The Canadian Men claimed gold in Singapore, the Canadian Women took silver in Kitakyushu, and Canada showed they are an elite rugby nation. This last week has been an epic experience for Canadian rugby fans. Take a look back, in pictures, at how it all unfolded:
Canada arrived to a welcoming party in Singapore for the 8th stop of the 2016-17 circuit. This tournament coming on the heels of a 7th place finish at the Hong Kong Sevens the week prior.
They went 2-1 on the first day to make the Cup Quarterfinals. On day two they came out flying and took down powerhouses New Zealand and England enroute to their 2nd Cup Finals berth in series history.
A classic battle was in store as North American rival, USA, also made the final. It marked the first time ever the two have played against each other for a sevens championship. World Rugby commentator Karl Te Nana indicated “Who would have dreamed of a North American final?”
After Canada pulled ahead 19-0, the USA fought back and tied the game. That set up this game-winning try from Lucas Hammond.
After 140 tournaments, Canada hoisted the Cup. The win means that Canada is the only nation in 2016-17 to have won both a men’s and a women’s tournament.
It marked Head Coach Damian McGrath’s second win in the span of a year. He won last year at the Paris Sevens while coaching Samoa.
— Rob Vickerman (@robvickerman) April 17, 2017
The Canadians also created some spectacular post-win moments, including this gesture from Harry Jones to a young fan.
The men have continued to rise in 2016-17 and we’re excited to see what they have in store the next time they take the pitch.
HSBC Paris Sevens – May 13/14
The Women were also off to Asia the following weekend for their fourth stop of the 2016-17 series. It was the first time a stop would be held in Kitakyushu, Japan.
The girls came out blazing on day one…literally. In the first game, Julia Greenshields ran back this scorcher of a try! Canada would finish 3-0 on the day with wins over England, Spain, and USA.
They started day two right where they left off, blitzing Russia by a score of 41-0.
Following that performance, they took it to the Aussies, beating the 2016 Series Champions by a score of 33-0. It was their largest margin of victory ever over Australia.
They met the series leaders, New Zealand, in the Cup Final and just had the victory slip through their fingers as the Black Ferns scored after the final whistle to win 17-14.
With the silver medal, Canada now has a full set (Gold, Silver, and Bronze) for 2016-17. They currently sit third in the overall series standings, only two points shy of Australia, as they turn their focus to home field in Langford, BC.
Airport bound. Fan waiting outside our bus wanting to meet @AshleySteacy
Ash gets off bus. Greets her with some kit. Girl starts crying pic.twitter.com/XhoCIY5yiK
— Jen kish (@jen_kish) April 24, 2017
Of course the women added memorable moments as well for fans overseas. This one from Ashley Steacy tops them all!
Don’t miss the Canadian Women’s Sevens squad when they hit home soil on May 27-28 in Langford, BC for the HSBC Canada Women’s Sevens. Get your tickets today and come join in the fun!