Canada 7s Team Eager for Scottish Leg
Friday May 29, 2009 in Canada National Team - Men
May 29, 2009 – After selecting a younger and less experienced squad than in recent sevens tours, Canada 7s coach Shane Thompson has enjoyed watching his players develop in preparations for the sevens in Scotland this weekend.
While his side may be facing England, Kenya and recent Cup semi-finalists Scotland in their pool stage, Thompson remains optimistic about his teams’ ability to come together in such a short time.
|Canada won the Shield in London. Ian Muir photos.|
“We have had a pretty good week of training,” Thompson said. “During the week we had two scrimmages to help prepare for this week’s [tournament.] These scrimmages gave us the opportunity to practice some new plays and techniques we may put in after week one, plus it [gave] the guys more sevens experience which this team needs.”
The squad features a number of young players that scored their first sevens tries last weekend in London. The team came together in an impressive day two narrowly missing out on the Bowl semi final when Kenya squeaked by them with a 12-7 win. The Canadian team rebounded with a 26-24 Shield semi final win over Germany and went on to take the Shield over the USA by a score of 27-7.
This week’s itinerary saw the team take more of a technical approach due to several injuries. The change of tactics paid off as all 12 players are now fit to play in tomorrow’s tournament. Putting the technical development into practice, the Canadian side had strong outings against Australia and Samoa during their scrimmage sessions on Tuesday and Thursday.
“This group of athletes has been a great group to work with,” Thompson said of his young team. “They are all excited about the upcoming games and showed this during the week at training. The new guys seem to be soaking up the experience and it is rubbing off on the experienced players. “
Thompson went on to explain what it meant from a personal perspective to take an enthusiastic new team into a major competition.
“There is a great feeling amongst the team which makes it an honour to be able to coach them,” Thompson said before adding, “Their growth in this two week period has been exceptional.”
Canada will open their campaign against Kenya tomorrow morning before taking on England and Scotland in the afternoon.
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