Erich Eichhorn (ISN) – Men’s Canadian Sevens team was unable to replicate last year’s Cup semi-final appearance falling to a stiff USA side 20-0 in the quarter finals Saturday night at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas.

Liam Underwood looks to break the tackle of USA Eagle Carlin Isles – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allportmedia.ca)

The USA Eagles jumped out to an early lead with three trys in in first half, playing in their own end most of the match, it was an uphill battle that Canada was just not able to recover from.  USA’s Danny Barrett was able to dive over the line on their opening possession despite the Canada’s John Moonlight’s efforts to knock the fleet footed Eagle out of bounds before pushing across the line in the corner. The USA would take advantage of the same side with two more trys on the same side on scores by Folau Nuia and Zack Test to set the tone of the game.


#5 Conor Trainor looks to pull down the kicked ball against the USA Eagle during Cup quarter final action – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

With a huge mountain to climb, Canada was unable to muster a definitive attack against the red, white and blue despite best efforts. The USA would seal the test on a second half try by Carlin Isles’ try to put the game away.

Canada will move on to play ex-Canada team coach Geraint John’s Austrialian team in the Plate semi-final on Sunday.


Canada’s Harry Jones finds some rare open field to run for during the Cup quarter final game against the USA – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

Coach Liam Middleton would comment on Sunday’s match up. “Against Australia tomorrow in the Plate Semi’s we need to play the game that worked for us quite well against England and Argentina. All the things that we’re good at we need to put them together and we know we have what it takes to win against Australia,” said Middleton following the loss to USA in the Cup Quarter-Final.”



Canada’s Roster for Las Vegas – (Club, CRC Team) Hometown, Province


Admir Cejvanovic – (Burnaby Lake RFC/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC

Mike Scholz – (Castaway Wanderers/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON

Mike Fuailefau – (Castaway Wanderers/BC Bears) Victoria, BC

Lucas Hammond – (Toronto Nomads/Ontario Blues) Toronto, ON

Harry Jones – (Capilano RFC/BC Bears) North Vancouver, BC

Pat Kay – (UVIC Vikes/BC Bears) Duncan,BC

John Moonlight – Captain (James Bay AA/Ontario Blues) Pickering, ON

Pat Parfrey – (James Bay AA/Atlantic Rock) St. John’s, NL

Conor Trainor – (UBCOB Ravens/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC

Liam Underwood – (Ontario Blues) Toronto, ON

Sean White – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC

Adam Zaruba – (Capilano RFC/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC

Players unavailable due to injury/studies:


Nanyak Dala – (Castaway Wanderers/Prairie Wolf Pack)

Justin Douglas – (Abbotsford RFC) Abbotsford, BC

Ciaran Hearn – (Castaway Wanderers/Atlantic Rock) Conception Bay South, NL

Nathan Hirayama – (UVIC Vikes/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC

Phil Mack – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC

Sean Duke – (UVIC Vikes/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC


Senior Men’s Team Staff:


Liam Middleton – Head Coach

Kieran Crowley – Assistant Coach

Brian Hunter – Manager

Danielle Mah – Physiotherapist

Calum Ramsay – Performance Analyst

Las Vegas Sevens Schedule – February 13-15


Day One


Canada 21-22 Kenya
Canada 15-12 England


Day Two


Canada 24 – 0 Argentina

Cup Quarter-Final: Canada 0 – 20 USA


Day Three


Plate Semi-Final: Canada vs Australia at 3:10pm ET/12:10pm PT