Dubai 7s has organized a tournament for teams to better prepare for their Olympic campaigns, the Emirates Invitational 7s tournament gave teams the opportunity to go head to head with high quality teams. Both the men and women of Canada reached the finals and earned a runner up place in last Fridays event.
In the first leg, Canada women’s shocked their competition when they beat USA and France in the in the first leg, winning the cup finals against their neighbor’s, the USA Eagles 31-14. winning their first Dubai event
The second weekend proved that the Canada men’s side are out for business when they reached the Cup finals against the undefeated Argentinians. The men of Canada led by Nate Hirayama showed that they can hold their own against teams like Argentina and proving that they are here to take off when they left off in the last HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.
In the women’s side, Canada lost to the French in the finals at the second leg, falling short by a try, 17-12. Canada also lost to the rising French side during the round robin in the earlier in the day 29-10, and ultimately fell short as Canada was less aggressive than the French side.
“Overall it was a good hit-up for us. Two weeks of good rugby,” said Canadian veteran Harry Jones said in an interview.
“The first week was a bit shaky, getting the rust off. It was the first real rugby any of the boys had played in over a year.”
“The second week we looked a lot better … Still lots to work on,” he added in the interview.
The tournament is not part of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, the Emirates Invitational 7s was organized as a high-performance preparation event for teams headed to Monaco for the last chance qualifiers like France women’s, and teams that have already qualified for the Tokyo Olympics.