April 29, 2014 (ISN) – Recalled speedster Duncan Maguire is confident Canada can end the Sevens Series with a flourish when they compete in Glasgow and London in the next fortnight.
Just two rounds remain of the 2013/14 campaign before the Commonwealth Games and with points up for grabs, a strong finish is the objective for the group.
Since the turn of the year, Geraint John’s side has featured in four straight Cup competitions, which has seen them rocket up the overall standings to seventh position. And with sixth-placed Samoa only one point ahead of them, the prospect of continuing their ascent will be another driving force for the much-changed group.
Prairie Wolf Pack player Maguire is one of five fresh faces brought into the team that ran out in Hong Kong as injury and unavailability have led to John making alterations. For the recalled Maguire, who last featured in the third-place performance in Las Vegas, Glasgow is an opportunity for both team and player to impress.
“I’m very excited, honoured and looking forward to this weekend,” said the Alberta man, who has been keeping himself in shape in preparation for a recall.
“I’ve been doing a lot of training, especially in the weight room, while also going out on my own with a ball. Wolf Pack is also starting up their sessions now while club rugby is doing some indoor training so I’ve been putting the work in.”
Maguire joins Adam Kleeberger, Connor Braid, Mike Fuailefau and Pat Kay as the fresh legs joining the twelve-man squad, with Canada missing Nanyak Dala, Ciaran Hearn, Nathan Hirayama, Chauncey O’Toole and Lucas Hammond for the Glasgow event.
Losing such experience is of course a blow but Maguire insists the hunger level is building as the Canadians hope to continue, or even better recent efforts.
“The boys are pretty excited ahead of the last legs so we’re going to go for it and hopefully get into the Cup semis or even a final,” said the speedy back.
“Everyone has got their strengths and mine is my speed so if the opportunity is there (in Glasgow) I’ve got to use it to my advantage. I like playing a wide game and think the more space there is it suits me so hopefully we can stretch defences.”
Maguire could well get his wish in Glasgow as pool rivals Japan, France and England enjoy a high tempo style as the penultimate IRB Series event fast approaches.
Canada’s Men’s Glasgow Sevens
May 3-4 – Day One
Canada vs Japan at 11:36 local (6:36am ET/3:36am PT)
Canada vs France at 14:42 local (9:42am ET/6:42am PT)
Canada vs England at 17:31 local (12:31pm ET/9:31am PT)
Canada’s Roster for Glasgow – (Club, CRC Team) Hometown, Province
John Moonlight (captain) – (James Bay AA/Ontario Blues) Pickering, ON
Adam Kleeberger – (Castaway Wanderers RFC/BC Bears) White Rock, BC
Mike Scholz – (Castaway Wanderers RFC/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
Connor Braid – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
Mike Fuailefau – (Castaway Wanderers) Victoria, BC
Phil Mack – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
Harry Jones – (Capilano RFC/BC Bears) North Vancouver, BC
Conor Trainor – (UBCOB Ravens/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
Sean Duke – (UVic Vikes/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
Sean White – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
Pat Kay – (Uvic Vikes/BC Bears) Duncan, BC
Duncan Maguire – (St. Albert Rugby Club/Prairie Wolf Pack) St. Albert, AB
Nanyak Dala – (Castaway Wanderers RFC/Prairie Wolf Pack) Saskatoon, SK
Nathan Hirayama – (UVic Vikes/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
Ciaran Hearn – (Castaway Wanderers RFC/The Rock) Conception Bay South, NL
Chauncey O’Toole – (Castaway Wanderers/Atlantic Rock) Belleisle, NB
Lucas Hammond – (Toronto Nomads/Ontario Blues) Toronto, ON
Jake Webster – (James Bay AA/Ontario Blues) Lindsay, ON
Justin Douglas – (Abbotsford RFC) Abbotsford, BC
Jordan Wilson Ross – (James Bay AA/Ontario Blues) Alliston, ON
Pat Parfrey – (James Bay AA/Atlantic Rock) St. John’s, NL
Sean Ferguson – (UBC Thunderbirds) Vancouver, BC
Senior Men’s Team Staff:
Geraint John – Head Coach
Kieran Crowley – Assistant Coach
Danielle Mah – Physiotherapist
Calum Ramsay – Performance Analyst
Lorna Barry – Strength and Conditioning Coach
Brian Hunter – Manager