Canada’s probe into coaching staff is complete

Rugby Canada has said that the women’s sevens teams probe against their coaching staff has finally been completed.

Rugby Canada says it is “still in the process of sharing the confidential findings with the involved parties.”

Rugby Canada’s spokes person told news parties that “be in a position to issue a statement shortly.”

Rugby Canada announced earlier this year that they have had to revamp their women’s sevens coaching staff after complaints from some of the players were raised.

John Tait is the sevens sides head coach, he is also a former Canada international player himself, he is also the director of the women’s high performance for team Canada. He has coach the women’s team to a bronze medal finish in the inaugural rugby event in the Rio Olympic Games in 2016 as well as a gold medal in 2015 at the Pan-American Games.

Rugby Canada’s five paragraph statement last Feb. did not name Tait as one of the subjects in the probe but Tait did not figure in the new-look of the coaching staff.

Rugby Canada CEO Allen Vansen said in an email that “matters related to employees are confidential.”

Vansen also added “I can certainly share that the complaints are from multiple individuals.”

Tait has said in the Canadian Press that he cannot comment on the case but hopes that he could be able to speak on the matter.

“It’s surreal,” he said.

Tait, stands out in the crowd as his six foot eight figure walks with the Canadian women in tournaments, he has won 37 caps for Canada from 1997-2002, he has also played professionally in Wales with Cardiff and France with CA Brive.

Tait, an imposing figure at six foot eight, won 37 caps for Canada from 1997 to 2002. He played

He has also been the men’s XV’s assistant coach and has been the women’s XV’s head coach as well prior to concentrating with the women’s sevens squad.  The father of three was also appointment to be the High-Performance coach of the women’s side in addition to his sevens head coaching duties.

Ghislaine Landry the team captain of the sevens women’s team, confirmed that the complaint did indeed come from members if the sevens team but declined to further comment on the issue.

Vansen said: “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.”

Mick Byrne, was appointed interim coach since then