John Moonlight

Canada finished 11th at the Paris Sevens after losing to Argentina in their Challenge Trophy semi-final.

Canada had gone 1-2 on Day 1 after a win over Japan but defeats to Scotland and South Africa. They had convincingly beaten Russia to open Day 2 in their Challenge Trophy quarterfinal.

Having claimed its first ever HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series cup title in Singapore last month, Canada entered Paris as the defending champions for the first time.

The 2016-17 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series season concludes next weekend at the London Sevens.


Canada cruised to victory over Russia behind a five-try performance.

Justin Douglas gave Canada just the start it ordered as he paced into the corner less than 40 seconds in for a 7-0 start before Mike Fuailefau added to it with an outstanding show-and-go that left the Russia defenders behind for a 14-0 lead at half time.

Nathan Hirayama would add two second half tries, with a Harry Jones try squeezed between, to round out a solid 33-0 win for Damian McGrath’s side.


It was a cruel end for Canada in Paris as they narrowly lost to Argentina in another game they had the lead in until the very end.

Justin Douglas once again opened the scoring for Canada before Lautaro Bazan Velez’s try cut the Canadian lead to 7-5.

Some outstanding physical work from Mike Fuailefau set up Douglas again who would pace away for a 14-5 lead for Canada at the break.

Santiago Mare’s first series try got Argentina back into the game in the second half before Jose Barros Sosa’s try with no time left sent Canada packing from Paris.

Canada’s Paris Sevens Team (Name, club, hometown):

Luke Bradley – (UVic Vikes/Port Alberni Black Sheep) Port Alberni, BC

Jared Douglas – (Abbotsford RFC) Abbotsford, BC

Justin Douglas – (Abbotsford RFC/BC Bears) Abbotsford, BC

Mike Fuailefau – (Castaway Wanderers/BC Bears) Victoria, BC

Lucas Hammond – (UVIC Vikes) Toronto, ON

Nathan Hirayama – (UVic Vikes/BC Bears) Richmond, BC

Harry Jones – (Capilano RFC) Vancouver, BC

Isaac Kaay  – (UVic Vikes) Kamloops, BC

Pat Kay – (Castaway Wanderers/BC Bears) Duncan, BC

Luke McCloskey – (Castaway Wanderers) Victoria, BC

John Moonlight – Captain (James Bay AA/Ontario Blues) Pickering, ON

Matt Mullins – (Queen’s University/Ontario Blues) Belleville, ON

Adam Zaruba – (Capilano RFC/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC

Unavailable for Selection:

Phil Berna – (UBC Thunderbirds) Vancouver, BC

Coaching Staff:

Head Coach – Damian McGrath

Assistant Coach – Lee Douglas

Physiotherapist – Danielle Mah

Analyst – Calum Ramsay

Manager – Brian Hunter

Canada’s Paris Sevens Day 1 Schedule:

Canada 21-7 Japan

Canada 19-26 Scotland

Canada 7-31 South Africa

Canada’s Paris Sevens Day 2 Schedule:

Canada 33-0 Russia

Canada 14-15 Argentina