Ni­cholas go­ing to Ja­pan

The Chatham Daily News - - SPORTS -

Bre­anne Ni­cholas of Blen­heim has been named to the Team Canada ros­ter for the Ki­takyushu Sevens, the fourth leg on the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Seven Se­ries. Canada will play pool games Fri­day against Eng­land, Spain and the United States at the first women’s se­ries event in Ja­pan. “Ja­pan is a beau­ti­ful coun­try but we are on the ground for such a short time so we will be fo­cused on per­form­ing well and im­prov­ing again,” Canada’s head coach John Tait said in a news re­lease. “The team has been sharp, work­ing hard on and off the field and are keen to challenge for the gold in Ja­pan.” Canada is in third place in the se­ries stand­ings. New Zealand is first and Aus­tralia is sec­ond. Canada placed sixth in the se­ries opener in Dubai in De­cem­ber, then won gold in Syd­ney in Fe­bru­ary and bronze in Las Ve­gas in March. Ni­cholas has been on Team Canada for each se­ries event. She’s seventh in team scor­ing with 23 points. She’s scored three tries and made four con­ver­sions. The fi­nal two legs on the se­ries will be May 27-28 in Vic­to­ria, B.C., and June 24-25 in Cler­mont-Fer­rand, France. Ni­cholas also won gold with Canada’s Maple Leafs in the women’s elite di­vi­sion at the Van­cou­ver Rugby Fes­ti­val in March.

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