Canadian Women impress in Dubai with 2nd place finish


The Canadian men, whose preseason preparations were interrupted by a labour dispute with Rugby Canada, open their season on Friday in Dubai in a pool with Australia, England and Japan.

They had gone into the final with only nine fit players with captain Scott Curry among the injured quartet and came up against a United States of America side playing in their first Cup final in Dubai only a year after losing all five of their matches.

They are also the defending Sevens World Series champions for the past two seasons and will look to make it three-in-a-row during the 2018-2019 season.

The Canada-Ireland winner will face the England-Australia victor in the semi-finals.

England had earlier faced New Zealand in one of two incredible Cup semi-finals.

It was a similar story in the bronze medal match as Australia led England 14-5 at the break through two tries to speedster Lachlan Anderson, before Harry Glover went over after full time as once again victory was snatched from the Aussies.

"I'm so pleased with the girls' performances today - the amount of effort and work that everyone put in has been incredible", said Brown.

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It is the second tournament of six on the World Series calendar.

The next stop in the Sevens Series takes place in Cape Town, South Africa, next weekend.

New Zealand then defended for 2 minute 27 seconds after the siren in their own half to move into their 10th Dubai final.

Scotland finished second to Fiji in the pool stages after losing 21-17 against the reigning Olympic champions, while drawing 14-14 with France and rolling Kenya 35-14.

Farella, meanwhile, scored two tries in the 24-7 quarter-final victory over Ireland en route to the Montrealer's leading seven tries in the tournament.

Quarterfinal: New Zealand 21 (Ngarohi McGarvey-Black, Amanaki Nicole, Andrew Knewstubb tries; Knewstubb 3 con) Scotland 7 (Harvey Elms try; Elms con).

The Women are next in action at the Sydney Sevens at the start of February.