Langford set to host HSBC Canada Women’s Sevens Series

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Langford set to host HSBC Canada Women’s Sevens Series for second consecutive year; 12 team captains gather in Victoria’s Inner Harbour for traditional captain’s photo

 
LANGFORD, BC – The Canada Women’s Sevens Organizing Committee held a press conference today to celebrate the kick-off of the two-day HSBC Canada Women’s Sevens Langford tournament, that gets underway on Saturday, April 16 at Westhills Stadium in Langford, BC.

 
In only its second year of playing host to the World Rugby Sevens Series, the city of Langford is preparing for a sold out crowd, ready to deliver on a weekend of community celebration and high energy Sevens competition from the world’s best.

 
“We are excited to be building on the momentum from last years’ success, and are grateful for the continued support from our government, corporate and community partners,” said Bill Cooper, Canada Sevens CEO. “From the inaugural women’s event here last year, to the Pan Am Games in Toronto last summer, to BC Place Stadium just last month, sevens rugby is captivating Canadians from coast to coast. We are extremely proud to be delivering another weekend of fast paced action and entertainment, and especially thrilled to create the platform for our Canadian women to shine on home soil in front of a hometown crowd.
 
Captains from all 12 competing teams gathered earlier today in Victoria’s Inner Harbour against the backdrop of the BC Legislature to pose for the traditional captain’s photo which takes place on every stop of the tour and serves to welcome participating countries. It showcases the captains from all 12 competing nations, within the unique landscape of the host region.
 
With less than four months to go before the 2016 Rio Summer Games, the Canadian Women’s Sevens team – who qualified for Rio after finishing fourth in the world last year – is looking to fine-tune their game and serve notice to the world that they are ready to challenge for top spot on the podium in Rio this summer.
 
Going into this weekend, Canada is ranked third on the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens World Series and are hoping to draw on the energy of a supportive and rugby savvy home town crowd.
 
“This is where we live and train,” said Canadian captain Jen Kish, referring to Langford and its state of the art Canadian Rugby Centre of Excellence. “We know we have the support of the entire community behind us…we look forward to showcasing the very best of our sport and our culture.”
 
With tickets close to sold out, organizers are urging fans to purchase their tickets before end of day on April 15, as full tournament pricing goes into effect at 12:00 am on April 16. Information on remaining ticket inventory can be found at canadasevens.com.
 
Event coverage will also be broadcasted on TSN, with a total of two hours of live coverage over the course of the two-day tournament.
 
For the full Canada Sevens schedule, www.worldrugby.org. The cup final will kick off at 9:05pm ET/6:05pm PT Sunday. The entire tournament can be seen LIVE at www.worldrugby.org

 
About HSBC Canada Women’s Sevens Victoria/Langford: The HSBC Canada Women’s Sevens is a two-day tournament held on April 16 and 17 hosted at the home of Canadian Rugby at Westhills Stadium, and will feature 12 of the world’s top women’s rugby sevens teams. The Canada Women’s Sevens will be the fourth stop in a five-stop world tour as part of the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series.

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