Canadian men finish 11th at Dubai Rugby Sevens after loss to France

Canadian men finish 11th at Dubai Rugby Sevens after loss to France

An understrength, injury depleted New Zealand claimed the gold against United States of America in the final 21-5, following on from the Black Ferns victory in the women's tournament on Friday.

Michaela Blyde, who notched up her 100th World Series try in Dubai, nabbed a hat trick in the semi final win against U.S., setting up a Final against Canada.

Tournaments have bid to be part of the next four-year cycle, which starts with the 2019-20 season and with this award, it's hard to see the Vancouver event not continuing on as one of the ten world series events.

Earlier, Andrew Knewstubb has converted Tone Ng Shiu's try late in the first half for New Zealand against England, but Tom Bowen broke free to run half the length of the field and cut the deficit to 7-5 soon after the restart.

The All Blacks Sevens topped their pool after wins over Wales, Spain and US, setting up a quarter final against Scotland. The Aussies had it at 10-10 before Bianca Farella brought victory to Canada with a try with only seconds remaining on the clock.

They had previously beaten Fiji 38-7 and Spain 29-7, and will now play Ireland in the quarter-final. However, we should not be written off because we have had a good year and we have been doing quite well as far as building team chemistry is concerned.




Ireland Women endured a tough day at the Dubai 7s, losing all three games.

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

An intercept by Alatasi Tupou - which snatched away a possible try from the Blitzboks - saw him sprint down touch, all the way out of own 22, to take the score to 14-12.

Canada finished ninth overall on the circuit last season. Cowichan High-grad Pat Kay of Duncan scored a try in the victory over Japan.

Wales will be back in World Rugby Sevens Series action at 06:36 GMT tomorrow, live on Sky Sports.

The Cheetahs, as the national Sevens side is affectionately known, took part in the Dubai Sevens which is the opening leg of the 2018/19 World Rugby Sevens Series on an invitation as reward for winning the Africa Cup title in November.

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