Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Cdn rugby players don ice-covered toques to beat Dubai heat

The Fijiana lost to Canada at the Dubai tournament on their way to 11th place The Fijiana lost to Canada at the Dubai tournament on their way to 11th place
| 02 December, 2018, 10:59

Understandably, high expectations follow their every move, and yet they looked utterly out of sorts over the two days at the Dubai Sevens.

Watch highlights from the HSBC World Rugby Sevens tournament in Dubai, including the Canadian women's silver medal win. When I then got the phone call telling me I had won it again I was truly shocked but when I thought about it I realised it wasn't about me, it was actually about my team mates and what they do to make the game so much fun and helping create opportunities to score all those tries.

Jamie Levchuk, who has headed tournament operations for the Canada Sevens since day one and recently had all of Rugby Canada's events placed under his authority, pointed to the work of staff, volunteers and the local business community for the tournament's behind-the-scenes success. "We were down to 10 players at the end there and the girls had to fight pretty hard".

However, Murunga didn't have the luxury of most of his experienced players like Collins Injera, Andrew Amonde, William Ambaka, Nelson Oyoo and Samuel Oliech, who were away with Kenya Simbas for their 2019 Rugby World Cup Repechage qualifier.

"Lily ended up winning the game after playing 14 minutes - so just phenomenal from them".

Theresa Fitzpatrick opened the scoring in the Final and Tyla Nathan-Wong crossed twice on the way to a 26-14 victory.

The Canadian players will return to Westhills Stadium in Langford to train for the next World Series tournament February 1-3 in Sydney, Australia.


In the men's tournament Australia remained undefeated after the first day with impressive victories over Japan (43-0) and Canada (31-19), and a nail biting 22-19 triumph over England in a bruising third encounter.

"We lost five games here past year".

"Three out of three, good start to the tournament, good start to the season but park it and on to tomorrow".

In the men's invitational, Ireland beat Russian Federation and ASC Dukla and France Development on day one.

"We're not quite there yet, that's the reality of it", Walsh said.

"Someone who can attack like he does and then be a very consistent and solid defender is pretty lethal".

The other Cup quarter-finals are New Zealand against Russian Federation, the United States against France and England against Australia.

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