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World Rugby Sevens Series 2016-2017 Standings

StandingTeamDUBRSANZLAUSUSACANHKSINFRAUKPoints
1South Africa South Africa221922222019----126
2England England172210191322----103
3Fiji Fiji191319131917----100
4New Zealand New Zealand101712171513----84
5United States United States8105121715----67
6Australia Australia1357151210----62
7Argentina Argentina5713101012----57
8Scotland Scotland121517153----53
9Wales Wales151051038----51
10Canada Canada331531010----44
11France France10810751----41
12Kenya Kenya5128285----40
13Samoa Samoa713577----30
14Russia Russia152811----18
15Japan Japan111522----12
16Uganda Uganda22--------4
17Japan Papua New Guinea--11-2

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Andrew Battaglia


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Phil Berna


Height: 188 cm
Weight: 96.8 kg

Berna enjoyed game time in 2015’s Limerick
Sevens tournament as with plenty of first-team
players away on Rugby World Cup duty in
England, youth was given a chance. Berna played
for Canada’s U20 side last season and travelled
to Portugal with the squad in May. The hard-
working UBC Thunderbirds player, who is from
Vancouver, was also selected for the Maple
Leafs’ Sevens tour of South America in 2015. He
also played at this year’s Central Coast Sevens in
Australia.

Luke Bradley


Height: 184 cm
Weight: 86 kg

Bradley, a native of Port Alberni, B.C., has rapidly
risen through Canada’s ranks. He represented
Canada last year at the 2015 World Junior Trophy
in Portugal and was part of Canada’s U20 setup
once again this year. Bradley has played for
Canada’s development squad the Maple Leafs on
a number of occasions, including in Dubai, Chile,
Argentina and Vancouver and made his HSBC
Sevens Series debut at the inaugural Singapore
Sevens.

Riley Di Nardo


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David Dinbandhu


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Justin Douglas


Height: 183 cm
Weight: 83 kg

Douglas made his World Sevens Series debut on
the Gold Coast of Australia in October 2012, at
just 18 years of age. That made him one of the
youngest players to be used by Canada’s sevens
team. This came after he had moved to Victoria
as a teenager to become part of the BC Elite
Youth Sevens program and became the first
graduate to be named in a senior Canada sevens
squad.

His debut season saw him feature on seven of the
nine series events while during 2013-14 he
appeared in six events before taking part in the
Commonwealth Games. He played in five of the
series events in 2014-15 but always threatened
with ball in hand and is maturing as a player
who’s still just 21.

What makes the electric wing’s rise up the
international ladder all the more impressive is that
before making his sevens bow, Douglas had to
show plenty of heart to fight his way back from a
torn ACL and MCL in his knee, which he suffered
in 2011. Douglas won gold with Canada at the
2015 Pan-Am Games in Toronto.

Mike Fuailefau


Height: 185 cm
Weight: 100 kg

Fuailefau played for Canada’s Under 17 and
Under 20s outfits before progressing into the
senior setup in sevens when the powerful, yet
mobile forward, travelled to the Gold Coast in
2012 and then to Hong Kong and Japan in 2013.
In 2013-14 he represented Canada in Australia,
Scotland and England before also being selected
for the Commonwealth Games. Fuailefau’s
progress was rewarded in April of 2014 when he
was named to the Tokyo Sevens Dream Team.

He played in all nine legs of the Sevens Series in
2014-15 as his improvements are clear for all to
see, with the dynamic forward offering subtle
offloads that keep defenders honest. Fuailefau
claimed gold at the 2015 Pan-Am Games in
Toronto.

Nathan Hirayama

Date of Birth: Mar 23, 1988
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 91.2 kg

Hirayama has been a mainstay for Canada
Sevens since making his series debut in 2006 at
the age of 18. Since then he has built a global
reputation as one the top playmakers in the
game. Hirayama was one of the standout players
in 2012/13 as he racked up the third most points
on the series with 241. He went on to top the
points list at the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens
in Moscow as his excellent performances that
campaign earned him the captaincy in 2013-14.

However, an injury plagued season led to
Hirayama missing five of the nine tournaments,
which meant he could not repeat or better the
outstanding showings he displayed the previous
year. Injury again hampered his 2014-15 season
as he featured in only the final two tournaments
of the series. Hirayama was a member of
Canada’s 2015 gold winning Pan-Am Games
team and won gold with the team in 2011 too.

In the fifteen-man game, Hirayama has been part
of the last three Rugby World Cups for his
country and was outstanding in the 2015
tournament, playing a high quality game at flyhalf
as Canada impressed with their slick style. He
has scored 47 test points in 23 games.

Harry Jones

Date of Birth: Aug 26, 1989
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 86 kg

Jones captained Canada at the 2009 Junior
World Championship in Japan. He also competed
for Canada at the U17 and U19 levels whilst also
playing in the Canadian Rugby Championship for
the BC Bears. Jones though is a stalwart of the
Sevens Team and played in all nine tournaments
during the 2013-14 season before competing at
the Commonwealth Games.

In the 2014-15 season, Jones played in seven
legs and was Canada’s top point scorer with 191,
taking over the kicking responsibilities for the
injured Nathan Hirayama. During the year, he
became just the ninth man in Canadian history to
score 50 sevens series tries.

Jones also has international experience in the
fifteen-man game and featured in the 2015 Rugby
World Cup, earning his 20th test cap in the
process. Jones, who’s strong in both defence
and attack, has become a versatile option for
Canada over the years as he can cover several
positions.

Caleb Jordan


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Isaac Kaay


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Pat Kay


Height: 182 cm
Weight: 92 kg

The 22-year-old, who won Rugby Canada’s
Young Player of 2013, was a stand-out performer
for the U20 side that season while at the
University Sevens Championships he
spearheaded his UVic Vikes team to glory and
was the tournament’s MVP in the process.

He went on to play for the Canada Maple Leafs
side and also led Canada’s U20 fifteens outfit at
the Junior World Trophy, his third appearance in
the age group competition.

On the sevens scene, Kay was involved with the
group for a long spell before making his debut at
the Gold Coast Sevens in 2013. During the 2014-
15 season, Kay played in eight of the nine
tournaments.

Kyle Lagasca


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Karsten Leitner


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Luke McCloskey


Height: 184 cm
Weight: 86 kg

John Moonlight


Height: 184 cm
Weight: 104 kg

Moonlight is Canada’s Sevens captain and has
been a stalwart on the Men’s Team for years. He
helped secure the side’s core status for the 2013-
2014 campaign and followed that up with an
impressive season when Canada claimed a sixth
place finish during 2013-14’s standings where he
was named in the season’s ‘Dream Team’.

Moonlight has been named Canada’s Sevens
Player of the Year for three straight years and
appeared at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
During the 2014-15 season, he took part in all
nine legs of the Sevens Series. Moonlight ranks in
Canada’s top 5 of tries scored in team history. He
captained Canada to gold at the 2015 Pan-Am
Games in Toronto and was a member of the 2011
side that claimed gold too.

The 28-year-old has 23 test caps to his name in
the fifteen-man game and has scored three tries
for his country. He represented Canada at the
2015 Rugby World Cup and started as a flanker
against Ireland, Italy and Romania. The back-
row’s power and pace doesn’t just cause
opposition forwards problems but also backlines
as the sevens star is often found looking for
mismatches on the wing.

Josiah Morra


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Matt Mullins


Height: 193 cm
Weight: 110 kg

Mullins was included in Canada’s senior Sevens
squad last season but was not given his debut for
the team until the Pan Am Games in July. The
Belleville, Ontario man has yet to feature on the
World Sevens Series and will be looking to make
that step up in the coming season. Mullins was,
however, selected by head coach Liam Middleton
in the 2015 World Club 7s at Thomond Park in
Limerick, Ireland.

Mullins also helped guide Queen’s to back-to-
back OUA titles and represented Canada at the
2014 Junior World Rugby Trophy in Hong Kong.

Mitch Santilli


Height: 184 cm
Weight: 93 kg

It has been a rapid rise up the ranks for Santilli,
who has gone from St. John’s College to
Hamilton’s McMaster University and then the
Maple Leafs for their sevens trip to Argentina and
Chile as well as Las Vegas’ 2015 invitational
tournament. He has also played for Canada at the
World Rugby Trophy in 2015.

Crosby Stewart


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Liam Underwood


Height: 188 cm
Weight: 91 kg

During his time with the Queen’s Gaels,
Underwood won two OUA Championships. At the
national level, Underwood competed at the Junior
World Rugby Trophy in 2010 and 2011 before
making his sevens debut in 2015.

He took part in four tournaments as the
youngster developed his skills in the high-
pressure environment of the series. As with so
many of Canada’s players who have moved
through the ranks into fifteens, sevens has helped
their game grow and after making his Senior
Men’s debut in 2013, Underwood has gone on to
play in 11 test matches for Canada.

He impressed during the mid-year internationals
before making one appearance in the 2015 Rugby
World Cup and will be looking to use that
experience once again on the sevens circuit in
2015-16.

Adam Zaruba


Height: 196 cm
Weight: 120 kg

Zaruba hit the ground running in 2014-15 after he
was named in the squad for the series’ opening
tournament at the Gold Coast Sevens.

He wouldn’t look back, as Zaruba played in all
nine legs of the Sevens Series in his debut
campaign. The North Vancouver native had been
playing for Capilano RFC in Vancouver for a
number of year’s before his call-up to the national
side and still at a good age, Zaruba has a great
deal of promise in front of him.