Jack Hanratty stay as coach of Canada womens

Rugby Canada has announced that they have extended Jack Hanratty’s contract to coach the Canadian women’s sevens Team.

The sevens women were caught up last year in a controversial open letter to Rugby Canada stating that they felt abused, and treated wrongly by their long time coach, John Tait.

Tait and the Canadian women made history winning the first ever Bronze medal in the Olympic Games for women’s rugby in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

This was months before the Tokyo Olympic Games which caused Rugby Canada to sack their head coach. Canada went on to play in the Olympic Games with Hanratty leading them, but failed to make a podium finish.

The interim coach began his task in October and will be the acting coach for another eight months.

“Jack has done an exceptional job coaching the national senior women’s program over the last four months,” Dustin Hopkins, Rugby Canada’s managing director of rugby operations, said in a statement.

“Jack’s leadership has aided the progress and growth of this young group of athletes.”

The Canadian women have had a change of pace in the field, performing poorer than they usually do. But the team is hopeful that they will get back on the right footing and get back on the World Series as a gold medal competitor.