Canada’s men and women are both fancied to secure places at Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 this weekend as the NACRA (North American Caribbean Rugby Association) Sevens 2012 takes place on home soil in Ottawa.
In the women’s section, the Canadians are the top seeds in the five-team tournament, which also features Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico and Cayman Islands and, as one of the best women’s Sevens sides in the world will be favorite to join automatic qualifier USA in Moscow next June.
Jen Kish will captain a Canadian side featuring five new players amid experienced players like Ottawa local Julianne Zussman as they seek to successfully defend the regional title won by the Canadian Maple Leafs with victory over Jamaica.
“I am very confident in the girls that I will be leading and the Canadian fans will not be disappointed with our performance when we take the field,” admitted Kish ahead of the tournament, which runs alongside the men’s event, at Twin Elm Rugby Park.
“We have been training very hard for this tournament and will come out guns blazing. With that being said, we will not and do not take any team lightly no matter who they are. We treat each match as if it were a championship match.”
Canada’s women will kick off their campaign against Mexico at 10:20 local time on Saturday, before taking on Cayman Islands and Jamaica. They will then open proceedings on Sunday at 09:20 against Trinidad & Tobago with semi finals and the final at 16:20 to come.