Florence Symonds, Karen Paquin.

Canada Women's Sevens in action at BC Place


The 2022 Sevens Series begins on November 26-27. 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. Saturday’s CBC’s TV broadcast will feature recently retired and Canada’s most decorated National Seven’s female athlete, Ghislaine Landry, as a studio analyst. The show goes live at 1:00pm ET/10:00am PT.