(Via Rugby Canada)
It took 140 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tournaments but Canada finally claimed its first cup title at the 2017 Singapore Sevens.
On the back of tries from Matt Mullins, Harry Jones, Mike Fuailefau and Lucas Hammond, Canada defeated their North American rival USA to add another piece to Canadian rugby history.
Let’s take a look back at the numbers behind Canada’s Singapore Sevens victory:
- The 2017 Singapore Sevens was Canada’s second ever cup final. They reached the Glasgow Sevens final in 2014 where they were beaten 54-7 by New Zealand
- It was head coach Damian McGrath’s second ever cup win as a coach. In 2016, he guided Samoa to the Paris Sevens title after a thrilling 29-26 win over Fiji.
- The cup win was the 333rd victory in Canada’s men’s sevens history. They’ve also drawn 14 times and lost 418 games for a 44% winning percentage in 765 games on the series.
- The cup win in Singapore gave Canada a 22-21-2 record for the 2016-17 season with two tournaments to play
- Nathan Hirayama was named Player of the Final, the first Canadian man to receive such an award. He also scored 41 points during the tournament, the second most
- Nathan Hirayama and Justin Douglas were both named to the Singapore Sevens Dream Team
- In Singapore, Canada outscored their six opponents 138-88
- Canada scored 22 tries in Singapore, the second most during the tournament
- Canada averaged 23 points per game in Singapore, the third most in the tournament
- Canada has scored 13,061 points and 2,108 tries since its first game on the series in 1999
- Nathan Hirayama’s 1,047 points are the most scored by a Canadian in series history. He also has the most conversions with 307
- Sean Duke has the most tries with 124
- In its 765 games on the series, Canada has made 7,081 tackles
Canada’s men moved up to seventh in the 2016-17 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series table as they move to 76 points, jumping up two spots from ninth due to their win in Singapore.
Canada is back in action May 12-14 at the Paris Sevens before concluding the season at the London Sevens May 20-21.