KISH RETURNS TO EXTENDED CANADA SQUAD

(Via World Rugby)

Canada coach John Tait has named a 14-strong squad for a training camp ahead of the HSBC Sydney Sevens on 3-4 February, round two of the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series 2016-17.

The Olympic bronze medallists will travel to Australia early for a training camp at Narrabean with Tait to select his final 12 for the tournament on Sunday.

Twelve of the training squad were involved in the opening round in Dubai last December, where Canada finished sixth.

The new additions are Jen Kish, who hasn’t played since Rio 2016 due to injury, and Kaili Lukan, the younger sister of Megan who would make her series debut if she makes the final cut for Sydney.

Canada will face Dubai winners and Olympic silver medallists New Zealand as well as France and invitational team Papua New Guinea in Pool at the HSBC Sydney Sevens.

Canada squad: Britt Benn, Hannah Darling, Bianca Farella, Julia Greenshields, Sara Kaljuvee, Jen Kish, Ghislaine Landry, Kaili Lukan, Megan Lukan, Kayla Moleschi, Breanne Nicholas, Ashley Steacy, Natasha Watcham-Roy, Charity Williams.

FRANCE KEEP THE FAITH

France coach David Courteix has largely kept faith with the squad that finished seventh in the opening round of the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series for next month’s HSBC Sydney Sevens.

One notable absentee will be the experienced Marjorie Mayans, who is in Les Bleues’ 15s squad for the Women’s Six Nations which begins the same weekend as the series stops off in Sydney for the first time, on 3-4 February.

Clémence Gueucier and Chloé Pelle, meanwhile, will make their first appearances of the 2016-17 series in Sydney where France will face Dubai winners New Zealand, Olympic bronze medallists Canada and series debutants Papua New Guinea, the invited team for round two.

“Yes, it was a very disappointing performance in Dubai, where we sometimes found it hard to perform at our level, but we must not be pessimistic,” insisted Courteix.

“We know what is required in sevens. If you show up at 80 per cent of your capacity, your game drops, you start having doubts and you drown. However, we can rebuild for a better future and we are working hard for this.”

France squad: Montserrat Amedee, Pauline Biscarat, Mathilde Coutouly, Laürelin Fourcade, Camille Grassineau, Lina Guerin, Clémence Gueucier, Fanny Horta (captain), Carla Neisen, Chloé Pelle, Joanna Sainlo, Rose Thomas.