Canada suffered Cup final and Rio qualification disappointment

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Canada will now look to qualify for RIO 2016 during a repechage tournament next year following 2015-16 World Rugby Sevens Series season
 
 
 Phil Mack Photo Ian Muir 
 
CARY, NC – Canada suffered Cup final and Rio qualification disappointment against USA after they lost out 5–21 in the NACRA Sevens in North Carolina on Sunday. The winner of the Cup showdown not only claimed the tournament bragging rights but also booked themselves a place at the coveted 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

All is not lost for Liam Middleton’s charges though, who do have one final chance to appear at the Games via the repechage tournament, which takes place next year.Canada 36-0 Cayman IslandsCanada made it four wins from four matches in the pool stage of the NACRA Sevens as they comfortably beat the Cayman Islands, running out 36-0 winners on Sunday. Mike Fuailefau crossed early for the Canadians and then went over again just before the half-time turnaround, with those tries coming either side of Sean Duke’s effort.The second-half saw more of the same from coach Middleton’s men as further tries from Duke, Harry Jones and Phil Mack secured a 100 percent record in their group.Canada 34-0 MexicoCanada set up an Olympic Games qualifier decider against the USA after they beat Mexico 34-0 to secure their place in a mouth-watering NACRA Sevens Cup final. John Moonlight starred with a hat-trick of tries – two of those coming in the first period – as Canada got the job done to make it five wins from five this weekend.Also scoring in the opening half was Mack and Duke before the latter and captain Moonlight added the gloss as the Canadians kept their try-line intact once again.Canada 5-21 USACanada’s hopes of booking a spot at 2016’s Olympic Games in Rio via the NACRA Sevens tournament were ended on Sunday as they suffered a 5-21 defeat to USA. The Americans were too far out of sight at the break as converted tries from Perry Baker, Danny Barrett and Maka Unufe meant they enjoyed a 21-point advantage.Credit to Canada though who did cross for the only try of the second-half via Harry Jones’ determined effort but it wasn’t enough as the squad must now wait for next year’s repechage tournament for their final opportunity to secure a ticket to Rio.All games from the NACRA Sevens can be watched LIVE at www.usarugbytv.com

Canada’s Roster for NACRA Sevens –  (Club), Hometown, Province

Tyler Ardron – (Ospreys) Lakefield, ON
Connor Braid – (London Scottish/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
Justin Douglas – (Abbotsford RFC/BC Bears) Abbotsford, BC
Sean Duke – (UVIC Vikes/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
Mike Fuailefau – (Castaway Wanderers/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
Jeff Hassler – (Ospreys) Calgary, AB
Ciaran Hearn – (Castaway Wanderers/Atlantic Rock) Conception Bay South, NL
Nathan Hirayama – (UVIC Vikes/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
Harry Jones – (Capilano RFC/BC Bears) North Vancouver, BC
Phil Mack – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
John Moonlight – Captain (James Bay AA/Ontario Blues) Pickering, ON
Taylor Paris – (Agen) Barrie, ON
Conor Trainor – (UBCOB Ravens/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
Adam Zaruba – (Capilano RFC/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
Gareth Lynch – Strength and Conditioning Coach

NACRA Sevens Schedule:

Saturday, June 13

Canada 45-0 Bahamas
Canada 38-7 Trinidad and Tobago
Canada 51-0 Guyana

Sunday, June 14

Canada 36-0 Cayman Islands
Canada 34-0 Mexico
Canada 5-21 USA

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