Canada has named its Men’s 7s squad for the 2012 North American and Caribbean Rugby Association (NACRA) Rugby 7s Championship, the 2013 Rugby 7s World Cup regional qualifier, in Ottawa.
All 12 members of the squad have played on the IRB world 7s circuit in the last year, including new captain Nanyak Dala who has also been a regular feature in the National Senior Men’s 15s side.
John Moonlight and Phil Mack return to international rugby after long rehabilitations from serious injuries. Mack worked hard over the summer to return from an ACL reconstruction and recorded a personal best speed time at a recent fitness session.
The squad has been training hard in Victoria, BC and arrives in Ottawa next Wednesday, August 22, before the tournament begins on Saturday, August 25 at Twin Elm Rugby Park.
The top two Men's sides from the NACRA tournament will qualify for the 2013 Rugby World Cup Seven in Moscow, Russia next June.
Canada and the United States will be the favourites at the regional tournament which features a number of emerging rugby nations, including Mexico, Jamaica and Barbados.
The tournament comes hot on the heels of the 2012 Olympic Games in London which gave the Canadian rugby community a taste of what to expect when rugby 7s debuts at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
The men’s and women’s squads are excited to play a tournament on home soil and are looking forward to receiving vocal support from Ottawa and the surrounding areas.
2012 NACRA 7s tournament squad:
Name (School, Club, Pro Club, CRC Club) (Hometown)
Nanyak Dala – Captain (Castaway Wanderers, Prairie Wolf Pack) (Saskatoon, SK)
Sean White (James Bay, Pacific Tyee) (Victoria, BC)
Chauncey O'Toole (Belleisle Rovers, Ospreys, The Rock) (Saint John, NB)
Conor Trainor (University of Western Ontario, Old Boy Ravens) (Vancouver, BC)
John Moonlight (James Bay, Ontario Blues) (Scarborough, ON)
Tyler Ardron (McMaster Marauders, Ontario Blues) (Peterborough, ON)
Jeff Hassler (Okotoks RFC, Prairie Wolf Pack) (Okotoks, AB)
Phil Mack (James Bay, Pacific Tyee) (Victoria, BC)
Ciaran Hearn (Castaway Wanderers, The Rock) (Conception Bay, NL)
Harry Jones (University of British Columbia, Capilano, Pacific Tyee) (Vancouver, BC)
Sean Duke (University of Victoria, Pacific Tyee) (Vancouver, BC)
Connor Braid (James Bay, Pacific Tyee) (Victoria, BC)
Head Coach Geraint John
Manager Brian Hunter
Therapist Isabel Grondin
Strength and Conditioning / Recovery Matt Barr