Rugby Sevens is a unique breed of sport. It boasts an unparalleled mix of exhilarating action & overwhelming fan-fare that separates it into a category of its own, not just in comparison to rugby, but amongst all other professional sport. So what traits make it stand out? Here’s five:

1. The Format


The HSBC World Rugby Sevens runs a men’s circuit that includes ten different stops around the globe. Each host nation holds a two-day, festival-like tournament that features 16 international teams on the side. Similarly on the women’s side, there are six stops on the circuit with 12 teams participating. Teams accumulate points at each stop, based on how they place, and at the end of the year, the nation with the most points is crowned World Champion.

2. The Space

Rugby Sevens, as the name suggests, is played with only seven players per side; however, the game is played on a full-sized pitch. This gives a lot of space to operate with. Picture a freight train, with the speed of an Indy Car, and the agility of a Mini Cooper with very few obstacles in its way and all that space …you can see where this is going. The space gives every play the opportunity to become a footrace, and footraces allow players to showcase amazing feats of individual skill that leave fans buzzing.

3. The Time

The games are short: two seven-minute halves with a two-minute break. Teams have 14 minutes of playing time to outscore opponents before the final whistle. This condensed timeframe makes it possible for any team to win on any given day. It also allows athletes to play at a blazing, up-tempo pace. Where other sports might play one game in a week, rugby sevens teams will play multiple games per day!

4. The Speed

With fewer players and less time, sevens athletes play with a sense of urgency that keep audience on the edge of their seats. The play moves from end to end in rapid fashion with very few moments where the ball isn’t moving. The modern sevens player has an unprecedented combination of size and speed that only adds the thrill.

5. The Party

The party factor is one element that really makes Rugby Sevens stand alone from all other sporting events. What other event allows you to watch from multiple vantage points in a stadium, come and go as you please, mingle with fifteen other nations throughout the day, and take a photo with a group of lumberjacks, all well wearing an animal onesie? People-watching is nearly as fun as the sport on the field at every tournament. The fans are loud, the costumes are wacky, and the atmosphere is second to none.

BONUS: The Selfies


Need I say more? It’s rare you find the athletes of every team sticking around after their matches to capture some golden selfies with their most adoring fans. The pictures speak for themselves.



(Via Rugby Canada)

South Africa Men’s Sevens Head Coach Neil Powell will be the guest coach for the Canada Sevens Coaching Professional Development Workshop on Wednesday, March 8.

Powell has been head coach of South Africa since October 2013. In his first season in charge, South Africa went on to win two tournaments on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series circuit that led to South Africa finishing second overall in the season standings, a position they’ve finished the past four seasons. South Africa also tasted success with a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio where South Africa finished third. Powell has guided South Africa to eight cup victories.

Powell is a former member and captain of the Blitzboks where he won 32 caps during his career on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series stage. He won a bronze medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

“South Africa is one of the best teams in the world at transitioning from defense to attack and this workshop is a great opportunity for coaches to get an insight into how South Africa do this so well,” said Dustin Hopkins, Rugby Canada’s Manager of National Development. “Coaches will be able to take some ideas and use them back in their club and school environment after chatting with Neil and learning from his ‘How to Coach Transition Rugby’ workshop.”

To book your place on the ‘How to Coach Transition Rugby’ Professional Development Workshop hosted by Neil Powell, please visit training.rugbycanada.ca. This workshop is free for coaches that have registered at training.rugbycanada.ca.

“How to Coach Transition Rugby”

March 8th, 2017 – 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Delta Suites Hotel, 550 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC, V6B 1L6


Another weekend of rugby sevens is in the books! With both men’s & women’s teams in action, we were treated to a jam-packed weekend of thrills, excitement, and ‘fancy dress.’ With the second leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens series in the books, we take a look back at all that took place Down Under:


Team Canada saw the return of Jen Kish, who hadn’t played for the squad since their bronze medal performance at the Rio Olympics. Her additional leadership & talent boosted helped Canada have a sparkling tournament.


For every leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series, there is one invitational team. Papua New Guinea was the 16th team invited to participate at the Wellington & Sydney 7s. Chile will be the 16th team at Canada Sevens in Vancouver.

Fans Rainbow

(Image: Sydney 7s)

The theme of the weekend was #GoColourful. Fans were encouraged to come in the most vibrant costumes they could find. These fans were on point.

Fiji 2

Determination meets sacrifice.

NZ & Fiji

This is what rugby sevens is all about. Fiji’s Jerry Tuwai and New Zealand’s Sherwin Stowers showcase how close these teams can be, even after an intense game.

Fans 1

These Sydney 7s fans came dressed for the humid weather with appropriate tropical attire.

NZ 3

Here comes the boom. Ready or not.

England 2

Dan Norton from England grasping at anything in order to make the tackle.


(Image: @Sydney7s)

A little more splash of colour in the stands.

Australia 1

Rugby players do know how to fly. Ellia Green from Australia soars in for the try!

Douglas 8

Canada’s mens squad, coming off a stellar performance in Wellington, faced an uphill battle in Sydney. With some key injuries, they had a short bench and fatigue started to show. They finished in 13th. Justin Dougla (Above) continues to shine bright for Canada and sits 6th on the series for Tries Scored following Sydney.


When he is not saving Gotham City, Batman enjoys the simple things, like rugby sevens tournaments!

SA 4

Seabelo Senatla of South Africa continued his remarkable play on the 2016-17 World Rugby Sevens Series, earning nine tries in Sydney & taking home the HSBC Player of the Final award for the second straight tournament.

Landry 6

An epic semi-final saw Canada take down the home team, Australia. This exact moment saw two incredible feats of skill: An impressive line break from Ghislaine Landry and a terrific chase from Charlotte Caslick.

HSBC Sydney 7s at Allianz Stadium, Sydney. Day Three. South Africa v England in the Cup Final. South Africa lift the trophy.

(Image: Stu Walmsley from rugby.com.au)

South Africa hoists the trophy…again. That makes it three wins out of four rounds. They currently are the team to beat.

Can Cellys

What. A. Moment. This photo was captured as the final whistle blew and Canada’s Women claimed the Sydney 7s Cup Championship with a win over USA 21-17. It was all-around phenomenal play from the Maple Leafs. Jen Kish, Ghislaine Landry, & Brit Benn all made the Sydney Dream Team.

Want to see rugby sevens action when it comes to Canada for the HSBC Canada Sevens & HSBC Canada Women’s Sevens? The men will play at BC Place in Vancouver, BC on March 11-12 & the women hit Westhills Stadium in Langford, BC on May 27-28. Don’t miss out! More tickets available now!




(Via BC Government News)

VANCOUVER The 2017 HSBC Canada Sevens mens rugby tournament is drawing record ticket sales and attention, and has received $220,000 in funding announced today by Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour.

The Canada Sevens tournament will be held March 11-12, 2017, at BC Place Stadium and is part of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, one of the most-dynamic global sporting events on the market with 16 national teams competing. This is the second annual mens rugby sevens tournament hosted in Vancouver with New Zealand winning in 2016. The tournament will receive international media attention and will be broadcast nationally in Canada on TSN.

Todays investment includes $170,000 from the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Responsible for Labours Tourism Events Program and $50,000 from the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Developments Major Events Program.

The Tourism Events Program support events that raise national and international awareness of British Columbias tourism experiences and motivate Canadians and people from other countries to travel and experience British Columbia. These events also generate tourism and economic activity in communities and regions throughout the province.


Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour

“Rugby sevens continues to gain popularity and support in Canada and worldwide. We saw over 60,000 fans attend last years tournament in Vancouver, generating over $17.7 million in economic impact through sport tourism in B.C. Overall, the tourism sector generates $14.6 billion in revenue annually, and by investing in events like the Canada Sevens Series in Vancouver, we can continue to bring the world to British Columbia.”

Peter Fassbender, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development

B.C. is recognized as one of the top sport-hosting destinations in the world. By hosting the mens World Rugby Sevens Series for the second year in a row, this event is yet another example why we are the destination of choice for sport events. As momentum builds and rugby sevens in Canada continues to grow, we look forward to cheering on the worlds best players while showcasing all that B.C. has to offer.

Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

Im proud as a former national team member myself, and huge fan and supporter of rugby, to see this investment today. The Canada Sevens Series promises once again to be an unforgettable event and sports experience for fans attending here in B.C. and watching from around the world. We wish the national teams the best as they compete for important World Sevens Series points.

Allen Vansen, CEO, Rugby Canada

“Wed like to thank the Province of B.C. for its valuable partnership and continued support. The HSBC Canada Sevens has quickly become a marquee event in British Columbia, igniting a new passion for rugby in Canada, drawing record-breaking rugby crowds, and once again showcasing B.C.s world-class sport hosting capabilities.

Quick Facts:

  •  The Province invests more than $98 million annually in the tourism industry across every region to grow and market the sector.
  •  In 2015, 4.9 million international visitors came to B.C. – about an 8% increase compared to 2014.
  •  In 2014, the tourism industry generated $14.6 billion in revenue with a direct contribution to B.C.s gross domestic product of $7.1 billion.
  •  The HSBC Rugby Sevens added more seats due to popularity of the event the lower bowl is now sold out. On Jan. 28, 2017, additional general admission tickets were made available to the public with the potential for over 75,000 fans for the two-day tournament.
  •  Vancouver is the sixth stop on the 10-city series tour. Currently, Canada is in 12th spot in the HSBC World Series Standings for 2016-17 after events in Australia, New Zealand, Dubai and South Africa. Hong Kong, Las Vegas, London, Singapore and Paris are the other hosts for the series.
  •  The inaugural Canada Sevens Series, held in March 2016, generated over $17.7 million in economic benefit.Learn More:BC Jobs Plan: http://engage.gov.bc.ca/bcjobsplan/economy/tourism/ For more information about the 2017 HSBC Rugby Sevens Series:http://www.canadasevens.com/mens/To learn more about the Tourism Events Program:http://www.destinationbc.ca/BC-Tourism-Industry/Municipal-and-Regional-District-Tax- Program/Tourism-Events-Program.aspx

Media Contact:

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(Via Rugby Canada)

Canada finished 13th at the Sydney Sevens after beating Kenya.

Earlier in the day, Canada lost to Japan in the Challenge Trophy quarterfinal before beating Papua New Guinea.

It is the third 13th place finish for Damian McGrath’s men this season in four series stops. The team finished fourth last weekend in Wellington.

The series returns next month at the Las Vegas Sevens March 3-5.

What head coach Damian McGrath said:

“It was a tough weekend for us. The weather was a huge factor, the high humidity and 41 degree heat was hard to handle stood on the sidelines never mind running for 14 minutes. We chased the ball and defended against Russia for large parts of our first game and whilst we came away with a win it drained us physically.”

“Our biggest problem is lack of strength in depth. The loss of Hirayama was always going to be difficult to cover but to have Pat Kay and Adam Zaruba injured in the first game really made things hard. Justin Douglas had a sickness bug which eventually meant we had to rest him. These  four players are our first choice backline and we have no like for like replacements. With that in mind I was really pleased with how the guys played out of position. Mike Fuailefau was outstanding and Harry Jones and John Moonlight were models of consistency.

“We were disappointed as a group but I saw enough to know with our choice team we will be very competitive going forward.”


Canada’s Day 2 got off to a slow start as three first half tries proved to be their undoing in their Challenge Trophy quarterfinal.

Japan got first half tries from Katsuyuki Sakai, Jamie Henry and Patrick Stehlin to build a 19-0 lead.

Canada finally got on the board with less than 30 seconds left in the game through Karsten Leitner but it proved to be too little, too late for Canada.


Canada ran in five tries en route to a convincing win over Papua New Guinea.

Canada built a big first half lead after Adam Zaruba (2), Mike Fuailefau and John Moonlight all touched down for a 26-0 lead at the interval.

However, Papua New Guniea showed some second half fightback, scoring four tries while Caleb Jordan scored a fifth Canadian try to seal a 33-20 victory.


Canada secured a 13th place finish after a narrow win over Kenya.

The Canadians took the lead early on through a Harry Jones try before Keyna levelled the scores through Willy Ambaka, their third highest try-scorer in program history, to make it 5-5 at the break.

Justin Douglas’ second half try would prove to be the difference as Canada secured its third 13th place finish of the season.

Canada’s Men’s Sevens Squad for Wellington and Sydney (Name, club, hometown):

Justin Douglas – (Abbotsford RFC/BC Bears) Abbotsford, BC

Mike Fuailefau – (Castaway Wanderers/BC Bears) Victoria, BC

Lucas Hammond – (UVIC Vikes) Toronto, ON

Harry Jones – Captain (Capilano RFC) Vancouver, BC

Caleb Jordan – (Montreal Wanderers) Montreal, QC

Isaac Kaay  – (UVic Vikes) Kamloops, BC

Pat Kay – (Castaway Wanderers/BC Bears) Duncan, BC

Karsten Leitner – (UBC Thunderbirds) Vancouver, BC

Luke McCloskey – (Castaway Wanderers) Victoria, BC

John Moonlight – (James Bay AA/Ontario Blues) Pickering, ON

Matt Mullins – (Queen’s University/Ontario Blues) Belleville, ON

Adam Zaruba – (Capilano RFC/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC

Unavailable for Selection:

Phil Berna – (UBC Thunderbirds) Vancouver, BC

Nathan Hirayama – (UVic Vikes/BC Bears) Richmond, BC

Liam Underwood – (Balmy Beach RFC/Ontario Blues) Toronto, ON

Coaching Staff:

Head Coach – Damian McGrath

Assistant Coach – Lee Douglas

Physiotherapist – Danielle Mah

Analyst – Calum Ramsay

Manager – Sean Liebich

Canada’s Sydney Sevens Day 1 Schedule:

Canada 12-7 Russia

Canada 19-31 USA

Canada 17-17 Argentina

Canada’s Sydney Sevens Day 2 Schedule:

Canada 7-19 Japan

Canada 33-20 Papua New Guinea

Canada 10-5 Kenya