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Rugby Canada Dismisses Women’s 7s Coach After Player Rebellion

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The Canadian women’s 7s team is undergoing a shakeup just as the 2021 Olympics is on the horizon.

Rugby Canada released a statement saying that they have appointed an interim technical leadership plan in collaboration with the team. Head Coach John Tait was not mentioned by name, but it is clear that Tait has been replaced, and it seems just as clear that Tait has been let go because the players (or some of the players) complained about him.

Gossip and actual press reports are flying around but the story appears to be not dissimilar to the USA WNT 7s situation leading into the 2016 Olympics. The players have voiced dissatisfaction with the approach of a coach who has proved his quality, and Rugby Canada has gone along with it. Under Tait, Canada made three out of four tournament finals in the truncated 2020 Women’s World Series season, won a Bronze Medal in the 2016 Olympics, and finished 2nd, 3rd, or 4th in the World Series from 2015-2019.

According to reports in BC Rugby News and the Canadian Press, it seems like the player complaints are about how Tait runs the team, and how the players want more say. Other reports to GRR imply that the players wanted the Olympic squad to be named early in the year, and Tait basically said that was his call.

So, just a few months before the Olympics, Rugby Canada has turfed out its coach and installed existing 15s Head Coach Sanro Fiorino as interim 7s Head Coach. 

Tait has been a long servant of Canadian rugby, earning 37 caps for Canada in the late 1990s and early 2000s. He moved into coaching and has coached Canada in 15s, men and women, and 7s. 

More on this via BC Rugby News here >>

Here is Rugby Canada’s entire release:

While addressing a complaint that was received from National Senior Women’s 7s players, Rugby Canada has developed an interim technical leadership plan in collaboration with the team that will support their goals in preparing for the upcoming Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo. The team remains united and focused on the ultimate goal of winning a medal at the Olympic Games and building a legacy that will empower the next generation on and off the field.

Rugby Canada has engaged an independent investigator to address the matter. “Rugby Canada is taking these concerns very seriously. We are following our internal policies and procedures that are in alignment with established national response guidelines, and in a manner that reflects our values. As per our policies and to reflect our commitment to confidentiality, we will update our community once the process has been completed,” shared Rugby Canada CEO Allen Vansen.

Sandro Fiorino, National Senior Women’s 15s Head Coach, has temporarily relocated to Langford and is acting as interim Head Coach to oversee training. Fiorino is being assisted by National Senior Women’s 15s Assistant Coach Maria Gallo. Fiorino will be with the 7s team until April and both coaches will maintain their roles with the National Women’s 15s team as they prepare for RWC 2021 later in the year.

Mick Byrne will assume the role of National Senior Women’s 7s interim Head Coach through to the Olympic Games. Byrne has been a specialist coach with both New Zealand and Australia and has consulted with the Canadian Women’s 7s team since 2012. “I am excited at the opportunity to lead this team into the Tokyo Olympics,” said Byrne. “I will be integrating with the team immediately in a remote capacity and look forward to joining in-person when able. I am very familiar with the players and systems and have great confidence that our team will be performing at our best come July.”

With the COVID-19 pandemic causing the cancellation of many HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series events, it is anticipated the National Women’s 7s team’s first competition of 2021 will take place in the Spring.  

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Back-to-back titles for South Africa – FBC News

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South Africa has won back-to-back titles in a week.

The side won the Vancouver 7s title last weekend and have done it again in Edmonton defeating Great Britain 24-12.

The Neil Powell coached side were on the front-foot since the first-half, going into the breather with a commanding 17-7 lead.

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Two tries each to Muller du Plessis and Siviwe Soyizwapi with conversions by Ronald Brown secured the title for the Blitzboks.

Meanwhile, Great Britain have also made it back-to-back wins defeating the USA 22-5 in the Edmonton 7s Fast Four Women’s title.


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Watch World Rugby 7s from Edmonton

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Click on the video player above to watch men’s and women’s rugby sevens action from Edmonton.

Live coverage of HSBC World Sevens event begins on Saturday at 10:50 a.m. ET, and continues on Sunday at 11:10 a.m. ET.

Catch more coverage on CBC TV at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday and 2 p.m. ET on Sunday.

WATCH | CBC Sports’ preview of Edmonton 7s tournament:

Previewing Canada Rugby Sevens in Edmonton

CBC’s Anastasia Bucsis is joined by former Rugby Canada player Andrea Burk to preview the Canadian men’s and women’s rugby sevens tournament at the second HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series stop in Edmonton. 5:24

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UJ player shines during Blitzbok final

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Two University of Johannesburg (UJ) rugby players, Ronald Brown and Shaun Williams, shone at the HSBC World Rugby Sevens tournament in Vancouver, Canada, as part of the South Africa’s Sevens (7s) rugby team, the Blitzboks. The final took place at BC Place Stadium on September 19.

Brown is a current UJ student while Williams is a former UJ student and player who was part of the UJ 7s teams that won Varsity 7s and Kings of Africa Kampala 7s in 2019, before moving to Stellenbosch. Both Brown and Williams represented UJ rugby through the years, in 15s and 7s rugby.

The HSBC World Rugby Sevens is a series of tournaments organised around the world in which men’s and women’s national sevens teams compete for series points. Previously, The Blitzboks won the series on three occasions, namely; in the 2008/09 season, as well as back-to-back in 2017 and 2018.

In 2020, the tournaments were called off due to the Covid-19 pandemic and travel restrictions in several countries. Having the competition returning in 2021 afforded the players a platform to compete internationally again.

The pair was seen stepping onto the field wearing jerseys number 7 and 8 and scored a try each in the opening game, a great way to introduce themselves on a world stage.

The South African Sevens rugby team, Blitzboks, claimed a second Canada Sevens tournament win in Vancouver after a thrilling 38-5 victory over Kenya. Photo: Supplied.

Asked how he felt about being part of the squad, Williams said that he felt overwhelmed, but grateful to play because Covid-19 had disturbed a lot of things. He said he was fortunate enough to get an opportunity from varsity rugby to a professional set up.

Brown believed that the hard work behind the scenes had paid off and that he was honoured and excited to have scored a try in his first game. Brown did not only contribute to the points tally for South Africa, he was also named Player of the Final after a stellar performance.

“We always set the highest standard for ourselves, and we play with honour because of the guys who came before us. Every time we step onto the field, we make it a point that we perform at our maximum best. That is exactly what we have done here in Vancouver,” said Ronald Brown.

The Blitzboks beat Kenya 7s by 38–5 to claim the 2021 HSBC Vancouver Canada 7s tittle.



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