By Ali Lee, with files from Rugby Canada
June 17, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – Three University of Victoria Vikes men’s rugby players have been named to Canada’s sevens rugby roster that will compete in the Rugby World Cup, Jun. 28-30, in Moscow.
Vikes Nathan Hirayama, Sean Duke and Phil Mack will join nine others under head coach Geraint John.
Hirayama and Mack were both starters in the recent fifteens test match against Ireland, Jun. 15, at BMO Field in Toronto. The Vikes trio have been active members on both the sevens and fifteens circuits this year, with the reward now being qualification for the World Cup.
“All the selected players have been on the circuit this year and are rewarded by going to the World Cup. We felt this was important as they have trained hard throughout the year, know the systems and have gained great success during the year (Plate Finals and Bowl Finals) and therefore deserve to be rewarded for their efforts and success. Myself and Kieran (Crowley) have been working closely together on this – forming a preparation plan with staff and also Steve Lancaster and Mike Chu – to ensure we take the strongest available and knowledgeable team to Russia,” said Geraint John.
“(The Sevens squad) meet on June 20 at Fortius Health and Sport in Burnaby, BC. We’ll stay there on the Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday to train, allowing all coaches from BC including high schools, clubs and young players to come and watch,” added John, whose men find themselves in the same pool as New Zealand, USA and Georgia.
Wales are the holders of the World Cup Sevens crown after lifting the 2009 silverware in Dubai. And with all nations acknowledging the importance of a strong showing in terms of a performance pathway for the 2016 Olympics, the Moscow showpiece promises to offer a welcome taster of what is to come three years from now in Rio de Janeiro.
RWC Sevens – June 28-30
Canada v New Zealand at 15:44 local time
Canada v USA at 10:06 local time
Canada v Georgia at 13:46 local time
Canada’s Roster for Moscow – (Club, CRC Team) Hometown
Nanyak Dala – (Castaway Wanderers RFC/Prairie Wolf Pack) Saskatoon, SK (Captain)
Thyssen De Goede – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
Justin Douglas – (Abbotsford RFC/BC Bears) Abbotsford, BC
Sean Duke – (UVic Vikes/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
Mike Fuailefau – (Castaway Wanderers RFC/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
Lucas Hammond – (Toronto Nomads/Ontario Blues) Toronto, ON
Ciaran Hearn – (Castaway Wanders RFC/Atlantic Rock) Conception Bay, NL
Nathan Hirayama – (UVic Vikes/BC Bears) Richmond, BC
Harry Jones – (Capilano RFC/BC Bears) West Vancouver, BC
Phil Mack – (Uvic Vikes/ BC Bears) Victoria, BC
John Moonlight – (James Bay AA/Ontario Blues) Pickering, ON
Taylor Paris – (SU Agen Lot-et-Garonne) Barrie, ON
Head Coach: Geraint John
Assistant Coach: Kieran Crowley
Manager: Brian Hunter
Therapist: Isabel Grondin
Strength & Conditioning/Analyst: Lorna Barry
Canada’s National Senior Men’s Sevens Team is proudly sponsored by Macquarie Financial, Trafigura and Own the Podium with Support from Sport Canada