Get to know three top players on Canada’s women’s rugby sevens team

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Get to know three top players on Canada’s women’s rugby sevens team


Since they could be one of Canada’s first teams to punch a ticket to Rio, we thought we’d introduce a few of the top performers, for your benefit and enjoyment, as always.

The Captain – Jen Kish
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Jen Kish (Photo: Ian Muir / Rugby Canada)

Jen Kish (Photo: Ian Muir / Rugby Canada)

Age: 26 (born July 7, 1988)
Hometown: Ottawa, ON
Started rugby: Grade 9 at W.P. Wagner High School in Edmonton
Rugby strengths: Aerials skills and defence
Favourite rugby memory: Winning silver at the 2013 Women’s Rugby Sevens World Cup
Major achievement: Finalist, 2013 IRB Women’s Player of the Year
Favourite activity outside of rugby: Golfing and riding motorcycles 
According to head coach John Tait: “There’s nobody she’s afraid to get a tackle into and she’s one of the best in the world at stealing the ball.”

“You don’t always have to lead, a good leader lets others lead as well.” – Jen Kish, captain, women’s rugby sevens

The Top Scorer – Ghislaine Landry
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Ghislaine Landry (Photo: Ian Muir / Rugby Canada)

Age: 26 (born April 27, 1988)
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Started rugby: Grade 9 at Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute in Toronto
University rugby: St. Francis Xavier, 2006-2009 (Champs 2006)
Rugby strengths: Speed and agility on attack
Favourite thing about rugby: “My favourite part is on attack, it’s a little bit like chess. When you break through without being touched, that’s the magic of it.”
Major achievement: 2nd in tourney scoring and silver, 2013 Women’s Rugby Sevens World Cup, 2-time CIS Player of the Year (2007, 2008)
Favourite activity outside of rugby: Canoe tripping and camping
According to head coach John Tait: “We call her a technician, she does all the little things right, from eating to recovery. She’s got great feet, great balance when she runs.”

The Power Pack – Ashley Steacy
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Ashley-Steacy

Age: 27 (born June 28, 1987)
Hometown: Lethbridge, AB
Started rugby: Grade 10 at Lethbridge Collegiate Institute
University rugby: University of Lethbridge 2005-2009 (Champs 2007, 2008, 2009)
Rugby strengths: Ball handling and evasiveness
Favourite thing about rugby: “To be in open space and step people and the fast-paced evasiveness of the game”
Major achievement: Silver, 2013 Women’s Rugby Sevens World Cup, 2-time CIS Player of the Year (2006, 2009)
According to head coach John Tait: “She’s got a ton of courage, she’s our smallest player but definitely one of our hardest hitting players. She is really evasive and that combined with the ball-handling skills makes her a real threat”

“It’s weird thinking about Rio, obviously that’s what we’re working towards but right now all we’re focussing on is coming in top-4 so that we can go to Rio.” – Ashley Steacy

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