Brittany Benn photo by Ian Muir
Coach John Tait announces 12-player roster for final stop on World Series ahead of Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympic Games; Canada to face Japan, Russia and New Zealand in pool stages on Saturday
Canada currently sits fourth in the series standings with 54 points, six behind third-place England and 10 points behind second-place New Zealand. Australia currently lead the series with 74 points and need only a top-six finish in France to clinch their first-ever series title.
Tait has made just two changes to the team that finished fifth at the Canada Sevens last month in Langford. Tait has welcomed back Magali Harvey and Natasha Watcham-Roy to the squad after both players had missed an extended period of time due to injury.
Watcham-Roy returns to the team for the first time since helping Canada win gold at last summer’s Pan-Am Games while this will be Harvey’s first tournament with the national team in over five months, having not played since December in Dubai, the first event of the season.
Both Harvey and Watcham-Roy were in London last weekend with the Maple Leafs for the London Sevens Invitational and Tait deemed both to be ready to take part in this season’s penultimate stop in France. Players who also participated with the Maple Leafs in London that will be making the trip to Clermont will be Britt Benn, Megan Lukan and Karen Paquin.
Those five players will join Hannah Darling, Bianca Farella, captain Jen Kish, Ghislaine Landry, Kayla Moleschi, Kelly Russell and Charity Williams in France.
Canada will be grouped with New Zealand, Russia and Japan in a very competitive Pool B. This marks the first time since the first-ever series event in Dubai in November of 2012 that New Zealand and Canada have been paired together in pool play.
All games from this weekend’s Clermont-Ferrand Sevens can be streamed LIVE here: http://www.worldrugby.org/womens-sevens-series
Canada’s Roster for the Clermont-Ferrand Sevens (name, club and hometown):
Britt Benn – (Guelph Redcoats) Napanee, ON
Hannah Darling – (Peterborough Pagans) Warsaw, ON
Bianca Farella – (Town of Mont Royal RFC) Montreal, QC
Magali Harvey – (Club de Rugby Quebec) Quebec City, QC
Jen Kish – Captain (Edmonton Rockers) Edmonton, AB
Ghislaine Landry – (Toronto Scottish) Toronto, ON
Megan Lukan – (Unattached) Barrie, ON
Kayla Moleschi – (Williams Lake Rustlers) Williams Lake, BC
Karen Paquin – (Club de Rugby Quebec) Quebec City, QC
Kelly Russell – (Toronto Nomads) Bolton, ON
Natasha Watcham-Roy – (Hull Volant) Gatineau, QC
Charity Williams – (Markham Irish) Toronto, ON
Canada’s Coaching Staff:
Meaghan Howat – Manager
John Tait – Head Coach
Sandro Fiorino – Assistant Coach
Sandeep Nandhra – Athletic Therapist
Tyler Goodale – Strength & Conditioning
Callum Morris – Analyst
Canada’s Clermont-Ferrand Sevens Day 1 Schedule:
Canada vs Japan at 5:22 am ET / 3:22 am PT
Canada vs Russia at 8:06 am ET / 5:06 am PT
Canada vs New Zealand at 10:28 am ET / 7:28 am PT