September 10, 2021 (Langford, BC) – Following the competition at the Tokyo Olympic Games, Rugby Canada has selected a new-look squad for Canada’s return to the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Vancouver (September 18-19), and named a new coaching team leading the charge.

Kelly Russell will fill the role of Head Coach of the Women’s 7s team for the Vancouver and Edmonton events. Since signing off from her remarkable career which included playing in the final of both the sevens and 15s Rugby World Cup in 2013 and 2014 – the latter as the team captain – and being part of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games Bronze medal Canadian squad and subsequently finishing her career with 53 caps for the 15s team, she immediately turned her dedication of the game towards coaching.

Russell is currently the Head Coach of the Women’s 7s Academy Program, Assistant Coach of the Senior Women’s Team, and Assistant Coach for the National U20’s. Russell will be joined by Jack Hanratty, the Head Coach of Rugby Canada’s U20 Women’s Team, Assistant Coach of the Senior Women’s Team, and Rugby Canada Academy Coach – Atlantic. Russell and Hanratty have a great working relationship from their time together with the National U20 and Senior Women’s team and are looking forward to the exciting task at hand.

The team selection features some players with World Series playing experience, along with next generation athletes making their first starts at this level. Other experienced players will be taking a deserved rest prior to the start of the 2022 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

Following the HSBC Canada Sevens Vancouver, the team will head straight to Edmonton for the debut of a second HSBC Canada Sevens event at Commonwealth Stadium September 25-26.

Canada’s Women’s 7s Roster:

1. Olivia Apps (Lindsay, ON) — Lindsay RFC
2. Fancy Bermudez-Chavez (Edmonton, AB) — Nor’Wester Athletic Association
3. Emma Chown (Barrie, ON) — Aurora Barbarians
4. Alysha Corrigan (Charlottetown, PEI) — CRFC/Saracens
5. Chloe Daniels (Sutton, ON) — RC Academy / Queens University
6. Olivia De Couvreur (Ottawa, ON) — Ottawa Irish
7. Renee Gonzalez (Toronto, ON) — UVIC
8. Asia Hogan-Rochester (Toronto, ON — N/A
9. Breanne Nicholas (Blenheim, ON) — London St. Georges
10. Arielle Normandin-Leclerc (Montreal, QC) — Town of Mount Royal Rugby
11. Ella O-Regan (Victoria, BC) – Castaway Wanderers / UVIC
12. Temitope Ogunjimi (Calgary, AB) — Calgary Hornets RFC
13. Sabrina Poulin (Saint-George de Beauce, QC) — Town of Mount Royal Rugby

About Rugby Canada:

Rugby Canada is the national governing body of the sport of Rugby Union in Canada. They administer and operate Men’s and Women’s Senior and Junior National programs in both rugby XV’s and 7s, as well as govern the Club and community game for more than 30,000 registered participants from coast to coast in conjunction with ten Provincial Union members.

Rugby Canada is headquartered at the Al Charron National Training Centre in Langford, BC, with staff also working from Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa. Rugby Canada business operations, programs and events are delivered nationwide, including the internationally recognized HSBC Canada Sevens annual tournaments.

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