Canada men enter a difficult Olympic debut

The Canadian men’s rugby sevens team will have to start the Olympic Games with a tough competition. They have been pooled in the deep end of the Tokyo Olympic Games, facing on day one the Rio Olympic runner ups, Great Britain and defending Olympic gold medalists, Fiji.

Their July 26th games will be the fourth and eight game of the day. The hosts, Japan will have the privilege to kick off the games against defending champions Fiji.

Fiji defeated Great Britain in the inaugural Rio Olympics in 2016, 43-7, winning the first ever Olympic gold medal for rugby sevens. Fiji is looking in great form as we saw a glimpse of their Tokyo squad in the Oceania Sevens, where they were undefeated.

Canada’s last match for the Pool rounds will be against Japan, this will be the curtain raiser of day 2. Japan is no team to underestimate as they finished fourth in the Rio Olympics, they battled it out for bronze against South Africa who won, 54-14.

The top two team in all pools will move on to the quarter finals, including the two best third place finishers.

The Olympic schedule has been released last Wednesday as fans eagerly await the first major Rugby Sevens tournament since the pandemic.

The games are set to be help at the Tokyo Stadium which has previously hosted matches like the FIFA World Cup 2002.
Tokyo Olympics will be the Canadian men’s debut in an Olympic games. They qualified in 2019 after winning the Rugby Americas North Sevens tournament undefeated.  The tournament was set in the Cayman Islands where Canada proved to be dominant among the other nations.

The Canadian men have had a chance to make some game time at the Emirates Invitational Sevens in Dubai earlier this year. Argentina’s Los Pumas dominated the Emirates Invitational and championed the two weekends. The Argentines are another team to look out for as they have won back to back championships since the pandemic restart of rugby sevens.