Canada celebrate their qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on day one of the World Rugby Women's Sevens Series at Stade Aguilera in Biarritz on 15 June, 2019. Photo credit: Mike Lee - KLC fotos for World Rugby

Canada vs. Spain

Canada went up quick in the opening match of the Biarritz Sevens with the ball working its way out to Captain Ghislaine Landry on the wing for the score. Following her up was fellow veterans Britt Benn and Bianca Farella, both scoring first half tries to put Canada up 17-0 at the break. Spain came back with a vengeance in the second half but a disciplined effort from Canada saw Breanna Nicholas crossing the whitewash to secure the victory for Canada, 22-19.

Canada vs. Ireland

A pointed victory for Canada, they came back from a 10-point deficit to take game two 27-10 and secure their spot at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Bianca Farella helped start off the comeback for Canada, drawing the defenders before popping the ball off to Kaili Lukan for the try. Farella took charge, scoring back-to-back tries to put Canada in the lead. Lukan showed her dominance on both ends of the pitch, notching another Canadian try before making a huge try-saving tackle that resulted in a Britt Benn score.

With the win Canada earned enough points to secure their top-four ranking and punch their ticket to Tokyo 2020.

Canada vs. Australia

Canada open up the scoring in familiar fashion with Farella slicing through defenders to dot down under the post and Landry adding the kick. The physical match up saw Australia smash their way through to put them ahead at the half. Charity Williams showed her trademark wheels, burning around the outside for Canada’s final score of the match with Landry’s second convert of the game added on. Australia’s four second half tries proved too much for Canada and they took it 27-14.

Canada finished off day one second in their pool and will now move on to the Cup Quarterfinal against France 5:44am ET/ 2:44am PT tomorrow.



Canada’s Roster

1. Britt Benn, Guelph Redcoats (Napanee, ON)

2. Emma Chown, Aurora Barbarians (Barrie, ON)

3. Caroline Crossley, Castaway Wanderers (Victoria, BC)

4. Bianca Farella, Town of Mount Royal RCF (Montreal, QC)

5. Julia Greenshields, Sarnia Saints (Sarnia, ON)

6. Sara Kaljuvee, Toronto Scottish (Ajax, ON)

7. Ghislaine Landry, Toronto Scottish (Toronto, ON)

8. Kaili Lukan, Unattached (Barrie, ON)

9. Kayla Moleschi, Williams Lake Rustlers (Williams Lake, BC)

10. Breanne Nicholas, London St. Georges RFC (Blenheim, ON)

11. Karen Paquin, Castaway Wanderers / CRQ (Quebec City, QC)

12. Keyara Wardley, Okotoks Lions (Vulcan, AB)

13. Charity Williams, Markham Irish (Toronto, ON)


Canada’s Biarritz Sevens Schedule (June 15):

Canada 22-19 Spain

Canada 27-10 Ireland

Canada 27-14  Australia

Cup QF

Canada vs. France- 5:44am ET/ 2:44am PT