Women’s rugby team arrives in Brazil after lengthy travel delays

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Women’s rugby team arrives in Brazil after lengthy travel delays

The women’s rugby sevens squad will try to maintain Olympic position, despite a three-day travel headache on their way to Brazil.

The second Sevens Series is scheduled to play on Saturday and Sunday in São Paulo, Brazil.

The team left Victoria early Sunday morning, six days before their first fixture, a Saturday lunch date with Russia.


In Vancouver and after clearing U.S. customs to board their Chicago-bound flight, they heard the words every traveller dreads: airport closed. O’Hare had fallen victim a debilitating winter storm.

Doing what all travellers do when grounded, the team sat on the floor in sadness. And then tweeted at Justin Bieber:

Hey @justinbieber Can we use ur private jet? We need to get to Brazil. #SOSpic.twitter.com/hQvDsh7bZs

— Jen kish (@jen_kish) February 2, 2015

Justin didn’t oblige, unfortunately.

Instead of arriving in Brazil on Monday afternoon, a few overnights and diversions through Houston and Miami meant touchdown at their destination on Wednesday night according to Rugby Canada, nearly four full days after first departing Victoria. That’s definitely up there for a horror story, not to mention having to play rugby two days later.

After 86 hours of jet-setting around N. America, Canada’s Women’s 7s Team touched down in #Brazil last night! #SaoPaolo7s@WorldRugby7s

— RugbyCanada (@RugbyCanada) February 5, 2015

“The journey thus far has been bizarre and very long. When we finally make it to Brazil we will have been travelling for three days more than we anticipated. The most bizarre experience thus far was having to clear Canadian customs without ever leaving Canada.” said captain Jen Kish via e-mail during transit.

Here’s the Rugby Canada break-down of the Canadian roster for Brazil

Kish says the ‘team vibe is good’ for her 12-member squad which will have to rely on preparation and be hopeful for a quick acclimatization, “Most of our time has been spent in transit, however we are well rested and we’ll be relying on our preparations the past couple months leading into this tournament,” wrote Kish.

“We’ve already put in the work ahead of time so a situation like ours wouldn’t derail us as much as some may think.” – Captain Jen Kish

The captain reports when the team finally arrives at their destination:

4 days later & we r in Brazil.

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