CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – Canada’s Men’s Sevens Team closed out 2017 in near-epic fashion on Sunday in Cape Town, as they finished the year off with a fourth place finish.

Canada opened day two with an emphatic 35-7 win over France before falling to Argentina 14-12 in the semi-finals.

With one final game of 2017 against arguably the best team in the world – South Africa – Canada put forth a huge performance, with tries from Harry Jones and Nate Hirayama (x2) in front of a sold-out crowd at Cape Town Stadium. However, the effort would fall just short as one conversion was the difference and Canada fell 19-17.

Canada will now re-group and focus their attention on a busy 2018, with 10 tournaments set to take place in seven months. Canada will be back in action the weekend of January 26-28 in Sydney, Australia.

 

Canada’s men’s roster for Cape Town:

Phil Berna – UBC Thunderbirds (Vancouver, BC)
Connor Braid – James Bay AA (Victoria, BC)
Admir Cejvanovic – Burnaby Lake RFC (Burnaby, BC)
Justin Douglas – Abbotsford RFC (Abbotsford, BC)
Mike Fuailefau – Castaway Wanderers (Victoria, BC)
Lucas Hammond – Toronto Nomads (Toronto, ON)
Nathan Hirayama – Unattached (Richmond, BC)
Harry Jones – Captain, Capilano RFC (North Vancouver, BC)
Isaac Kaay – UVIC Vikes (Kamloops, BC)
Pat Kay – Castaway Wanderers (Duncan, BC)
John Moonlight – James Bay AA (Pickering, ON)
Matt Mullins – Queen’s University (Belleville, ON)
Liam Underwood – Balmy Beach RFC (Toronto, ON)

Canada’s Cape Town Sevens day one schedule on Saturday, December 9th:

Canada 17 – 19 Samoa
Canada 22 – 14 Fiji
Canada 31 – 14 Wales

Day two schedule:

Canada 35 – 7 France – Cup quarter-finals
Canada 12 – 14 Argentina – Cup semi-finals
Canada 17 – 19 South Africa – Bronze medal match

HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series Calendar & Upcoming Tournaments:

Cape Town, South Africa – December 9-10, 2017
Sydney, Australia – January 26-28, 2018
Hamilton, New Zealand – February 3-4, 2018
Las Vegas, USA – March 2-4, 2018
Vancouver, Canada – March 10-11, 2018
Hong Kong, Hong Kong – April 6-8, 2018
Commonwealth Games – Gold Coast, Australia – April 13-15, 2018
Singapore, Singapore – April 28-29, 2018
London, England – June 2-3, 2018
Paris, France – June 9-10, 2018
Rugby World Cup 7s – San Francisco, USA – July 2018