TAIT NAMES ROSTER FOR FINAL EVENT OF 2016-17 SEASON

(Via Rugby Canada)

Langford, BC – Canada’s women’s sevens team head coach John Tait has named his roster for the Clermont-Ferrand Sevens, the final event in the 2016-17 HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series.

Coming off a silver medal at the Canada Sevens last month in Langford, Canada enters next weekend’s tournament tied for second place with Australia in the series standings with 82 points. Both teams trail series leaders New Zealand by 14 points, who arrive in Clermont-Ferrand with 96 points. Russia are fourth with 58 points.

The point differential with the Russians means Canada has already clinched its fifth straight top-three finish on the series.

Tait will be taking 13 players to France and the head coach will be looking for someone to replace the absence of Jen Kish, who will miss the tournament after fracturing her pelvis on Day One of the Canada Sevens.

Kish’s absence will be felt, but with 11 players returning from the second place finish in Langford, Tait will be looking for someone to fill the role. Pamphinette Buisa and Kaili Lukan have been named to the travelling roster as both players will be looking to earn their first cap with the senior national team.

Canada will be the top seed in Pool B where they’ll face Russia, England and Brazil, three teams the Canadians should be familiar with.

Canada open the tournament against the Brazilians, who they defeated 33-5 in pool play in Langford. Canada will face England in the second match, a team they also beat in Langford 33-5. Canada will conclude Day One action in Clermont-Ferrand with a match against Russia, who the Canadians beat in the final match of Day One action in Langford.

This tournament will also be the last for veteran Ashley Steacy, who is retiring from Canada’s women’s sevens team after this season.

Canada’s Clermont-Ferrand Sevens Roster (Name, club, hometown):

Britt Benn – Guelph Redcoats (Napanee, ON)

Pamphinette Buisa – Ottawa Irish (Gatineau, QC)

Caroline Crossley – Castaway Wanderers (Victoria, BC)

Hannah Darling – Peterborough Pagans (Warsaw, ON)

Bianca Farella – Town of Mount Royal RFC (Montreal, QC)

Julia Greenshields – Sarnia Saints (Sarnia, ON)

Ghislaine Landry (C) – Toronto Scottish RFC (Toronto, ON)

Kaili Lukan – Unattached (Barrie, ON)

Megan Lukan – Unattached (Barrie, ON)

Breanne Nicholas – London St. George RFC (Blenheim, ON)

Ashley Steacy – Lethbridge Rugby Club (Lethbridge, AB)

Natasha Watcham-Roy – Hull Volant (Gatineau, QC)

Charity Williams – Markham Irish (Toronto, ON)

Injured:

Jen Kish – Edmonton Rockers (Edmonton, AB)

Kayla Moleschi – Williams Lake Rustlers (Williams Lake, BC)

Coaching Staff:

John Tait – Head Coach

Morgan Williams – Assistant Coach

Kate Perry – Manager

Canada’s Clermont-Ferrand Sevens Day 1 Schedule (Saturday, June 24):

Canada vs Brazil at 7:06 am ET / 4:06 am PT

Canada vs England at 9:50 am ET / 6:50 am PT

Canada vs Russia at 12:34 pm ET / 9:34 am PT

Canada’s Clermont-Ferrand Sevens Day 2 Schedule (Sunday, June 25):

TBD